The August 29, 2016
Coming home from work on Day 3, and for some reason, this day feels a little bit like the end of Day 1. I’m restless, hungry, and I can’t seem to fall asleep! I don’t know what’s going on! Maybe it’s the fact that I’m anticipating finally getting to eat. Physically, I feel lighter and my stomach is so flat, it’s ridiculous. If only it could stay this way each time after I eat something! I notice that my waist is a lot smaller, for sure, so to take my mind off of my restlessness, I’m trying on all the outfits I have in my closet. Playing dress-up is extra fun when I can finally see my abs coming through! Yeah, I’m sure I’ll do a 3-day fast once each month for the rest of the year, now. That way I can remain focused and give my digestive system a rest from time to time. I’m about to go for a walk and maybe I can shake some of these jitters off.
I’m weighing myself at a scale to see how much weight I lost, and sure enough, I dropped something! I lost 7 pounds in under 4 days?! Yowza! That’s crazy! Even though I’m sure most of it is water weight, still! It’s amazing to see how much diet choices affect weight! It’s no wonder why I see so many people who keep working out, but don’t seem to be losing weight. I think we have this idea that we have to go so hard in the gym, but most of us don’t truly know that what we’re eating is voiding out all of that work. So maybe, instead of dropping that weight, our bodies store the fat to replace the energy reserves that are depleted each time we max out in the gym. Dang, something to look into, for sure. I don’t like when I lose muscle, though, so I hope it stayed on during the fast.
So I got back from my walk and I’m cooking my break-fast meal. Man, I cannot wait to eat this!
I broke my fast at 9pm on August 29th. Good God!! I did it, and honestly, it wasn’t so bad! Three days with no food opened me up to some new perspectives and reunited me with some of the most primitive aspects of who I am at my core; a lover of nature and animals, a free spirit, a healer and nurturer, and a wanderer with a child-like curiosity. Oh, and it’s been a little over a month since I’ve had any meat or fish. This may very well turn into a journey to a vegetarian lifestyle, possibly even vegan once I master that change. I never thought I would see the day when I parted ways with chicken, let alone cut meat out of my diet completely, but as I look back over these last couple of years, I’ve actually been in the process of going vegetarian for a while.
And with that, I’m reminded: process, process, process– everything is a process.
During the fast I was able to take a step back from myself and observe my life over a sprectrum of years. Everything I’ve ever succeeded in doing was no overnight feat. When I thought something happened in a moments notice, I realize it was just the big finale that came by winning small victories along the way.
Tips for fasting:
- Plan your fast around a period of days when you have some down time. (Weekends without work, off-days, etc.)
- You won’t have much energy to exert yourself, so get plenty of rest and no heavy workouts.
- Keep water with you at all times. I repeat, KEEP WATER WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES!
- The Snicker’s commercials are right; you’re not yourself when you’re hungry! Try avoiding big crowds, parties, or gatherings to keep yourself from getting agitated by people or tempted by food. The last thing you want to do is be around folks who are stuffing their faces and laughing while you’re irritated, denying yourself of food.
- Also, take this time during the cleanse to invest in lots of “me (you) time.”
- Don’t give in to the detox symptoms! Your body will fight you at first because you’re taking away something that it’s used to having. Once the dust settles and you digestive systems begins to rest and clean itself, the symptoms will subside.
- If you can’t go cold turkey, try eating only fruits and veggies or doing a juice cleanse a few days prior to the fast.
- It’s mind over matter! If you ever feel tempted, remind yourself why you decided to do the fast in the first place. Also, think about the rewards you want to get out of successfully completing the process.