(05-23-2011 12:54 PM)Celes Wrote: I've a question - For your first few BMs, did you find them painful? I found mine to be so, and I reckon it was because the muscles have shrunk during my 21 day fast. It was okay after I had a few BMs though. Want to know how it was like for you, and if it was the same thing?
Here's a recap and some more detail on the BM issue:
First one was on the morning of Day 4 of refeeding, which I was following Loren's recommendations to a "t". It did not hurt as it was just watery liquid:
"As I was standing there Saturday morning (morning of Day 4 of refeeding), I got the urge to "go." I went into the bathroom and expelled a lot of dark orange water as well as some white watermelon seeds. It is amazing how many HUNDREDS of seeds are in those stupid seedless watermelons. It was taking me over 30 minutes just to prepare my few ounces of watermelon before eating it, trying to pick out all the seeds. At least I felt reassured that they pass through okay! (however, I have not yet had another bm . . . time will tell . . . )."
Second one was three mornings later. I continued to follow Loren's recommendations on timing of meals and water, and size of portions (by weight), but I started substituting honeydew for the watermelon as I could purchase ripe honeydew, but not watermelon. The bm did not "hurt," but it was not easy going like I'm used to.
"Oh, and the moment we've all been waiting for (hah hah!), I had a "real" bm this morning. The first "plop" was watermelon and the second was honeydew -- no mistaking those colors. It was funny -- literally looked like a tiny log of watermelon and a tiny log of honeydew. Tee hee! It took a while to come out, but oh, happy day! My body does know what it needs to do and when it needs to do it without me messing with it."
I continued refeeding with juicy fruits according to Loren's recommendations through Day 8. On Day 9 I had to switch to thawed-from-frozen organic berries as I waited for my bananas to ripen (ripe juicy fruits are still hard to come by this time of year). That was a mistake -- they were DISGUSTING. On the evening of Day 10 I was able to incorporate greens in the form of "banana wraps" -- mashed banana wrapped in romaine leaves. I chewed until liquified and they were very satisfying.
This produced my most difficult, if not painful, bm yet, three days after the previous:
"Small amount of bm this morning, and it was quite difficult to accomplish. So, every 72 hrs. or so right now. I'm looking forward to that getting better as I slowly increase the volume of fruits and greens into my system. I'm continuing to try to TRUST that my body knows what it's doing in this department!"
On Saturday, I was able to purchase some WONDERFUL fresh, organic kale, green cabbage, romaine, and butter lettuce from our local farm stand! SOOOOOO GOOD. I blended the kale with honeydew (in my Vita-Mix) that very day -- mmmmm. Then I used the lettuce heads to finish up my bananas. And, finally, I pulsed the the cabbage head in the Vita-Mix to make a "slaw" for dinner on Monday night (grated cabbage with blended organic green grape "dressing" -- pulsed the grapes in the Vita-Mix to create a bit of a chunky texture).
Yes, I was able to find organic green seedless grapes at the store this weekend, and more ripe honeydews. Also, I'm down to three meals a day. So, for example, Monday was Breakfast and Lunch of one large honeydew each meal (I weighed them, without seeds or rind, and each came to approximately 350 calories). And, Dinner of organic cabbage slaw with organic green grape dressing, which came to another 400 or so (about 200 for the cabbage and about 200 for the grapes -- I weighed them, too). Since my goal weight bmr is around 1000 and right now I am still pretty sedentary, I figure I should be around 1200 or so to gain weight. As I'm able to regain fitness, of course this will increase accordingly. I don't plan to weigh and measure my food forever, but feel I need to do so for the time being as fasting for so long got me WAY out of touch with my hunger (being not hungry AT ALL for so long has actually made it difficult for me to feel hunger again now that I'm eating again, even though it's been a little over two weeks. I'm sure it will come together eventually.
As far as bm's now, they are a breeze again. They are not formed, they just come out effortlessly and basically look like the well-chewed food that went in. How is that for graphic? But, seriously, I go anywhere from 1-3x per day.
I've cut down on my need for water as it is chilly and I am eating more water-rich foods, so now I am drinking about 2 litres per day as thirst dictates (down from about 4 litres per day). Urine is of appropriate frequency, volume, and color.
My worst "symptoms" at this point are extemely dry eyes and my injury. I was in so much pain on Monday that I was almost in tears just from driving the 3.5 miles home from work. Sitting at my desk, walking, standing -- all of these things aggravate it. However, riding my bike (on the trainer/flat surface) does not hurt at all! So, I started with 5 minutes. I'm up to 10 minutes now and plan to add another 5 minutes this weekend. I'm spinning at around 90rpm and keeping the gearing easy. So, my heartrate gets up so I build up my aerobic endurance, but I am not burning out the muscles in my legs.
I'm letting go of my desire to run again. Maybe I will run again and maybe I won't. One thing is for sure: I will NOT be signing up for any races this year. I have to concentrate/focus on providing my body with the most healthful living conditions I can so that my body can get about it's healing work in it's own time and way! My chiropractor gently reminded me that our body's timetable and our own does not always align. And, what the body chooses to heal first, does not always align with the order in which we want it to do so!
Wow. I really do need to start a thread in the appropriate forum re my goals and insights and such.
Thanks for hanging with me through this long-winded answer to your question about BMs!