Day 10 I woke up feeling pretty good again. Reasonable amount of energy, completely alert. Am contemplating setting an end date but not sure what that will be. Yesterday afternoon, I had thought I would end today if I was still feeling really run down. But, now I'm not sure if I want to start the ending with eating fresh fruit for a day or two before the weekend or hold out through the 2 week mark. I guess the first week was one goal, then 10 days and 2 weeks would be the next check in point. So far, I've dropped 11 or 12 pounds which is great and puts me at my first mark as far as weight loss. Another 5 lbs. is the next rung for that goal and then 5 more would have me ecstatic. The weight loss goals should entail 5 or 10 more days of the fast though putting it out as long as 3 weeks (I've read and it is holding true for me that the average weight loss is 1 lb. per day). Again, I'm not sure right now where I'll want to go with this. I would like to be able to enjoy food again and definitely am missing all of the things associated with eating. The social aspect, the tastes, the feeling of anticipation of a good meal, the satisfaction and joy it brings. Some of these things can be unhealthy as well but I do miss it for sure.
If I were to do this again, I would definitely start on a Friday to have a weekend to get through the first few days and be prepared to take Monday off if I hadn't gotten through the first rough patch. I might also simplify the juice thing by finding a few places that sell fresh 100% juice. The pulp is definitely an issue for me so sticking with the Kirkland apple juice is certainly an easy way to go. It would also be easy on the wallet with a budget for a week or two of maybe $10 - $15 (that is all the food and drinks you would need for around $1 a day! -- well, ok not quite but I already had bottled water).