Friday, January 25, 2013

Daniel Fast results and a winner!


I'm sitting here with shaky hands.  My Daniel Fast was over as of Tuesday, and I've been reintroducing coffee.  Out of everything I cut the one thing I missed terribly was my morning coffee.  It was almost unbearable the first week because I just couldn't bring myself to drink anything cold in the morning...and then it dawned on me I could have hot water with lemon.  Duh!  That became my go to.  And as I sit here stomach a little in knots and caffeine coursing through my veins that hot water may stay my go-to.  I actually really love it.  Change can be good;)


It's weird how cautious I feel about food.  I've had 21 days to develop new habits...to clean out the garbage and rest my body.  I'm not in any big hurry to start dumping it all back in.  And as much as I missed normal food and was sick to death of eating the same thing meal after meal...I'm going to continue a lot of the same principles.  I really would like to limit dairy.  I would love to stay off bread and sugar.  I can do without these things.  I've done it and I'm amazed at how much better I feel.  I didn't have the constant cravings.  I wasn't that hungry. 



 
If I liked to cook and used the resources that were out there this fast would have been a piece of cake.  Unfortunately I'm LAZY with food prep.  I ate almost the exact same things for 21 days:/  We ate at certain restaurants and I ordered strictly.  It was hard.  This wasn't easy at all, but I did it.  And despite a few minor things...like butter flavoring on my rice crackers, and some hidden sugars that I didn't know about in my restaurant food, I didn't veer. 


I weighed this morning and I've lost between 6-7 pounds.  Which is wonderful if you consider I hardly exercised.  The lack of protein wasn't doing me any favors.  I was pretty weak and didn't have much energy.  Even though I didn't start this fast as a diet I was hoping to have it kick start my weight loss.  I've been up about 15 pounds and it just wasn't coming off.  Now if I can continue to watch what goes in and add some lean protein I think I will feel great and the rest will drop. 




Spiritually I started bible and notebook in hand.  I made a prayer box and vowed to pray over it every single day.  And I did in the beginning, but as the days went on I got lazy and "forgot" to delve in.  My prayers were more arrow like.  Just fleeting and sporadic.  I'm reminded of how weak the flesh is.  How flawed and imperfect I am, but I also know that despite my shortcomings He met with me this month.  He helped me tremendously to get through this fast.  I never had headaches.  I've fasted before and the headaches were almost unbearable.  I get headaches regularly...and this time I don't remember having them.  That was some major grace. 




He also helped me get some things in my house in order.  It's a process.  There's more to go, and I haven't really begun my "project" yet, but I'm on the path.  I'm focused.  I'm willing and wanting to be used.  My heart is lined up with Him and I'm ready to see what's next. 




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Be a blessing.
 








966.  mashed potatoes
967.  hot water with lemon
968.  tool for my shop that makes cuff making quiet
969. completing this hard thing
970.  a God that loves me despite my shortcomings

 
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26 comments:

  1. I'm glad your fast went well : )
    I am making dome coffee right this second. I am so sleepy today and I have one zillion things to do.

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  2. So happy to hear that your fast was a success...difficult as it may have been. I'm sure you gained a lot from the process. I have started keeping a "God Box" after reading Mary Lou Quinlan's book by the same name. It's nice to write my concerns and worries on paper and give them all to God. Little by little, I'm learning to let go.

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  3. We've made lots of eating changes around here too...now the girls think the healthier stuff has way more flavor! Still trying to convince Mike that quinoa is not bird food! lol

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  4. Say what???!!?? What HAPPY news this Friday morning! Thank you SO much! I am so surprised and thrilled! Yippeeeee!!

    I too am trying a little harder at eating more healthy. A little less processed stuff and trying to make a few things from scratch. It is a very sloooow process. :) But I'm content with baby steps. :)

    And might I add that I am so impressed that you were disciplined enough to stay off coffee. ALL THINGS are possible with Christ!

    Thank you again for starting my weekend with a HUGE smile!

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  5. Change can be good - hard too! ;) I'm excited to see where He takes you next!! And a big AMEN to the fact that, yes, despite our short comings He does come to meet with us. ♥

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  6. I love that feeling of the caffeine coursing through your veins when you havent had coffee in while :) thanks for sharing about your fast!

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  7. Congrats on being successful with your good eating habbits. I just cant give up coffee. I have been doing south beach so it is the no bread, no sugar, no carbs. bordom sets in for me about NOW.. Today I had oatmeal and that is not on the plan but hey It better than bread with nuttela :)
    Your craft room is so nice. I wish I had a space more like this to inspire me to get moving on my many projects. Julie
    PS be happy your not in Mn today asi it has been from -0 to -22 below this past week

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  8. I say that was a great accomplishment that was hard. I am proud of you for your discipline and determination!

    Have a great weekend!

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  9. I'm proud of you!

