Monday, September 12, 2011

Smoothie Fast--Day 1

Well, the 40th birthday celebrating is over and now it is time to focus on something new. This time last year I was training for my first half-marathon. I thought I would be doing it again this year, but somehow I didn't live up to my own expectations. I've dropped off on my running, not getting up early enough to go; it was either too hot or too cold, etc; and now a short run is a challenge and occurs only about twice a week. With the lack of exercise I've also not been eating well. Well, lets just call it what it is, I love food and I think I could even say I'm addicted to it. I used to pride myself in being able to eat what I wanted while keeping my weight down. But with less exercise and increased age, those days are over. In addition to my lack of exercise and poor eating habits, I have not been reading the Bible. All this combined with my tendency to reflect on my past which leads to guilt and dissastifaction; has contributed to my lack of energy and motivation, irritability, negativity, bouts of depression, inconsistencies, and general feeling of unhappiness with myself. In other words, yuck! boo! and I'm a mess! My inspiring friend and author, Kristen Feola, encouraged me to watch the documentary, "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead." My husband and I did and we were truly moved. Since then I have been on a search for the best juicer for the best price, and have ordered the Breville Fountain Plus Juicer from Bed, Bath, and Beyond. I believe it is the same type of juicer used in the documentary. I am excited for my juicer to arrive. My plan has been to start a juice fast after my birthday celebrating was over and when my juicer arrived. Kristen and her husband and some other friends are starting their juice fast today, so I started a smoothie fast. My husband and I had smoothies for breakfast. We used a frozen package of mixed berries, a banana, some orange juice, (I cheated and added a 4 oz. Greek yogurt), and some flaxseed meal. It was delicious. For lunch I made another kind of smoothie:) This one is made of frozen spinach, a carrot, an apple, some oj, and a cup of water. Its actually not too bad. My goal with this fast is to draw near to the Lord. Fasting always brings me closer to God because I read my Bible more and I pray more, for others as well as for myself. I have some specific things I'm praying about and some people I am praying for, trusting God has already answered. But I'm also doing it to lose the weight I've gained (about 8 pounds), to eat healthier, to have more energy, to eat natural foods that God created for us to eat; and to see if getting off sugar and processed foods will help level out my hormones and make them my friend instead of my enemy:) I'm reading in Zechariah right now. The verse that sticks with me is from chapter 4, verse 6: " 'Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the Lord Almighty." Fasting is a time that the Holy Spirit is at work. In Zechariah, the Governor of Judah, Zerubbabel, is given the task of rebuilding the temple. Though he does not have the royal might and power that David and Solomon had posessed, here in these verses, an angel is encouraging him to complete the rebuilding of the temple and assures him that the Holy Spirit will enable him to do it. This is the same assurance we are given today. This fast will not be by my power, but only by the Spirit's. Jesus tells us as He did Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:8, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." (so verses 8-19: "Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.")