Today has been a little tough, in one way. This place in my upper back is hurting pretty badly so that, at times, I feel like I cannot sit another minute at my desk at work. I am still feeling that way even after medication and a pain patch (which uses capsaicin - the thing that makes peppers hot - as its active ingredient). A heating pad might help, but what would help the most would be to get away from my desk and rest. I have been working altogether too much lately, always working through my lunch so I am at my desk AT LEAST 9-10 hours per day without much break. There is just so much to do and, to me, it is better than staying late (although sometimes I still have to do that, too). At least I will have a week off soon. Hopefully there is work being done on my back through the fast, but if it continues, I am going to have to go to the doctor for it. It is that painful.
I did not drop any weight this morning, but I am extremely thirsty today and retaining water (puffy). Probably toxins being dealt with. Whether it showed up on the scale this morning, I did the work.
Otherwise I am feeling very good -- mood is good, energy is good (although feeling a little sleepy this afternoon). Sometimes food smells really good to me, but no temptation to break the fast.
I left work at 5:30 tonight instead of my usual 6:00. Need to get away from the desk.
My thoughts try to turn to food a little more than they did at first, but I deliberately turn them away. Today I had to deliberately think about something else a couple of times to do that. I'm not stomach hungry, though. It's just cravings.
I don't have much on my mind except to feel better. Hopefully this upper back thing will clear up soon. If I knew I was going to hurt tomorrow as much as I did today, I would call in. It hurts. We will see.
Going to take a hot bath and see if that will relax my muscles a bit. I don't want to take muscle relaxants right now because they can have a stronger effect when fasting. Plus I want to get away from taking pharmaceuticals all the time. If pain levels continue to drop (they have, except the upper back), I want to start halving my dose of pain med.
That's it. More tomorrow.