...well, technically Day 2.5. You see, every Friday Weebly has team lunch together and since I knew there was no way I could sit through 1.5 hours of everyone eating at a restaurant (I lasted 30 minutes at happy hour--the french fries hit the table, Trish hit the door) I started my cleanse a day earlier to be "done" at lunch today. I juiced for breakfast and lunch 2 days prior to the official fast so while I didn't do a complete 3 days in a row, I still feel pretty proud of myself for making it this far! Lunch will be just a light salad and dinner probably a veggie based, non-dairy soup as a way to ease my system back into solid foods. I am enjoying a vitamin rich last juice of the day as we speak :) (hint: water the juices down so they last longer...but be prepared to pee your brains out).
Here are some things I'm noticing about my body right now:
1. I have definitely lost weight, though I don't know exactly how much since I refuse to own a scale. If I had to guess? Probably 4 or 5 lbs, based on my pants being more loose and my general in-the-nude appearance (helllooo flat tummy!). To be honest, this really wasn't a big reason for my fasting as I know it's mostly just water weight. The moment I eat a slice of pizza with a side of Bud Light (duh, the Niners play on Sunday!), the majority of the weight will come back. No biggie though. It still feels good to know a bunch of icky toxins left along with some of that water weight.
2. My sense of smell is on hyper drive. If you crack open a peanut from a block away, I will track you down like a crazed squirrel.
3. I feel...good. Fresh. Clean. I don't feel weighed down or sluggish. I am present and full without feeling uncomfortably stuffed. This is a big issue I have as a woman with a deep appreciation for food--I often eat way past my natural levels of "full" simply because it all tastes so darn good.
4. I am slightly tired if I exert too much energy, but in a calm, quiet and almost too well rested way. I've slept deeply the past few nights and have had very vivid (and strange) dreams. My energy level has stayed pretty consistent (without any caffeine aids) the past 3 days, so long as I'm sipping on a juice.
To summarize, the fast wasn't as hard as I built it up to be in my head, though it certainly wasn't a piece of cake (mmm...cake...). I'm usually fairly terrible when it comes to sticking to a diet plan so I am especially proud of myself for making it through this time. There were SO MANY temptations around me (catered lunches, happy hours, walks home past restaurants, TV food commercials, co-workers teasing you to eat some bacon, etc) but I didn't cave to any of them. I would definitely do it again and I think it may even be easier the next time around since I know what to expect in terms of hunger levels and triggers to cheat.
Cheers to giving my little body a fresh start!
I cannot wait to house some pizza.
Love and Light,