It was a great source of strength after having started my fast and not only did I enjoy it... again... But I related to Joe and Phil and Siong. And while I can't even remember a tenth of the thoughts I wanted to share as I watched, one stood out to me. I loved what Joe said about his fast. Once he resigned himself to not eating, nothing was going to change that. That's kind of how I feel each morning when I wake up and mark another day off my calendar. Its true what he said about nights. They are harder, but I still know that it's worth it and the tantalizing smells of dinner aren't going to change my mind.
One thing I did learn while watching this time around, is the top reasons I haven't been miserable during these first couple of days. Living the Word of Wisdom has given me a big push start. A couple of dull headaches don't seem like much when I compare them to Joe, Phil, and Siong's experiences at the start. Not being a drinker of coffee, tea, or alcohol really has made this easier for me. Also as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints I am not a stranger to fasting. I fast the first Sunday of each month for 2 meals or 24 hours (and also for special reasons that may come up). It's a beautiful way to teach our bodies to submit to our spirits and not the other way around.
Something that took me by surprise, was being at church and having the sacrament passed to me. I take the sacrament every week and yet it came as a surprise to have it put in front of me with the expectation that I would take a piece of bread and eat it. I actually paused for a tiny moment in my mind to think about it and of course I partook. The sacrament isn't about bread or eating or cheating on my fast, it is about Christ and the blood he shed for me, and life he gave for me. It was almost a new experience and really gave me a unique opportunity to remember what the sacrament represents and the covenants that accompany it. I think that's why the bread tasted different this time.
Today has been good. I did learn, while watching the movie again, it's ok to have just a fruit juice once a day and putting it in my herbal tea wasn't cheating at all! Yay! Mmmmm! I love me some fresh fruit juice!
And now I will happily put myself to bed. I'm eager to cross another day off tomorrow. Can't believe at the end of tomorrow I will be halfway to 10. DOUBLE DIGITS!!!