I go to The Austin Stone. It’s a wonderful church here in Austin. This week as a church, we decided to fast for 24 hours. Personally, I have never done a fast, but I was very excited to participate.

As a trainer, I know the risks and hazards of a fast. Especially, as someone who is completely dependent on food all day due to a highly active lifestyle. I know I’m not sacrificing more than the next person, but I feel I was more susceptible to hypoglycemia and fatigue due to my high metabolism and highly active occupation.

The first 12 hours were not bad, I was just very hungry. The next 12 hours, were a little blurry and goofy on my part. I think my clients enjoyed my newly found personality.

I think fasts are not a good approach to weight loss. If you are intrigued by fasts purely because it’s a great way to lose weight, I think you are missing the point to weight loss. Weight loss should be gradual, 1-2lbs/week. If you are losing more than that, it’s a lifestyle you can’t keep up with. Over time, the weight will come back. Eating is good, even if you want to lose weight.

With that said, I think fasts are great spiritually and emotionally. As I fasted, I focused on God to give me strength. I became fully aware of my weakness and dependency on food. I let my body lead me, instead of leading my body. It’s a wake up call.

I sometimes complain about boring chicken and broccoli. In the middle of my fast, that would have been wonderful.

So in all, it was a blessing of an experience. I just hope I’m not called again to do it anytime soon 😉


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