The 99 Day Challenge



By Darralyn Hutson

No alarm clock rang this morning, yet I jumped up at 4:30am bursting with energy. The same aches and pains but less in some way. My first act of the morning, pop open that fresh bottle of cold water… ahh. I have to keep it in my head that something done for 21 days becomes a habit. So they say. I cross my calendar in purple marker, indicating that I just completed day 6 of my juice fast. Going six days without eating will really bring some insight to your life.

“Why?” Most people give that response when I tell them that I’m juicing and withholding solid foods for a long period of time. The next response, “Is that healthy?” I’ve learned to never really challenge people on the way that they eat or the definition of what is “healthy”,  especially my circle of family and friends. For me, I needed to change my life. Yes I want to shed 100 lbs off my frame so that I can move like I believe I want to move. For me, it’s more that that.

I want to cleanse myself of what I’ve become. And it’s been a long time since I’ve done something out the box. Nobody in my neighborhood is cleansing. Doing the juice-only thing has been relatively easy thus far. Because I’ve done a fast before, I knew what to expect in the first few days. Those are like boot camp in the world of fasting. They are hard on your mind, your body and soul. It’s a shock to not eat.

Think about it. Our entire beings are revolved around the preparation and consumption of food. My family and I love to cook and we love to eat. That’s nothing new, right? But the more I learned about my family, the more I realized that back in the day, we use to be small. All my aunts were small, my uncles were skinny and no body had money to eat out. I’m kinda taking it back to the old school for a little while to see what my really family booty, hips, feet and breasts looks like, not this flabby hanging frame I got.

My real body.

So, six days ago, I started a personal challenge to juice my meals for 60 days and eat raw fruits and veggies afterward for another 30. Throwing in an extra 9 days to make the transition to a vegan lifestyle will make it a 99 days personal challenge.

Thank God for youtube because I was encouraged by others videos that it could be done and that there were transformations out there. It was were I started.  That led me to blogs. I love Raw Raw Life. I saw it in their faces in their bodies and in their struggles. I like to read about the struggles cause I know this won’t be easy.

It was also where I got my plan of action. Any challenge needs a plan of action. What I’d need, how’d I’d manage it all and who I could call on for support.

I’d bought a nutribullet a few months earlier and had been making killer smoothies and thought I’d start with that to make my juices. I couldn’t afford an expensive juicer but through this process, I plan to get one. People have complained that cleaning traditional juicers are a pain in the next but I find that the nutribullet is super easy to clean. It mixes it all up together not separating the pulp from the fruit or Veggie like a traditional juicer would.

On a juice fast, its customary to drink 64 unces of juice and 3 liters of water a day just to get the amount of nutrients your body needs. It’s important also to the cleansing.  Sabrina Nelson, over at the DIA last Friday night said to drink more water that juice to speed the flushing process. I’ve found drinking that large amount of juice and water difficult. Most of the time my stomach is full.  Yes full and pretty satisfied, for now.

Next week cravings.


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