Intervention: Day 7, 170 hours, 321 lbs, BMI 46.1
Today was the first day I decided to ditch the treadmill and actually go outside walking for a change.
I know – shocking!
I’m not a hot weather person. Don’t get me wrong I like summer. I like all the seasons actually. There is just something about walking in the cooler weather and fall colours that is just invigorating. Of course, the lack of bugs helps as well.
I don’t know if this is a side effect of being cooped up in the house all the time, or if it is a side effect of the fasting.
My walk today was 2.53 km (1.63 miles) with an average walking pace of about 2.79 mph or 35 minutes. That is a bit faster than I have the treadmill set to (2.5 mph) and is still a bit slower than what is considered to be an average walking pace (3.1 mph).
As a rule of thumb 1 mile = 100 calories so I guess my ultimate goal here is to be able to do 3 miles in under an hour and then do that 5 times a week.
Between walking outside and using the treadmill, this is what I want to accomplish over the 800 hours.
Two other things I did realize on the walk outside: 1) is that good shoes are a must, and 2) fresh air is way better than breathing in the house air all the time.
I will admit that this is the first time in ages I have actually wanted to go outside for a walk. Normally I look at the exercise equipment, or think about going for a walk, and get so depressed by what seems to be a monstrous challenge: how to go from 343 lbs to 190 lbs without losing faith that you can do this.
I’m under no illusion that I’m going to be able to completely fast my way down to a healthy weight. Besides I want to be able to enjoy my Christmas dinner with family. So regardless I will need to break the fast at least 10 days prior to that (assuming I get that far) in order to get used to eating again.
I feel great. I seem to have lots of energy. I’m starting to look forward to walking at lunchtime rather than eating at lunchtime.
I am feeling tired in the evenings though. From what other people have described that part seems to be happening now.
This isn’t a bad thing. My sleeping patterns have been a disaster for years and the 25 lbs I have put on in the past 10 months is a reflection of that.
I wouldn’t have called this a spiritual journey when I started this a week ago. Nor was this in any way on my mind at the beginning. I know of several YouTuber’s who have approached a fast like this from a spiritual perspective. Notwithstanding, the further I’m getting into it the more I’m finding that this is exactly what it is becoming.
I guess you just have to take walk in the park in the right frame of mind to find these things out for yourself.