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Why I’m Fasting

This is Day 1 of my fasting journey. Current weight: 250.2lbs. Keep watching for the dramatic changes!

I’ve had it. My life is not the way I want it to be. I ate poorly over the holidays. I want to lose weight. There’s a lot of good benefits to fasting, but I really just want to lose weight.

 A few years back, I fasted for 21 days. I lost a lot of weight. It took my life in a new direction. I lost over 100 pounds, and people noticed.

 In the three years since, I’ve kind of floundered. Is it time to go on another fast?

Today I read an article from the fasting expert, Dr. Jason Fung.

“The #1 Rule of Fasting” by Dr. Jason Fung https://link.medium.com/IIipIHiRk3

It’s a good read, but one thing stood out to me:

“…there is no reason to fast for 30 consecutive days just for the sake of argument. Why not do 4 separate 7-day fasts instead? It will have roughly the same beneficial health effects with far less risk.”

Dr. Jason Fung

He’s the “man” when it comes to fasting. If he says I will get the same effect from doing multiple fasts, I’m on-board.

Yes, there’s some medical things I would like to clear up.

I recently discovered I was gluten-intolerant. That’s an interesting story.

I have lived all my life having a tough time with carbs of any kind. At the same time, I craved sweets and breads. When I had a meal of heavy carbs (like pasta), I would feel brain fog and a serious case of the sleepies. A good 15-minute nap and I would be good to go, right?

That’s the way it is for everybody, right?

I work every weekend at a local food bank. My permanent station is the desserts and baked goods. They’re nice to look at and to smell, but for me it is strictly do not touch! We have a couple guests who are gluten intolerant. I hold aside any specially-made goodies for when they come through the line.

Last Saturday, I started talking about gluten intolerance with one of the guests. What happens if you eat gluten? She listed off a lot of symptoms. How do you know if you are gluten intolerant? She said there is a very expensive test, or you could just try some gluten-free goods and see how you feel.

Huh. Really?

That day I took home some very yummy gluten-free pasta. The next day, I ate only the gluten-free pasta. I didn’t want any other variables.

I felt amazing.

I didn’t feel tired, sluggish, or crappy after eating a very large amount of pasta.

So there’s that.

I have since done a lot of research on gluten intolerance. It can cause a wide variety of symptoms. Is that the reason I have the following:

  • MS
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Brain fog
  • Depression and anxiety

Could be. Only one way to find out.

Clean Up Time

I have been eating a Standard American Diet (SAD) for 45 years. Who knows what kind of damage I have done to my system! I think a good fast is a way to clean up any extra gluten in my system and repair the damage.

I have been playing with fasting for the last three years. I’ve done one meal a day (OMAD), intermittent fasting (IF), alternate day fasting, black fasting, and long-term water fasting.

It was a good opportunity to push myself. I was exercising my self-control. I felt empowered by accomplishing something. But, after reading Dr. Fung’s article, I think I might have been risking injury. I will do several 7-day fasts. I will alternate one week on and one week off. The feeding week will restore my backup vitamins and minerals.

In my previous fasts, I have notice almost all of the benefits that the experts talk about. My weight loss was simply amazing, but now I wonder how much of that was being gluten-free. Eating nothing is pretty friggin’ gluten-free!

My focus was razor sharp.

The coolest thing (even better than the weight loss) was the ability to sleep four hours per night! I would wake up fully rested after just four hours of sleep! I’m sure that’s not the case for everybody, because I was hard-pressed to find another example cited online.

Maybe that’s just my side benefit and reason to try another fast.

I will be telling y’all what “day” I am on, in 7-day increments. For the next 7 days, I will be on a straight water fast. The rules of a water fast:

  • Calorie-free beverages are OK (no artificial sweeteners!)
  • Black coffee and unsweetened coffee are OK
  • 100 calories or less per day. That will allow you to put something small in that coffee, if you can’t drink it black.

I have found that hunger comes in waves. If it’s hard, just wait a few minutes and it will pass. Have a coffee.

Another benefit of fasting they don’t talk about? I have learned to listen to my body. That helped me identify that I had a problem with gluten. I don’t think I would have been able to tell if not for the fasting.

I also know what “true hunger” is like. I can honestly ask myself, “Is this a craving, or real hunger?” I also have an easier time stopping my eating before a full-on binge. I can identify “true full” as well.

Check back tomorrow to read about my progress.

