This is the last solid food I will eat until 10 days from now...
Cookies n' Cream ice cream courtesy of the Jerkins' freezer (thanks, Leslie).
'Tis true--I'm doing the juice fast. Thanks to Chan for inspiring this; she and Hayley and I are doing it together. NB: this is not a diet. I don't diet. If my main goal is to lose weight, I'll exercise like a crazyperson. The goal of this is to fast and cleanse. I have 25 years of CRAP in my body, and I think this is a good way to get rid of that.
Also, I've been thinking a lot about the idea of the fast. Especially during Lent. Jews do it, Muslims do it--it makes me wonder if there's something to it. I've always said NO WAY to the fast. My friend John did it about 4 years ago, and I thought he was nuts. Especially when he would make me juice for dinner. No, thank you, juice is a beverage, not a meal.
Then I thought--it's ONLY food. It won't kill me for 10 days out of my whole life to abandon what I normally eat. My body will still be getting what it needs, just in a different way.
And in a way, I totally abuse food. I LOVE food. I measure my life in meals. When it's breakfast, I look forward to lunch. When it's lunch, I look forward to dinner. And all the time in between, I'm probably enjoying a nice cup of FroYo. I fill empty spaces with food. I run almost everyday, so I can feel better about all the FroYo, but it doesn't really do a lot of good, except for my heart rate.
So maybe those spaces can be filled with something other than food. When I'm hungry, I'll probably pray. It might be interesting to really stick to resisting temptation in a very tangible way.
At the end of this, I hope that I'll feel better, that I'll sleep better, and that my habits will improve. It's kindof like I'm starting from scratch with my body. I'll have to ease back into eating real food, and it will make me more cognizant of what is really going in my body. I also hope that running will be better for me. I have no doubt that I'll be a little bit lighter, so I can practice getting quicker, rather than just working on my endurance. I'm sort of looking forward to that. I mean, it might not hurt for my bod to look better than it currently does. I bet this one mega hottie won't complain if I'm a little hotter. I might even be able to keep up with him running. Watch out. Heh.
But really, I have NO idea what's going to happen. If for some reason this causes a migraine or something, the whole thing is off. I'm not going to forfeit my overall health for this experiment.
I know all of you are always dying to spend time with me and take me to eat delicious meals, but can you not beat down my door for the next 10 days? No solid food=hungry=grumpy gills=me.
Don't worry, I'll be blogging about my failures and triumphs.
Please pray for me (and Chan and Hayley).