Monday morning I decided I needed to Fast, and I decided on a 56 hour Fast. For me, that means not consuming a meal until Wednesday (today). Purposefully not having a meal for an entire 56 hours, but if you really think about it I fasted for 64 hours because I slept 8 hours before waking up on Monday. So I will now call it a 64 hour fast, but not retitle the blog post. :) The reason I chose to Fast is because I am getting ready to do some MAJOR training, I have thrown my name into the lottery for the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon which is June 20th. I have also registered for the Medtronic Marathon (here and here). Going through a Fast gets my head into the game, makes me really plan what I need to achieve nutritionally, and to clean my body and mind of any nasty cravings. I'll be doing a 64 hour Fast once, every other week. The amount of inflammation alone that is removed through urination is AWESOME! Professional athletes complete a 24 hour Fast on their "rest" days, so I may switch to those once my actual 12 week training program begins.
I successfully completed my 64 hour fast when I woke up this morning, and had an amazing breakfast to replenish the natural nutrients I need. I had a vegan protein shake, and a Protein Ice Cream Shake. The Ice Cream shake counts as my snack for the morning, too. I did a little research into the history of fasts, because some people question why do them, and it's the Christian Faith that really populated my search feed. I encourage you to do a search of your own, in case you're on the fence. I don't nutritionally deplete my body, I follow a system that includes herbal remedies (that taste good, to me) infusing the body with healthy nutrients.
During my short research into Fasts, I also found this little picture, and noticed the Fast side is basically how I already function. I have nutritional meal replacements (~250 calories each) for breakfast and lunch/dinner, have a few small snacks in between, and then a sit down lunch/dinner (~400-600 calories). I'll need to be conscience about the meat, but I believe I can handle it. Now I consider what to 'give up' for Lent.
Are you able to follow this type of Fast pictured? Would you follow the fast I just completed? Are you abstaining from anything for Lent?