As noted in my previous post Post Football (Exercise) Fasting I attempted starting my IF with strenuous exercise in the form of touch football with some guys from work. The reasons for this are noted in that post, and this is the update.
I am never doing that again.
It’s not so much that I am hungry… that part of my fasting experience remained the same. Here are the reasons…
First, my energy levels are way down. I think I may try a power nap to see if I can recover some for the evening, I also feel as if my stress level is higher. I did not sleep as well as I had hoped for last night. I woke up in spurts of high energy only to realize I should still be sleeping. This is not consistent with my former fasts.
Second, I woke up this morning feeling weaker and ultimately less confident in my appearance and progression. I take time in the morning to view myself in the mirror and monitor how my physique is shaping up as my regiment progresses. For the first time since starting I was not excited about how I was looking in the mirror.
Finally, this really should not be something you do all that often anyways. The article I cited in my previous post made note of this. One of the comments on that previous post linked to an article that described this practice as a mistake, and I would tend to agree.
Lesson learned! It was certainly worth giving this a go, but my body is definitely in a worse state than I started in.