I've avoided reading this thread for a long time because I am such a failure with fasting.
But, lately Its been on my mind a lot. I think that Jesus and Mary are urgeing me to make some type of an attempt - no matter how small.
Through the years I have made small fasting attempts. I have fasted from chocolate for sometimes a day at a time - up to a couple of months.
(I am a very huge chocolate addict).
I actually once tried to fast on only bread and water, and only made it half a day. I never tried again.
I have a non-Catholic, Christian friend that used to frequently go on 30 day liquid fasts for various prayer intentions. I was always amazed and in awe!
But, it also gave me inspiration. (although - I've yet to attempt it - even for a day).
Instead of bread and water - she had things such as V-8 Juice (tomatoe juice), chicken broth and other nutricious liquids.
I do have health problems, including low blood sugar problems, so a fast on only water and bread may not be a good thing for me to do at this time - but perhaps I can at least start small - a little at a time.
It has been easy for me to use my health issues as an excuse to make no attempt at fasting - no matter how small of a fast.
So - perhaps I'll start with my chocolate again. I should think I could survive 2 days a week without it. LOL!
(Although I am sincerely so addicted to my daily ration of chocolate! )
Then I could gradually work my way up to slowly fasting from other things.
Perhaps bread and liquids on the fast days and perhaps eventually I could manage to switch the liquids to just water?
Reading this thread has given me many ideas.
I suppose, instead of just sitting around thinking I just 'can't' fast, I should change my thinking to "How?" can I fast.
Thank you for all of your posts - you have all really inspired me.