Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Day 15: Wednesday Weigh-in

I'm happy with that :)

So glad to be back in the 250's... Still going strong. One more week of the fast. But I'm not really going to change much as far as eating when it's over. I'll add fish and maybe lean chicken and turkey. I will also go back to protein shakes. And coffee! 

I've been doing more research on Paleo and will probably eat similar to that while still juicing 1-2 times each day. My focus will be on nutrition, I do know that.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Day 13 - I miss coffee

Today is day 13 of my Daniel Fast, and so far, so good! I haven't cheated one time, nor have I wanted to. Yeah, sometimes I REALLY want something that isn't allowed, but cravings haven't been overwhelming. The only thing I truly miss is coffee. Oh, how I want some coffee so bad! It's definitely one of the first things I will treat myself to. And I'd love some tilapia. Weird, but the stuff I want isn't even bad. So I know I'll be able to last for until January 22.

I'm still very adamant that I am not eating sugar or refined carbs this year. Which still even seems crazy in my mind, but I am determined. I really think it's a necessary step to beat my food addiction. Yes, I will miss it. But I'll live.

I have discovered that beans don't agree with me. After making three different recipes with beans last week, I noticed that my belly stayed really bloated and I became constipated. The only other thing that could be causing this is the wheat crackers (Triscuits - they are allowed) I've been eating. We'll see after the fast. I'm already planning on cutting down on beans this week, but the wheat crackers will stay until I'm off the fast and can find a gluten-free alternative.

Oh, I've discovered natural peanut butter. Freshly ground. And it's amazing. Such a treat.

I've lost down to 261.5, but the scale really hasn't moved in the past week. Any other time I'd be stressing but right now I'm not worried about it. Weight loss is a bonus, not the reason for this fast.

I do think I'm growing closer to God. It's almost like I feel him talking to me at times, and I need that. I'm still waiting on my "breakthrough" but I believe I'll get it. I'm only half-way through this fast, and I'll go longer if I'm led to.

Not exercising a lot. Honestly, I "want" to, but I haven't been very motivated. My energy level isn't great... maybe lack of protein? This week I will try, but I have a work deadline that's killing me, so that will come first. Hopefully I'll knock out the majority over the next day or so and will be in the gym soon. Right now, honestly, eating and food is my main concern. The fitness will always come.

Pray for me!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Kale and Quinoa Salad w/black beans recipe

I posted this recipe on Facebook and Instagram last night and lots of people want the recipe! This recipe is vegan and also Daniel fast approved. 

1 c. cooked quinoa
1 c. black beans
1/2 bunch kale
1/2 bell pepper (or red pepper)
1/2 jalepeno pepper (no seeds)
1 lime
1/2 lemon
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp crushed garlic
chopped cilantro (didn't measure...prob 1/2 cup?)
red pepper flakes
sea salt

If you haven't already cooked your quinoa, do that first. Same for black beans, unless you're using canned. If using canned black beans I would rinse them well before using them.

Chop up your kale. Then make a dressing in a separate bowl with the lime and lemon juice, olive oil, crushed garlic and seasonings to taste. Mix it well, then pour about half of it on the kale. With your hands, massage the dressing into the kale for about 2 minutes. 

Then add everything else and mix it up well. Pour the rest of the dressing on then mix again. So easy and delicious! 

I had this for BREAKFAST this morning with some low-sodium Triscuits, whih are also Daniel Fast approved. 


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Day 7... Daniel Fast update

The progress on the scale is not my main focus, but it is encouraging. Kind if like a reward for discipline. 

So far the Daniel Fast has been an amazing experience. No withdrawal symptoms from the caffeine and sugar. No headaches, really no discomfort at all. I've been really lazy (but that's because my vacation is ending today). I'm ok with that because I know tomorrow I will hit the ground running with school and workouts and business as usual.

This way of eating (basically vegan, no animal products, bread or coffee/tea and nothing to drink besides water) is not as bad as I thought. I do miss coffee and cheese, but other than that I've had minimal cravings. I've made some really yummy vegan recipes: 

Quinoa chili 

Black bean salad

Two more weeks to go after today and I have no doubt that I can make it. I'm praying so hard for several things and I have no doubt that God is listening and helping me through this fast.

One more picture... This is last New Year's Eve (2012) compared with Jan. 5 of this year... So about one year and five days difference.

I have made mistakes, and had lots of bumps in the road last year, but I'm so thankful that I did make progress!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Day 1 - goals for the new year

I only have one main resolution for 2014, and that's to seek Gods will in everything I do this year. Weightloss. Family. Career. Home. Everything.

To start this year on the right foot, I've committed to doing the Daniel Fast for 21 days. 

Today is day 1 and it's been ok. The cravings and mental challenge are definitely there, but all is well so far. It's taking way too long for my blackeyed peas and brown rice to cook in the cockpot, though. I'm not excited for dinner... I really wanted to go stock up on 'allowed' food but of course my paycheck wasn't in the bank as it should be. Hopefully I can go tomorrow.

I've read. I've prayed. But I still don't feel like mentality I'm 100% there. I'm sure I'll get there, though... 

Besides going sugar/refined carb free this year (which is huge), I've also set 175 lbs as a weight goal. I weighed in this morning... 

That's about a 15 lb gain since November 1. ***sigh***

I've promised myself that the Daniel Fast will not be about weight loss, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't hope to lose some weight. My body image is at an all time low.

Another 2014 goal is to run a 5k (Sherry's Run) in September. I want to run it. And I believe I'll be able to. 

As of today, I officially have health insurance. Say what you want about ObamaCare, but I'm grateful to finally have affordable healthcare. I can finally get some things looked at that's been bothering me. These are also things that would stand in the way of me achieving my goals this year. 

I've been in a little bout of depression for a few days... Not exactly sure why. I've been fighting a cold for over a week, and this cold dreary weather is for the birds. But tomorrow hopefully I can get out and that will make me feel better. Vacation is almost over! Back to work on Friday.