Our Daniel Fast is now over.
Actually, it was over at midnight on Saturday.
And there has been much rejoicing and eating and celebrating and eating since then.
Truth be told, I really did enjoy the last 21 days. Overall.
There were moments.
Some headaches. LOTS of headaches. And some tears. And some stomach upset, too. Fiber? What’s fiber? My stomach had no idea what hit it.
But God was so merciful and never once did I really, truly struggle enough to consider quitting. I have given up coffee in the past. But never, ever have I given up sodas. And sugar. And dairy and meat and bread all at the same time. So really, a few tears and some headaches? Much better than I had feared.
Asher and Chris both finished well, also. Without tears, even. And so did much of the congregation of our church. Sunday’s church service had some very
caffeinated full happy people in the house, let me tell ya.
My man started his Sunday with some things he and Asher had been missing for weeks: meat and bread and cheese. Enter the fancy sandwich.
I ate something I’d been craving for weeks as well: yogurt. Isn’t that boring? And oh, so surprising? Of all the things in my fridge, all I wanted was plain vanilla yogurt. And I am happy to report, it did not disappoint.
Now we are moving out of the Daniel Fast and into the Daniel Plan. Started by Rick Warren of Saddleback Church, the Daniel Plan is a modified (read: more lenient) version of the Daniel Fast. It’s a 52-week program that focuses on six core principals for “Glorifying God in the Way We Eat, Move and Think!”
Yes, 52 weeks does seem daunting. But, honestly, I felt early on in the fast that God wanted me to continue on this for more than just 21 days. That He wanted me to use this as a starting point to not only care for myself better, but care for my family better.
And you guys who had recipes and ideas and links to share with me during the fast? Y’all were a big part of what got me through. God used y’all at just the right time. So grateful for you reaching out to this woman of such weak will.
So there you have it. Anyone that knows me well is probably picking their jaw up off the floor at this point. Longtime lover of Diet Coke, McDonald’s and Little Debbie, I have been known to make poorer food choices than a 2 year old.
And – although I did work-out faithfully in my 20’s and into my 30’s – let’s just say I haven’t owned a pair of running shoes since Sophie came home. In 2006.
So that prompting that I got to eat better, drink better and move more? Well, it’s been a long time coming.
And so, with His help, I am hopeful that things are changing.
I’ll keep y’all posted.
Like it or not, I will keep y’all posted.
So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
~ 1 Corinthians 10:31