I have for the first time ever completed Monday to Friday in ketosis on OMAD. After much reading and navel-gazing and about six months lapsing, I have arrived at the conclusion that a ketogenic diet with fasting will save my life. Much like stopping smoking saved my life at the age of 30 when I had chronic bronchitis and was treated with hefty doses of steroids to keep me breathing. I always thought that would be the hardest thing I'd ever have to do, but fast forward 26 years and no - giving up carbs is harder. I vividly remember reading a book that defined nicotine addiction as a monster living inside you that could be killed by abstinence, but only abstinence. After the withdrawal symptoms ended, the monster would be dead and could never bother you again, but if you fed it again before it was dead, you'd have to deal with it's tantrums as it demanded regular feeding once more. I put that idea firmly in my head and added to it thoughts about how much money was being made out of my misery by the tobacco industry and the government. It worked. See where I'm going with this? I've decided I need to identify carbohydrates as my current addiction, with Big Food benefitting from my misery. I know it's not a perfect match but it is sufficient to give me new motivation. I realise I am unlikely, given my track record, to abstain completely from carbs, let alone avoid lapsing ever again, so to continue the metaphor my monster will likely never die. However I have a chance to put it in a seriously weakened state, where its tantrums should bother me very little. This may be the best I can hope for. And this week has proven the analogy to hold up very well. I do not feel tempted by carbs once in ketosis. Don't get me wrong, I'm missing them a lot, but I want salvation more. It may be a step too far to expect to be able to manage the weekend without a lapse of some sort and I'm most likely not going to do OMAD. I'm so encouraged by this week though. I hope anyone feeling as despairing as I did/do who may be reading this will also be encouraged in some small way.