WEIGHT: 126.5 kg (The scale seemed pretty sure of itself today. I got this number three times in a row. Because my scale—which is electronic—is so volatile, I normally weigh myself five to seven times, looking for a single number to pop up repeatedly. In today's case, the weights over five weighings looked like this: B-A-A-A-C, so since 126.5 was the "A" weight, I went with that. Now you know my weighing rationale. If you have a more statistically/methodologically rigorous method, let me know in the comment section.)
We can take a moment to recap my weight loss over the past eight days:
Day 1: 129.6 kg
Day 2: 130.0 kg
Day 3: 129.4 kg
Day 4: 129.6 kg
Day 5: 128.8 kg
Day 6: 127.5 kg
Day 7: 127.0 kg
Day 8: 126.5 kg*
That's a 3 kg loss in less than a week: the first four days show no loss at all, so they don't really count. I guess my body wasn't convinced, at first, that I was following a new path, but after four days on this regime, it finally relented and began shedding pounds. Of course, fat as I am, I don't look any different (as I've written many times before); to see a real difference, I'd need to lose at least 30 kg (as I've also written many times before).
APPROX. RESTING PULSE: 87 (20-sec calc method). I counted 29 beats for a 20-second stretch, then multiplied by 3. Since this is the second time I've hit 80-some beats per minute, I'll tentatively chalk this up as a very slight improvement.
BLURRY VISION: none.
SKIN: as before: scabby, patchy, and blotchy, esp. on left shin. Skin on my face is about the same as it always is: slightly greasy in the T-zone, dry and needing exfoliation everywhere else. That said, today is the first day on which I think I might be seeing some fading. On the assumption that the ravaged skin was the result of a diabetically large carb overload, what I'm doing now may be putting a stop to that trend. This also means that I'm going to have to commit to some sort of low-carb, slow-carb, or no-carb regime once the self-experiment is over, which I'm not looking forward to. One of the things I miss, because I can't find it here in Korea, is no-carb chocolate pudding. The Walmart in Front Royal, Virginia, had plenty of it, and that pudding (plus those glorious pork rinds) is what kept me sane when I was trying the low-carb thing a couple years ago.
CHEST PAIN: No tightness at all today.
MENTAL STATE: mostly alert and focused; generally emotionally stable.
GENERAL WELL-BEING: Overall positive. I'm surprised—yet not surprised—at how few ill effects I've suffered from the rather extreme measures I've taken over the past eight days. I suspected that there'd be little suffering because, as is true with camels, when you've got a large supply of fat and retained fluid in your body, your body simply switches over to that supply when your calorie-input situation changes. My body seems to be pretty mellow about what's going on; there's no "starvation response" or anything like that.
I'm a little frustrated that weight loss has been slow from the beginning, but because what I'm doing is an experiment, I'm happy to say that I've been gathering a good bit of data on myself. I'll share my insights in a week.
*That was my weight when I did the post-excretion weigh-in late this morning. Just now, at 7:06PM, only a few minutes after getting back from a 21,000-step walk, I weighed myself again and got 125.8 kg. I'm about to tank up on fluids, though, so I won't be surprised if, at tomorrow's weigh-in, I weigh more than 126.5 kg.