Fast Day

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Well, I had been so proud of myself yesterday - almost 3 full weeks of abstaining from overeating and turning to food to deal with my emotions. And as usual, just as I was feeling self-congratulatory, something broke.

I think I was nervous about how I would handle fasting today. I had ridden my bike to and from a meeting - 60 min on hills, and I walked for about an hour. I figured then that I "deserved" to have some greasy felafel as a pre-fast dinner. But I was hungry so early - 5 p.m. Later I got ice cream.
And then, because I felt guilty about eating almost a cup of Ben & Jerry's, I ate a whole lot of raisins.

As I mentioned in a previous blog post, I have sugar issues, so undoubtedly that was a bad idea. But if I was logical about all of this, I wouldn't have a problem, right? emoticon

In the end, all of this is fixable. I am, after all, not eating today until 8 p.m. and I just need to be sure to take it easy and light when I do eat again tonight.

My guess is that I consumed 3,000 calories yesterday. When I figure that I burned about 800 through exercise, it's not THAT bad. I just don't want to sabotage my efforts. So far I've lost about 6 lbs and gained a little muscle, I think. My clothes are slightly loser and my legs look a lot more toned.

I need to not let this slip up send me down an ugly path.

I will use this fast day to reflect and to appreciate food, drink, and all of the other things that I should be grateful for in my life, along with mourning the tragedies which this day commemorates.

I will take a walk soon to break up my boring work day.
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    I fast 5 times a year for religious reasons. Twice a year there is a very long fast, from sundown the night before to sundown the next day (about 26 hours) no food, and no water either. Nothing. One of those is coming up - T'sha B'av on July 19.
    That, in addition to Yom Kippur, are the toughies (though this last one was tough!)
    Then there are 3 others that are sun up to sun down.
    I do find the process cleansing, but not as much as it should be, since I don't tend to break the fast on the healthiest foods!
    3684 days ago
    emoticon I am thinking of doing a cleanse. Are you doing a fast or a cleanse and what are you doing during the day? Good luck on your endeavor.
    3689 days ago
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