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Since this is kind of a milestone, I thought I would write a little here about my thoughts and feelings so far.
Physically, I feel amazing. I have lost 38 lbs. The weight loss has started to slow down. That is ok with me. I am getting close to where I should be weight wise. I have the energy level of a teenager. I can push myself and not get sore. I am really liking my almost daily bike rides. I'm still only doing 6 to 8 miles at a time. That seems to be the point that I start to hit the wall. I would like to get to the point that I can ride the 14 miles round trip to the grocery store. I even have gotten out and rode my skateboard for a while a couple of times! I have been stretching almost every day to some extent. I am still a little hesitant to start any sort of yoga routine. I think I need to get a beginner yoga instructional dvd or something before I join a class. Any suggestions? I'm also thinking about taking a martial arts class or boxing or the like. My oldest son does boxing. It would be cool to start going to the boxing gym with him, but it might be embarrassing for both of us. Then again, it would give me an opportunity to punch him repeatedly in the face like I sometimes wish I could do and not go to jail. (Just kidding, anyone with teenagers knows what I'm talking about)
I don't get hungry. I mean the hunger sensation that I am used to. The problem with this is that when I haven't had any juice for a while, I don't have any physical sense that I need nourishment. It manifests itself in a strange way. I get crazy. I can't focus on anything. Every simple task becomes an enormous undertaking that seems almost insurmountable. I become short tempered and get confused easily. The crazy thing about it is I don't even realize that this is happening. My wife had to point this out to me the other day. Once I get some juice in me, I am fine again.
My sleeping schedule has been completely messed up since I started this 45 days ago. I have not been able to fall asleep before 3 am in 45 days. I even tried staying awake for 36 hours to try to get back on track. As soon as 10pm rolls around I am wide awake. I don't think this is a symptom of the juice feast but more a symptom of not drinking alcohol to excess nightly as I did for years. I've tried cutting off my computer time at 8pm, getting more exercise during the day, even tried some herbal tea (I hate tea). I've had no luck with any of it.
I'm to the point that I need to start shopping for some new clothes. My pants are falling off of me without a belt drawn tight. I'm swimming in my shirts. I'm holding off for a little while longer, at least until the warmer weather is here. No sense in buying new jeans and sweaters now when I will just be packing them up for the summer in a few weeks.
I am on the fence about whether to continue on with the juice feast. I have been "cooking" (you know what I mean) for my wife, who has been eating 100% raw for the past 4 and a half weeks. I've made raw tacos, bell pepper flavored flax crackers, raw mac nut "cheese", raw sprouted wheat tomato basil bread, raw almond milk, salsa, guacamole, dairy free banana ice cream etc. She has made some wonderful smelling stuff like kale chips and onion bread. I am having trouble not eating that stuff. I would love to just pile a huge bowl full of greens and sprouts and veggies and walnuts and hemp seeds and crushed flax crackers and pour some fresh salsa all over it and devour it all. The thing is that I have set a goal of 90 days unless there is a physical reason for me to stop. If I stop now, my mind will twist it into failure. I know I have not failed and even if I break my fast now I still have accomplished an incredible achievement, especially if I transition to a 99% raw vegan living food diet as I plan to do. I just feel that I have more detoxing to do. I can still feel it. I can feel my body healing itself. I can still feel the bad stuff coming out of me. My energy level just keeps going up every day. It feels amazing.
Anyway, that is were I am at. I think I am going to stick this thing out another 45 days, but if I don't, I'm not going to let it get me down. I am extremely grateful for where I am right now and extremely proud of what I have accomplished so far.
Peace and good health to you all.