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!