Progress Report ID-7765 by Wendy

  • Wendy 48 years old female, weighing 74 kg / 162.8 lbs, 61 in /154.94 cm tall, nondenominational Christian. United States US

  • Doing 30 days of Water Fasting. Starting April 1, 2011

  • Reasons for Fasting:
    My reasons for fasting are to get my blood pressure under control and to jump start a mostly raw food diet.

  • Past Fasting Experience:
    I've fasted for one day a couple times, and attempted a 12 day fast that only lasted about half that, this past winter. I completed about a week long fast shortly before starting my current one.

  • Present Diet:
    Lots of veggies, very little meat, too much oils and salts.

  • Present Medical Problems:
    Hypertension, Hypothyroidism, Adrenal Fatigue

  • State of Mind:

  • Limitations:
    My husband is semi-retired and a farmer. I homeschool my children. My family is always here. Initially, my husband was not as supportive as I needed him to be, but during this most recent fast, he has taken on most of my responsibilities. There are times he has to leave and I have to care for the children, and then there is the seemingly never ending noise that comes with a family that is together 24/7. I am not always able to get the rest I need, but I know everyone is trying. As my fast progresses, I am getting increasingly bored... and thoughts of food are way too frequent.

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40 Responses to Progress Report ID-7765 by Wendy

  1. Wendy says:

    I will be eating raw foods during the three days before my fast.

  2. Tom Coghill says:
    Tom Coghill

    Hi Wendy
    Eating raw for 3 days before the fast is an excellent pre for a water fast. Your energy levels may plummet and work difficult. The first three days are the worst. If it gets too hard go to juice fasting. You may have to “demand” some help with chores.

  3. AngelGirl says:

    Hi Wendy:

    It’s the end of Day #3 for me…I agree with Tom the first three days are the worst…but tommorrow is always another day.

    I encourage you and will look forward to your posts

  4. Wendy says:

    I am really struggling just with eating raw today. I am emotionally drained. You are right, Tom. I should be able to get some help with the chores. I am not sure if my husband is in denial or that he wants me to die. Seriously. My BP has been as high as 228/144 with a pulse of 126 over the past few days. He says he will help, but never follows through. Yesterday, he brought in candy for me. When I cook, I go to take a bath so that I don’t have to deal with the food, and it is always left out for me to put away. Sometimes he will cook and he will try to get me to taste it. There is no support in my home. I probably shouldn’t make this public, but I really am at the end of my rope.

  5. melissa752 says:

    I had the same problem, I got rid of him and I look way better do to that fact. I still have 3 kids to deal with by myself and a weekend job as well, but I look better and feel better :)

  6. AngelGirl says:


    I’m not married. But you are in my prayers I feel your pain through your words. Let me offer a suggestion since I share a home with family members. Last year when I did the master cleanse and it was my month to cook. I purchased storage plates with the lids. I posted menus and if no one liked it they could purchase their own food. I left the plates in the fridge labeled and everything was put away into the dishwasher so I wouldnt have to smell the food or deal with the consequences.

    I dont know what else to say…but “be the change agent that you want to see”. Kind of like that PF Chang commercial “if you want boldness go within”. You took the initial step for raw foods prior to water fasting for a total of 15 days if I remember correctly. I your cheerleader. Go Wendy You Can Do It Yes You Can.

    I’m in Day 4…havent had much sleep today i feel a little tired but I am determined to keep it moving. I will have my youngest nephew [21 months] in a couple of hours…oooh gotta keep my energy level up. Think of it as living out an example for your children. You can show them that mommy made up her mind to turn over a new leaf…and when mommy is happy the entire house is happy. Celebrate Change

  7. Wendy says:

    Thank you both, Melissa and Angel. I’ve decided my kids are better off if I stay with him, but Melissa I congratulate you for doing what you have to do. It isn’t easy being a parent, let alone a single parent. Angel, thank you for cheering me on. It got me through an afternoon slump. It’s after 4 pm here, and though I will be up for several more hours, I know I can do it. I’ve gotten thru the worst part of this day.

