I woke up at 0644, feeling groggy, but not hungry. I
weighed myself and the scale said 208.4!
Bingo. My intermediate target was 210 and I
passed it. I lost four pounds in the last two days, so, of
course, much of that is bound to be water. Nonetheless, this
is the least I have weighed since 2007 when I last hit 208, the
lowest in decades before and ever since. Somehow, after that I
let my weight creep back up. Will I do that again? Good
question. I find that I feel the cold more when thinner and
also my mood is a bit less cheerful. I wonder how I would feel at
the 150 or so that is recommended for my frame.
Next target is 200. I'm in no hurry to get
How do I feel? I did not find fasting too
difficult, and much of the time I was unaware of it. I was a
bit light-headed at times and my concentration was not quite as good
at times, but my activity was unimpeded. In fact, I may have
been more active than usual and had better focus.
Today, though, I found I was very slow getting up
and not at my sharpest, and I have a big day, so I ate an orange and
a bit of steel-cut oats porridge with raisins, but no milk, plus
I was feeling an bit vague and now I feel
more normal. It did not take much and I am not hungry.
After fasting, hunger does not return for a while, and that can
be a good thing. Why not use that phenomenon to best effect and
eat as little as possible for the next while?
end a fast.
I wondered about my BMI, and BMI is calculated based
on height. Since I know I have lost height since my forties, I
measured my height, just to be accurate, not that any of these
calculations are precise. Each of us is unique -- just
like everyone else. These figures and ranges are consensus
numbers and aggregates. YMMV.
My height turned out to be 5' 10-3/8,
down 1-1/2" from my maximum at six feet, years ago, marked
decades ago when the kids were growing, still on the
doorjamb beside the new mark I made today.
29.84 kg/m2 (Overweight)
Normal BMI range: 18.5kg/m2 - 25 kg/m2
Normal BMI weight range for the height: 128.9lbs - 174.2 lbs
Ponderal Index: 16.79 kg/m3
Ideal Weight Calculator
the Robinson formula (1983), your ideal weight is 156.5 lbs
Based on the Miller formula (1983), your ideal weight is 155.0
Based on the Devine formula (1974), your ideal weight is 160.9
Based on the Hamwi formula (1964), your ideal weight is 165.3
Based on the healthy BMI recommendation,
weight is 128.9 lbs - 174.2 lbs
Wow, I am now merely 'overweight' by a hair, seeing as I am a bit
over 5' 10".
I should weigh 175, maximum. I wonder how that would feel?
I posted tjis to Fatsecret:
I have been fasting for 37 hours now.
I really never thought I could or would be able to fast -- or
even want to -- but after listening through all the various
books about how our weight and health problems are due to the
carbs, then the fat, then specific nutrients, and all the
various permutations and combinations, I got to thinking they
are all right. It is food. Too much food, too often and I came
Seems fasting is not a new idea, but it is a very foreign and
threatening idea to a consumer society that revolves around
growing food, transporting and selling food, preparation,
serving food and eating. Some very large and profitable
industries are built on all food all the time.
Apparently fasting (within reason) is safe and beneficial for
most people. Every day people all over the world are fasting.
People have fasted as long as there have been people and the
benefits have been known for at least that long. Some do it
intentionally, for religious or health reasons, and many do it
because they have no choice.
At any rate, my first real attempt has been enlightening. My
weight dropped four pounds in two days. This morning, my blood
pressure is 118/74 and glucose is 5.4 (98) but my pulse is 50, a
bit lower than usual. I feel pretty normal.
I found some good ideas at
https://intensivedietarymanagement.com/ , but
basically, fasting is a do-it-yourself solution. It's not about
doing anything, or buying anything. Au contraire. Instead of
shopping and spending money, you save that time and effort, and
you can go as long as you feel good and stop when you like.
Apparently even a twelve-hour fast between supper and breakfast
has measurable beneficial effects.
Will I keep this up today, or eat something soon? I have not
decided. Will I do a fast again? Good question. Probably.
I'm packed and ready to go. I thought I should
weigh my bag, so I stepped onto the scale and it read 215, heavy
sweater, clothes, wallet, phone and all. I picked up my bag
and the scale said 259. Simple math says it weighs 44 lbs.
Hmmm. At one time, I weighed almost 259 with my clothes on. Look at
the bag. Wow!
It's heavy and I hope I don't have to lug it far.
To think I carried that much weight with me everywhere, every day at
I drove to the airport and checked the bag. On the
flight I watched Drop Dead Diva. I had resisted watching this
one because I don't much care for the American supernatural trope,
but actually it was good. My daughter had recommended it and
we generally like similar shows.
Netflix downloads are amazing. I can
download several hours of video at the airport on free wifi in a
matter of minutes and watch enroute, then erase after.
use my phone and my
Super Bass earphones. Laptops work, too, but are bulky and
These phones cancel out noise quite well and
the sound is very clear. The phone is HD quality and, held
close enough, the 6P screen is pretty big -- it appears almost
as large as a large flat screen across a room. I like these
earphones so well I ordered another set.
I retrieved my bag at YYJ, caught a cab to the
marina, walked out the dock, and boarded Cassiopeia. I did a
quick check and cast off for The Spit where I anchored and settled
I had eaten very little today: a little stew, two
oranges, and a glass of tomato juice on the flight. After
anchoring, I decided to have another orange and a few spoonfuls of
stew (I had brought some along) and a stick of celery. I'm
Barely had I anchored when Colin called. He
was in Active Pass making 15 knots, headed for Sidney on Last Tango
and hoping I'd drive him to the ferry. Oh, well. If I'd known
an hour earlier.
On the way over, I had to set up the plotter
all over. Seems someone had reset it. That's the
trouble with chartering a boat. Clients take liberties.
I'm settled in for the night here at The Spit, along
with a convoy of other anchored boats. Weeks ago, I'd have
been alone or had maybe two other boats nearby. The summer season
I correct, revise and augment entries
in the previous several days first thing each day before
writing new diary entries.
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