Hello, I love the site, have thoroughly enjoyed reading 100's of posts over probably 15+ hours in the past couple weeks. I'm a first time poster, first time Cleanser. Thought I'd post my progress and findings for you all, if for no other reason than for a bit of amusement. All in the scheme to ask one question.
I've had a few challenges getting going. Many of my them stem from the fact that I live in Tokyo, where single limes cost can cost 220 yen (just under $2 each). I got a good deal on lemons yesterday, found a place where I got 5 for 390 yen. Before that I was spening 150 yen each. Oh, and 250ml of Maple syrup (just over a days worth) costs about $10. And thats the cheap stuff. I also went the first night without the tea, as even the health food stores dont have it. Found out later that most drug stores DO have it! At least I think I'm drinking senna tea. Uh, yes, it must be, based on what I did in the middle of the 2nd and 3rd night!
Anyhow, I'm just finishing day 4.
I'm actually a bit uneasy about the weight loss. Sure I can lose a few pounds but I fear it will be muscle and just the 'easy' fat to lose. Anyhow, I've not had any real detox symptoms. My tongue is white, fair enough, but I really was looking forward to seeing lots of stuff come out of my guts. Sounds gross, but I was hoping to really cleanse out the colon, perhaps see a few coins or something come out, who knows what I've ingested. Surely I have some bad stuff that needs to come out.
I used to smoke pretty heavily, and have always drank. I got both under good control over the past couple years (binge drinking once per week and only smoking on that night, and maybe a couple glasses of wine once per week with the family). I am well aware that binge drinking is bad bad bad. To make it worse, ever since March (a friends wedding) I've been drinking and smoking quite a lot, and for me that leads to eating more which leads to drinking, smoking, etc, etc. Its the whole circle of bad health. So, I began the fast on saturday, the day after a doozy of a night out (I know, not recommended).
This week in Tokyo is perfect, I started on Saturday, and Monday/Thursday/Friday are all holidays (Golden Week). So today (Tuesday) was first day of work and while at work - I find out I have to go to Beijing for the rest of the week! I nearly went out and bought a pack of cigarettes right then and there, thinking the gig is up. But I sat there with my pre-made 1 liter sports drink bottle filled with lemonade (only seasoned with CP before consuming) - and figured I could bring some lemons, a knife, my CP, salt, my liter sports bottles, and the measuring spoons and get by. The only strange bit will be if the client wants to take me to lunch, dinner, or drinks. I think I've decided I am going to then say that I am on a juice diet, and offer to join him for water during lunch.
Things I've learned:
1) Dont cut your fingernails during the MC. All that citrus really gets to open wounds.
2) Dont rub your eyes either. Even after "cleaning up", I've rubbed my eyes and wish I hadnt, I suspect from the CP.
3) Dont spray lime juice in your eye. Well, this goes without saying but yes it did happen to me on day 1.
4) Heating up the SWF is a must. If you are struggling, I struggled terribly on day 1 (took about an hour to finish it!). Gets much easier each day, particular if you use hot water. Finished mine today in 8 minutes.
5) The SWF will start to work. Day 1 I got nothing. Day 2, the tiniest bit, day 3 a bit more, and today was in full force!
Only question. I've been through most of these threads, cant find a comment on this. While I drink spring water all day, for my SWF I use tap water. I believe the tap water here is un-flouridated, if that is the only concern. Also, the tea I drink with tap water. We have a great kettle and its just too easy to get hot water immediately, albeit tap. Am I risking some major issue here?