    • AngelGirl says:


      I applaud your decision. I think that as you venture on your fasting journey that when you spend time in prayer and meditation things will turn around for you. I thought of you often today and spent some time praying for you that God would heal your body, mind and your marriage. Perhaps he needs to see you change, your new bold self make positive affirmations and changes that will be more conducive to your household. Perhaps an incentive plan to your “sweetie” might get you the support that you need.

      I will continue to cheer you on…You have 2 more days to go…I’ve got confidence that you can get it done…You sound like a very determined person…Kudoos to the new you…she is just hiding and will emerge very soon…

      i know…very dramatic…LOL…it’s the ketosis…the only explanation I have…LOL

  8. melissa752 says:

    You have gotten thru the worst part of the day, same way I think! Your doing great!

  9. Wendy says:

    Made it through yesterday and half of today, so far. I woke up feeling horrible today. My pulse is just way too high. I considered starting my fast early, since I had no appetite anyway. Then the smells of the food my husband was fixing for the kids got to me, so I ate a couple bananas. He’s been doing the dishes too. I hope this keeps up. If I have practical support, it will make it so much easier.

    I am down 4 pounds, but not much change in my blood pressure yet.

  10. mk1ldn says:

    Just wanted to say good luck; you can hear the determination through the words in your posts so I have every confidence that you will suceed especially as you are preparing so well. Vent your feelings on here. Maybe hide your history visits to this website though incase your other half doesnt like what he reads :-)

  11. Wendy says:

    It would be nice if only those logged in can read this, but it isn’t likely he will come across it. He is rarely on my computer, but I do have it set to clear every night. Not that I am hiding anything… I will answer any question anyone asks me; I just don’t like to have anyone looking over my back.

    Anyway, I ate some steamed veggies today, with some Liquid Aminos sprayed on them. I don’t feel bad about it; I don’t think it will stand in the way of a successful fast. My BP is starting to come down, which is a huge relief. I am confident that it will be a thing of the past in a couple more weeks.

  12. Wendy says:

    Today has gone well. My BP has dropped a little more. Hanukkah starts tonight, so my family will be eating fried food while I feast on a banana or two. Tomorrow starts the water fast. I love our traditional Hanukkah foods, (I am Messianic) but I know I need to do this now. It’s going to be difficult, but I can do this.

    • AngelGirl says:

      First of all let me wish you and yours Happy Hanukkah!…oooh how i miss my Jewish girlfriends…lost contact years ago but I always think of them during the holidays…well now I have a new friend named Wendy…:)

      You mentioned that your BP dropped…how awesome is that? Who says fasting doesnt work? :) You have just disproved those many physicians who dont support fasting.

      How was that Liquid Aminos? I cant remember what it tastes like and if I remember it has soy protein right?

      So this will be day #2?…How are you feeling? Any tiredness or dizziness? Hopefully, you arent like me and had any sugar addictions or gum fixes..

      Your husband has been helping you :) How wonderful…I’m so glad that he is playing a positive role in your decision..definately will continue to keep you and your marriage lifted in prayer.

      Yes, I do have a FB account…mostly check it on my cellphone, though…

      The essential oils is a good thing …maybe if youre dainty and prissy…seems like you are…you could dab a bit on a hanky and keep it in a plastic baggie in your purse. {i’ve watched too many episodes of Monk :) }

      I’m expecting good reports from you…

  13. Wendy says:

    Day 1 of water only. The morning was a breeze but it is getting difficult. Someone on Facebook gave me the idea of using essential oils to smell whenever I feel like I am waivering. Don’t know why I didn’t think of that myself. (BTW, are any of you on FB? My page is set so only friends and friends of friends can find me, but if you let me know, I will add you.)

  14. Lindsey says:

    Hi Wendy! Thoughts and prayers go out to you for your water fast during Hanukkah! You can do it!

  15. mk1ldn says:

    Hi how is the water fast going today? I notice when I fast that my sense of smell is incredibly raised and living in multicultural London I can smell all sorts of fragrant cooking such as curry whenever I’m out and about. I think they make me more tempted to eat though. Have you tried using the oils?

