I watched “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” a couple of days ago. The documentary chronicles the life of Joe Cross, an Australian man who is “100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease.” He goes on a 60 day juice fast /road trip across America. “What emerges is nothing short of amazing – an inspiring tale of healing and human connection.”
I felt inspired by the film and decided to do my own reboot. I’ve done fasts before, my longest being seven days. I like the idea of giving my digestive system a break, detoxing, and using moments of hunger to meditate and pray. It’s not very often that we get the opportunity to just be still in our culture. We are all so plugged in: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blogging, cell phones, television, iPads, iPods, iPhones. iNeedABreak!
My ten day juice fast aka Reboot began yesterday. Chad decided he was going to try and do it with me. I honestly didn’t think he’d make it through the first day. By 4 o’clock, when I asked if he was ready for some more juice, he said, “Yeah, some juice and a juicy burger.” Nice.
I made a Cucumber Fuzz (2 cucumbers, 2 celery stalks, and 4 peaches) for dinner last night. We chugged it on the way to see Total Recall (which was awesome, by the way). Before entering the theater, I asked, “Are you feeling buzzed?” I swear I felt slightly drunk. He had a happy glazed look and replied in the affirmative. I’m not sure if it was the pure alkalinity of all the juice or just the fact that we were really hungry, but it sure felt good.
So, now I’m on day 2. Chad’s still (surprisingly enough) doing it with me. I feel pretty good. I’m still experiencing a lot of neck pain and radiating pain into my right arm from the car wreck, but I refuse to feel sorry for myself. I did a super modified Outlaw workout today. Instead of my normal 135lb clean and jerk and 95lb snatch, I used a 15 lb bar and went up to 35 lbs. Instead of going Rx on the conditioning, I used a 10 lb kettlebell and did 12″ step ups. It’s incredibly humbling having to scale my workouts back so much, but I’m a big believer that it’s healthy to feel humbled every now and again 😉