A Friend's 15 Keys
Detect / Eject
success in fasting is almost entirely mental.
any thought in your mind, that is counterproductive &/or threatening to your fast, needs to be detected as fast as possible, & ejected from your mind as fast as possible.
the thought may be cravings, a bullshit excuse to quit the fast, even people can be counterproductive &/or threatening to your fast.
never allow these thoughts to exist in your mind.
because it will spread throughout your thoughts & mind like a virus, & become catastrophic to the achievement of your goal.
be aware & on alert of what is going on in your mind, many of these thoughts begin in stealth or disguise.
this skill set of cognitive control, as it develops over time, can be applied to other areas of your life to help you achieve high level goals.
life is war, your mind is 1st weapon.
how strong is your mind?
Never Make The Same Mistake Twice
Learn from your failures, for there will be many.
failures are lessons, and Knowledge is Power.
the strongest use of that power, is to never make the same mistake twice.
fasting, or life.
Remember Your Hate / Remember Your Pain
remember that hate of yourself?
remember that hate of your weight?
remember that hate of your body?
remember that hate of failing weight loss goals?
remember that hate & use it.
remember it when your fasting, to help remind you why it's so important to keep fighting through the pain.
hate & pain are powerful tools, use them to your advantage.
in life, there are no better teachers than hate & pain.
in time, whether you like it or not, you will learn this.
Play The Tape
so your thinking about quitting your fast, play that future version of your life out in your mind.
witness your anger at yourself because you made that decision to quit.
feel those emotions of failure.
live that out first, in your mind, before you quit.
do this over & over.
prepare for shifts in rationality.
your mind will play tricks on you.
it will offer you terrific excuses to quit the fast.
it will trick you with new rationalizations of why the fast you are running is not worth it, or that it is a horrible idea for some good reason.
stand your ground.
Only Days Matter
weight means nothing, only days matter.
if you need to see your weight going down each day & you invest into that mentally & emotionally, you are setting yourself up for more pain & possibly failure.
only focus on getting through the day your in.
focus on accomplishing days, not accomplishing numbers.
your weight will do all kinds of tricks & fluctuations, don't let it beat you.
control your focus.
the first 12 days of of the fast is hell.
cravings, hunger, depression & the never ending search for desperate excuses to quit are boiling hot in the 1st week.
generally after 12 days, things get 10x easier.
be prepared for this.
stress weakens resolve.
while fasting, eliminate as much stress from your life as you can.
physical / mental / emotional.
weigh-ins can be dangerous.
the thing about weigh-ins, is water.
water retention swings are constant, and water weighs a lot.
a little bit of water weighs a lot, and can easily throw your weight numbers all over the place.
over time, you will witness slight weight gains from time to time, even in a 0 calorie fast, due to water weight fluctuations.
doing a monday weekly weigh-in is a really good idea to consider.
daily weigh-ins can be toxic to your mind.
this key is simple . .
when you have a goal of doing for example a 4 day fast, & you find that on day 4 you are supercharged & able to keep going, don't stop! keep going!
you have the momentum, it's important to always use it.
there will be other fasts where it's difficult to just get to the end goal, so always capitalize on momentum if / when you have it.
controlling mood swings & cravings while fasting is crucial!
begin to train your mind to binge on diet sodas and/or flavored coffees.
you have to control your mood, and you have to kill cravings.
caffeine is the #1 tool to assist in these aspects of fasting.
while fasting, binge on all the 0 or low calorie beverages that you love, and tons of great tasting flavored coffees.
this component of success in fasting is your mood regulator.
and until the day comes when you take this serious, prepare to fail a lot of fasts.
safety in fasting is always priority #1.
electrolytes are chemicals that form electrically charged particles (ions) in body fluids.
these ions carry the electrical energy necessary for many functions, including muscle contractions and transmission of nerve impulses.
potassium, magnesium, calcium, and sodium are electrolytes.
electrolytes are a vital component to safety in fasting.
the best source for electrolytes while fasting are multi-electrolyte supplements that can be purchased off of amazon for
very low prices, or 0 calorie sport drinks that are specifically designed to replenish electrolytes, such as gatorade & powerade.
having stated all that i have stated here about electrolytes, understand that this is not cookie cutter. meaning . .
you have to learn your own body, because our bodies are all subjective individual cases, we're not all the same.
so . .
for me, i don't actually need electrolytes until i'm far into a fast.
but for you, you might need electrolytes right away!
you may start experiencing irregular heartbeat, or fatigue, or nausea, or muscle cramping, on only day 2!
you have to learn your own body, and there is no intelligent reason to take major health risks.
don't just blindly start popping expensive electrolytes because your fasting for 1 day, but don't ignore your bodies signals to you either.
remember . .
more is not better. smarter is better.
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Marathon, Not A Sprint
remember that fasting is a marathon, not a sprint.
the entire issue of weight control is a lifelong issue.
we all want to lose as much weight as possible, as quickly as possible.
but the key understanding is that, even if you could wave a magic wand and be any
weight you want instantly, tomorrow, you are right back into the fight of weight control again.
it will never end.
controlling your weight through fasting is for life.
so get you mind developed with these keys, and prepare for a long ride. this is not a sprint.
prepare for mood swings the like of which you have never experienced.
prepare for depression so strong & persistent, you're a slave to it.
for me, day 30+ causes mood swings & depression spikes.
but eventually they stop becoming swings & spikes. they become a constant.
your genetics programed you to eat. your mind & body will eventually do everything in their power to break you down & make you eat.
eventually you will need to stop being a human being. being human means suffering, and the desire to end it. but to a machine, it don't matter.
eventually, you will need to think of yourself as a machine, and forget that you are a human, with the option to quit & fail.
as a machine, you don't care about the pain anymore, because you accept that it will never end.
you expect it & accept it.
eventually, when your self perception as a machine becomes strong enough, pain will become irrelevant.
remember . .
in life, there are no better teachers than hate & pain.
take your pain. enjoy it. it will make you stronger.
failure is not an option.
Death Of Time
time will become your enemy. time will become the thing that hurts you the most.
there will be mood swings. there will be depression spikes. but in the end, it will be time that hurts the most.
to kill this suffering is to learn to kill time.
eventually, when your skill at killing time is strong enough, you will forget the day of the week, the date of the month, or what day you are on.
time will become your main enemy, thus time must become irrelevant.
the death of time must become your 1st priority, or time will become a burning acid you will have to endure.