  16. AngelGirl says:


    I agree that sense of smell is definately heightened…you can smell stuff around the corner…LOL…

    The challenge is to make sure that you dont indulge…trust me its like a salmon swimming upstream…i’m determined to do better this week than i did last week…i think i took myself out of ketosis b/c i bit into some gum today trying to control some tense moments….5 more weeks…i feel like after one week and about 8 pounds that i’ve made a huge accomplishment…I’m so grateful to God for giving me the will to complete the task and the courage to tap into my weakened self-disciplined state…LOL :)

  17. Wendy says:

    Today was day three… and I am doing pretty well. I’ve had weakness, fluctuating BP (mostly when I get up and do too much), and some nausea (which was really bad this morning) but all in all, I feel pretty good. I haven’t been hungry since day 1… and the essential oils that day did help. I used a combination of Ylang Ylang and Marjoram. I dabbed a little bit of it under my nose.

    We had our Hanukkah celebration with the older kids and grandkids tonight. (I’m not Jewish, I just celebrate the feasts that are part of Christianity’s roots.) Instead of typical Hanukkah food, I made a pot of chili and some cookies and brownies. I’m not big on cookies or brownies, so no temptation there, and chili is so easy to make, unlike standing over frying all the stuff for a typical Hanukkah meal. I kept busy refilling drinks for the kids and didn’t have a chance to even think about eating. Clean up was a little rough… but hubby helped. There’s no physical hunger, just that desire to taste.

    Yeah, Liquid Aminos are made from soy. I know it isn’t the best thing for someone, but is good when transitioning to a raw diet.

    My sister made the comment on my Facebook wall that experts have said fasting doesn’t detox or help a person heal. Grrrrr… Not sure where she is getting her info from, certainly not anyone experienced with fasting!

    Thank you for all your thoughts, prayers, and comments!

    • AngelGirl says:

      As for your sister…maybe she hasnt wanted to venture out to experiment for herself. I can definately say that I feel a difference in the fibrous tissue that is going to disentegrate from my body {speaking positively}. My l-side doesnt throb the way it did before. I’m going to make a good faith effort to come off of this fast the right way and head into a raw foods diet. Kind of like that saying…”feed your faith and starve your doubts”. So after the 40days I will be visiting a physician to confirm shrinkage…tell her jump in with both feet and join the “fasting revolution”…I’m a living witness God will make changes in your life when you make an effort. After all, that’s how i found this website.

      I’ve got to get some books on raw foods diet…just want to wait until I get a bit closer…dont want any temptation…I had no idea about Liquid Aminos. I will keep that in mind.

  18. Wendy says:

    Five and a half days of nothing but water, a weight loss of 18 pounds, and I caved in. Almost immediately, my blood pressure and pulse both rose drastically. I was planning on picking my sorry self up, dusting my butt off and starting again, but I have been advised to not jump into another fast this quickly. I don’t know what to do now, I really don’t. I’ve thought about going to a fasting center, but my husband said no. My youngest child is only 2 1/2 and I am not sure how she’d do that long without me. What really sucks is that I weaned her for this fast; this fast that I failed on. I am really bummed.

  19. hvcon says:

    Hi Wendy, is it possible that you can go straight to juice from the water and continue to fast that way? I’m not sure what your situation is. You can also do just raw foods, juice and water, and it can still be considered a fast, just not as extreme.

  20. Wendy says:

    I have tried it so many times before. It is so time consuming to juice and with all the temptations around me, and hunger not leaving, it is too easy to “take just one bite” of what the rest of the family is eating… and then taking another… and another… I hit ketosis on the morning of my second day with the water fast. I was never hungry. I ate to comfort my emotions.

  21. melissa752 says:

    Take a little break, then continue!

  22. AngelGirl says:


    I agree you can do this. You seem like an incredibly strong woman!..I havent had children yet so it would appear that if you can carry and push out little “minature” adults LOL…you can do anything you set your mind to.

