Day 3 of Broken Heart Fast
Feeling fine. It must be the sugar in the maple syrup and orange juice.
Date: 5/7/2005 4:19:12 AM ( 9 y ) ... viewed 1893 times
Woke up today after a decent sleep. Fell asleep painlessly last night. The fast seems to drain my mind of excess, unnecessary thoughts, those that have habitually kept me awake at night since childhood. So woke up early for work, feeling a bit weak, wondering if I'd make it through the morning. Skipped the saltwater flush again but drank some psyllium with water first thing, followed by a lemonade with maple syrup (mmmmmmmmm....). I stopped at 7-11 to buy some green/oolong tea (no sugar), and sipped that while I taught my students. I didn't feel super energetic, but calm and alert, and not concerned about food at all. Then I went to our other office to teach some more students and bought two medium cups of fresh squeezed orange juice (no sugar) from a street vendor. Downed one of those and sipped the other during my class. Again, felt fine. No thoughts of food.
After work, around 2 p.m., I had enough energy to walk over to the handicraft center and buy some wall scrolls to cheer up my apartment. Then walked to a bus stop and headed over to the weekend flower/health food market under the freeway to buy some wheatgrass powder and fresh squeezed sugar cane juice. Walked home, feeling surprised at having the energy to do that. Tried the sugar cane juice in my lemonade but it didn't help the flavor much. I should use more perhaps?
I've noticed more energy and less cravings on this fast, and I'm going to hand it over to the maple syrup, and the natural sugar in the orange juice. Plus that rich tomatoe soup I ate last night. I have some very mild hunger pangs but no cravings (well, okay maybe a LITTLE bit). Yesterday's headache is gone. There were two midmorning, midsized BMs, solid. Tomorrow morning I'm doing the saltwater flush.
No work for the next two days! Usually I party with friends, drinking and smoking and eating too much and staying up too late afterwards with Jones. This time I'm going to play sick if anybody calls. And if I'm still feeling good tomorrow (Aren't day 2 and 3 supposed to be the toughest? I can't believe I've made it through them so painlessly this time), I may get on the train and get about 3 hours out of the city to the top national park for some light hiking and fresh air. Funny how not eating takes some planning...I'll have to pack along some lemons and wheatgrass and keep an eye out for natural juice vendors on the street (one of the great things about this country).
Next Saturday night, which will be Day 10 of my fast, I have previously made plans for dinner with some students. I'm wondering if I should end the fast at 7 or 8 days to get prepared. Or just see how I feel. I might give up after just 5 days for all I know. I want to be gentle on myself with this, no pressure, no self-criticizing. If I can make it to 10 great, but I'd be happy after 5, and happier after 7.
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