Thirty days?! I can really say that it hasn't felt that long.
Who says that when they are 'dieting'???! I'm shocked myself.
I will just jump right in to letting you know what the past few weeks looked like. First off, it has been WINTER...ugh! Rainy, gloomy, gray and way too cold!! Can you tell I am not a fan of ole man winter?! Cold weather literally does cause my body to hurt. As in pain intensified greatly. As does rainy type weather. So, not only do I hate short days and not being able to get outside for my walks, I hurt. Alot.
Okay...enough complaining about the cold. :(
I was very good on the Ten Day Update to give you details per day, but this one will be more of a 'all-in-one' and you may forgive me when I tell you about what took up half of these days.....FLU!!
Like, almost killed me, slept for days straight, headache-for-days flu! It was rough!
So am I forgiven?? :)
But even thru the flu, thankfully I didn't have the stomach issues that were going around too! And, I never completely lost my appetite (imagine that!). At least on the days I was awake. :)
* SO HOW DID THE EATING GO?? *
I am still amazed and shocked as I write this today, but I was able to keep up eating for health! AMAZING to me! Am I saying that 100% of everything in my mouth was nutritious and sugar-free? NO! Impossible! BUT I can tell you that I was able to eat ABOVE my 80/20 (nutritious/junk) goal!
I AM NOT BRAGGING ON ME! This is all JESUS! For REAL!
Let me try to explain a few things I have experienced this time:
1- This time is DIFFERENT. The other times have been all about me 'physically' and what I wanted or wanted to prove. The results were up to MY WILLPOWER, which is so weak long-term!
This time around, getting healthy was not 'my' idea, but the Lord's as I told you in the Introduction to this series.
Because it was His idea, I told Him in my prayers leading up to this that I had already proven I COULDN'T, so He was going to have to change me, my thinking, and my desires to match His.
Y'all...He has! It has been really unbelievable to this recovering carb-oholic!
2- My ONLY expectation in all of this health plan is just the blessings that come from being obedient to what He asks. HUGE again!
Whenever we 'sacrifice' our wants & desires, it is usually with expectations of ridiculous extremes. Like trying to get bathing suit ready in 30 days....umm.
But this time, my expectation is spiritual instead of physical.
I KNOW by now that my Lord ALWAYS blesses obedience! ALWAYS! Usually, it comes in ways better than I could have expected too! I am already reaping. :)
But for those who want to know about the 'physical part' too:
- I lost a couple more pounds which brings me to 5# lost. My pants feel much more comfortable :)
-TRUTH here....when you limit sugars, you will notice BELLY FAT beginning to budge!! TRUTH! I noticed it last time for reals! But please don't look at my belly if you see me...it's only been 5 lbs, okay?!
-I have had a few days I felt more than my normal amount of energy. The flu probably ruined the others!
-No real cravings to speak of.
-My brain fog has been noticeably different on several days! I've actually finished 3 books in the past few weeks! YES!
3- ALL MY LIFE when I have felt 'bad' physically, I generally fell into 'bad' eating habits because it is just plain EASIER to eat junk/convenience food! Doing this only continues a vicious and harmful cycle for me.
Well, that cycle was upset this month!!!! Even thru the flu weeks, I CHOSE to eat my better options over the usual comfort foods. I chose them, as in, I did not fast food or junk!
Choosing the right thing was not a "let me pray I have the power to do the right thing". NO, the healthy choice came without any discussion! (miracles)
Just last week, I had errands all morning that ran over & it was 1:30pm and I had not eaten lunch yet. Normally, I would have been starving and would have taken the opportunity to grab some fast food & call it 'necessary'. But I couldn't think of anything I wanted more than what I had at home! Salad full of goodness over hot-dipped chicken strips with fries??! WHAT?! HUGE WIN JESUS!! HUGE!
There is so much more He is renewing & re-wiring in me these days! Food cravings are just the beginning! I will surely share soon! My God is truly amazing me with this journey already and I can't wait to see what is to come!
as I said earlier...God ALWAYS blesses Obedience. ALWAYS.
Today, I want to leave you with a prayer for your spiritual health to grow over into your physical health as well:
Father, God over all things in Heaven and Earth, You only want goodness and life for Your daughters! You want us to know life here with Heaven mixed all around. I become more certain of this each day that I go to You! You are a good, good Father. You give us power and strength that we are usually unaware of. You have given us the Holy Spirit to speak, lead, guide, help, comfort, and renew our lives to be more able to see You and hear You! Thank you for this 24/7 Counselor & Advocate to help us not only with our spiritual wellness, but that He also can and will guide our every step in the physical world with everyday life issues....like food! Father, please bring your Word and help to each one reading today and have them understand Your words apply to them in whatever area they struggle today! Have the Holy Spirit inside of them to speak loudly with joy, comfort or conviction if needed. Use us as vessels for You! Praying for Restoration, Strength & Endurance for us all to be able to see the Mighty things you have in store! AMEN!
I'd love to hear what God is doing in YOUR life today! Nothing beats real life testimonies!