    Yes, you can do the raw foods…you’ve been encouraging me…so you had a set back…step back…reanalyze…synthesize all your efforts and mistakes into one report and press forward…

    try it again…raw foods…then do juice a few days and then end with three days of water…come on…you were there with me and my ‘gum chewing’ episode…I am here for you

  23. Wendy says:

    I should have been almost finished, but I feel as if I am just starting. After my first cheat, I continued back on water only. I lasted a couple more days and cheated the last two. As of noon today, I am trying again. I was seriously considering just hanging it up for a couple weeks, and switching to mostly raw, but I am so weak right now that I might as well keep going. I’ve gained weight, so my total loss is only 15 pounds, but my resting BP is at 119/82! If I get up, even for just a few minutes, it jumps up 20 to 30 points. But, I am moving forward. I get tired sitting at the computer, but I want all of you to know you are in my thoughts!

  24. Wendy says:

    I am back! I managed to keep off 5 pounds from my previous fast, but my BP has gone back up. Today, right after getting up, it was 179/119. During the day it is usually around 180/123. I am getting frequent headaches, I ache all over, and I am losing my vision. I know this fast isn’t ideal. I need to get away where I can have complete rest, but that just isn’t an option. I am going to try to let everything in the house go, and just focus on getting better and resting as much as I can.

    I look forward to catching up with those of you who have been here for awhile and meeting new people.

  25. LivingRaw says:

    Hi Wendy!

    Congratulations on keeping the 5lbs off! That’s wonderful! To help keep your blood pressure down eat foods that are high in antioxidants, grapefruit being a great source.

    I was reading a little of your previous fast in December. How is the support coming along at home? As a single parent I can empathize with the responsibilities you must tend to during your fast, which is why I joined this site. If support at home is waning, count on us, that’s what we are here for. ;)

    Remember that this fast is for YOUR health. As mothers we tend to put ourselves last inline of our many responsibilities, but you must start putting your health on the top of your list, not only will your children suffer if they were to loose their mother due to health complications, but as their mother YOU are the most influential example they will ever encounter (I know it doesn’t seem like it most of the time it is very true). Your daily habits will influence their choices as adults. So my advice is this, don’t fast for your BP. Don’t fast for your figure. Don’t use fasting as a quick band-aid. It will be as temporary as any store bought band-aid. Make it a LIFE STYLE CHANGE. Eat well, love deeply, laugh often. Everything else will fall into place.

    You have the right idea going raw before this fast. In order for this fast to benefit you in the long term you need to increase your raw food consumption, specially greens and sprouts, when you are not fasting. There are many places to find support for that. If you’re interested I’d be happy to help.

    Today I start my first day of what I endeavor to be a two week fast. So you and I can go through this hand in hand – or post to post :)

    Good luck!

  26. Wendy says:

    Thank you, Loren. I know all that, but I needed to hear someone say it to me. My support system is the same, but I have reached the point where I know I have to do what I need to do regardless of whether or not anyone helps me at home. In the end, I will not only be physically stronger, but emotionally as well.

    I look forward to taking this journey with you!

  27. northerner says:

    Hi Wendy

    Good luck on your fast. I wish you had more support at home that you have

    I’m glad you’ve decided to put yourself first regardless. And yes you will be stronger mentally and physically. I’m looking forward to watching your process and success

  28. MummyRae says:

    Good luck Wendy,

    I started the same day as you too – with a 15 day water diet. We can do it together. =)

  29. Wendy says:

    This morning, I was down two pounds, but my BP was 182/112 and my pulse was 76. The day started off ok, but as it progressed my head started to hurt and I ended up with a really bad migraine. I managed to get through most of the day, not giving into the temptations of the smells coming from the kitchen. But when I was left with all the dishes from the day, I caved in. I have really got to start dealing with stress in a better way, but until I am physically able to start exercising once again, I don’t know what to do. Tomorrow is a new day though, and I will begin again.

