Sooooooo as you can see, I’m fat. I guess technically I’m class 2 obese
That’s a freaking hard pill to swallow. We all have an image in our heads attached to words. I never attached my profile picture to the word obese. But as GI Joe says, “Knowing is half the battle”. So now what?
We started day 1 of our office 10 day juice fast with the scale and the tape measure. This was my idea because I need to know how my body changes and I need to have a point of reference where I’m coming from. The plan was to have eight fruit and vegetable juices during the day (8, 9, 10, 12, 2, 4, 6, & 8) and water for a ten-day period. There are countless documentaries available and the internet will direct you to recipes and results, we clearly aren’t the first people to take on the fast.
Fasting has been a part of the human culture since the beginning of time. It is biblical, spiritual, and healthful. I’ve never successfully fasted, so that adds another challenge to the fact that I eat like crap, I eat of convenience, and I don’t really like a lot of fruits or vegetables.
My goals were very simple for this next ten days…FINISH THE TEN DAYS. I’m great at starting things, but not great at finishing them. I’d love to see my body measurements drop a noticeable amount but I don’t have a weight loss target. I am also using this time to pray more and try to touch my inner spirit a little more as well.
The first day was a challenge. The menu for the day (and the first 3 days):
Synergy (Fire water)
To my surprise the juices didn’t taste horrible. Some were more of a challenge to consume than others, but I was able to choke the majority of them down fairly easily. I went through the day and was never really hungry, hungry. There were a few times my mouth watered and my tummy growled, but I never had a point where I felt like I was starving. I had a slight, dull headache in the afternoon, and was a little nauseous for a while; but nothing was too terrible. It was a big deal that four of us at work are going through it together so there was zero temptation to cheat and you knew that everyone else was feeling the same things.
The biggest thing I noticed was the bathroom…I had to go pee 2-4 times an hour (I’ll actually track this on day two). The juicing acts as a detox and works on cleaning and clearing out my system. I had to find some willpower for after my son’s baseball practice when he had McDonald’s and I was sipping on Firewater (cayenne pepper infused and holy crap it was spicy). I slept fairly well and woke up in a pretty good mood. All in all, I think day one was a success. I think I really helped my body by pre-toxing and taking myself off of caffeine, sugar, and breads the previous four days in preparation.
Let’s go tackle day 2.