Plug in each morning

“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father. John 15:5-8

You may think, why is it so important to sit before God each morning, I would say that we need that time to plug in so that we may bear much fruit. If we remain in our Lord and allow Him to guide our days, we will be living much more productive lives. By productive, I mean spiritually. Each day when we rise and often times during the day, we must live purposely and Jesus in all we do. Some things you may find to be insignificant, just remember that God views nothing as insignificant. All things can work towards His Glory if we allow it to.

I have come to a place in my personal walk where I wake to the alarm and my mind is instantly on Jesus. I wake up speaking to Him, offering him praise and asking Him to please guide my steps. I open myself before Him and pray that He would use me each day in an impactful way. I do not have a standard as to what impactful looks like, I just trust that the people I come into contact with each day will take something away from me if the Lord so desires. I do not need to see the impact, I just know that I need to keep my heart in the right place in order for it to take place.

Today I pray that I will always keep myself in the midst of God’s will for my life. I know that each of us has a purpose and we all need to live in that place. Plug in, trust in Him, let Him lead the way. You may not always know where you are going, but you can trust in Him. Keep your eyes on Him and He will not fail you.

In the precious name of Jesus.

Diet change is going great!

So, this change in eating habits started Monday and I am really feeling great!

First, let me start with some challenges I’ve had this week.

Tuesday, day two, was great. The only issue I encountered was when my girls wanted whipped cream and ice cream for their sleep over. …it was snowing pretty bad out at that point sooooo that saved me.  If I had stopped,  I am not so sure I could have refrained from Ben & Jerry’s. Thank you snow storm!

Wednesday, day three, this was the roughest day of them all. That day was full of long meetings at work.  I didn’t eat or hydrate properly and was feeling it that afternoon. At one point a Co – worker was placing bright orange mini sticky notes on a plate, all I could think of was wanting a plate of Doritoes! Yes, orange pieces of paper caused me to crave cheesy chips. She encouraged me to take a bite of the paper to cure my craving,  I opted not to. Haha

Friday, another great day! We had a bunch of friends over for a pot luck type dinner and fellowships. We eat, chat and the band, Imperial Boxtruck, practices for a bit. I made pork, salad and potatoes. I actually refrained from my potatoes and without much struggle. One of our friends brought a hash brown casserole full of potatoes and cheesy goodness. THIS was a challenge! I struggled. I took a pic and sent it to two lovely ladies that are partaking in this diet change with me. I felt like I was reaching out to my sponsors. It helped! I don’t think I’d make it too far without support!!

Now for the positives!

I didn’t realize just how bloated I was. My rings fit bettter now. Typically I would wake up and have to drink a full glass of water before I could put my rings on comfortably. Now, not even a week later, no such issue! My clothes even fit better. This past week, I was able to wear two shirts that I have not worn in a really long time. My knee high boots even feel looser now. My belly has gone down noticeably.

I have more energy. I am sleeping more soundly and have more energy throughout the day. I have a toddler,  so I am still tired, but definitely felt a big difference these past few days.

My hunger has changed. It’s hard to explain,  but I’ve noticed that I am feeling like I want food,  even when I’m not hungry. I think this is part of the transition phase where my body is craving the sugar I am withholding. Otherwise, I am eating until satisfied and don’t feel sluggish after meals. I am not getting that gross, “I ate way too much”, feeling. I also don’t want coffee as much. Apparently it was the sugar I was craving. Now tea has become more appealing.

I am truly amazed with the changes I am feeling through this process. I am so happy that I started this. I am so thankful that my friends at work are with me on this and planning for our daytime eating!

Basically we’re eating real, unprocessed,  foods. No sugar and only natural carbs. Full fat foods only. During this transition phase were also omitting root vegetables. We will reintroduce them in small portions eventually.

I will keep you posted as I continue on this journey!

Love you all!