Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Yay for me!


I got on my scale this morning when I woke up and I had lost another pound and I exclaimed out loud, "yay for me!" Yep, I celebrate myself. You have to. The Bible says David encouraged himself in the Lord and sometimes you and I need to do the same.

I'm not down another pound due to the 50 day challenge/fast. (We're coming down to the wire -- 11 more days ) but I usually gain weight on a Daniel Fast. I know, I know it sounds crazy. But the truth is, I tend to go a little crazy when certain food groups are off limits. It's hard not to eat more, much more of what you CAN eat, to compensate. I realize this challenge we're on is NOT a diet. It's about getting closer to God, period. But I'm just saying, while on this challenge it's hard for me not to gain because of the temptation of over-compensation.

I do much better strictly on WW flex points program than I do anything else, especially canceling out anything but "certain food groups." I know the Daniel Fast is fruits and veggies only and conventional wisdom would say, "you're bound to lose weight." For most folks, yes. For me, no. In fact, the fleshly side of me (that wanted to lose more weight in prep for summer) actually hemed and hawed around a little with my husband about going on the Daniel Fast because I knew it would send my weight up, and not down. And I didn't want that. Some of you might not understand this (Michele does - evidently she and I share many of the same eating habits...) My husband loses much more weight on a Daniel Fast because he eats things with practially no calories. He's lost around 30 pounds. Me on the other hand - I'll eat as much as I'm able to, and instead of carrots, it's potatoes, potatoes and more potatoes. (My favorite food.) And I eat them, and eat them, and eat them with no limits.

I knew to keep weight off I'd have to work out all during these 50 days. So I have been - walking 3 miles or thereabouts 6 days a week (Sunday off) without fail. Normally when I'm on WW program I don't work out every day, more like 3 days a week. But this walking 3 miles a day is really working for me. I think I'll keep it up even when we're done the fast and I'm back on program. I can't wait to get back to Flex points. It seems almost easy right now in my mind compared to what I have been doing. Of course I haven't been on a diet during this challenge, it's a spiritual discipline, not a diet. However the primary adjustment on an everyday basis has been my diet so therefore it is affected.

Make no mistake, I know being strictly OP is not a breeze, not easy by any stretch however I'm just saying, it seems much easier to handle right now afterwhat I've been doing for almost 40 days.

Yay! Yay for me!

3 comments:

Pastor L said...

I hear ya! My church is doing a complete (water only!) fast on the 8th day of every month in 2008, and the scale at my WW meeting always shows a gain during that week. I'm sure it has something to do with the whole "body going into starvation mode" thing...our church secretary suggested that I should take some time during the fast each month to pray that I DON'T gain weight as a result of fasting...oh, well - it's usually less than a pound, and I am usually guaranteed a bigger loss the following week!!!

Michele said...

YAY YAY for you-:)

Melissa said...

YAY! YAY! YAY! Every pound, every benefit from fasting and growing closer to God is fantastic! Our church is on a 30 day fast, personally I am on the daniel fast. My focus hasn't been my weight but it is affected and I too have let go of some weight. Normally I gain...maybe its because what I am seeing is a courage to face the unknown health issues I have or may have and am doing something about it like riding my bike 3 miles a day! What the Lord has been showing me is that when things are lost they can be found. When things are let go of and left in His hands they are gone! I have not lost the weight I am letting it go!!! :)