"A mind once stretched by a new idea can never regain its original dimensions." ~Oliver Wendall Holmes
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Tuesday, May 01, 2012
On Sunday, the pastor at church announced that May 1st would be a day of prayer and fasting for suicide prevention. The idea is that we would fast together as a congregation and that our grumbling stomachs would serve as a reminder to pray for people who have been affected by suicide. Suicide is a major issue in our region, there are multiple suicides each year. Some villages have lost 15-20 young people in the last few years alone. Pretty much everyone here has been affected by suicide. A few friends and I decided to go ahead with this day of fasting. Coincidently we are all also involved with the biggest loser challenge where we are trying to lose weight. We thought the day of fasting would also help us with our weight loss goals. So, today, the 4 of us together and the congregation of the church as a whole fasted together.
I've never fasted before so I didn't really know what to expect. I expected to be hungry and tired. I was excited about the possibility of completing a fast. I was unsure if I would be able to finish it. I told myself that if I couldnt take it any more that I would allow myself to have juice only. That last time I ate was at around 8pm last night. My stomach was a little grumbly around breakfast this morning. It reminded me to pray. At work today I was a little hungry, but nothing major. I kept myself busy at work and got alot done. I was pretty focused on getting work done. I really didnt get an hunger pains. I took Ryder for a 4.5 mile walk after work before going to weigh in. I lost 4 pounds and won this week's weigh in...yay! During my walk, I felt a little tired and irritable and my stomach had a dull roar to it, but still no hunger pains. Tonight, I've been drinking alot of water and I'm still very surprised that I havent had any hunger pains. Still just a dull roar in my stomach, but it reminds me to pray every now and then. I haven't even drank any juice and it's almost time for bed.
The funny thing is that Ryder is not allowed to eat anything either because he's getting clipped tomorrow morning.
I'm a high school science teacher currently living my dream of teaching out in bush Alaska. I'm always up for new adventures and like to travel anywhere and everywhere. This blog is a way to keep in touch with friends and family, journal about life, and share my experiences with the world.