From Pat L.

This is the full email I received a week ago from Pat who recently joined Fast Club. I've bolded a few parts which I thought you might find interesting.  I meant to get it out last week but was bombarded with travel for work. Enjoy!

"Hello Prasanth,

I hope you are somewhere enjoying this absolutely magnificent weekend. I have run and swam, but have otherwise been working on a time-sensitive work-related project. I must admit that I did not do the 36-hour fast this weekend, but I intend to do so in the future.

As you know, I only recently started fasting. I have done about 4-5 meal to meal fasts. It was extremely difficult initially, more psychological than anything else, but I think it is getting easier. I had been on a diet to lose some weight and dieting, in combination with fasting, proved somewhat challenging for me. For my last fast, I ate substantially more than I had before the earlier fasts and I found it was easier to get through the fast. I think that the dieting, which was very caloric restrictive, made the fast much more difficult than it had to be. 

I have actually come to enjoy the fasting days, even though they are only meal to meal fasts. I find that I am more aware of what I am eating and tend to eat less naturally. Rather than dieting per se, I am going to try to eat normally without overeating and continue with the fasting once a week. I hope to lose about 8 more pounds, but I intend to continue the fasts even after my goal is reached. Honestly, I did not begin the fasts to lose weight as I am by no means overweight. However, I do have an issue with cholesterol and a physician I see suggested I give fasting a try. So, we'll see what other benefits I can reap from this new way of life.

It is always interesting to me when I do something like this as it really heightens my awareness of how tied we are as a society to food - and lots of it. I once did a cleanse for 13 days - no food- and I was much more aware of how much time we spend buying food, preparing food, eating food, and cleaning up food. Actually, some of it seems like wasted time - think of all the other fun things we can be doing.

Anyway, I look forward to the weekly newsletters and wish all those involved an easy fast.

Pat"

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Thanks so much for sending this Pat.  Hope you are enjoying the journey. Really glad you're not dieting anymore. If you haven't already read Sugar Blues by William Dufty - it really opened my eyes on what constitutes "real food". Happy fasting all!

Prasanth