    Ephesians 3:20 is my verse this week and is so perfect for how God carried you through your fast. What an awesome journey to witness to your readers and friends. :)

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  10. Girl you are way stronger mentally than me! I definitely need the 6-7 lbs (way to go!), but I am such a bad bad girl (aka Fionna Apple). I have been actually keeping a food diary just to see what/where/when I eat and to see if it associates with any of my "crappy" feeling days. Im sure there is some hidden cause hiding in my diet. Im gonna find that sucka and kick it to the curb :)
    Thanks for sharing gorgeous.....
    XOX

    ps - altho your hot water and lemon sounds soothing, Im gonna have to pass on account of the fact that I LOVE PEETS COFFEE!! ;)

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  11. I am seriously loving your prayer box!!! What a wonderful idea!

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  12. So proud of you for getting through this one and I have to give myself a good kick in the butt and get moving again too. I need to find that zone again but emotionaly I am really not that strong atm. I keep saying to myself be strong, BE STRONG!!! Maybe that's my one little word for 2013. And of course I LOVE that last image. I want to come play so badly.

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  13. proud of you girl!
    xoxo
    your honesty is BEYOND refreshing. :)

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  14. Good for you Becky, for completing the fast and sharing with us what you learned! Sounds like it was a sacrifice and I can imagine the satisfaction of completing something so difficult. Good luck as you process and discern what God has in store for you next!

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  15. i bet it feels awesome to finish your fast, becky. it's always a great feeling to have stuck w something, especially those hard things, and finish. and headaches... our trip to costa rica was amazing, but i woke up every morning with a headache until we got to the pacific coast. i think the humidity messed with my sinuses... ugh. medicine helped, so we got on with the day! :)

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  16. Coming off the bread and sugar would be hard enough ~ I think if I had to go without caffeine I would have to do it gradually ~ go to 1/2 caf then decaf. I love my tea as well and sometimes that can have more caffeine then coffee. Good for you for sticking with it ~ I find if you follow a plan and then go back to "normal" eating ~ you do benefit as you always take something back to your routine that you learned from the plan.

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  17. good on ya for sticking that out! i've been doing the hot water thing just to keep toasty during the day. sometimes it's a relief to be able to wrap my fingers around a warm mug. :)

    hope you and yours are doing SO well. xo.

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  18. bravo for completing the fast! my hairstylist was fasting as well, and you both are such an inspiration!

    i eliminated gluten 3 weeks ago and am shocked at how much better i feel. i was realllllly hoping wheat was not the enemy, but for me it is. no headaches, coughing is over, joint pain gone, and no GI issues or a crampy day. but i still crave sweets and baked goods in a huge way. apparently wheat proteins can react similarly to opiates in the brain. it's hard to not be irritable about no more pizza but my mom is fighting for her life so of course it puts everything into perspective.

    keep aiming higher...it looks good on you.

    michele

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  19. Thanks for inspiring
    me to continue my
    own quest for cleaner
    eating!!! Proud of you,
    girlie : )

    Some advice: be careful
    with the soy. It's touted
    as a "health food" by
    the food industry, 'cuz
    it's cheap, but it is also
    the dirtiest crop in the
    USA due to the pesticides.
    You really want to look
    for non-GMO soy. Also,
    soy mimics estrogen in
    the body and has been
    linked to breast cancer,
    so you really want to limit
    how much you eat, even
    of the good, non-GMO
    variety. It's in everything
    processed, so read your
    labels.

    Sorry to be a Debbie Downer
    on this lovely Saturday morn,
    but I AM your bloggy big sis,
    after all!!!

    Love you! Talk to you next
    week. Have a great weekend.

    xo Suzanne

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  20. Thank you for sharing this. I've been so curious to know what God taught you.

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  21. good for you with the fast! also, totally love your office...how darling!

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  22. very proud of you, Becky!
    you finished it...thanks for being honest about what worked well and what was a struggle.
    I was amazed at how the Lord continued to work and speak even after my Daniel fasts were completed.

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  23. I'm so glad it went so well for you sweetie. That's such a great thing when you find something that pushes you forward. Hope we can talk and get caught up at some point this week! Love you!
    S

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  24. So glad you got through it so well! I know how hard that can be. I find that every time I fast it is like God goes down the checklist of my prayers and answers. It is also so amazing how much closer I feel to Him. Praying your fast really propels you farther than you ever imagined going with Him.
    Blessings to you
    Debbie

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  25. good for you!! I drink hot water and lemon first, then have a cup of coffee, it is supposed to be detoxing and keep you hydrated after sleep. I tried a product called Teeccino herbal coffee, it looks and tastes pretty close to coffee but healthier and caffine free. I plan to try that and go coffee free....but i love my coffee, i cant seem to do it yet. Thanks forthe inspriation!

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  26. i spy some cuteness happening. :)

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