So, here I go on another journey…you would think I would be tired as I trudge down the same old road of getting healthier…I have been here before and I am sure I will be here again but I want a different path this time. I am so tired of going down the wrong road – I mean – I just don’t fail, but something about losing weight, taking care of myself – I am a complete failure – where did I make the wrong turn? I want to plan a path of change, something that I can handle that is not to stressful and something that will produce results. This time I am going to plan my journey so that I don’t veer off course.
This time I have decided to do something different. I have prayed about how I could be healthier, how I could be better, and how I could lose weight. I heard someone mention the Daniel Plan and it peaked my interest. Then I heard it again that same week and someone said they had just started it and loved it! Then God practically smacks me upside the head…I was standing in line at a Christian bookstore and while I was there I caught a glimpse out of the corner of my eye—something lime (My favorite color). I am naturally drawn to that color, so I looked at the title of the book, naturally…It was “The Daniel Plan” a book by Rick Warren (Who also wrote The Purpose Driven Life). OK God – I get it! I should explore this is an option. The five essential parts to the Daniel Plan are Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus & Friends…sounds reasonable. So I started researching and realized that the Daniel Plan was very similar to the Paleo Diet that I had been successful with last year so I know I can do this. What I missed last year was the other parts…I need to focus, to utilize my faith in God and to share with my friends.
There were great things on the website www.danielplan.com Rick Warren and his fabulous team have so many sermons, lessons, verses, inspirations that I know it is the direction that I need to go in!!
Therefore, I decided to start at the beginning of Lent season. I started a Facebook page called the Daniel Plan Connection, so that I could share information, have a place to discuss when I need a little encouragement and just a place to share recipes, inspirations, funnies, etc. We are three weeks into this now and I have about 50 friends that have joined my journey. I still struggle some but not nearly like I did and now I have someone to keep me accountable, to inspire, to share best practices, etc. If I stray off course – I am encouraged to get back on and I keep chugging along.
I love the food that I am supposed to eat and I am enjoying it! I do not feel deprived. I have eased into it by cutting out all white products (Rice, Flour, Bread, Potatoes, etc.) I am only drinking water and try to drink at least 72 oz. per day. I have upped my veggies and fruits and am just paying attention to what I eat. I am getting a little stricter each week. I plan to start the Daniel Fast next week and it is even a little stricter. I can do it though if I plan, buy the right groceries, etc.
The Daniel Plan is about so much more than eating though. I have really started to think about my faith – I have read Daniel and have watched YouTube, Googled, read many translations, started the Beth Moore study on Daniel, and have just grown to LOVE the book of Daniel in the Bible. It is so intriguing and there are so many things that I never really got from it before. I have tried to establish a better prayer routine as well. I pray breath prayers all the time – you know—the ones where you say just a word and God knows what you are saying. My daily prayers used to be when I was driving somewhere. That was my alone time with God. You know, I realized that really was not good enough and I needed to treat God better. I am still struggling to find time to make it special every time, after all he is so special and wonderful and forgiving and I need to treat him more holy! I love that I am casual with God but I feel a strong sense of needing to be more respectful. He is God after all!
Well, I hope to be writing more often so that I can encourage, support and inspire you to take care of yourself and take care of the body God gave you – it is the only one you have! So I think they were missing one Essential Element of the Daniel Plan and that is ….FUN! When you are taking this journey – make it fun, have get togethers, yoga parties, recipe swaps, Bible Study. This is the secret passage to a better and healthier you! Safe travels….
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. — 1 Corinthians 10:31