    • northerner says:

      Hi Wendy

      Tomorrow is a new day. It’s too bad about the dishes and the tempting smells coming from the kitchen. For now, I’ve forbidden my husband from cooking anything that smells. Although last night he made toast, not realized it’s the best smell in the world

      Is there anyway a compromise can be reached, even short term? Dinner time is a real trigger time for me, and sometimes when I fast even if I don’t want to eat, I still get grumpy. Tonight I put in a potato to bake for my husband, and he prepared cold deli chicken and a salad for myself

      Is it possible to go for a walk in the evening? That might help the stress, getting some fresh air

      Tomorrow is a new start and you can do it

  30. Wendy says:

    It wasn’t till March 14 that I actually got my act together and started this fast… I also got a digital scale and realized I weighed more than what I thought. Here are my stats for the five days I have been fasting (so far!):

    Day 1, 3/14 166.6 BP: 196/144 Pulse:105
    Day 2 3/15 165.2 159/98 82
    Day 3 3/16 163.0 162/109 80
    Day 4 3/17 162.0 154/104 90
    Day 5 3/18 161.8 142/88 72

    Before starting this fast, I realized my hypertension was now classified as malignant hypertension. If you look at my picture, you can see my eyes look funny. I believe it is from the swelling behind them. My vision is starting to get really, really bad. I told my husband the seriousness of this. That if I don’t get help immediately, I only have a 1% chance of being here in a year. With medicine, my survival rate increases to a 75% chance of being here in 5 years… but even that isn’t good enough for me.

    On the third day of my fast, I was really feeling awful and felt like I wasn’t getting enough help with the children. I was up a lot and my BP skyrocketed to 198/155 at one point. I am probably lucky I am here to even tell about it. But at that point, I realized I had done all I could do. I’ve been telling him for months that I need to fast and practically begged to go to a fasting center. He pretty much told me I am a nag, and I agreed I was irritable but I was scared and really needed him. I also said that the moment I quit expressing the way I felt was the moment I gave up on us. That moment was there and I told him I’d not bother him anymore. I also ended up cheating that day. Since then, he has done a little more to help. He has cooked a few meals (but left me the clean up for all but one) and right now he has taken the kids out to the farm.

    My kids know the seriousness of my condition. My 11 y/o thinks her dad is in denial but I honestly think he really doesn’t care about me. Afterall, this is the man that made me clean up after my homebirths. It is a lot to deal with, but I also feel I am getting at the root cause of my hypertension.

    This fast is really bringing out some emotional garbage!

    I want to add that if anyone reading this ever has their blood pressure get as high as mine, I do NOT recommend fasting until you have been checked out by a physician and your BP has been brought back into a safer range. I took a chance. I weighed the odds in my circumstances and went with what I felt was right. It might not turn out that way for everyone.

  31. Ann says:

    Are you still on your water fast, if so how is it so far? 30 days seems like a long time

  32. Wendy says:

    I am on day 7. Emotionally, it is very difficult. My BP is still going up and down and weightloss has really slowed. I feel my body detoxing though, and that is a good thing. I am sure it is only a matter of days and I will see some significant improvement in my BP. Thirty days does seem long, but I am basically playing it by ear. I know I need a minimum of 2 weeks and the longer I can go, the better. However, if my body tells me it is time to eat, I will break the fast.

    I am keeping a vlog on youtube. I will be putting up a video about every 5 days. For anyone interested in viewing it, you can find the first one at:

    • milli says:

      How is it going now Wendy? I hope you are hanging in there!! :)

      • Wendy says:

        I ended that fast but began another on Apr. 1. My resting BP is in the normal range, but jumps when I get up. However, each day the amount it rises is less than the day before. My weightloss has stalled. I started my cycle so that could be why. It was a week early and just spotty at first but has gotten very heavy. I was feeling frustrated today because of the weight, and cheated… but I am jumping back on the wagon.

        How is everyone else?

        • Wendy says:

          I decided to break my fast today. It just wasn’t moving the way it should have been. I feel like at this point I can continue to let my body heal on a raw food diet. I plan on going on another extended water fast in the winter.

  33. milli says:

    Hey Wendy,
    How much did you lose in your 19 day fast? What did you break it with?