1. Down 3 pounds in 1 day??? I ate yesterday so how can that be?! I'm not complaining, but...
My friend, trainer, and nutritionist, Brandice Lardner of www.fitnessinfusiononline.com said that when our bodies store carbohydrates, they hold onto a water molecule, so if you stop eating carbs you will see a quick weight loss.
Okay. Makes sense.
2. Usually when I'm hungry and get a growl, it's way over on my left side. I mean WAAAAY on the left side. Like my side. Not my stomach/abdomen. This morning I'm getting a growl right in the middle of my abdomen.
3. Insights from A Hunger for God by John Piper: "The weakness of our hunger for God is not because he is unsavory, but because we keep ourselves stuffed with other things. Perhaps, then, the denial of our stomach's appetite for food might express, or even increase, our soul's appetite for God."
"The issue is not food per se. The issue is anything and everything that is, or can be, a substitute for God."
"The danger of eating is that we fall in love with the gift; the danger of fasting is that we belittle the gift and glory in our willpower."
"The true mortification of our carnal nature is not a simple matter of denial and discipline. It is an internal, spiritual matter of finding more contentment in Christ than in food."
"Faith is a spiritual feasting on Christ with a view to being so satisfied in Him that the power of all other allurements is broken."
4. Hot tea without honey and cream is just not worth drinking. Blech! I'd rather do without.
5. Why am I doing this 20-day fast? Wouldn't one day be fine like I usually do once a week? I had gotten lax and not been diligent about controlling my appetite. I was slowly creeping back to eating whatever I wanted when I wanted it. Not overeating, but definitely letting flesh have its way. That has to stop. This fast is to rein in my flesh and remind it that God is in control. And no, one day would not be enough right now.
6. I took a 1-hour nap this afternoon and then went on a ¾-mile walk instead of my usual 3-mile run. The weather was beautiful, wasn’t it?! The distance seemed just right to me. Not too much and not too little. I thought I would just automatically run when I got to my starting point, but I didn’t. I was surprised. I guess I need this rest. I had a little bit of pain in my foot so it’s good that I didn’t run.
7. Going to start taking a multivitamin.
8. I saw some earrings today that I forgot I had. I saw them more than 20 years ago at Wet 'N Wild in Orlando and thought they were cute. I haven't worn them probably since before Brianne was born. Now I don't think they're cute. God little by little shows me things that I need to get rid of. These earrings are the latest thing. I thought maybe one of you might want them, but the paint is chipping off them and the post is bent on one. Here's the picture:
8. Tired of salad. Well, no more until Feb. 2. Just water, juice, smoothies, and veggie broth for the next 16 days. And Jesus. :-D
9. "The Motions" by Matthew West just came on the radio. I don't remember if that was one of the songs that helped me the first time I did this fast or if it came later, when I was training for my first 5K. Either way, it still inspires me. The first line is, "This might hurt, it's not safe, but I know I've got to make a change." Pretty appropriate, huh?