Hello Personal Excellence Friends~ Today is the first day of my 21 day water fast. Once a year I do a fast of sorts as a profoundly personal time of reflection, a time to think ahead and set personal goals and a time to sew the seeds of personal evolution. My fasts prior have consisted of eating clean for 21 days, fruits and raw or steamed veggies and steamed rice no sugar processed foods ect. This year after one of the most difficult years of my life I know that deep down to be able to get past the physical, mental and emotions hurdles I have faced, my 21 day fast requires just water as I must cleanse at a much deeper level. I have also recently gone off all medications and I would like to cleanse and detoxify my body and start afresh, using food to nourish my body and to begin practicing 'living well' and juicing as a means of energy, renewal and vibrancy. There is a vibrant version of myself inside just waiting to emerge~! This past year I have not been true to myself or my personal beliefs that my body is a sacred place and from past experience I know that what I put into my body greatly effects my mind, spirit and ability to be my best self. I have so much to offer the world and universe in terms of vibrant positive and inspiring energy and I am passionate about living a life where I am able to share this with others and inspire others as so many people have inspired me. I have been hiding behind food this past year and at many time during my entire life. This 21 day fast will be one of the most difficult and important things I have ever had to do but deep down it has been coming for a long time and now is my time. By having to face myself and the emotional issues at my core, which have been surpressed, I will emerge free and confident and with inner healing will come a healed relationship with food, myself, my friends and family and the universe. I have not told anybody on the outside world of my personal fasting journey as it is deeply individual, however, I am so happy to have opened up to you all on personal excellence and this journal will provide a perfect outlet in weak moments when I would like to break the fast~ as I will be able to verbalize my feelings instead of act on them and in-turn stay strong, committed and accountable to myself and you all. If I have inspired anybody please join this journey with me and let us share our profound transformation upon it's conclusion on May 5th as a way to inspire others to live their best life.
I have chosen to begin today for a very important reason. 21 days from now I have an important celebration of both myself and others and I look forward to arriving clear and fresh and the best possible version of myself. I look forward to re-connecting with friends and family after my time 'away' and beginning a life of meaning and purpose.
I know these next 21 days will be full of profound personal triumphs, struggles, and revelations big and small however I also truly believe that anything is only as difficult as you make it- so I will execute this 21 day water fast with as much elegance and ease as possible. Press the easy button so to speak.
I am being true to myself and for once allowing the many truths of my life to appear, be overcome and set myself free. Somebody once asked the great artist Michaelangelo how he created his beautiful masterpieces and he replied that he could see the angel within and would carve and chip away at a sculpture until the angel emerged. Every masterpiece manifests through a combination of vision, belief, aspiration, determination, struggle, hard work, diligence purpose and passion, but belief is nothing without action. I truly believe every human being is constantly evolving and these next 21 days are the next essential steps in my evolution.
For my success it is essential to set small goals, celebrate these milestones and look at the larger picture. I know that evenings will be difficult for me, however, by staying busy and writing and recording through my times of struggle and knowing my weaknesses I will be able to identify them and conquer them. Once you have a plan the rest becomes execution. I have two social functions to attend this week one on Thursday and another on Saturday. I look forward to attending these and simply 'being' in the company of others not distracted or pre-occupied by food or drink. I will journal after to celebrate the success of just being. I have researched water fasting for the last few years prior to embarking on my other fasts and I understand the importance of rest also. I will be working for the first 7 days of the fast, however, the following 2 weeks will allow for time at home and a schedule that will allow me to listen to what my body needs and rest any time I need to. For me rest will be key to the success of my fast, however, I must be conscious of not eating upon waking, as this is a habitual practice. I will often journal upon waking from a rest period. Also during my previous fasts my dreams have been vivid and a way of my sub-conscious to work out emotional issues so I will record these alongside my detoxification symptoms. Being on medication in the past I know this detoxification is essential to me being well in the future. I truly believe prevention is the best medicine and by eating clean and healthy unprocessed, organic fruits and vegetables one is able to cure illness and stave off future ills. At the moment I am sore, achy and puffy due to a high salt, and sugar, low nutrient-dense diet and lifestyle and I look forward to getting back to the lean anti-inflamatory state I know my body functions best at.
My first milestone is at 2PM tomorrow afternoon April 16th which will be my 36 hour mark. Once I celebrate that- I am on my way. Also Friday morning after waking up from attending the party on Thursday night that will mark the end of the most difficult part (5 days) and I will celebrate with a massage on Friday after my last day of work. I will then come home to a nice bath and sleep before my 2nd social engagement on Saturday! I have much to look forward to and I look forward to sharing this with you all. Other Fasting Forums and Journals have provided so much Inspiration in the past that I hope to inspire others on this 21 journey now, and once a year for the remainder of my live-well, well-lived life~! Happy Fasting all and see you at my next milestone!
*It just occured to me that if I journal during my struggles as a way to get through them, then every struggle will be transformed into a milestone to celebrate as opposed to simply a struggle. Remember there is no thought without struggle.
Another purpose of this journal is so that once I finish and open up to sharing my great accomplishment with friends and family they can come and see my progress- and the journey I have been on the last 21 days- like a travel blog for a fasting adventure! (as you can see I am an eternal optimist). I just have to be conscious of setting small attainable goals and journaling through the struggles until they are accomplished.
*Also a question for those of you fasters out there- during the parties I will attend~ I will be drinking water out of a wine glass as I am not telling people that I am fasting? It is not because I am ashamed or want to hide it, however, I feel this is more of a personal journey~ Does anybody have any good advice for getting through social functions while fasting? Other then this Thursday and Saturday I do not have any social functions until May 5th. Having said that- do any other water fasters have any advice on how to stay busy? Or tasks (other then journaling) that gave them purpose to pass the time while fasting? I do want to make time for things that I don't usually make time for. I have done my Spring Cleaning but today's task are to go through my jewelry and re-organize and do my nails in a fun bright colour (an activity which is a flow activity for me) and an activity for myself which I enjoy. Also I wrecked my nails suring spring cleaning yesterday. But it did feel good to clean and empty my refrigerator and cupboards pre-fast, and get rid of all old clothing and items so I can start afresh. I am in a great mental state today and ready to embark on this journey... now to get through one week of work (I will come home and rest after work each day) and two social engagements! Also next Sunday will be one week so I will get to celebrate another milestone! 1/3 done~! Any suggestions?
On my way to being~ Inner Beauty Bella