I am 57 years old.
I practice yoga and meditation daily, so, while I have good mobility, strength and tenacity, I also suffer from the following:
1. Liver and lung scarring,
2. Digestive woes.
3. Lifelong tinitus, which is worsening,
4. Periodic involuntary limb movement syndrome, which has robbed me of sleep for 45 years,
5. Arthritis in knees, fingers and toes,
6. Severe lower back pain
I don't want to just yield to the inertia in these conditions, bending month by month to the death-grip pull of illness and premature aging.
I want the kinds of "therapeutic crises" that the old writers like Upton Sinclair witnessed in 100s of folks of all ages and sizes, from liver cyrhosis to incipient bowel cancer to lung disease.
I want to fast till all the fat is gone (I've got about 50 lbs of it!), till my metabolism starts to consume the dead scarred tissue in my hepper's liver (virus-free now) and my ex-choofers lungs, till autophagy begins to absorb the inflammation in my knees, and brings me to a new beginning with regard to my lifelong addictive behaviour.
That's why I want to fast to completion and only break fast when I experience "true hunger" for the first time in my life.