>Day 11…Still Going

>I forgot to post yesterday…almost let today slip by because I was extremely busy working. Today was a great day; busy, hot, and seemingly long, but great. I went grocery shopping and picked up more fruit and veggies, yogurt, and a tasty salad mix (with lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, radishes, and bell peppers).

My two-a-day workouts have been going strong… once in the morning and once in the evening… even if it is late, like last night when I was up sweating and grunting at midnight!

Well I’m really tired…too tired to keep typing on here. Just wanted to share the latest, and let everyone know that I’m still doing great, hanging in there, and feeling incredible overall! I also want to remind you not to start this or any fast (or diet) without first consulting a medical professional! Please don’t rely on my results as credibility for you to risk your health and wellbeing. Have an incredible day and be a blessing to others.

Natasha

Copyright 2010. Natasha L. Foreman. All Rights Reserved.

>Day 7 and I Have Some News to Share

>First let me say that when you fast on brown rice you need to explore various salt-free seasonings such as Cayenne Pepper, Pepper, and Curry Powder, which is what I have on tonight’s meal…not all three, although I would try it. No, tonight I have pepper, curry powder and a pinch of sea salt. It is a nice twist as I begin to wrap up this phase of my fast. 

Yesterday I weighed myself and believed I had only lost three pounds, which was good news; but today something told me to weigh myself again, and guess what? I have actually lost roughly four to five pounds in 7 days. Now that sounds even better than three doesn’t it? What is crazy is that this is water weight. 

My workout today was great. Very intense. I have a good soreness and my muscles are thriving off of the workload. It is important to work out when fasting (light to moderate intensity) so that you don’t lose muscle while your body is flushing out trapped water, fat, and other junk. Remember the catch-phrase “if you don’t use it you will lose it”…so workout at least 30 minutes to keep those muscles happy!

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>Day 6: Still Going Strong

>Although I’m tired from ripping and running most of the day, and having an intense workout, I will say that overall I feel great. My body is sore from working out, but my spirits are high. My energy is low only because it’s late and I need my sleep. I knew I was tired this evening when I could barely finish my bowl of rice. All I wanted was a hot bath and a firm bed. I just finished the former, and in less than 10 minutes I will be in the latter.

I’ve lost about 3 pounds so far which is awesome to think about. I’m focused on my health, well being, and getting to a point physically that I’m satisfied with…without obsessing over weight, size, and the like. Eventually I will share a deep story about my life, my childhood, and my obsession with “not wanting to be fat” but tonight is not the time.

Thank you to all of you who have sent me encouraging words of support because as many of you know, fasting is no joke!

Good night and bless you all!

Copyright 2010. Natasha L. Foreman. All Rights Reserved.

>Day Five and I’m Looking and Feeling Great

>Quickly let me share how today has been thus far. I’m a little sore from yesterday’s two-a-day workout but I feel good. I woke up and got my day started off right guzzling back my first bottle of water, did my Bible lessons, did a light workout (due to time constraints) and then began my household tasks before heading out to run errands (the cause of my time constraints). 

How do I feel? 

Overall I feel great. I’m not craving food. I can see things I like to eat and I’m not desiring them. I even smelled a protein drink that I normally love, and my stomach almost turned- it didn’t smell as tantalizing as usual. I found that to be interesting. I have noticed that my body is demanding more water more often. I’m glad that I brought a 24 ounce bottle of water with me, plus two 8.5 ounce bottles when I left the house, because I am extremely thirsty!

I’m keeping this short because I’m hungry and it’s time for my next bowl of rice!

Ciao!

Copyright 2010. Natasha L. Foreman. All Rights Reserved.  

>Day Four of Fasting…I’m Stuffed and Feeling the Burn

>Four days down, fourteen left to go. The very first bite I took of brown rice today made me feel so full. I couldn’t eat one cup (cooked) of rice in one sitting. Combined with water it swelled up in my little belly so fast that in the words of my late, great, and wonderful grandfather Elisberry Stephens, “I was as full as a tick!” Let me clarify something- just because I’m no longer on the water/liquid fast, does not mean that now I return to drinking sweet tea and juice while I eat brown rice. I’m still consuming water. That’s all. No other drink. Just water and brown rice for the next 5-7 days. 

