Blog: My Juice Fasts And Weight Battle
by reek

10 Day Pre-Fast: Here we go.

This is the first post. Looking forward to sharing this experience.

Date:   10/22/2006 5:38:52 PM   ( 15 y ) ... viewed 2527 times

I believe that I will succeed. I just wanted to start with that. I'm not afraid of failing. Something about being an athlete that helps you with failure, no matter how much you hate to fail. Even though I'm not afraid of failure, I really think I'll succeed.

Some background, I'm a 36 year-old male. Single.

This morning, I was 281 lbs. I'm 6'2". It is by far the most I've ever weighed. From ages 22 - 32 I ranged from 215 - 235. Mostly at the top end of that. When I was 32 I shot up to 270 and I've spent the last 4 years between 265 and 275. I've been a hardcore athlete the whole time. I play hockey, soccer, tennis, and I'm a runner. But, the better part of the last 4 years I've spent working on my Master's which I completed last year at an Ivy League school. So the athletics are nowhere near as frequent or intense.

My father died when I was 12 - he was 37 - from a brain tumor. He died a slow, painful death over a three year period. You can imagine what is left of a boy after watching his dad die. But, I'm surviving, and I want to live a long wonderful life in his honor. I'm approaching the age that he was when he died and that is going to be interesting for me. My mom is a cancer survivor (kidney) as well and I want to honor the job she did trying to raise my sister and I by living a wonderful life for her.

To me, I need to kick start the next part of my life in a dramatic way. I also need to "reset" my body. I've been abusing it for a while now, and I'd like to do whatever I can to not abuse it anymore. It seems that the cleansing and detoxification of a juice fast is a must for me.

I've decided to start my fast on November 2, 2006. This will have day 30 be on December 1, 2006. This is the day that my dad died in 1982. I think it would be a wonderful way to honor him, but doing what seems to be the most important thing I can do right now for my health.

As far as weight loss goes, I have no goal. My guess is that I could lose 30-40 pounds, just knowing my body. But I'm not terribly focused on the numbers, as much as making it the whole 30 days.

I was a vegetarian for 6 years, 1998 - 2004, and before that I was the most meat-eatingist person you've ever met. (I like saying it that way, it is funny). So I've been able to be dedicated to something difficult- diet wise. But I did it for animal rights, so my diet didn't improve much during those years. And I also know that was a walk in the partk compared to what I'm about to do.

As far as the 10 "pre-fast" days go. I'm going to try to go raw fruits and veggies and lower the calories in a big way. The last 5 days, chew lunch, drink dinner. To me, it is a 40-day fast, in a way. The dramatic change in diet for the first 10 days will make it all very tough. It all starts at 12:01am, October 23rd. A few hours from now.

I think detox for me will be tough. I suspect big highs and big lows. I've been reading Bearded One's blog and it seems to me that he is not going through the types of highs and lows that I will be going through. I'm anticipating much worse. My diet has been as bad as you could imagine the past few decades.

Finally, I put the words, "Gut Check Time" in the title of my blog because I'm a bit desperate right now. Where I am reminds me right now of where I was after my first semester of college. In high school I got bad grades, but I had a good SAT score so I got into a much better school than a lot of people I knew with similar grades. A lot of people were skeptical because I really hadn't proven that I could succeed in a classroom. After my first semester of college, I had an F, a D+, a couple of C's. I was put on academic probation and was in danger of being kicked out of school. At that time I had a conversation with myself and decided that it was "gut check time." I had been telling people I was smart enough, but had never proven it in the classroom. All the sudden, I realized that it was all on the line. My whole future. But not just that, but what I knew about myself and my academic abilities.

What ended up happening was, I had to get away from the fun and partying, that the college social life provides an 18 year-old. I went to the library EVERY NIGHT. I stepped up and got the job done. I went on to get my B.A. and as I mentioned earlier, got accepted to grad school at an Ivy and got my Master's. But it all could have gone down another path if I didn't make it happen during that second semester, freshman year.

At this point, I'm at the second such moment in my life. My second "GUT CHECK TIME". I know that if I fail here, the negative effects may not be as immediate as they would have been had a flunked out, but it is close. I have high blood pressure. I can feel my body telling me that problems are coming if I don't FIX THIS NOW.

I hope I can share a great story, but I'm not naive to how difficult it is going to be.

Best,
D


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