Good morning, friends and famlee! It’s another glorious Monday in our lives! If you can read this, then you’re already ahead of the game.
The past 3 weeks, I’m convinced, have been the tone setters for the rest of my year. I feel so awesome that I almost feel like I’m going to burst sometimes. Why, you ask? Well, I’m not sure but I can pinpoint a few things.
1. I’ve been keeping up with my Bible reading. One of the biggest goals I’ve set for myself this year was to complete the Bible in a year. I had a few weeks worth of time where I fell off earlier but as of Saturday, I am back on track to be done by the end of the year! That alone feels great, but I feel like I’m really absorbing the message, like God is speaking to me through it. By taking in the Word, I’ve been filled even more with his Spirit. That alone is enough to justify how great I’m feeling. I’ve been praying more, listening more, hearing more when God speaks. I’ve been fulfilling the purpose of Lent and it’s paid off.
2. Since I’ve been on the Daniel Fast, I’ve been keeping junk out of my system. First, let me give the disclaimer. I have not been eating 100% perfectly throughout this fast. I’ve slipped up and had chips a couple of times and a Honey Bun a few days ago and, of course, I allot for mom’s home cooking on Sundays. But in the grand scheme of things, out of 28 meals in a given week, one meal a week and a few slip ups is still leaps and bounds ahead of the way I’d been eating before. It’s almost like a reboot. I feel more energized, more upbeat and stronger. This subscribes to what I always say about how mental well being and physical wellness are so often interconnected. What and how you eat can determine your mindset just as much as vice versa. I look forward to continuing a lifestyle comparable to this one when Lent is over. Not as strict (definitely want to keep bread, cheese and eggs) but refocusing on a mostly plant based style of eating, recommitting to my Flexitarian diet.
3. I’ve been exercising regularly. Though I haven’t been working out everyday like planned to originally, I’ve been working out more with each passing week. The first week, I put in 4 days, this past week it’s been 5. Exercising makes me want to eat right because I don’t want to unravel everything I’ve learned. It also reinforces my healthy eating by contributing to my caloric deficit so I can lose weight and shed fat. I look forward to aiming for 6 days this week! I’m almost done the 2nd week of Couch to 5K!
4. I haven’t been bombarded with the constant negativity I find on social media and have been forced to find other ways to connect. Between different social media sites and, in turn, different real-time feeds, I’m constantly bombarded with people’s complaints, judgments, criticisms, etc. After a while, it tends to take a toll on you. When I find myself being annoyed by every other update I see, I realize that it’s time to take a break. I noticed it weeks before Lent but I figured I’d wait it out. One thing I notice that I miss most about social media is the sharing part of it. I miss speaking and being heard. I was watching an interesting TED Talk today called “Connected, but alone?“.
It talks about how we post, e-mail, text on a consistent basis and we think it makes us feel connected but it often leaves us feeling more lonely and it resonated with me. It made me think about how hesitant I am to speak to people in person but how I thrive in a virtual setting. Strangers I may not have said 2 words to in person, I’ve had excellent conversations with online. The talk said we do it because we can put our best selves first. We can change what we say, think before we reply, post our best pictures, show our best moments and it makes us feel like we’re connected…yet still lonely. If we’re not posting, we’re all alone. I realize then that that is the feeling I felt that first day of Lent. I felt……lonely. Three weeks in now, it’s become therapeutic. I’ve eschewed many of my virtual connections in favor of real life ones. I make at least one or two personal phone calls daily and they fulfill me despite how my mind fights me not to. On the phone, I’m vulnerable. I can’t delete and fix my words before I send them. In person, I’m vulnerable. I can’t delete and show another version of myself. And you know what? That’s okay. I’m okay. I think this one contributes way more than I thought it would to my happiness and I didn’t realize it until I typed it just now. Revelations are beautiful.
In other good news, I dropped 5.2 pounds last week to reach 296.8 pounds!
I’m definitely going to take these next almost 4 weeks of solace and make the most out of them. Friday reaches the halfway point of Lent and I look forward to what the second half brings. I hear God speaking to me and I’m listening. Are you?
Goal for next week: Work out 6 days and get down to 295 lbs.
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