Monthly Archives: March 2013

Whoops.

So this food fast has been ridiculous

I could go into all the details of why, but then I’d be continuing to take the focus off of God and I can’t keep getting stuck in the trap that Katie from CardiganWay describes on LifeWay today.

So I’m going to keep this one simple w/a brief update and a longer re-focusing proposal

10 days.

That’s how long I lasted eating only 10 foods.

Because of digestion issues, obsession over food, and realizing I had not ushered anymore of God into the void that I had made from food.

My intentions were good…but the result was ugly

 

So, here we are – 4 days later from the switch and our focus is clearer and more Christ-like

We are now tracking all of our eating and exercise on Myfitnesspal.com

We are discussing the importance of exercise in our weekly and daily life – not only for our physical health, but our mental and emotional health as well

We are still fasting from some foods (desserts and coffee) . . . but not all of them!

Most importantly, we are memorizing the WORD

Phillipians 4:8

1 Peter 1:13-16

1 Timothy 4:7-8

The Fruits of the Spirit

The Armor of God

Romans 12:18

(just to name a few to encourage you to join with us!)

And we are spending a lot of time talking

We’re in preparation for doing a Marriage Challenge next (the month of April)

We want to take back our intentions to becoming more like Christ from  “a feat to conquer, a hill that I climb up, determined to stake my flag at its pinnacle,” as Katie so eloquently stated earlier today

 

If you haven’t left because of my annoying posts and reposts about those 10 dang foods, THANK YOU, for sticking around 🙂

I ask for your grace and forgiveness as we try to pull ourselves out of the mud that we’ve allowed these good intentions to dissolve into

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Around the house…

In our house this winter we’ve been stuck inside because of cold temperatures and lots of snow and rain – which makes for some stir-crazy feelings for mommy!

But not for these beautiful babes – just getting their pictures taken keep them happy 🙂

 

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And when we get REALLY bored we make this design…

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Out of everything that was previously housed here:

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And once in awhile I go to put Sully in his carseat to find out it is already occupied by Rudy and his ‘toys’…

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🙂

 

What happens around your house?!

One week in…

We’ve been doing the Food Challenge for 1 week

Here’s the breakdown:

Thursday February 28th I go to the store to pick up items for a parenting conference we’re hosting and I discover:

bottleFriends. This is both a blessing and a curse

We all know that Salted Caramel desserts and treats were the HIT of everyone’s winter festivities this year…and besides Salted Caramel Pretzel Bark that I took like a drug really really really enjoyed, International Delight’s Salted Caramel Mocha Creamer simply MADE my entire holiday season. I LOVE THIS STUFF!  And up until last Thursday, I thought it was SEASONAL! I haven’t been able to find it in 2013! Until February 28th: THE LAST DAY BEFORE MY FOOD CHALLENGE (which, sadly, DOESN’T include coffee or coffee creamer!)

So……….I totally bought 2 bottles and put them promptly into my freezer and you better believe I will be defrosting them come Easter and thoroughly enjoying way too much SWEETLY CREAMED coffee on April Fool’s Day 🙂

In other foodie news, Joel has been in Mexico for work all week 😦 and has struggled through trying to stick as close to our foods as possible!

A week in, here are the changes that we have made since Day 1:

Original foods:

Chicken, eggs, apples, 100% whole wheat bread, peanut butter, greens, onions, beans, rice, broccoli

With the additions of salt, pepper, and olive oil for cooking and seasoning

During our last supper (4 of us got together to gorge ourselves snack on our favorites until literally midnight on February 28th), we all compared lists and made loose ‘rules’ and gave suggestions and ended up changing some foods

Then, after a week of this I realized I wasn’t eating a few items, so swapped them out w/others I would eat regularly!

So NOW my list is:

Chicken, eggs, apples, 100% whole wheat bread, peanut butter, greens, mozzerella cheese, bananas, tomatoes, berries

And we have broadened seasoning to ALL seasonings (hence dropping onion as food because I can use garlic anytime!), and included milk as a freebie so we are still getting our calcium and Vitamin D that is so important this time of year!

This list is versatile and lovely!

My starvation dramatics cravings went away after 3 days and I’ve gotten into a groove of normal eating patterns again (goodbye days of 3 string cheeses and possible multiple grilled cheese sandwiches chased with too many bananas…)

But I am SO looking forward to not being consumed with what to prepare, how to prepare it, and how to get it not to taste exactly like what I just ate for lunch…once April arrives

Spiritually, God is examining my emotions and my reasons for eating emotionally…

Why do I cover up stillness w/food and over-indulgence?

