As you know, our Erica is doing a 10-day fast in preparation for surgery. Her post today made me feel a little crabby with her husband, who is being unsympathetic to the difficulty of this---and yet I notice he's not exactly volunteering to join her for emotional support.
And I can't BELIEVE I didn't think of this earlier, but WE could join her for emotional support. We've already missed the first three days, which is too bad, and my "do it perfectly or not at all" personality resists even bothering: why start now, if it can't be EXACTLY LIKE ERICA? How can we be supportive if we're THREE DAYS BEHIND? But that is not the way things actually are, is it? It is possible to do things half-assed (or in this case, 7/10ths-assed) and still have it be worth doing, yes? And so I'm going to give this a try.
Erica has promised me (okay, I am making that up, but I plan to EXTRACT a promise) that she will do a post about what is allowed on her fast: it's not a literal "no calories" fast (it's something like 800 calories/day), so we will not actually be starving to death. And when that post is up, I'll link to it.
In the meantime, I'm going to start first thing tomorrow (Monday) morning. It is FULLY POSSIBLE that within 10 minutes of The Start there will be a fudgesicle in one hand and a muffin in the other, but it is my intention to suffer mightily and bitch about it, here and on Twitter, because Erica is making it look like so much fun.
I feel as if I should issue some sort of disclaimer here. I mean, what Erica is doing is medically-supervised and medically-approved. What anyone joining in would be doing is flinging themselves into the unknown. A lot of us are not going to be ABLE to participate in this even if we want to. If your health is shaky, or if you've struggled with an eating disorder, or if you're pregnant or nursing, or if you have a health issue, or if you exercise a lot, or if you're very thin, or if you're not supposed to screw around with what you eat for any other reason, you can still offer emotional support without actually fasting. You can do this by cheerleading from the sidelines, and by refraining from waving your food at the participants.
If you DO decide to fast, email me (swistle at gmail dot com) so I can make a link list of people who are going to be joining in on the suffering and bitching.
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