• Tue, Jun 19 2012

Water Fast: Day 3 (Will I Make It Until The End?)

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So, I am completing the last day of my water fast which I have undertaken because I am disciple of Rum Tum Tugger, the curious cat.

And honestly, the worst thing about it by day three is that it’s boring. You seriously don’t get the same fun out of life that you are accustomed to. Namely, you don’t get to get to go have a snack when you get bored, because snacking is something that can turn any time from boring time into fun-time.

I don’t feel particularly terrible – by the third day of consuming no food and drinking only water the hunger is more sort of a gnawing emptiness – but it’s really irritating that during the times when I could be enjoying breakfast or lunch I am now doing… nothing. I am drinking water.

I bought myself Perrier to make it “fun.”

It didn’t really work. I also bought groceries which seemed like a normal, human activity that I might do on the weekend, and I was surprised to realize that I didn’t want to rip the food off the shelves and just devour it all. I shopped in exactly the way I normally would have shopped. Actually, that’s not true. I bought a ton of soup, because you’re supposed to gently settle back into eating once you are on a fast, and have lots of juices and liquids and vegetables. So. Soup.

Portabello mushroom soup. I didn’t buy any actual mushrooms to mix into it, and I feel, almost immediately, that this is a decision I will live to regret. As I bought it I fantasized about every food I have ever loved and how incredible it would be to get to eat them all again.

I thought about Friday on Treasure Island who said “‘Many’s the long night I’ve dreamed of cheese – toasted, mostly – and woke up again, and here I were…”

God, it really must have sucked to be Friday.

After I bought groceries andtook them home I just stood and stared at my door for an unreasonable amount of time. I thought about breaking the fast, but it was only noon, and that was only two and a half days (I guess, technically, I was aiming for 3 and half, since the first night shouldn’t count, since you’re asleep.) I stared at my door some more.

And then I went to the place where people with no place to go go.

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  • Sarah

    you are awesome!
    now go enjoy eating everything in sight!!

  • Tania

    It wasn’t sunshine and water that Audrey was living off of!

    The first cup of coffee after that must have been amazing.

  • Lindsay

    CONGRATS! How were those brussel sprouts? Or, did you just stick to the soup?

  • Miss C

    “Things that test your willpower without killing you.”

    In my non-humble/bordeline bitchy opinion, having NO willpower is killing people by the droves right now, for real, no fun or humour included – over-eating especially, as well as drinking too much, smoking, etc.

    Overweight & obesity are the fifth leading risk GLOBALLY for death: WHO Fact sheet N°311, May 2012

    Wow, bet I just made myself really popular there!

    But I’m saying it because of all the “pro ana” BS you got on #1, which is utter nonsense when we consider that the eating disorder most people die of is too much feckin’ FOOD.

    • kjon

      You are awesome.

    • Sabrina

      Yes. It feels like this is a taboo topic people aren’t allowed to talk about anymore for fear of offending those suffering from obesity. No, of course it’s not cool to insult people based on their weight, but um, hello, we have a pretty huge problem here and I know I’m not the only one who knows about it. Thank you for saying something!

    • Cate

      Hear fucking hear. I think this is not said nearly enough, especially with the rise of the body positive movement. I’m all for body positivity and I think that people of all shapes and sizes can be beautiful, but self esteem should not come at the expense of health.

  • Will

    In my opinion, like Audrey, you’re a beautiful goddamn flower.

  • MR

    What time did you break your fast on Sunday? The polls in Greece closed at 1pm our time. Let me guess. You drank a lot of water today? :)

    • MR

      PS. Come on, Bernanke may need a push today. I have a July 2nd growth target and may make it now. So please drink lots of water between now and then, okay? But don’t fast. :)

    • MR

      PS. PS. Damn, no QE3. I thought Bernanke would pull the trigger. Obama needed it. Market probably pulls back a little more today. I have this rate of return on investment target for the 12 month period technically ending June 30th I was shooting for, but I’m close so….we’ll see.

    • MR

      Yeah, real bummer today. Wiped out all of my past 7 days’ gain in one day. But is it over? It has zigged zagged in this 2 percent range before though since I’ve come back in again. I’ve been steely, but there’s no potential future draft carrying it back up this time.

    • MR

      Well Jennifer, so far it looks like I’m calling it. I was up 6.1% from June 4th when it topped. I cleared last Friday still up a little shy of 4.6%. But that 1.6% spread was worth another $13,000 in gains. Still I have nothing to complain about. Yeah, it’s difficult to call it exactly right. I can always go back in again when I see another upward trend trajectory. Things will be clearer this Thursday, Europe time.

    • MR

      Jennifer, this is the last time I’ll do this cause it’s a flashback of another time which actually started 2 years ago. That’s why June 30th/July 1st is my annual log date. I can cheat a day cause it hit Sat/Sun this year. Anyways I thought I had a shot at growing my percentage growth rate from the previous year (the first 12 month period) by 50 percent. I closed out up 48 percent yesterday. Again nothing to complain about. We watched live jazz outside til almost 8pm on Friday. You have to turn the phones off when you cross over the border. It was nice to see the day’s results when I went onto the internet that night. We’re heading back up again for one more day and night tonight.

  • Lauren

    Wow. This reminds me of how I felt when I did a juice cleanse. I feel like the water fast has to be harder, because I was getting nutrients, but they are way more similar than I originally thought they would be. It just sounded so impossible to survive 3 days with nothing but water without having any crazy side effects.

    The last day was the worst on my juice cleanse too, not because I was starving, but because I was just out of my mind bored. I did it on a Friday, Saturday Sunday as well. My first meal was scrambled eggs and I couldn’t finish them.

    Congrats on finishing and not passing out ever. I’m sorry you had to see Rock of Ages though.