Darfur Fast for Life

We fast in solidarity with the hungry and starving in Darfur and for lasting peace in Sudan

Wanda Shirk’s Journal – Morning of Day Three:

July 04, 2009 By: Admin Category: Survivor Cast

Weighed 130.0 this morning after my morning 3-mile run. Down 4.6 pounds from the start of the fast. My “run” was the slowest in the past five years (since before I got in shape for Palau). I really feel tired, weak, and worn. Pretty Zombie-like. Yesterday morning I was still strong, but this morning I feel very empty of everything — food, energy, motivation.

Someone said, “No one’s supervising you. Just eat and say you didn’t. Pretend.” But I don’t operate like that. I have more integrity than that.

When my children were young, I read an article in a magazine called Moody Monthly that encouraged parents to decide what top five values or character traits they wanted to instill in their children. It was no trouble at all for me to identify Self Discipline as number one on the list of traits I valued. That ties into this. Fasting is pure personal self-discipline. By the way, the other four character traits on my list were thoughtfulness, thankfulness, cheerfulness, and honesty.
So — I’ll be hanging in there today on the water-wagon. I thought about doing the Jewish or Muslim style fast which ends at sunset, but I think I’d rather wait till tomorrow morning to eat. I can do it.. And it does remind me of the folks in Darfur who can accomplish so little because without food, there just is not the daily strength to accomplish a lot. That even goes for me, a slightly-stocky person with plenty of body fat to live on for awhile!


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