Day 100 of the Fruit Feast.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
As one who puts implicit trust in the bible as my guide, i really believe these verses with all my heart. Things happen in the time appointed and always for my benefit as i am in Christ. So i have been off the internet for about a week and it has indeed proved to be a blessing. Its seemed to bring an increase of peace. Also, i had to cancel my weekend online bible studies, but i believe that was because there were souls that the Lord had me to minister to over the weekend. They needed one-on-one face to face attention. i would not have been available to help if i had my internet service. My God is all-wise and blessed be His name. The Lord used my brethren to supply my lack of fruit as when i showed up to our little home church flock, one sister had a case of mangoes and another a whole case of valencia oranges (praise our Lord Christ). i didn't cry but i was deeply moved by the Love displayed. Surely, i am extremely blessed. Far more than i deserve and if i can just give back a little it makes me very happy.
i have noticed a pattern that i recall was exactly how it has been in my past forays into fruitarianism. i have been losing approximately one pound per week. As i noticed this, i recalled to mind that this is what happened last year. So i have been 100% Raw Fruit for over 14 weeks, i have lost about 16lbs. Sometimes when i do heavy aerobic work (like playing intense full court basketball), i will lose a few pounds but they will come back as my body has its own balance and rhythm. Strange thing is, at this particular junction, i feel tremendous and am very satisfied with how my body looks but i know its just a snapshot and will continue this trend probably for the next 20 weeks. So i shouldn't get used to it. In fact i expect my close friends to begin to tell me i am getting too skinny when i am at about 20-24 weeks. This has happened before so i will be prepared for it. Not having done 100% Raw Fruit for more than 30 weeks, i am not sure exactly what to expect after that. My perception is that i will lose more and then gain back as my body seeks to level out later in the year. What a wonderful machine Christ has created in the human frame.
Psalms 139:14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
i did have some salt cravings this past weekend, but today they are gone as i have partaken of celery juice. i find the only time i really get cravings now is when i am hungry. As long as i eat enough, i don't get them. But also, i am not able to eat as much at one sitting. i believe my stomach is shrinking so that i cannot handle as much as i did a few months ago. But i also want at third meal now instead of just two. Transition is a constant thing at this stage of my journey, this i expected.
My workouts are getting more intense also. i am getting back to doing 300 push ups regularly. The difference now is that i am giving myself less rest. i do 25-30 and rest one minute then immediately do another set. Its more intense so i am not doing 500 push ups but if feels great. When i rest at 5 minute intervals i can do 500-700 push ups in an hour. But i like the more intense approach because it feels more efficient. i am getting more advancement on my pistol squats by just holding the butt-to-the-floor position (assisted by a belt to the door handle) isometrically. So i will continue to do that until i can do it unassisted. My progress here has been slow due to a couple of knee injuries last year, but its still steady. For this i am grateful. One of the really exciting things about this lifestyle is that i know it only gets better. That's a really nice thought for a 49 year old guy.
Breakfast: 10lbs of watermelon.
Lunch: 32oz watermelon-oj juice. sugarcane. 2 mangoes.
Dinner: Non-sweet fruity salad with avocado sauce. 2 mangoes, 3 dates.
Snack: Bunch of cherry tomatoes.
Spiritual Bread: 2 Thessalonians.
Exercise: 335 push-ups in 25 minutes.
Grace and peace be multiplied.