It’s been a pretty normal week, with a bit of a twist towards the end.
Right now I’m sitting in a chair in my room trying to put together the thoughts that are required to write in a semi cohesive way. The only problem is that my mind is a bit foggy at the moment.
Why is my mind a bit foggy you ask… here is why. Wednesday afternoon or evening a developer I follow on Twitter (@r00k)) mentioned that he was embarking on a 48 hour fast, and he was setting up a discord channel if anyone wanted to do join him. That kind of thing fits in pretty well with my philosophy towards food and one of this years health goals, so I joined the group. (If you’re interested in fasting at all do a google search “fasting health benefits.”)
I do want to make it clear that I am not a doctor, and I don’t play one on the internet. Take anything I say about fasting and methods in pursuing better health with two large grains of salt. Do your own research before attempting anything I talk about.
Now that the disclaimer is out of the way, let’s continue.
Wait. One more disclaimer, I’m not trying to toot my own horn here. I am not good at fasting. I really have not enjoyed it. Right now I don’t know if I’ll ever fast again for any length of time (because it isn’t a ton of fun). This is just a compilation of a number of things I’m thinking about as I near the end of the 48 hours.
Ok, that’s the last disclaimer. At least for now.
A Couple Things I’ve Realized
The first 24 hours weren’t too bad, but yesterday afternoon and evening were a bit difficult. I was getting there, but it wasn’t a lot of fun. Reminding myself why I started in the first place was pretty helpful. It really is good for you… at least that’s what the research says!
It’s also been interesting to have the “positive pressure” of knowing that I am not the only one doing this at the moment. To be able to pop open discord see that they are struggling with it and sticking it out helps me believe I can too.
During the middle twelve hours or so of this fast I’ve found myself really wanting to quit. The body is strange in how it works with a “shortage” of fresh food to digest. I was super hungry, partially because my body was saying “feed me” and partially because it was “time to eat.” I actually feel better now (only 5 hours left) than I did yesterday (the middle 12-16 hours), and I’m glad I stuck it out yesterday.
I’ve heard that learning to do little hard things can help build a foundation for doing bigger hard things. This has been difficult, but not in the same way as a lot of other things in life.
While this isn’t the first difficult thing that I’ve done, it is a good reminder that where we end up is usually not the result of one massive decision or action. Rather the destination of our goal, of our life, of our businesses, is a combination of a bazillion little tiny decisions and actions.
Wrapping Things Up
Thanks for reading my ramblings on the idea of fasting, and doing “little hard things…” Especially since these thoughts have been birthed out of a “foggy” mind. 🙂
I did post a video this week. It is a very short “one take wonder” talking about the next month or so of videos. You can watch it right here
Have a great week!