Thank you all for the replies. I sincerely appreciate all of the words of advice and support.
I've watched the movie a couple times so I know how Joe deals with social situations but he was also on a documentary and traveling so I wanted to ask you, Gozer and islandcapricorn, do you find yourself being a little less social during your fasts? As in, do you tend to pass on social outings that happen at a restaurant more often than you would while not fasting?
I like to go out with my girlfriends from time to time to just unwind. I've pretty much decided that I won't be doing that for the first 10 days and then after that, I will just have to see how I feel. Most of my girlfriends are also in a healthy living support group we've made online so even though I won't be physically going out, I will still be receiving their wonderful support.
Gozer and islandcapricorn, what do you two find the hardest about the fasting? Socially, emotionally, whatever.
Brian, this will be my first juice fast ever. I've never doing any sort of fasting for any extended period of time. My plan is to fast for at least 40 days, but as Gozer and islandcapricorn have pointed out, smaller and more attainable goals tend to work best.
I went through one hell of a year in 2012, with my 33 year old husband nearly dying due to a complication during a surgery to remove what was thought to be very aggressive bone cancer. Thankfully it wasn't bone cancer and thankfully, after about 9 blood transfusions and nearly 2 weeks in ICU, they were able to stop the internal bleeding and he did not die.....but throughout all of that, I've become stronger in my faith. With lent coming up, the fact that I am at a desperate point in my life (health wise).....all signs pointed to this. First and foremost I am doing this to improve my health and to completely change my entire lifestyle. But also, I want to lean on my bible and do a lot of meditation during this 40 days and use lent not only as a way to become even stronger in my faith, but also to help me through.
I am guessing that this will probably be one of the hardest things I've ever made the choice to do in my life....but I have no other choice. I was looking at gastric bypass a year ago. Since then I've lost 35 lbs on my own but that is not nearly enough. After watching Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, it all clicked. I don't need a super invasive surgery, I need to reboot my system and save my life. I don't need diets, I need to break my unhealthy food addiction. My dad died of a massive heart attack when he was 59. If I follow in his footsteps, that means I am currently just over halfway through my life. And I am NOT okay with that.