Here's what happened. I didn't prepare properly (like eating veggie based meals in the days leading up ti the fast), I didn't plan on starting the mother of all menstrual cycles (being a girl can sometimes suck), and I was really really hungry (because I wasn't planning ahead by having enough on hand for the juicer). So there is a big difference between what I planned and what really happened. Here's what my average day looked like during the past ten days:
7am - wake up starving, go to the bathroom to change my diaper, and juice all morning
noon - take care of children, change my diaper, watch them eat solid food all day, and juice some more
4pm - realize that I haven't planned for this notorious low-blood-sugar portion of the day and proceed to eat lots of fruit: bananas, grapes, oranges... Oh, and then I change my diaper
6pm - change my diaper, cook dinner for the family, then cave in and eat dinner instead of juicing
But you know what? I'm not unhappy about how the week transpired. I was ill-prepared for a juice fast and I didn't force it. I think we sometimes forget that WE ARE THE BOSS of our bodies and our time. Just because you're following a 10-day juice fast or a Jillian Michaels Shred doesn't mean that you have to follow it exactly. In the end, I still drank bucketloads of green juice, stayed away from super sugary foods and lost 10 pounds!
Now that my dreaded period is subsiding (9 days is enough I say!) I'm curious to see if I might be able to re-stabilize and begin juicing again. I'll keep you posted. The next 20 days will certainly include lots of juicing, raw meals, the occasional treat and as always, three days a week of boot camp! I remain optimistic.