It took me over an hour to finish the first bowl. I ate half and the second half I finished after my workout, which may I add was intense. Normally I could breeze through, or not struggle so much with lunges, squats, pushups, and a grueling ab workout…but today I was winded (I struggled to breathe) and boy oh boy were my muscles burning! Although my body was screaming, “no way lady, let’s do a brisk walk instead, this isn’t a light to moderate workout you psycho!” I kept pushing myself through the workout. I knew I’d really feel good after, and I did and still do. Good enough to start my second workout once I submit this post. 

This fast is helping me push past my fears, my hangups, my issues, and my fitness plateau. I don’t like living in the woulda, shoulda, coulda world; so I have reached the point of saying “enough is enough”. I want to be the best that I can be in everything, and I can’t be the best fitness trainer if I don’t look and feel the part (despite what others think and say). If I’m not feeling my best then I can’t be the best business consultant, friend, daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin, girlfriend, wife or mother…okay I got ahead of myself, but you get my drift.

My favorite number since I was a youth was “1”. I always wanted to be number one in everything; even if I didn’t succeed I was still climbing, fighting, racing to be number one. The past few days I realized that I lost that vibe. I was okay not being number one in certain parts of my life, and that took its toll on me emotionally, spiritually, and physically. It prevented me from taking risks that I used to take or wouldn’t hesitate to take in my 20s. What the heck happened to Natasha the go-getter? She entered her 30s and got lost. 

I turn 35 next month and I refuse to enter another birthday lost. Number One is coming back folks and she means business…”like it, love it, or leave it” just don’t get in my way! My eyes are wide open, not blurry, or clouded with junk…wide open and I’m loving it. I’ve got to scram…time to workout, sweat, and feel the burn! 

Copyright 2010. Natasha L. Foreman. All Rights Reserved.   

>Day 3 of Fasting and I am Pumped Up

>Day three of fasting was exhilarating! Something crazy happened as I was leaving the gates of the community where I live…I noticed the gardeners planted flowered shrubs in the front…that I hadn’t noticed until TODAY! That means that I have been driving to and from home for I don’t know how long (definitely more than a week) and never took notice. Wow that is sad in a way. Well I just smiled, bobbed my head to the gospel song that was playing on the radio, and took notice of my surroundings. 

After a moderately intense workout at the park I felt like I could continue, but I didn’t want to overdo it. It is suggested that you take it easier than normal while fasting since you are not sure how your body will respond to an intense workout. So, what else did I notice today? Well, my energy level is still high, my body temperature is still elevated, and I’m definitely well hydrated! After looking at and touching my skin, I can see a remarkable improvement in how it feels and looks, which says a great deal since I have always had super soft skin (seriously). What I’m referring to more specifically is how the water is clearly flushing out of areas where it has no business being. Think how my body will look in five, seven, ten, and fifteen days from now; can you say ‘ooh wee’ with me?

Tomorrow will be day four with a twist. I will of course continue drinking tons of water (a minimum of eleven 8 ounce glasses), but my fast now transitions to whole grain brown rice four times a day for the next 5 to 7 days. Brown rice fasting is another ancient form of fasting, as it cleanses and detoxes the body, and also helps alleviate digestive issues…but it is less intense than water, liquid, or juice fasting. I will consume one to two cups of cooked rice four times per day. Good thing I love brown rice!  

According to a fasting website I discovered last night, in addition to light to moderate exercise, drinking plenty of water, and at least 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night, we should also “Take time to do breathing exercises to help you shed toxins and oxygenate your blood, as well as dry skin brushing to enhance the body’s ability to detox through both the skin and the lymphatic system.” I know from experience that the dry skin brushing with either a specialized skin brush or natural loofah sponge, does wonders for your skin. Research it for yourself and be sure to follow the instructions/suggestions closely.

I intend to fast at least 14 days, transitioning from one type of fast to another, gradually reintroducing my body to whole, organic raw and cooked food. No worries, I will bring you along on my journey so you can live vicariously through me; experiencing it without having to make the ultimate sacrifice!

Now let me cover all of my bases and make sure that I stress as I did in my post yesterday… do not begin a fast, diet, or any exercise regimen without consulting with a medical professional first. Period. Don’t pass ‘Go’ and collect one hundred dollars; get the proper ‘green light’ from a medical professional who can best determine your needs, restrictions, and limitations. 

