4 days later, and I am feeling SO MUCH BETTER!!!
It was not a complete “fasting” period,
But a definite resting period.
For my mind.
It was somewhat of a challenge the first day or so to not think about food.
The years of life have conditioned me to think, think, always think about food -
- what am I going to cook for lunch or supper? When do I need to start it? Do I need to lay something out for it?
- and the slightest twinkle in my tummy, meant it was time to think about what to eat. Would it be a snack, or a meal?
- always scrolling thru recipes, trying to find nutritious and interesting ones. Ones that I actually had the ingredients for, or could afford to buy.
- on and on an on. Some reason to always think about food.
I have done the complete water fasting for up to 3 days before, but this time, I wasn’t trying to do that.
I needed my gut to reset, and I needed to break the habit of “what am I going to eat next”.
Each morning, I drank about 24-30 oz of water when I got up.
- then I enjoyed my coffee. Yes, I use creamer in my coffee. No, it’s not sugar free.
After 2-4 cups of coffee, I either cleaned the apartment, or did some exercises.
- stretching exercises, upper and lower body. Walk in place, cause the weather wasn’t pleasant to go outside.
Then, sometime between noon - 2 p.m. I sat down on the futon, with the heating pad on my back for comfort more than for pain relief, and a neck pillow, covered up with my blankie that I made from Rick’s old t-shirts, feet on a foot stool ... and I spent 1-3 hours just being still and quiet. I napped once or twice. Once I simply sat there with my eyes closed. I put a movie in once that I have seen like a gazillion times, and let it play quietly while I rested.
Get up, take my vitamins with either a small glass ( 6 oz ) of juice, sweet tea, or milk.
By this time, 4 p.m. or so, I was hungry! Lol
But not wanting anything heavy in my gut thru the evening, I decided on a cup of potato soup.
- I took about 1/2 - 3/4 cup of 2% milk, heated it in the microwave, then added enough instant potatoes to make it thicker, almost like a gravy. Added 1 slice of Velveeta cheese (a bit of protein), and enjoyed.
- I had some grape tomatoes that I didn’t want to lose, so I allowed myself 4-6 of those each day.
- and I ate 2 small dill pickles (the baby one) on 2 different days.
- on Saturday, I added a few real bacon bits to my potato soup.
Yesterday, I did not want potato soup, so I had a small can of cream of chicken soup for lunch.
By the evening time, I was feeling much better, and very empty.
So, I took 2 of the Gorton fish fillets (1 serving) and cooked them -
- and cooked some fresh spinach in a skillet with a little butter. I actually left the spinach longer than I intended, and all the liquid had cooked out. It was just turning a little brown and crunchy around the edges when I got back to it. I had put 3 pepperconi peppers in the skillet too.
OMW!!! I don’t think spinach has ever tasted SOOOO Good!!!
And for the first time in a while, I enjoyed not only the cooking but the eating!
I didn’t think a lot about the food before fixing it, nor did I over eat.
It was, to say the least, very refreshing.
I also found out that by doing this, water tasted better, rest was deeper, & I slept better than I’ve slept in a very long time.
Oh, and I lost 5 pounds!!!
I feel strongly that my mind has gotten back on track, with a clearer focus, to what I need to be doing.
And spiritually? Oh my!
I have enjoyed reading my Bible and devotionals, the words seem to fairly jump off the pages!
So, to say that I needed this would be the understatement so far of 2021! LOL
It has been such an incredible experience and reset that I am going to do this at least once a month!
It is so well worth it!
One thing I have decided thru this -
The scales are only a guide. Like the white lines on the road when we are driving.
I had gotten pretty hung up on the numbers, being frustrated with not seeing a great difference no matter what I was or not doing - especially when going back over my journal entries for the last year!
But in this, yes, I lost 5 pounds, but only 5 pounds - yet I feel so much better!!!
Do I really care what the scales say, if I feel better?
If I feel more like doing my housework, or spending time with my grandkids, or going for a walk, or just doing exercises - what difference does the number mean?
Little by little ... even in our thinking!
Momma, you're not fat. You're fluffy!
These were the words of my precious little girl one day many years ago. The innocence of a child. The words both stung my eyes, and warmed my heart.