*I am putting my weight loss efforts on hold as I seek the Lord through prayer and fasting from January 6th-27th. During that time, I will be sharing about my fasting journey here. I am not an expert in fasting. I have failed more times than I’ve been successful. I will be sharing what I am doing, what’s working, what isn’t, as well as what I am learning along the way, and what God is doing in me through all of this. I will be back to my regular Weigh-In Wednesday posting in February.
I am a little late in getting myself settled in to my fast. I had to wait until Monday to do my shopping, and because my husband’s unemployment check does not come until Wednesday, I had to buy limited things just to get me through until then. Although the church began fasting on Sunday, I started my fast on Monday. Right out of the gate, I headed to my Keurig and made a cup of coffee, with creamer. After I drank it I realized I had just broken my fast. Sigh. But instead of beating myself up, I got right back on target with a salad for lunch, and a bean chili for dinner.
I spent two hours in my kitchen last night preparing food for today which will also serve as lunches for my week. Here is what I made:
You can find this recipe here.
I have not actually eaten this yet. I made it for the purpose of lunch for the week. It smells wonderful!
I am still playing with the spices for this one. It is a basic, flavorable bean chili which kept me full last night.
Here are some of the other items I’ve added to my panty/fridge this week:
Whole Grain Bread & Crackers
Natural Peanut Butter
Carrots & Celery
(If I require more protein, these items will be added to my diet occasionally.)
I have not been able to give up my coffee yet. But I have gone to sugar-free, so that is a huge step. However, I must drink LOTS more water!
Overall, I found I was more alert today and I got a lot accomplished. I have caught up on my reading and look forward to spending more time with Jesus tomorrow!
Here are some of the resources I am using to help me to stay focused on my fast:
The Ultimate Daniel Fast – This book is full of good information about the fast, as well as some yummy recipes which I look forward to trying. Also, there is a devotional for each day of the fast.
21 Day Fast Reading Plan on YouVersion – This plan is full of scriptures on fasting and helps to keep me focused.
My Pastor has also written an article on How To Be Successful With Prayer and Fasting on his blog. I hope you will click over to read. By the way, he has a lot of good articles on his site. Feel free to browse around. He also provides a downloadable handout to help you bring clarity to your fast.
I know not everyone who is reading this is fasting, but I came across a few bloggers who are, so I thought I would share my journey. Hopefully, I will have much more to report next week after a full week of fasting.
And to my weight loss buddies, I am cheering you on this week!