My life has been such a mess in so many ways and when I stumbled upon this video in NetFlix, I watched it because the title matched my feelings exactly. By the end of the documentary, I was so happy! They had used this word that just sort of woke me up completely - Reboot! Reboot! No, I don't think going on a 'diet' will make all my worries fade away or all of my problems magically right themselves, but it's like what both of these fellows did in the movie - they left their sphere (pun kind of intended) of comfort, and went 'all in' and committed to a crazy idea - a 60 day juice fast. It changed the way they looked at the world, the way they thought, and the way they interacted with their environment - people included.
I thought immediately, that's for me! Yeah, I have >50 lbs to lose, but more importantly, I have my point of view to change. I want to change the way I view the world, because right now, that view SUCKS! Anyway, just like my heroes in this documentary, I am going to document myself as well! I started a blog (new! come cheer me on at flabbysoul!), bought my juicer (new!), bought some juicing books and read them (new! new!), visited my doctor to get an ok of the plan (not new, but wise!), and am now on day 3 of removing all food from my diet and adding juices as I go. I have watched the video a few more times to renew my enthusiasm, but I am only more determined than ever. REBOOT! It's my new catch phrase...
REVIEW OF THE BOOK: Decent companion to the movie, but I would highly recommend the movie over the book if you are looking for just one. Both, if you can.
REVIEW OF THE DOCUMENTARY: SPOILERS!! SPOILERS!! First, the style is exceedingly watchable. Voice over with some interactions - man on the street type of thing. Before we even see the truck driver, we are cheering this fat, rich, exec on. His no nonsense "I decided to do this and here I am doing it" is what you would expect from an entrepreneur who made of himself everything he is - good and bad. When he meets the truck driver, who just seems like another person he is preaching juicing to, you kind of forget about him. And when the exec returns to Australia, you think the movie is over. NOT! Enter the late night cry of desperation from the truck drive! I am paraphrasing here - "If you remember me and your offer to help is still good, please let me know. I really need your help. Please help me." I almost cried. And what does our exec do? He boards a plane and rushes to the rescue! He gets our truck driver settled, with a doctor, and stuck in a hotel for 10 days to do a ten day fast. By this time, we are in love with the truck driver a little bit and are cheering him on madly. Go go go!! And what does he decide to do after the ten days are up? He does another ten days! And another! And another! He does a full 60, and by the time he is done, he has lost huge amount of weight, but more importantly, you can see that he also views the world and how he fits into it differently as well. Awesomely inspirational. I can only hope my journey ends half as well!