Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Fast = Broken

I am sad to report that after 2.5 days on the juice fast, I had to quit last night.  It wasn't really the hunger that did it, like I said, I wasn't even really hungry, but the headache and the dizziness was just something I didn't want to mess around with.  I don't really like the idea of fainting at work--that's embarrassing.

However, it wasn't a total loss.  Supposedly the first two days are the hardest and I proved to myself that I can do that.  I honestly think that if I attempted this at a time of the month when my hormones were more normal, I would have more success.

I think after only two days, I did get some of the benefits of the fast:

  1. After a sensible dinner last night, I bounded out of bed this morning, wide awake and feeling great.
  2. I feel like I'm really starting fresh, and I'm more aware of the food I put into my body.
  3. I'm no longer intimidated by kale.
  4. I lost two pounds.
  5. I now know that I can do this, if only for a short time.
What I learned is that, for women at least, timing is crucial for something like this.  I was worried about doing a long fast and messing up my metabolism, but I think that maybe short-term fasting is better for me.  This might be something that I do once a year before racing season starts because I've got more spring in my step and I feel clear-headed and ready to take on the world!

You know that feeling when you're really sick and don't eat for a couple days, then you wake up one morning and realize you're better?  That's how I feel right now, and granted, I did deal with a headache for two days to get to this place, but I daresay it was worth it because that is a great feeling.

1 comment:

  1. Congrats on doing the two days! I can't imagine the will power involved in doing this, I've been vaguely trying to stop eating so much sugar but I cave in to just about every craving.

    And I bet you did reset your system, as evidenced by how much better you feel now. If you do try again during a different time of month, let us know how it goes! I find this all fascinating.