OK. Sorry I didn’t give a blow by blow of yesterday but quite frankly, I was too tired to do anything. I’ve had a serial migraine for the last 48 hours as well. The thing to take away from this is: do the crime, do the time. If you ever decide to take the opportunity to do a cleanse, pack a lunch. Tonight, I’ve just had a hot shower and a nice glass of water and I’m almost ready for soft shoe shufflin’ time.
Yesterday- I drank a nice “green juice” and headed into work. Nothing out of the ordinary until lunchtime. One of my coworkers sat about 7 feet away and munched on crunchy Baked Lays for what seemed like an hour. I had two coconut waters. I’ve decided that I’m not much into coconut water. It has a very sophisticated taste. I can only describe the first drink as what I’d imagine it tastes like when someone spits in your mouth. A weird saliva-y taste that’s a little hard to swallow. After that, you get the initial hit and then it’s pretty sweet. Either way, I had 200 calories worth yesterday and today. That won’t be happening tomorrow. The enemy of the daylight is boredom. You don’t realize all your little habits until you’re not doing them anymore. No more scavenging the breakroom for donuts and Boston Cremes. No more three or four Diet Cokes in a day and that sweet buzz that goes along with it. Diet Cokes and donuts…magic. That was not an everyday thing mind you, but it did happen as the great (and also surprisingly obese) Kevin Federline used to say, “from time to time…”
Other than the routine, I wasn’t stuck in the desire for food. I did have to keep myself for part of the day and finally went to bed around 8:30. The whole cleansing thing is very tiring. I woke up at 2 thinking it was 5 and then again at 4:30. At that point, I had a raging migraine and could tell that this was going to be a long day. I dropped my kids off for an appointment and came back home and slept another hour before going into the office. It was best for everyone and I was pretty caught up for this week. Big “green juice” for breakfast and another for dinner. Do you get bored with it you ask? Yes. There’s a part of your stomach that waits for it like acid. After the first sip, you’re busy thinking about water. Or Chick Fil a. Today was a battle day for sure. I had the cravings, I had the headaches, I had the emerging signs of a temper, I had thoughts of giving it up….
But that’s where that ended. I thought about the silliness of giving up. People in other countries routinely eat a fourth of what we do and they seem to do fine outside of the machine guns and war lords. They’re not dying of obesity though. I am in this for the long haul and to inject some long forgotten discipline back into my life. I’ve just got to get a platform from which to work. My fasting partner battled yesterday but had to have a couple of nuts. It happens. Get back on the bike and get going. The whole thing, like life, is a trip. In this particular part of it, we hang on.
I made my kids spaghetti for dinner tonight. I craved that. I read three articles about BBQ today. I craved that. I thought about how I was going to eat pizza after breaking the fast on the 23rd. I will eat shortly after. I’m not someone that you’re going to see on “Intervention” working out four hours a day and eating 150 calories. So even if this whole experiment makes me come across as more intense than I actually am, I still have perspective on it. At this point, it’s 19 more days. All this being said, after reading several articles on fasting, I think I’m coming to a point where the turbulence is nearing an end. If you could compare it to an airplane, yesterday and today have been the liftoff and climb. A lot of gaining control of the vehicle and getting the ass off the ground. Today, I’ve been climbing through a few low clouds which shook me around a bit and moved my insides from side to side. I think I’m to that first level off before the climb to cruising altitude.
I’m going to cut it short tonight and perhaps my thoughts will be a little more collected tomorrow. Until then, here are my Top Ten cravings for Day 2 of the 21 day juice box:
1.) Vincents pizza. My favorite pie. It’s on Barrett Pkwy in West Cobb.
2.) Tomato bisque. I’m not sure why, but I don’t really like Tomato Bisque.
3.) Chick Fil a sausage, egg, and cheese biscuit with a Diet Coke. I would be in a coma after this.
4.) Peanut butter and Cheese crackers. A vending machine classic.
5.) Slopes and Red Brick BBQ- the gold standard in Sandy Springs/Perimeter BBQ. I haven’t tried Heirloom BBQ but I drive by it every morning. If I lived in Riverbend Apartments, I’d shoot myself in the face because they cook 24/7. It used to be a convenience store.
6.) the Ramirez from Jack’s New Yorker Deli in Vinings- as a special bonus, Jack’s also has the best fries, bar none, in town.
7.) Dunkin Donuts Boston Creme- I probably would have punched a midget in the face for one of those today.
8.) a burger from Taco Mac Perimeter. I sent a horrible Turkey BBQ sandwich back two weeks ago and was rewarded with one of the best burgers I’ve ever eaten.
9.) ten bowls of the spaghetti that I made for my kids’ dinner tonight.
10.) Rice- I have no idea why, but I really wanted rice or a baked potato with butter and salt. Nothing else.
Hopefully I’ll be at cruising altitude tomorrow. Or at least pray that I am.