Hey family, I hope everyone is doing well with their weight loss journeys. We are almost done the first 3rd of the year, can you believe it?! I can! I won’t keep the log too long this week except to say that my official post-lent weight loss total is 293.6 lbs for a grand total of 21.8 lbs. lost!!
I am very pleased about that but that’s only the beginning. I still have another 83.6 pounds to go but for now, we dance!!
Outside of that good news, I just want to drop a few takeaways that came from Lent.
1. I finally realize why people fast for spiritual reasons. I’ve fasted in the past before whether by limiting myself to certain foods over days or going without food for 24 hours once in a while but this was the first time I achieved spiritual clarity from it. I felt the Holy Spirit inside me and heard the Lord speak to me. I took the time to get into His word and pray regularly (which I already do but even moreso) and I benefited because of it. He told me where to go next as far as my career, my outlook on life, my faith increased, my worries lessened and I felt like for the first time in a while I had direction. God may not speak in the booming voice we all anticipate but he does speak. When you feel a sudden feeling in your heart or a thought pops into your head seemingly from nowhere. That’s God, friends.
2. Being on the Daniel Fast taught me how to be a better flexitarian. Being a flexitarian is a slippery slope because when you allow yourself meat in moderation, especially if you enjoy it like I do, it’s easy for moderation to become all the time. The Daniel Fast showed me that it is possible. It’s in me to keep my meat intake low. For 6 weeks, I ate meat only once a week which was my mom’s Sunday dinner. And you know what? I survived. I even gave thought to going full vegetarian again but baby steps, my friends, baby steps. I don’t think I’ll ever give up meat 100% but I can see myself reducing it a once in a while thing saved for special occasions.
3. I realized just how sensitive my body is to sodium and how important eating whole foods is. The first week on the Daniel Fast, I lost 13 pounds. Obviously most of that was water but why so much in one week? The main thing was my sodium intake was low. On an average day, I’ll take in about 2500mg a day of sodium. On the Daniel Fast, I barely passed 1000mg most days. When you eat whole foods mainly, your intake of refined sugars and sodium goes down because there are no preservatives or added ingredients. I always knew that but to “see” it in action really put it into perspective for me.
4. Training your body to use fat for fuel is a process. One thing I’ve been focusing on as an intermittent faster is learning to use my fat as fuel for my runs. I like to get my workout in the first thing in the morning and I don’t eat my first meal most days until about 11:30 so I’ve been working to train my body rely on on fat for fuel so I can have an efficient workout during my fasting hours. It’s definitely a process especially since there are days I found myself working out later in the day after I’d eaten. I need to do it for at least 2-3 weeks in a row before I can really get used to it.
Those are my greatest takeaways though from a diet/exercise/mental wellness perspective anyway! Here’s to taking what I’ve learned and continuing to use it…
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