This is cake from Ruthy's at the Chelsea Market

The hardest thing about the first day of my water fast was absolutely everything.

That said: no fainting. You obviously get hungry, but you can sort of wait it out hunger pangs for half an hour and they go away. And wow, do you ever sleep well (but then I normally drink a lot of caffeine). My skin also looks unusually good, probably because I’m ridiculously hydrated.

That said, I spent a lot of the day having this exchange with Ashley:

Me: Can I have coffee?

Ashley: No.

Me: A commenter said I could.

Ashley: No, that is the opposite of true.

Me: Why not?

Ashley: Because you’re on a water fast and that is not water.

Me: What about Diet Coke?

Ashley: No. That is not water, either.

Me: It is the water of the Gods.

Me: Could I have coconut water?

Just that, all day. Look, if you want to try this weird experiment (and I think it’s worth pointing out that this is not a weight loss solution, because any weight you lose you will gain back when you go on solids again) do it when you can just be home and sleep and not really do much. The hardest part, really, was the fact that I had to go to a work and then go out again in the evening. Nopt because I was tired, because there was food around everyplace. That said, I wasn’t really exhausted or weak, which I expected to be. Supposedly that has to do with not drinking things like coffee or Diet Coke which signal to the body that food is coming. So, despite my desperate desire to drink delicious coconut water, I can see why that’s not a great idea.

The hardest moments of the day day are below. These things were awful nightmare things that just hit me in the face with their awful nightmarishness.[ITPGallery]