Whatever path you take to improving your health, be committed and passionate, because this is the only body we have; so treat it right!

Tomorrow is day four of my journey. I will check in to report how it’s coming along. Gotta run, need to drink my water!

Copyright 2010. Natasha L. Foreman. All Rights Reserved.

Sources:

Fasting:  http://www.allaboutfasting.com/rice-fasting.html

>Fasting: A Connection, An Awakening, A Commitment…and My Body Likes it Too!

>Today is day two on my liquid fast (drinking nothing but water and a special juice and vitamin blend that I mix with water) and wowsers it has been an exhilarating experience. Let me say right now, do not…I repeat…do not begin a fast, diet, or any exercise regimen without consulting with a medical professional first. Yes, I got the green light to begin mine. Now that I have covered that, let’s move forward.

Removing all food and drinks that normally would satisfy my temporary needs for instant gratification, and of course sustenance is a fear (believe it or not)  many people struggle with. Now for those people who don’t have access to food and sweets, and the like, this is not a huge step for them…this is their reality, something they live daily. For the rest of us who have free access to basically anything we want to consume, we can’t fathom not eating for one or more days (especially if we’re not physically sick).

So what am I experiencing on day two?

My body has reignited. It is recharging, cleansing, flushing out, burning junk, and feeling good…no…great. My mind is sharp and my energy level is up. I was so in-tune during church service today as the message that came to me focused on faith and overcoming our fears…timely and much-needed message.  

As I type this post my body heat has increased considerably to the point that I’m perspiring. I noticed this happening earlier today but did not pay close attention to what was going on exactly. My experience as an athlete has signaled my mind to quickly comprehend what is taking place inside my temple. My body is going through diet-induced Thermogenesis and soon Ketosis. Aaaah two big “three dollar words” one of my closest friends would say. For those of you who consider ‘research’ as searching on Google or deferring to Wikipedia let me share with you the process of diet-induced thermogenesis, and what Wikipedia defined and explained Ketosis to be:

Diet-induced Thermogenesis basically is the creation of heat induced by one’s diet. It is the process where your body heats up considerably as it burns stored fat. One example I found said for us to look at thermogenesis like a thermostat being turned up in our body. “If we turn up the thermostat, we’re causing more of the energy we take in to go into thermogenesis as well as other areas of the sympathetic system, so less of the energy is used in work and less is used for storage and less goes to fat. The brown fat is activated, and it calls into service the white cells, which are the primary storage of fat in the body.” (natural.com)

There is also thermogenesis that is brought on by working out, and of course by supplements and drugs. 

All of that is amazing isn’t it?

So what is Ketosis?
It “is a state of the organism characterised by elevated levels of ketone bodies in the blood, by the process of ketogenesis. Ketone bodies are formed when the liver glycogen stores are depleted. The ketone bodies acetoacetate and ß-hydroxybutyrate are used for energy. [1]”

When looking at ketosis and dieting:

“If the diet is changed from a highly glycemic diet to a diet that does not provide sufficient carbohydrate to replenish glycogen stores, the body goes through a set of stages to enter ketosis. During the initial stages of this process, the adult brain does not burn ketones; however, the brain makes immediate use of this important substrate for lipid synthesis in the brain.”

So then what happens?

“After about 48 hours of this process, the brain starts burning ketones in order to more directly utilize the energy from the fat stores that are being depended upon, and to reserve the glucose only for its absolute needs, thus avoiding the depletion of the body’s protein store in the muscles.”

Wow now that is incredible, don’t you think?

So at the same time I am refocusing my mind, overcoming my fears, committing to finding myself and regaining faith in the unknown and inconceivable, I am also rebuilding my body and making it better and more efficient. Day two is almost over and day three will begin before I know it (God willing)…I’m not sure how many days I will fast, definitely no more than seven. I look forward to the experience more and will keep everyone posted on how I’m doing. Once again let me stress…do not begin a fast, diet, or any exercise regimen without consulting with a medical professional first! Until we meet here again, make it an awesome day!

Copyright 2010. Natasha L. Foreman. All Rights Reserved.

Sources

Diet-induced thermogenesis http://www.all-natural.com/thermo.html

High body temperature when fasting/dieting 
Ketosis. Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ketosis