well im on day 23 of 30, all i can say at this point is who ever lasted more than 30 God Bless them. Its not that im so hungry as I am just tired of drinking the lemonade, a bit tired of smelling foods that i cant eat, tired of sitting in resturants with friends having just water, tired of getting up from the toilet and seeing cayanne pepper traces, tired of copying The Master Cleanse and handing it out to people who say they are interested until they find you u really can't eat, tired of thinking about gaining it back, but Loving the fact that i am thus far 30lbs thinner, feeling better than ive ever felt in my life and happier that at the end of this thirty days i will have trained my body. It no longer tells me when its hungry because it doesnt know, it no longers caves in when it wants something good and unhealthy to eat, and most of all i have willpower that i didnt have 23 days ago. God Bless anyone who thought for a minute they couldnt do this and made it to the minimum 10. I must admit, on day 16 i had jelly bellies, i couldnt resist those, but on the whole i stayed true and determined (minus the bellies - which have less calories and carbs than the syrup) anyway just thought i'd write to say Hey to anyone hoping to make it after the 10.
Congratilations on day 23! It's a big accomplishment. It takes a lot of willpower and determination.
Isn't it amazing how in "normal" life we feel like we are going to die from hunger if we missed lunch? And here we are - you didn't eat for 23 days and going to stay away from food one more week! I understand that lemonade is a liquid food, but I mean regular solid food.
It's my day 16 out of 21 (no jelly bellies). I initially wanted to do it for 10 days, not knowing if I could make it. But it was so easy and enjoyable, that I decided to stay on Master-Cleanse up to 2 weeks. Then on day 14 I realized I am not ready to stop. Now I am going for 21 days. But I can't do longer even if I wanted to. I have really busy schedule for summer months that involves a lot of traveling.
From time to time I have the same feelings - I am tired of lemonade, explanations, cooking for my family without tasting the food. But then I look at what I accomplished already and think that 5 more days is not such a big deal.
I feel lots of energy, my head is clear, I have that new self-respect for myself for not caving in even when I reached my initial and intermidiate goals. It's so worth it!
And you have less than 1/4th of you journey left.
I admire all fellow fasters who struggle through headaches, hunger pangs, Salt-Water-Flush and don't give up. God bless you all!
Glad to see you're still hanging in there. I've defintely gained more respect for myself too. I haven't cheated but I've had pretty graphic dreams where I did. I cld taste the food in my sleep! food porn! weird. I'm going 40 days. I'm 33, not a Christian, but consider Christ a most important prophet and figured I've got maple syrup, limes and no desert--it shld be a breeze:)...I have been scouring "cookbooks"...mostly raw. I'd like to do a raw diet this summer. See if I can maintain a 75% raw 25% vegan/ccoked thru the winter. Wish me luck. I've been reasoning that sushi is still raw. I've been adding ginger to peppermint tea--aids in digestion, helps the tummy and colon. Been taking other herbs. Began cayenne, which I'd been avoiding Day 16. Stopped taking Yogi Fasting Tea cuz I saw it has juices and Barley Malt in it! Have reduced SWF's to every other day and senna tea even less often after reading Burroughs book and seeing he doesn't recommned it daily, but when needed. And reading other places that both osmosis (the SWF) and diuertics (smooth move) shld not be done for any extended period of time or yur putting your colon's health at risk. What else? Feeling clear. Focused. Calmer. Climbing out of a deep depression. 17 more days to go. July 11th! Congratualtions to u.
wow - thats all i can say!!!! i wish i could say i feel guilty about eating my jelly bellies but I dont - i needed to do it or i would have caved in totally - i did jelly bellies because they're my favorite treat in the world next to chocolate cake and that wasnt even an option - plus they have no fat and less Sugar than the maple syrup. But after reading your post, i realize that i have a lot to do. I was/am planning on the raw veggies/fruit thing as well, but im already a vegetarian of 15years so it will be easy. I just want cheese/pasta did i say cheese? I have no desire to go vegan I might as well just die that would mean no more pizza (well good tasting pizza anyway). I think that all of us are the bomb, i mean we didnt have to do this one day let alone more than 10.
Thank you for responding! You meant JUNE 11, not JULY?
I wish you best of luck and admire your decision to go 40 days ! That's awesome. I wish i could do that now. Because I am sure I could. It's a long way, but totally doable. But I have to stop at 21 days, which is May 30. On Memorial Day I will be having my OJ and then following days follow the recomendations to the T.
On June 7 my husband is coming back from month long business trip overseas. He has no idea what I am doing (I mean MC). I am sure he would support me. He is great in that. But I didn't want to tell him. I just want to see that look on his face.
Hopefully I would't get all that lost weight back by then.
I am sure I will gain at least half of it back over time. And not because I am going to eat unhealthy. I am just trying to be realistic.
I am not sure I will go all raw after MC. I am vegetarian for 10 years as of April this year. So I was eating pretty healthy most of the time. But I also had my periods of uncontrolled pigging out from time to time. For no reason at all. So I have to work on that. And I can't live without chocolate. I know it's terrible and hope that with cleaner body it will be easier to control. I don't want to throw away all that hard work and great results for a piece of chocolate (or the whole box for that matter!)
I feel great. Just now planted 3 beautiful rose bushes in my backyard. Looks great!
And besides I am full of energy, happy and feel alive.
Wish you luck with your big goal! You go girl!
I will be checking in from time to time. Sometimes I can get to my computer only late at night and just read day's worth of posts.
Sorry for the long post.
A couple of things came to mind when I read your post. First tho-- thanks for the encouragement and support--it is doable, right?! Your husband is gonna be so surprised. not only will u weigh less, u'll glow more! Kay, now down to biz...I became a vegetarian at 14, stayed that way til I was 25 and then, pregnant, caved into venison...go figure...anyway, I've been doing a LOT of reading and know from experience that some vegetarian ways simply don't support weight loss. I like most of America had great success on Atkins, but know that meat is something our bodies are not meant to absorb. Still, the tendency to rely on grains, potatoes (even sweet/yams) and breads (even multigrain and especially wheat) is what sabotages weight loss. I know u cld read a million books and get as many opinions but Daniel P. Ried's The Tao of Health, Sex and Longevity has real good stuff in it. Speaks of grain free living (one of the prinicpals of living food/raw diet), but still good to keep in mind even if u only reduce the rice, wheat,starch in your cooked veg. life. Also, as a recovering chocaholic and I do mean ADDICTED to chocolate (my daughter once said "mommy i think u love chocolate more than me!') one of the raw cookbooks i'm reading suggests stuffing a date with an almond to curb chocolate cravings. sounds yummy. And finally the raw websites i've been scouring all have "live" brownies--cocoa and carob. rawfood.com is one. I'm gonna give them a try. I've been doing weight training for the first time in my life and feel confident that I can sustain the reduction benefits of MC...u can too. Sorry to go on and on...
Thank you for your post. You just gave me something interesting to think about. I just realized that I probably need to educate myself more on living food/raw diet and not just brush it away. Ii's probably more fun to follow than I think.
Well, tomorrow is day 17! I can't believe it...