Hanging in there.
Date: 8/14/2008 11:15:41 AM ( 14 y ) ... viewed 1788 times
If all goes well, this will be a fast to completion (until the return of real hunger). My goals are to overcome my food and alcohol addictions, lose weight, clear my mind and connect with God, and heal the damage I've done to my body over the years. I have 2 children and a soon-to-be stepson to prepare food for, so I will be facing temptation every day. My fiance is fasting with me, both for support and also to try to heal some of his health problems. He has sinusitis, occasional migraines, and acid reflux. He's on a juice fast first, to make the transition easier, since he has to work. I work from home so I don't have to worry about that.
I'm 28 years old, 5'5", and I started at my heaviest weight, which is 171 lbs. My goal is around 115 (I have a small frame), but I don't expect to lose all of it on this fast. I've been at that weight once, but it was achieved by a starvation diet, and I smoked cigarettes to curb my appetite. I don't smoke anymore, and I'm much more aware of just how dangerous that was. I found out about fasting around 2 years ago, and have been researching it ever since. The water fasting forum has been a big help in my search for information. I've done a few short water fasts, the longest being 6 days. I fasted 10 days once, but I was drinking tea and "dead" juice occasionally (this was before I knew a lot about water fasting). I am blessed with a fiance who is open to fasting, and we both decided months ago that we were going to do a long fast together. He doesn't need to lose weight, so we are hoping that his weight loss will be at a minimum, even though he has a high metabolism.
My parents and siblings are aware of fasting, so I'm glad I don't have to hide it from them (I live with my parents so it would be hard to hide). They are a bit worried about how long I want to fast, though. My brother especially doesn't think it's a good idea to go longer than a week, and he said if I do it and achieve my goals, then he will admit to being wrong. There's nothing like the motivation of proving my brother wrong, lol!
I'm on day 4, and it's not so bad as yesterday. My first 48 hours I didn't drink any water because I wasn't thristy, and it was much easier than earlier fasts when I drank water the first day. My stomach was at peace, I had no acid feeling, and even the cravings were not as bad. Even my energy was not much lower than normal, except for when I climbed the stairs. But after I drank water the second night, my stomach felt acidic, and the next day (yesterday) I wanted food soooooo badly. I was daydreaming about food all day, and some of the foods were things I didn't even crave before I started, like sweets. I've also had a harder time waking up the last 2 days, feeling very groggy.
Today seems to be better so far, not craving anything right now and no acid stomach. My mouth tastes yucky. I'm keeping water intake to a minimum because that seems to help make it easier for me. Energy is down, and focus not so good. I paint doll faces for a living, so I'm hoping the lack of focus will not affect that, as I have one that needs to be finished today.
Here is something neat: I broke my pinky toe a couple of months ago and it didn't heal perfectly because my diet was poor and I didn't stay off the foot. It was still bigger than my other pinky toe, and because it was broken outward, it sits a little further away from the next toe. Well, last night I noticed that my toe had shrunk, and maybe it was my imagination, but I think it may even be a little closer to the next toe. I would love to see it go completely back to normal during this fast.
SW: 171 lbs.
CW: 162 lbs.
GW: 115 lbs.
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