So we are almost 44 hours through our 72 hour fast, or about 60% of the way. I’ve been struggling a bit today, but I don’t think I’m feeling as bad as I did yesterday. I was very cranky and weak yesterday, but I don’t know how much of that was just due to the weather and the fact that my kids were being extremely obnoxious.
One thing weird happened this morning to me that is worth noting. When I was in the shower this morning and closed my eyes, I saw an afterimage. I stared at it, still with my eyes closed, and it took on a very distinctive shape, and became very vivid. But the strangest thing about it was that it retained its position in space as I moved my eyes around. Normally, when looking at an afterimage in physical space, it seems to move as the eyes move, but this did not. And the pure distinctiveness of the image was very remarkable. I could see it and look at it. I opened my eyes and closed them a few times to see what happened, and the effect persisted for some time.
Now, I’m pretty sure that no, I wasn’t having a stroke, but I was still pretty jarring. Some research suggests that afterimages are formed in the brain, not in the eyes, so what I experienced doesn’t make me think that there’s something wrong.
Other than that, I’ve been trying to keep my belly full with water. I had a couple energy drinks yesterday, which was a mistake; I had some heart pounding after the second one yesterday afternoon. Today I just had tea and coffee and things seem OK. Heart pounding after getting up or going up stairs seems to be similar to what I experienced last time. I had 500mg of melanin before bed last night and slept well, I’ll do the same tonight.
I don’t remember how I managed to do this last time with the kids around. I think I may have done it during the weekend. Part of my crankiness last night was due to the fact that my kids wouldn’t stay at the table and kept getting up or trying to bring food into the living room, which they know is against the rules. I understand why Dr. Peter Attia doesn’t like to fast around his kids. Nothing is more annoying than a small child crying that they’re starving less than two hours after you’ve served them dinner.