One meal a day challenge: day 11-29

As I was expecting, you really do get used to not eating all day. Of course you also definitely have less energy to spend as the day progresses, but it’s not that I ever felt dizzy or something like that. It’s when running or lifting things (or drilling in the ceiling to hang lamps…) that I noticed a lower energy level.

High and dry.

Last Sunday I had a nice challenge coming up. We recently moved to the 11th floor of a brand new apartment building. Because so many people are moving, the building manager decided to disable one of the two elevators, so it doesn’t get damaged. You can’t believe how inconsiderate people are… Anyway. I get home from the Zoo with the children and the other, enabled, elevator is not functioning anymore! This was definitely a challenge. Our youngest child is 3 years old, so I also had to carry him up for 8 of the 10 stairs. I can tell you this, my heart was racing and didn’t stop for quite a while and I most surely felt that I had muscles in my legs! Later that evening I suddenly remembered that I had to put the garbage out. Elevator still broken. Damn it! Being the genius that I am, I decided to run back up. I lasted for 6 floors and then I could just barely manage to walk further up. Still no dizziness, only a pure lack of force in my legs. A big thank you to Mrs. Precise for taking the cartoons out after I came back up!

By the way, did I mention that I lost weight? A month ago I was weighing 81 kg, after the 29 day fast I was down to 73 kg. A few days later, now I’m back up to 76 without eating big amounts, maybe because my intestines are more filled with food now? I didn’t have much weight to spare in the beginning, but still I managed to shave off some of my “extra’s”.

One more challenge down, neext!

One meal a day challenge: day 1-10

Not me nor mine, but this looks extremely tasty, especially since I didn’t eat in 22 hours! (Photo by rawpixel.com from Pexels)

How do I start here… well this is… it’s easy and not. A lot depends on how busy you are and in which way you are busy it seems. I’m working in IT, so I just ‘sit in front of a computer all day’. On a busy day, it’s not difficult at all to fast during office hours. But when it’s a slow day, my mind is constantly thinking about other stuff. Food stuff. And then there’s the weekend. Last weekend on Sunday I went to do some things with my son, which meant I biked here and there. The sun was happily shining and I was definitely feeling less energetic, less powerful. And very, very thirsty! During the week I’m really almost never thirsty. I guess sitting still in a climate controlled environment doesn’t make you thirsty, while moving around in the sun does. That’s no rocket science, right? The Saturday before was much slower, we walked to and in the Zoo and did some groceries etc. Mentally I was always busy, but there was no physical challenge. Fasting was quite easy then.

Of course it’s more difficult the first day(s), but now after 10 days I’m really getting used to eating just once a day already. The first days I was also constantly explaining to my colleagues (with whom I was still going to lunch, just to socialize) what the Ramadan is and that what I’m doing is not dangerous or especially difficult. I didn’t try to explain intermittent fasting to them, these are the same people that couldn’t imagine not eating sugar for even a day, remember… Actually we had some nice discussions around the topic, which is not what regularly would happen in a group of non Muslims I guess.

Now that I’m mostly used to not eating during the day, I find that waiting to eat in the evening is the most annoying. I’m home, the children are in bed, the kitchen has been cleaned… and now we wait. For almost 2 hours we’re just waiting for dinnertime to come. Of course we keep ourselves busy by reading a book or so but still. We’re just waiting. Time never passes slower than when you’re waiting for something nice.

But then! Then, everything tastes like heaven! You could give me a dry piece of bread and it would be the best damn piece of bread I ever ate! But I’m a lucky bastard, because we don’t eat just dry bread, but some nice and healthy balanced things. I eat until I’m full, which is roughly the equivalent of what I would normally eat in 2 meals, I guess. I don’t really stuff myself, but Mrs. Precise is regularly ‘complaining’ that she ate too much.

I seems to me this challenge will get easier as time progresses, let’s see!

One meal a day challenge: day 0

A mosque just before sunset, or dinnertime starting tomorrow! (Photo by David McEachan from Pexels)

You may be or may not be aware, but tomorrow Ramadan will start for our Muslim friends. Am I allowed to say those 2 words in one sentence in the current political climate? Well, it’s my blog so I can do what I want, ow yeah! Since my wife is a Muslim, we have a Ramadan going on in our house. I thought it’s the perfect opportunity to do another challenge.

As you might know, Muslims don’t eat or drink (or swear, smoke, have intercourse) while the sun is above the horizon. You have to stop eating in the morning even more early for some reason I don’t understand. All this makes it so that we would have to wake up on some ungodly hour to eat in the morning. Instead of being sleep deprived, we decided to just eat once, in the evening. This year it will be around 21h45 and roughly a minute later every day.

So there you go, my next challenge will be to go from (likely, it’s a lunar calendar) 17 May until 14 June. So it will be 29 days. I’m really bad at this 30 day thing…

You might be thinking now: this time Pete chose a bad challenge, he said he only take challenges that will improve his health.

Guess what?! Almost everything they told you about fasting is plain wrong.

  • Skipping breakfast is bad for your metabolism.
  • You have to eat 5-6 meals per day to keep that metabolism going.
  • If you fast, you will lose muscle mass

These are all myths, probably brought to you by Big Food. Look around and read a bit about intermittent fasting. I’m not going to give a lengthy lecture here, it’s not a food blog, but the short synopsis could be something like this: “Short fasts make your metabolism go faster, your body takes energy from it’s reserves, and those are your bodyfat.”. That’s about it.

Let’s seeĀ  how this one works out. I’m not so much worried about the food, but I will also not dirnk water during daytime, which might be harder with the weather we’ve been having. Luckily I’m working an airco’d office job, so it shouldn’t be too difficult either.

Here we go for challenge nr 3!