Four Day Fast – Day 3

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It’s masochistic writing this post with the steak photo in front of me, but this is all I’ve been thinking about for the last three hours. I’ve also been thinking about hamburgers ever since I saw the story about McDonalds opening in the UK again. I don’t even like McDonalds that much. If I’m eating a fast-food burger, without bun of course, then it’s a Whopper or a Grandpa Burger from A&W!

Anyways, I’m looking forward to breaking my fast tomorrow evening, but I’m obsessing over Saturday steak night with salsa verde even more than tomorrow’s salmon. So on to day three.

The Good

My blood glucose was an awesome 4.8 mmol/L this morning. So, I’ve gone from 8.5>6.7>4.8 in two days. Not too shabby.

Because I was worried about having a hypoglycaemic episode today, I checked my blood a couple more times: 4.4 and 5.0. I’ve felt very good all day with no headaches to speak of. I even skipped my metformin at “lunchtime”; I’ll do the same tonight.

I also decided to go for a run today because:

  1. It would take my mind off of being hungry
  2. I hadn’t done anything vigorous since Sunday
  3. I wanted to see how my body would react to the stress.

Result? I got around my route okay, but man was I breathing heavily up the hills. I struggled getting to those crests and had to take walking breaks several times. I also felt a little light headed once I got home. I’m guessing my hunter-gathering ancestors were not in fine fettle when they had to chase things after a few days of not eating.

I’m definitely in ketosis now, since I have the dreaded “keto breath”. One of the few benefits of the lockdown, I suppose, is that I can’t inflict my breath on anyone.

All in all, it’s been a very good day for blood glucose levels and general wellbeing.

The Somewhat Bad

The only downside today is my hunger, which really came on after work. Still, I’ve got less than 24 hours to go now. I can keep it together for another day. Seeing the light at the end of the tunnel keeps me motivated.


The fast’s been a very positive experience thus far. Sure I’m hungry, but it wasn’t like that was unexpected. Also, if I can do it once, I can do it again if need be.

I’m starting to think about what happens after the fast. How do I keep my blood sugar levels in the sweet spot range after I break fast? More on that tomorrow dear reader.

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