Fasting Log

This is boring stuff meant for me personally to be able to review down the road.

7pm my last food. Stacy is going to start the Keto diet next week so I made a coconut cream chocolate “ice cream” type deal. Tons of fat to help my blood sugar not spike tonight into tomorrow. Also tried to eat few carbs for dinner for same reason. Already given myself a headache worrying 🙂

6:30am woke up and man this thing has me psyched out. What if I get a migraine? What if my hands start shaking and I can’t perform delicate procedures in the microscope? Whatev have a little faith. 1 tablespoon of MCT oil and a cup of black coffee.

7am brisk 2 mile walk in the rain. What rejuvenation! The sights, the smells, the quiet. Thank you Lord!

10:15am stomach growling but no hangry irritability or real hunger pangs. So much fun to read this email from one of my buddies:

·         I feel my soul being cleansed. It’s amazing what the toxins will do to your body. Not only physically, but spiritually

·         An intense renewed desire for God.. to the point of almost being in tears (so amazing and I didn’t expect this at all!)

·         Clarity and ability to hear God speaking to me directly

·         Satisfaction. Being filled with the spirit is so much more that satisfying than food

11am 1 tablespoon MCT oil. I may have licked the spoon a hundred times to get every last drop. Mostly I’m hungry when I have a few minutes of free time for my mind to wander.

12pm Ok not fun. Everyone is heating up their lunch and the smell is wafting through the office. Time for some prayer and Word.

5pm 1 tablespoon MCT oil. This is going way better than I expected. Basically I get bored and want to go eat something. Otherwise I’m just fine. I ordered some keto test strips which just arrived in the mail. I’m all the way into full blown ketosis already.

8pm day one pretty much in the books. Evening is tough because I’m hungry but mostly due to the fact that I have free time in which to think about food. Fun night taking the kiddos out to ride their bikes and the mental clarity is top notch. Easy to be present and focus.


6:30am woke up mildly dizzy and borderline nauseous. Cup of black coffee and tablespoon of MCT oil. Brisk 2 mile walk and now I’m back to feeling really good. Walking and praying is such an incredible physical, mental and spiritual boost.

12pm 1 tablespoon MCT oil. Still going better than I expected. Slightly weak but nothing major; definitely not enough to interfere with work. Maybe I can do 3 days instead of 2?

2pm scratch that last idea. Had a piece of gum before afternoon patients (tasted like heaven) and my body apparently thought food was coming. 10 minutes later: headache, hungry and low energy.

5pm Blood glucose? 55. So for those who think they can’t do this because they have hypoglycemia I say “fooey.”

8pm day 2 almost in the books. Just kinda low energy. Small bout of “GI distress” but no major problems. Another email from one of the guys: Started asking questions, and at once knew God is at work.  God is opening my eyes about several things.  That God is sovereign in all things no matter what, and you can see him at work even in bad situations.  Looking forward to talking to you guys about this.  God is revealing to me things I never knew about marriage.  God is teaching me things about leadership.  Hang in there guys and enjoy.  This is good stuff!”

What’s fun about these emails are they are from fellas who I would not classify as “spiritual.” Meaning they love Jesus with all their heart but don’t constantly talk about “leaning into Him, finding refuse in His embrace” nor do they sing Hillsong United choruses on repeat for 15 minutes straight.


6am up early to take Lilly to her field trip. No nausea or dizzy but once again just kinda low energy. TIME TO EAT! Oh my goodness it’s heaven. 4 pieces of bacon, 4 eggs with cheddar cheese. Tons of fat to keep me in keto. A short 20 minute trunk workout went surprisingly well. Mild “GI distress” but nothing major.

I can’t recommend this enough. I plan on making it a habit.


Cultivating Discomfort

I don’t like being uncomfortable but I love having been uncomfortable.” J. Bundy

Stacy has known for nearly 17 years that I’m not all right upstairs; I’m alright but not all right. My parents and brothers have known for 36; my buddies are learning more by the day.

My newest idea? Tomorrow my buddies and I start a 48 hour fast. Why? Why not?

I’ve written before about fasting. This one will be the toughest yet. Here’s the rules: water only plus up to 3 tablespoons of MCT oil per day. The oil appears to help physically get you into ketosis and prevent muscle wasting. I’m all for suffering but not shutting down kidneys and losing muscle. So what happens if you give up? They said no to tattoos or nipple piercings as punishment; you can ask one of the fellas what we wound up with but suffice it to say they’re motivated to stick with it.

Aside from the physical challenge, we’re going to spend our normal eating/preparing food time praying and reading God’s word. Hopefully the headaches, nausea and overall hangry will turn our attention to God. Hopefully.

“Suffer a little regularly and you often cease to suffer.” T. Ferriss

Hiking Rim2Rim in the Grand Canyon in one day was uncomfortable but I love having done it.

I feel better right now because I felt like my legs were going to fall off during this morning’s wall balls and sprints combo. After years of this I know I’ll pass out long before I’ll die.

Sitting in a cramped van for 9 hours with a dozen folks who don’t speak my language and smell like a farmyard? Uncomfortable.

But none of those things are really painful. None of that is permanent.

I started taking cold showers after our last trip to Cambodia. The gals’ water heater wasn’t working so it was a fun forced introduction to the practice. There’s lots of info out there about cold immersion but mostly I like the everyday “this is gonna suck but it won’t kill me.” And yeah the water coming out of our faucet is in the 40s so it’s cold. Not as cold as the snow-melt Hassayampa river I talked Allan into jumping into with me a few months ago, but it’s cold.

So here goes nothin’

“And when you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting….” Matthew 6:16

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