2023 Goal Accountability Phase 9 Closeout/Phase 10 Kickoff 2023-09-12

Phase 9 of this year’s Goal Accountability is now in the books as well. The novelty of keeping the exercise being dialed in is now gone. I’ve manaed to keep that dialed in for another four weeks straight. There was some falting, both planned and unplanned, in the other metrics though.

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2023 Goal Accountability Phase 8 Closeout/Phase 9 Kickoff 2023-08-13

A third full Goal Accountibility Phase since my reboot is now in the books. I’ve continued to build on my previous three periods of momentum even as I have had more perturbations to my schedule. I’m thinking of making big plans beyond the baselines here, specifically with respect to my cardiovascular training. However I don’t want to self sabotage by having those loftier goals cause me to stumble and bring the whole house of cards down.

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My Longo Inspired Cancer Avoidance Fast Results 2023-08-07

With enough time to capture a couple of weeks of data after the fast, it is now possible to take a look at what the results were from the fast as well as to discuss how I felt about it overall and potential tweaks for the future. This is the final post in this series for my first go of this fast. The usual disclaimer applies though. I am not a doctor, trainer, dietitian, nutritionist, or any other expert in any related field. I’m talking about my amateur and anecdotal experiences here and none of this should replace expert medical advice.

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Fasting Transition Days' Soup Recipe 2023-07-17

I’m finally getting around to writing about the end of my fast. First up is the highly nutritious, low sodium, 100% plant based soup that I ate throughout the day on the two transition days:

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2023 Goal Accountability Phase 7 Closeout/Phase 8 Kickoff 2023-07-16

I’ve now completed two full Goal Accountability phases after my health reboot in springtime. I had enough confidence in my ability to maintain momentum even with more challenging requirements for each of my metrics. I definitely maintained my momentum but there were more stumbles than before as a consequence of that. Even with those stumbles my grades for the past four week phase were pretty solid.

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Pyotr Patrushev: The Man Who Swam From the USSR 2023-07-15 I recently became aware of a man named Pyotr Patrushev . His claim to fame is that he was one of the first and only people to escape the Soviet Union by swimming to freedom across the Black Sea. (More ...)
Fasting Day 5 2023-07-09

Today is the final day, the transition out day, of the five day “Longo Inspired Cancer Avoidance Fast” . I didn’t sleep well at all. While I technically got more than seven hours of sleep it was pretty fragmented I’m down a yet another 2.5 pounds. My night time heart rate looked normal as does my heart rate variability and my morning blood pressure. Like the previous days I woke up feeling a bit hung over and dehydrated but once I started having some decaf coffee and water I felt much better.

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Fasting Day 4 2023-07-08

Today is the third and final “real” fasting day of the five day “Longo Inspired Cancer Avoidance Fast” . I definitely woke up feeling more brain fog than yesterday and this time I got plenty of sleep. I definitely felt more dehydrated when I woke up too. No headaches or anything like that though. And as I’m sipping my morning cup of coffee I’m feeling less of both. I’m down a bit over another 2.5 pounds. My night time heart rate looked normal as does my heart rate variability. Even though it hasn’t been awful I’m glad today is the last “real” day of fasting too and tomorrow is a transition day.

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Fasting Day 3 2023-07-07

Today is the second “real” fasting day of the five day “Longo Inspired Cancer Avoidance Fast” . Yesterday’s first “real” day of the core of the fast is documented here . Today is just more of the same. Whether I end up using the electrolyte powders still remains to be seen. I had a little brain fog this morning but nothing atypical for not getting enough sleep and waking up too early. I woke up feeling slightly dehydrated and hung over as well. After a morning cup of coffee all that feels gone though. Weight compared to yesterday is down over 5.5 pounds. My nighttime heart rate minimum was down a few BPM but nothing I don’t see in normal variations. Heart rate variability is still looking good. So beginning of the second day is starting off strong.

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Fasting Day 2 2023-07-06

Today is the first “real” fasting day of the five day “Longo Inspired Cancer Avoidance Fast” . Yesterday was the transition in diet day of basically two huge servings of a nutrient dense soup and a handful of nuts, documented here . Today is the day that we “really” do the fasting. The rules are only non-caloric beverages all day. Ideally that will be just coffee (regular and decaf), tea (black or green), seltzer water, Perrier/Pellegrino, and water. While artificially sweetened beverages wouldn’t break the fast from the calorie restriction perspective I’m trying to avoid consuming them. If I feel headaches coming on that resolve immediately with a little salt intake then I will take some calorie free electrolyte compound or consume a little nearly calorie free broth, ideally doing the former not the latter.

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