Book One FULLY Launched!

This is it, ladies and germs. It has been a long time coming, but book #1 is fully published on Amazon. Now I got things figured out for a smooth launch of book two (this summer). First, the paperback was listed, then the eBook as a lone entity, now we have the complete package on one page.

I’ve made an easy URL to goes straight to the listing: http://mwmccabe.com/amazon

BAM!

And I say again, sir.

BAM!

Book Launched… Kinda

I’m glad this was my first time publishing a book. They say, “If at first you succeed, then try something harder.” I think I set a good goal, because I failed a lot.

Last time we met, I told you that launch was delayed because it took 3-5 business days to move from CreateSpace to Amazon. In reality, it’s closer to 7 business days. Luckily, I guessed that last week when I missed my first launch day.

The next hurdle was the eBook version. Was that created automatically after the paperback goes live? Nope. Here it is on launch day. The paperback version is live. Where is the eBook? Oh. I guess I get to make that up. I pushed hard to get it published… And now we wait. Amazon needs another 3 days to get it live. And then I know that there will be two listings… One for the paperback and one for the eBook. Amazon customer service can combine them, but that takes another day.

Le Sigh. We’ll make it better next time.

Lastly, this is an Amazon exclusive. They pay you more if you agree to only sell on Amazon. It’s 30% vs. 70% as an exclusive. It’s a good thing that Amazon controls the biggest marketplace.

Check out my book online!

If you want a crack at the Kindle version, join my mailing list. I give everybody there a free copy of the eBook. I’ll also let them know when the Kindle version is available for purchase 🙂

LAUNCH DELAY: Friday, February 9th

Doesn’t that just take the cake? I’ve been keeping everything on track (barely). I can see now that I need to get things out to my beta readers earlier in the process. It would also be better to print them off a copy that is all ready to print from CreateSpace. Since this process will take 2 days to complete, it would be good to get this out of the way. Also, a printed proof from them will be cheaper than a local print shop.

I reviewed the copy I had sent off to print and was horrified that it had no page numbers! That’s kinda important, especially when you get up there in numbers. You don’t want to be looking for page 400 in a novel without page numbers.

I looked back to the PDF I had submitted to CreateSpace for printing. Yup, no page numbers. It wasn’t them, it was me. They were doing their job right. I was the cotton-headed ninny muggings (gasp!). My heart was in my throat as I created a new PDF file from Word. And then I realized that my new version had some extra pages. 48, to be exact. That means the cover dimensions change (the spine is wider), so I re-ma-jiggered (technical term) the cover to resubmit to CreateSpace. That means they need another 24 hours to review it for submission.

And THEN it goes off to Amazon and appears just in time for tomorrow, right? No, that’s where we hit the final detail. Books will appear on Amazon for purchase in 3 to 5 Business Days. My balloon deflated. I have missed my window.

Life is a learning process, eh? Word to the other wanna-be-writer-folk out there:

  • Hit CreateSpace way in advance of launch. We’re talking two months ahead of launch. You will get access to cheap printing and make sure your bugs are ironed out. You can catch stupid mistakes and unsure your beta readers will see exactly what will be printed.

  • Review before approving. CreateSpace recommends looking over your proof three times. I caught my bug in the first pass. You might need all three. Do it. This is your baby.

  • Approve to publish one week in advance. If it takes 3 -5 business days, make sure there are at least 5 business days between you and launch. You may need to contact support for a day, so I’d make sure you have a 7 business days buffer.

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Beta Copies Printed!

There is a HUGE stack of paper!

I just got done printing FIVE copies of my book for my beta readers! Book launch in FIFTEEN DAYS!

Many thanks to my current beta readers. If you asked to be a beta reader, they are in today’s mail. I have TWO ONE NO spots left. Let me know if you would like to be a beta reader.

Beta reader benefits:

  • Early access to my writing.
  • A FREE book.



Beta reader requirements:

  • A fast reader — you can tear through a book lickety-split
  • English mastery — this is an unreleased manuscript. As such, it probably contains typos, grammar problems, and plot problems. Beware!



Seeing this monster printed out is a huge accomplishment. HUGE!

It Is Finished!

As a present to myself on my 44th birthday, I threw 10 hours into finally finishing off this beast!

I launch on Amazon February 1st! That will be enough time to get copies out to beta readers and reviewers. Then I’ll have time for one last pass before it all goes live.

Pray for me!