Let’s all go back and read the title to this post one more time.
Now, didn’t total euphoria wash over you when you read those words?
IT DID FOR ME!
Pardon me while I do a victory lap around the room….
What a journey this has been!
This is what I looked like before the fast.
And this is what I look like now.
I have lost 24 lbs! My health has transformed. My energy is strong, mind is clear and focused, sleep is deep and restful, and no sign of depression at any time during the last 30 days. My skin is clear and creamy. I feel great. I feel like a new person. I feel like a butterfly emerging from a cocoon.
My husband says I look like myself again. And I feel like I can easily begin distance running again, since I am not carrying all the extra weight that was killing my knees and hips. My back doesn’t ache anymore like it used to when I would sit in the same position for a while. I was starting to feel old and creaky and I’m only 32! Now I feel young and lithe again, full of my old ability to climb trees and run miles and pursue strength.
This was the hardest thing I have ever willingly done. And the best thing I have ever done for my health. I feel like I have wiped the slate clean, pushed the reset button, and wrestled my body down into submission to my spirit and my mind.
Food will not be my drug any longer. Food will not be a source of emotional fulfillment for me. It will not be a form of entertainment, and eating will not be something to do when I am bored.
Before this fast, I had put food in the wrong slots in my life, and it was a god. It was an addiction that I constantly nursed. It kept me from the energy, rest, balance, discipline and vitality of a God-led abundant life. I had allowed it to slow down my dreams and dilute my message. My addiction to food was a lie I was telling myself. I was calling it freedom and really, it was bondage. Freedom is being able to run 3 miles with a light gait and a strong heart. Freedom is sleeping well through the night without insomnia and heartburn. Freedom is knees that don’t ache and a mind that thinks clearly. Freedom is not choosing to eat whatever I want. Freedom is exercising the discipline to choose health. It is strength and wisdom and inspiration for others. I am not mastered by food, but I am free to choose health.
Boy, it feels good to be free.
I am excited to rejoin the world of eating, and I’m breaking my fast the ways I have outlined in days 20 and 25.
The next 30 days will be very important as I work to establish new eating habits, building an arsenal of several healthy breakfast options, some different lunches to choose from, and balanced dinners. I am going to aim for a mostly vegetarian diet, since that seems to suit me well, with a little fish and chicken.
I will check back in with you on day 45, with a weight loss update, and to tell you about some of the new habits I have established.
Thank you, dear readers, for following along with me, and offering encouragement and support and kindness as I pursued this odd 30 day path toward health and wellness. Your presence has been the catalyst between failure and success on many days when I myself thought I was nuts for attempting this. Never underestimate the power of God’s grace in your life, His calling and voice for the you He always intended, and the support and encouragement of friends.
Abundant life rocks.
I hope that you have derived inspiration, hope and motivation from my juice-induced ramblings. I am so thankful for the last 30 days! I have no regrets.
I’ll see you post-fast in 15 days.