My Ten Day Water Fasting Experience: Trouble In Paradise (Day 3/Final Day – Early Termination)

Day 3 of 10 did not go as planned.

I have mixed feelings about what has occurred today, but the most profound feeling I have is one of extreme gratitude. At this time, it is hard for me to articulate my emotions and thoughts outside of that, so I am going to have to return at a later time to explain what “went wrong”. I just hope I don’t look like too much of a wuss. Hey, I did the best I could. I’m proud of myself for even trying. Eh…just trying to stay positive. Fake it til you make it.

6:00 AM

I’ve been up for hours now. Between my cat screaming her head off and me being in excruciating pain, this has not been the most pleasant way to start my day. I was woken up by a deep radiating pain in my mid-back/side yesterday morning, but I had ignored it thinking that I had merely slept wrong. Today, I am realizing that the pain is more than likely coming from my kidneys.

Of course, being the good little hypochondriac I am, I took to Google in search of a potential answer. Was it normal to have kidney pain while water fasting, and if so, why? After a few pecks of the screen I came to see that many other people have also experienced kidney pain while fasting.

What I couldn’t figure out was why people were having the pain in the first place. From a lack of electrolytes to the kidneys being overtaxed by too much water or too many toxins, everyone had their own theory. Most people saw an improvement in symptoms with the consumption of bone broth, juice or in one case, a burger.

I’m not sure what is causing this pain, but I certainly don’t like it. I’m tempted to take a Tylenol, but figure doing so would simply hurt my kidneys more or add to my own toxicity. All I can do is drink some water and try to go back to sleep the best I can.

Outside of the pain, I am slightly hungry and have a headache. I’m also really cold again. Last night, I was ridiculously cold. Perhaps this was a result of detoxing? The chills were so bad, I thought I’d never fall asleep. Thankfully, I did, so I’m hoping that my body took a chance to heal itself.

7:57 AM

I decided against going back to sleep. Instead, I downloaded a new game. Playing video games is the best distraction ever invented, if you ask me. So, having a new game is sure to keep my mind off of food when I have extra time on my hands. I just finished the main story for Yakuza 0 (which I loved, btw), but I’m actually sorry that I did. That would have been the perfect game to play during this fast since I hardly thought of anything else while playing it. Maybe I should finish Mafia 3…meh.

The back pain has tapered off a bit and my hunger isn’t too bad, so I decided it was time to test my energy levels. I’ve been extremely sedentary throughout this fast due to a sheer lack of energy, but today I feel like I can move around more. I just attempted to do some chores, but leaning over to clean the cat box made my head hurt like heck. There’s a slight lightheadedness accompanying my headache as well, so I will definitely take it easy until it eases up.

10:04 AM

Things have gone completely downhill. I am horribly nauseated again. My head is pounding and I can barely think straight. The hunger is back with a vengeance and no matter how much I drink, I remain hungry.

I seriously thought that my energy would be back today, and for awhile, it seemed to be. Between the hunger pangs and slight disorientation, I’m not quite sure what to do with myself. I am starting to question if this was a good idea after all. Maybe I should have elected to fast one day a week for awhile instead of doing this. I want to finish the remaining days, but I can’t keep lying down…I have things to do. It’s a very good thing that I don’t have a traditional 9 to 5. I would have already had to wave the white flag.

11:11 AM

I just ate a low-fat strawberry yogurt. It was the most wonderful thing I have ever tasted.

My water fast is officially over.

5:41 PM

In the immediate hours following my yogurt, I pepped up considerably. Although I still felt a bit woozy, the majority of my symptoms had subsided. I was laughing and feeling quite good.

However, the last two or three hours have been rather puzzling and unpleasant. I am now experiencing a lot of pelvic pain, the cause of which I can’t quite identify. Without being too involved, I will say that I’m going through something that has me thinking that I made the right choice to suspend the fast, as I believe it would be quite unhealthy to continue at this time. I can’t believe that a physical ailment took me out of the game before my own cravings did. Strange world we’re living in.

As for now, the water fast is definitely over. I had planned to start over in a day or two, but in light of recent events, it looks as though I won’t be trying again for quite awhile. I probably shouldn’t have attempted to do something so extreme while in my current state of health, especially since I haven’t visited a doctor in a good while. My own bullheadedness (aka stupidity) went against popular recommendations to have a doctor’s evaluation before embarking on this journey, so I guess I sort of got what I deserved.

All the same, I will be changing (and documenting) my weight loss and detoxing game plan in hopes of being able to tackle a 7 to 10 day fast once I am in a better position to complete it. But for now, I need to try to get a handle on whatever is going on with my body because this is really not a good look.

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