Just thought I’d quickly update y’all on how it’s going…
Asher is hanging tough with me… I am so proud of that boy. He has been reading and researching the Daniel Plan website and has not only remembered what he learned, but is putting it into practice. Which is harder than it sounds.
His biggest challenge?
Staying away from white foods – white bread, white pasta and, his nemesis, white potatoes. But his fortitude is paying off. He’s found a new friend in whole wheat bread, natural peanut butter and all-fruit jelly. He has lost 11 pounds and has more energy than he has had in a long time.
My biggest challenge?
Staying away from sugar. Even though I have managed to stay away from obvious forms of sugar – which was a serious damper on my Valentine’s Day fun, let me tell ya – I find that even low-fat vanilla yogurt has enough sugar in it to make me crash afterwards. But I loooove it. So I need to find a replacement… ideas appreciated.
And I need to read my labels more carefully.
I also still really, really miss coffee. The Daniel Plan allows you to drink whatever you want – within reason of course – I have just chosen to stay away from coffee and sodas, and am sticking strictly to water. I am happy to report that I am developing a tolerance for water, if not a real affection. It helps that we have a pitcher full of filtered water in the fridge at all times. And that I carry my handy Fuji water bottle wherever I go. Bought it once and re-use the bottle every day to help track how much water I’m taking in.
This probably isn’t the cool way to do it. But I quit being cool about 20 years ago. And I’ve learned to live with it.
Another thing I’m trying to incorporate is exercise. Good golly, do I hate to work out. But there’s just no getting around it, exercise is good for you. So I’ve committed to 4 – 5 workouts a week, and I’m praying that it starts to get easier. And soon.
Go ahead and laugh, all you hard-core exercisers. I. Am. A. Weenie.
Other than the sugar in the yogurt affecting me negatively, and how stinkin’ tired I am after exercising, I’d say I feel significantly more energetic. And less moody, too. I really think my body is still getting over the years and years I sort of consumed whatever appealed to me, and drank copious amounts of caffeine and aspartame, but I’m thankful I’ve got the last six weeks behind me. The best is yet to come.
So, there you have it. I’ve lost 10 pounds and could really stand to lose another 10. By the time I hit the three month mark, I am hopeful that working out will be much more enjoyable, and foregoing my coffee will be much less painful.
And, although it might sounds like I’m waiting on a miracle, I have reason to hope. Rick Warren’s Daniel Plan study digs deeply into the Bible – about caring for our bodies, and honoring God with our bodies. And since He laid this on my heart and mind, I’m relying on Him in this. I just have to keep putting one foot in front of the other.
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20