Hello friends! I finally got my laptop (ordered a brand new one) and have been so positively anxious to update you all on my progress and journey.
It’s been officially 9 weeks since I began Intermittent Fasting as a way to implement self-control with my food. Remember, it all began when I repented of having a food idol and knew I needed to start practicing some major discipline.
I honestly cannot believe I can even say “Week 9 Update.” I am a runner ladies. Wait. I WAS a runner and not in the cardio way. I would run from hard things but I am seeing more as the days go by that I am so very capable of doing hard things. So what’s been going on?
MANDY COMES TO VISIT
We had friends in town and I enjoyed food with my friend but was proud that I did not enter a binge. We had so much fun together. Catching up and going antique shopping. We took the kids to the Zoo and played cards. It was great.
BEGINNING THE 75 HARD CHALLENGE
Have you heard of this? It’s a challenge that lasts for 75 days total. It’s definitely one that will be physically beneficial but the challenge is a mental one. Here’s the criteria for the 75 days:
- Drink 1 gallon of water a day.
- Workout two times for 45 min. (one being outdoors)
- Take a progress photo daily.
- Stick to a nutritional plan. (no cheat days)
- Read 10 pages of a Non-Fiction book. (no audio books)
It’s going well. Tomorrow will be my day 10. The hardest part has been getting the water in but it really is getting easier. I’ll be sure to update you as the weeks go on.
I WORE SOME PRETTY DRESSES
MADE SOME YUMMY DISHES
The most asked question I get is “WHAT ARE YOU EATING!?”
I have to say it almost daily: I AM NOT DIETING but I am choosing healthier options and not binging anymore. That with the Intermittent Fasting, exercise, and water is what has contributed or caused my weight loss.
Cooking has become one of my FAVORITE things to do. Who ever would have thought! When I say theres been BIG changes since repenting. It’s not just my body – it’s my life.
I share my cooking on my Instagram stories so make sure you check it out.
PSALM 23 HAS BEEN ON REPEAT
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Even just copy + pasting that has made me teary. This passage has always been kinda cliche to me because I grew up hearing it over and over. It’s one of the most popular passages in Scripture but it was recently that it’s become incredibly dear to me.
I repeat it all throughout the day. I am so grateful for Jesus and how He is our Good Shepherd. I love that it says He MAKES me lie down. Because y’all, remember I told you, I am a runner. I run from pain, from discomfort, from conflict, from hard things, and even from God. And I have been learning to just STOP and be still. He MAKES me lie down in green pastures and He restores my soul. OH YES. Gosh, He is so wonderful.
I think having a passage to have in your heart to meditate on during the day is really important when going through big changes like breaking addiction.
WEIGHT LOSS TOTAL
So as of the beginning of this year to now I have lost 33.2 pounds. 🙂
I’ll be updating the blog weekly. 🙂 Until then, I’ll see y’all on social media.
With Love, Jillian