Yes, So Fast!

As some of you may know, I am on the 1st day of my first ever 3 day fast! Being my first 3 day fast, I thought that I would lightly document it. Hopefully, this post and a few more to come, regarding this 3 day fast, will give you some insight about the experience itself. A lot of people who know that I’m doing this (and now maybe some of you) are very confused as to why I’m doing this, rest assured, there is a plethora of reasons.

Somewhere along the coast of my net surfing, I came across fasting. Being intrigued by anything that is good for my health, I looked more into it and saw that many Youtube health gurus, nutritionalists, wholistic healers, and even body builders practiced intermittent or prolonged fasting. Shortly after learning more about it, I began intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting is usually anywhere from 14-20 hours of consuming nothing besides water or coffee/tea. The most noteable benefits of fasting that I’ve read about are: increases mental clarity, lose weight, anti-cancer properties, and improves the immune system (It’s said that a 3 day fast can help to reset the immune system). The human body spends an enormous deal of energy digesting food. This may be why it is said that snacking throughout the day is more healthy then a less amount of greater portioned meals. The body is able to better digest less food, periodically, than it is able to digest an entire large pizza that you (I) ate in one sitting.

Aside from the regular health benefits associated with fasting, there are a couple personal reasons that inspired me to experience a 3 day fast. First and foremost, a 3 day fast is just something I’ve always been interested in doing since I learned about fasting. I’m someone who looks for my post-meal snack while snacking on another snack, so the idea of spending an entire 3 days without any food was pretty intimidating to me. Part of the reason for this fast is to experience something new that also scares me and will test me. Another part of this fast is because I want to build my will power and put myself back on track. Back around the time when I was doing intermittent fasting, everyday, I felt that I was being very productive in all aspects of my life and was really happy with where I was and the future I was creating for myself. Somewhere along the lines, I started slacking and even fucking up a bit, that was about 2 months ago now, and I’ve just recently been able to place myself back in the right direction. This fast is about cleansing and resetting myself, which is why I plan to break this fast on Saturday. Saturday is the night of the new moon, and I know it may seem very hippie or whatever, but I feel such energy on the nights of full and new moons. It just seems right. A big test will be avoiding alcohol these next couple days. One of my best friends turns 22 tomorrow, and of course I’m going out to celebrate with him. I thought of doing this fast a different week, just so¬† I could reeeally celebrate, but I look at it this way: Just about every time I’ve ever wanted to take a break from drinking or from going out or wanted to get my sleep schedule in order or just wanted to make some more positive/productive life choices, it’s always around the time of someone’s birthday or someone’s party or some reason to go out and drink in celebration. I’ve became so tired of letting myself become pressured through the feeling of obligation to celebrate an event. This fast is to rid myself of toxins, physically, mentally, and spirtually, and reclaim myself.

I will be covering my 3 days of fasting, including how I went about breaking my fast on Saturday, via right here. I probably should’ve done this piece yesterday (woops), but I’ll be posting a review of day 1 of my 3 day fast here shortly!

Take Your Time

There have been many times where I have turned myself around and picked up my successful tendencies. There has also been just as many instances where I have found myself back on the beaten path of bad habit. I need to learn to walk more carefully. I become so overwhelmingly motivated that I don’t just turn myself around, I take off sprinting in my new found direction. Having intense motivation is never a bad thing, but this journey is, without a doubt, a long one. One is always more likely to follow through traveling if they walk instead of run. Too many times have I sprinted off in my new direction with the burning phoenix of motivation at my feet, only to find myself back on the beaten path, out of breath and fatigued. I need to learn to take my time, one step at a time.¬†Breathe in. Breathe out. Turn myself around. Breathe in. Breathe out. I have now started my new journey at a steady pace.