What’s this? My play by play through the day of a mini-fast a la Eat Stop Eat.

That means 24 hours max, dinner-to-dinner, a couple of times a week for me.  I’ve been in this habit for the past 6 months, and have had numerous requests about how a day like this goes, which has prompted this blog entry PLUS the soon-to-follow “Mini-Fasts:  A Six Month Report!”

I’ve found the IMF (intermittent mini-fasts as I call it) to be a very positive experience (more on that in the 6 month report).

Here is my post-by-post experience – with a few embellishments!

5:00 a.m. Awakened early this morning with the thud of an animal on the front porch (we thought it might be our long lost dog!  🙁  but no….), turned out to be a cat (we don’t have a cat) and back to bed for a few more zzz’s

The rain had started early, and it was just so cozy to snuggle in for a little while longer.  Up at 6:30.

6:30 a.m. fresh grind (gotta have fresh grind when it comes to me java!) and a quick read of    the SF Chronicle, which just happened to be packed with fitness- related articles.  Which inspired me to pop into my blog and post about GoodGuide.

8:06 a.m. computer check-in, blog posting and readying for walk in the early morning drizzle.

9:45 a.m. blog broadcast SENT, time to brave the rain and fog. Glass of water, empty stomach, great energy!

From there it was off to a morning walk, then back to a hot bath

10:56 a.m. back from foggy hike to lake, a little hungry but easy not to think about food – off to hot bath. Treating myself to green tea masque sent by friend Kitty, it warms your face as you apply!

12:00 Noon, back @ work writing; lots of work on computer today, readying Modules for Woman’s Fitness BluePrint group coaching program as well as other documents.  It’s so foggy outside that it is a good day for indoor work!

1:00 p.m. light hunger, made some green /fennel tea and a quick T-T Twist stretch, ready to go!  Writing and client coaching calls all afternoon.  Need to organize office!

1:33 p.m. listening to audio of my teleclass interview with fasting expert Brad Pilon of Eat Stop Eat fame.  The focus of this particular interview was the psychology of short fasts.

3:17 p.m.; readied rice cooker for dinner; finishing writing project; dinner a short 2 hours away! Chill the red! Did 10 “glamour squats”  ( my name for “prisoner squats”, sound so much more – well, glamorous!)

This afternoon, concurrent with my Twitter tweeting and Facebooking about the mini-fast experience today, I’m writing “Mini-Fasts:  My Six Month Report”.  Yes, 6 month of mini-fasts under my belt!   I see no reason not to continue.

I DO find, however, that this day I have been more conscious of hunger than ANY other day of fasting over the last 6 months.  And I know exactly why – my attention has been upon reporting in about it all!  Usually, I’m busy with projects, writing, coaching, and even doing a workout so I don’t think about it all so much.  THIS experience is different!  In that way, today is not a typical fast day – the steps are the same but the process is different mentally.

4:15 p.m.: punched “cook” on the rice cooker for start, laced up and we’re off to a pre-dinner stroll through the woods.


5:00: the grains are almost ready!

Put the veggies on to steam, poured glasses of GreenBridge Organic Zinfandel, and prepped small plates of edamame hummus with carrots and a side of pistachios.

Progressed to mixed greens of arugula and romaine with Italian dressing, then on to quinoa with broccoli and veggie sausage with my super sauce…

…and a chunk of dark chocolate for dessert!

The Mini Fast process sharpens the taste buds, dinner on these days is ultra-enjoyable!

How’s your experience?  Share if you like in “comments”!

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