As many of you may be aware I recently completed the 13 day Superman Fast. It was not what I expected at all. I signed up because I wanted to support an old friend with his business, to detox, for spiritual awakening and for the challenge (if you know me you know I love a challenge). Well, I got so much more than that.
Personally, I thought I was going to breeze through day 1 as I’m not really a big eater and can go a whole day on just one meal. We’ll, that was the first shock to my system! Day 1 was the hardest. All I could think about was FOOD. I was consumed with images in my head of food, I smelt food everywhere and cooking dinner for the children was something else. Omg, when I was washing up I even contemplated tasting the washing up sponge 🤣🤣🤣🤣.
I couldn’t wait to go to bed that night and get the day over and done with. When I did go to bed and reflected back on my day, as I do, I realised that the feeling of real hunger was something familiar. I had experienced that feeling of want and need not in relation to food but in the desire to change and better my life. The hunger to achieve and become the person I’m destine to be. That night I decided to channel that hunger into a positive energy!
The second day I woke up early feeling fully motivated and energised. I felt like I was ready to take on the world. I didn’t really feel hungry expect when I was cooking for the children. Already, I was beginning to have thoughts of changing my eating habits. I was strangely craving vegetables like aubergines which I don’t even eat wtf???? By the end of the day I was tired but that was expected after two days of no food.
Days 3 and 4 were the hardest I was tired, ratty (omg my poor children, bless them), I had the shakes, headache and I remember even thinking “Louise, what are you actually doing?” But, when I put my mind to something I won’t quit. YES, I’m very stubborn which can be a good and bad trait. I get it from my Dad lol. At this time it was a very good thing!
On the third day it was my friends birthday and we had planned to go out to eat at really nice Chinese buffet. I basically sat there watching everyone eat and my two friends indulging in a bottle of rose while I sat there sipping on my hot lemon water…mmmmm delicious! My eyes literally filled up with tears and I nearly did cave but fortunately I have the bestest of friends who reminded me how I would feel if I did give in. Yes, I would of felt like a failure and basically like shit. I’m so grateful for those words of encouragement and by the end of the day I had such an overwhelming sense of strength and achievement. I was sooooo proud of myself for fighting that temptation.
It was around this time that something from my past came back to me. I was reminded that there was a time that I was so self conscious about my weight that I wouldn’t eat. I was around 16 at the time. I remember going to America to visit my mum and came back with size 4 jeans that I was so proud to fit into. I was told I looked disgustingly skinny and my ribs and hips were pertruding but I didn’t care. I thought I looked good. I wouldn’t say I was anorexic because I did eat but I could control when I wanted to stop. It was actually a bit of a power trip thinking back.
When I had my first son I put on 5 stone and I couldn’t wait to have him and lose all the weight. I felt self conscious and unattractive. Again, I stopped eating and within three months I was back in my size 8s. I remember one day my Mum coming into my room and forcing me to eat a slice of toast and I was crying because I struggled so much to eat it. I think this was like a slap in the face to see what harm I was causing to myself and my Mum.
Looking back this was so unhealthy and maybe I did have an eating disorder. Who knows because I don’t even know who that girl was. She is so far away from the woman I have become but it’s funny how doing the fast brought these memories to the surface.
From day five it just got easier and easier. I was feeling full of life, on a spiritual high, light…OMG talking of light I lost 1 stone in 13 days. How bloody fantastic is that? and in all honesty I wasn’t doing the fast to lose the weight so that was a big bonus.
On day six we was allowed to have a home made juice. I can still remember the experience. It tasted so good and I could feel the journey of the juice from my mouth seeping slowly into my body and into my system. What a experience, it was nearly as good as sex 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
When I first got to eat the most delicious salad on day 9 I felt like I was in heaven. Listen, I’m so boring when it comes to salad and I had avocado, walnuts and spinach which prior I could not stand and now I’m fully converted. That was the tastiest salad I’ve ever had and I could taste ever single flavour. I savored every mouthful but the strangest thing is I couldn’t eat it all. That day I learnt that we eat far more food than our bodies actually need and from there on knew I wouldn’t go back to my old eating habits.
On the days leading up to day 13 I was contemplating what was going to be my first meal. I wanted to celebrate my achievement with the children but didn’t want to eat out or any thing too heavy. We decided on pizza night! Home made pizza and mine was with a wholemeal tortilla base and vegetable toppings.
So to celebrate completing our Superman Fast me and my amazing team completed a 5k run, jog, walk, circuit, laugh and talk 🤣🤣🤣 I felt so empowered by my team and what we had achieved together. Without them I wouldn’t of made it through. They lifted me up and got me through the difficult times. I will forever be grateful to them. We are now all officially Supermen and Superwomen and if I’m honest this was one of my biggest achievements in my 43 years of life. Yes, I know I don’t look it but I have inherited good genes and as they say “you’re only as young as you feel” 😂😂😂
So my verdict on the Superman Fast…what are you waiting for??? Don’t put off what you’re going to do tomorrow and do it right now. Well, finish reading this and then immediately go and sign up after at www.thesupermanfast.com
Seriously, the Superman Fast was a short journey that changed my life. It’s changed my relationship with food, habits, it opened me up so much more spiritually, it’s given me clarity and now I’m a part of something so much bigger. My experience not only changed me it changed people around me. My journey inspired others and will continue to do.
Who is Louise Pierre? I am Superwoman and I have supernatural powers 😁