Today is day 15!! Not only have I been juice fasting for two weeks and one day, I have already completed one and a half, 10 day juice fasts.
I have missed updating my experiences over the past several days but with the obstacles I have had, it was much needed. On day 10, I had a sudden spell of severe dizziness come on. At this point, because I had been feeling pretty well in the days prior, I assumed that this feeling was due to me studying and completing several assignments for a lengthy period of time that day without breaking. I thought I just needed to get some sleep and then I would feel much better. My husband agreed. My husband also said he could tell I was losing weight now undoubtedly. With this in mind, on day 11, I fed into my scale addiction's commands and weighed myself before my weigh-in day only to find that my scale had quit working. I just took it as a "that's what you get" mock at me for giving in.
On day 11, I still continued to feel really dizzy too despite that I had a lot of sleep the night prior. I just continued to drink a lot of water and I drank a little more juice and also incorporated some organic, green Jasmine tea. I had planned to soak some almonds all night on day 10 so that I could soften them enough to juice them on day 11. This was going to be my treat for having made it a full 10 days which I consider having completed one of nine consecutive 10 day juice fasts. But, because I didn't feel well that night and just needed to get to sleep, I went to sleep instead of preparing to celebrate.
On the night of day 11 is when I decided that it would be a good night to soak the almonds to juice them to then have almond milk for day 12 not only to celebrate making it 10 days, but also in hopes that maybe consuming it for a source of protein might also help me feel better since I had found that sleep was not the issue. But when day 12 came, I felt even worse. I tried to keep pushing forward anyways. Since I will be doubling-up on classes next week, I was trying to work really hard to get as many assignments done ahead of time for the classes I am already registered in. My son also had practice for T-Ball and school-related functions I needed to dabble in. Feeling dizzy made it difficult to get through the day but I managed. The almond milk was good, but it didn't make me feel better. I had slight dizziness on the morning of day 13, but by noon, the dizziness was so bad I felt that I would pass out anytime. My husband encouraged me to eat something but I had no appetite and I told myself I was not going to give up. He told me I should go to the hospital but I didn't want to. I decided instead that I would juice even more hoping that those nutrients would make me feel better.
On that day, my son and I also went to my aunt's house to help with my younger cousin who had just had surgery and that's when the dizziness got so bad I had trouble standing. My aunt and several other people around me were trying to get me in the car to get me to the E.R. but I gave them all a hard time. Since my aunt's sister is a nurse, she took her stethoscope and listened to my heart rate. She said my heart sounded fine. My aunt who has a diabetes kit, pricked my finger to take my blood sugar. We discovered that my blood sugar was 50. My aunt's sister also hooked me up to a blood pressure machine and found that my blood pressure was low. When they tried to get me to eat some grapes and to have some spaghetti, you can imagine how much I was reprimanded when I refused. I did however, get three mango flavored cold-pressed organic, Fuji juices and some organic veggie broth from Wal-Mart which has a high sodium content and drank them both. I was surprised my blood pressure was low because I have hypertension. Anyways, yesterday (which was day 14), I was ready to celebrate but was inhibited by some of the texts and calls I had received criticizing me for not being under my doctor's supervison. It did upset me to an extent. Although I was a little upset that I perceived a few of the people were not being supportive of my strive to become healthier, I couldn't deny that there was rationality behind a few points. One of them was the fact that I should be under a doctor's supervison. So, I contacted my doctor and have setup an appointment. Today, I incorporated more fruits and have also consumed more organic, veggie broth. And since doing so, I have not been dizzy at all. I'm hoping that my doctor will see this as a viable solution for combating the low blood sugar and low blood pressure and will permit me to continue. I'm not sure I will quit even if he doesn't recommend it.
Well, regardless of the obstacles I have faced, I'm more than elated that I have been able to juice steadfastly for more than 2 weeks now! This is really something that I never ever imagined I was capable of committing to especially because obstacles sometimes make it easy for me to give up. But I'm eager to get healthy and (hopefully) get rid of my ailments.
In the meanwhile, I am also hoping to get a new scale very soon so that I can continue to weigh myself. I may weigh myself before Thursday to makeup for my weigh-in if I get a new scale before then. Until then, this isn't over until the fat lady sings! Happy juicing to all!