Asalamu alaikum everyone! I tell you, fasting is extremely difficult for new Muslims. I haven't made it through an entire day yet. I have tried. Perhaps I am doing something wrong. I know that part of it is the American culture. Everything we do here seems to revolve around food. Business meetings, weddings, funerals, celebrations, etc. There's food everywhere. No wonder we as a nation are obese. When we're happy, we eat. When we're sad, we eat.
Monday started out very well but I don't think I drank enough before Fajr. By noon I had a splitting headache and by 2:20PM I gave in and had a bowl of oatmeal. My boss certainly thought it was weird that I was eating oatmeal in the middle of the afternoon! I also drank a glass of water. The headache still didn't go away. I ended up staying home on Tuesday, and thus not even attempting to fast. Wednesday I tried again but a co-worker brought me a piece of lemon cake that she'd baked. To be polite (and because no one in my office knows about me being a Muslim) I ate it. So there went Wednesday's fast. Thursday I don't know why but I didn't even try that day. And Friday was our monthly sales meeting. The office provides breakfast and lunch for everyone on sales meeting days. Again because no one in the office knows I am Muslim, I ate. So I have an entire week to make up now! Inshallah my strength in fasting will be better next week. Of course, right now I am watching the Food Network and that REALLY doesn't help me to want to fast either. It's my favorite channel and I should probably start avoiding it during Ramadan.