Why can’t I sit and just be?!

What am I ‘feeding’ w/cookies and desserts and sweets that I should be feeding w/the Word?

God revealed to Jenna this scripture that she passed on to us and we are all encouraging each other to memorize this month:

“So get yourselves ready, prepare your minds to act, control yourselves, and look forward in hope as you focus on the grace that comes when Jesus the Anointed returns and is completely revealed to you.  Be like obedient children as you put aside the desires you used to pursue when you didn’t know better.  Since the One who called you is holy, be holdy in all you do.  For the Scripture says, ” You are to be holy, for I am holy.”  If you call on the Father who judges everyone without partiality according to their actions, then you should live in reverence and awe while you live out the days of your exile.”

1 Peter 1:13-17 (The Voice)

NIV translation of these verses found HERE

What words are you hiding away in your heart right now?!

Giveaway Winner!

The TWO winners of SOLD (from Sarah) are:

Brittany

and

Christa!!!

Thanks gals – we’ll get the books to you soon!

Come back in a few days to read about how the first week of the Food Fast has been going 🙂

Why the challenges?!

Have you entered the AWARENESS RAISING GIVEAWAY?!

It ends on TUESDAY and the winners will be announced WEDNESDAY!

 

It’s March and we’ve begun our FOOD CHALLENGE

Since we posted our ‘unofficial list’ earlier we have changed out RICE for BANANAS

Anyways, that’s not the point of this blog

I want to talk about WHY we are challenging ourselves in different ways, what it is doing for us, and how we hope to be changed for the future

 

Since cookies, ice cream, cookies, rolos, cookie dough, and cookies are not on my list for my food challenge, I am pretty confident I will fail.

(Debbie downer, huh?!)

Actually, I know I will failif I am not putting my faith and trust in God to transform my self-control and discipline…I have no hopes of succeeding!

And I know that if I try to succeed with self-discipline alone, I will fail!  We are coming together, in community, to radically challenge each other with self-control and discipline.  We are holding each other up in daily prayer and contacting each other with regular accountability.  The clothing challenge was a tight-knit group of 5 gals.  This food challenge has grown from 5 gals to 9! (7 ladies and 2 of our husbands).  In April the challenge will be related to marriage and I hope that even more will join in on the vulnerability, sacrifice, discipline, fellowship, and growth!

Along with the Late Night Girls Bible Study where the idea for these challenges grew – I have been reading lots of literature that has been tugging on my heart and convicting my spirit to make radical, lasting changes in how I view my possessions, my wealth, and my capabilities

One of these books is Radical by David Platt

If 7 by Jen Hatmaker rocked my world (the book behind the idea for the challenges), Radical pretty much crumbled it

We listened to this a few times in 2011 and I recently bought the book so I can pour over it’s words and write my thoughts in the margin

This book stirred our hearts towards adoption

This book helped us think differently about our God’s possessions (that we are merely stewards of)

This book turned our hearts towards seeking out more of THE BOOK (The Bible, in case you weren’t quite sure if I was refering again to 7 by Jen Hatmaker again which I’ve mentioned in at least 5% of my blogs)

Big Picture:

This is about the health of my heart and my emotions and my mind
We have the luxury of buying whatever we want…even extremely expensive healthy whole foods that are great for us – but we don’t have to hardly blink about the cost because of our surplus of money!
I want to meditate on the world and what I choose to stay blind to…how they are not just hungry but DIE from hunger
Kids, exactly like mine, all over the world, that will die today because they are hungry…something that can be so easily rectified…
How I can eat less or a smaller variety of diet and avoid gluttony, and over-indulgence, and SELF-indulgence?
And begin to concentrate on self-control, and my body-image in Christ, and being world-focused?
I know as we open our hearts to be more radical – and diligently hide more of The Word away in our hearts, we will continue to be pulled towards God’s plan for our lives and how our sole purpose is to bring Him glory
God, help us rid ourselves of gluttony this month and meditate on eliminating waste of food and get back to nurturing our bodies with a conservative and respectful diligence that keeps us globally-focused on those that will die today from not having the luxury of consuming the scraps that we throw away from our table…
Help us die to ourselves so that YOU can take us over and accomplish your greatness through us!
If you want to be challenged and need some accountability and fellowship – join us in this month’s challenge!  Just a leave a comment and let me know 🙂
If you want some literary ‘food for thought’ pick up Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst and be enlightened to transform our God-given desire to crave from food and other worldy distractions, to God and His Word that will benefit and feed us eternally.
And DON’T FORGET TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!