Good Sunday morning, friends!
I haven't posted here since the Jingle Bell Run almost six weeks ago. I've still been running, but there hasn't been much happening to report on. Until now.
More than two years ago, when I was doing The Lord's Table Bible study at www.settingcaptivesfree.com I did a 20-day fast that is part of their Phase II. I loved it! It was a time of getting rid of much of self physically, emotionally, and spiritually and of getting more of Jesus. For a few months now I've wanted to do it again but the timing wasn't right. Now it is. Today is day 1. I'm finishing up my fruit salad for breakfast: apple, orange, banana, peach, and pear tossed with a little orange juice. I'll have it for breakfast tomorrow too with some strawberries. I forgot to take them out of the freezer and I don't want to put them in the microwave and have them be warm. For lunch and supper today and tomorrow I'll have a veggie salad with salsa for dressing. No meat, cheese, creamy dressing, or oily dressing. Tuesday will start the liquid portion of the fast: water, juice, smoothies, and veggie broth. No potatoes or meat in the broth and no dairy, protein, or peanut butter in the smoothies. That will last for 16 days and the last two will be transition days out eating fruit salad for breakfast and veggie salads for lunch and supper but I can add back in meat, cheese, and dressing.
I plan to blog every day about how things are going and what God's teaching me. I expect the usual lessons about denying my flesh, etc. I want more now, though. To be honest, I want weight loss. The last time I did this I lost 17 pounds and gained back 4 (which is to be expected) for a net loss of 13 pounds. I'd like to do at least that this time. That's not my primary motivation, but it is a motivation. My primary motivation is to remind myself that I can live with a lot less food than I've been eating and that it's God who sustains me, not physical food. I slowly got away from following the eating plan The Lord's Table recommends. I wasn't overeating like before, just not being diligent. I was still fasting one day a week most weeks but would occasionally skip fasting just because I wanted to eat. Flesh was starting to rear its ugly head again. I know I gained fitness last year by starting to run seriously, completing two 5Ks (!), doing two 8-week sessions of fitness class and now ongoing weekly boot camp with www.fitnessinfusiononline.com. I'm still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that all that fitness caused muscle gain and consequently less actual weight loss. I'm glad I'm more fit, but I want weight loss too. I'm human and a woman, and I want weight loss! Just being honest. Hopefully God will change my perspective through this fast so that reason fades into the background and more spiritual reasons arise. Yes, I see the inconsistency here and I'm admitting it to you.
I got on the scale this morning and it said __________. You didn't really think I was going to tell you the actual number, did you?! :-) I also measured, but I'm not going to tell you those numbers either. I will report weight lost every day and a final weight and measurements. I'll report what God shows me and how I'm feeling physically. I'll have Brianne take a before picture this afternoon and post it.
I still have to work this whole time, but I'm going to stop running and stop going to boot camp. I'll walk some in place of the running, but not 3-3.4 miles like I have been doing.
I've started printing out the emails I sent out with my last 20-day fast so I could read them and remember what it was like. I'll do this one by blog instead. My regular Bible reading is in Luke so I'll share insights from that. Also, I'm reading A Hunger For God by John Piper again. If I finish it before the end of this fast, I'll re-read Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst and share insights.
I would appreciate your prayers for the next three weeks and your encouragement. You can leave comments on this blog. I'll be sharing announcements of new posts on Facebook so you can access this blog easily, but I don't want to blow a trumpet announcing the fact that I'm fasting.
If anyone has a juicer I can borrow for this time, please let me know. I'd like to give that a try in place of making smoothies in the blender all the time.
So, picture this afternoon and insights if I have any. See you then!