No you won’t! You will never be able to guess what this admitted foodie has been doing for the past three Mondays. Three! Every Monday for the past three weeks!
I HAVE BEEN FASTING.
I can hardly believe it myself. Ever since I started this weight loss journey, I would read something in one of my spiritual books (or the Bible) about fasting. And I would think, I would like to do that. But to be honest, and this is a little embarrassing, I could not stand the thought of going twenty-four hours without my favorite foods. So a few weeks ago, I was reading in a book by one of my favorite authors, Mark Buchanan, and he wrote the best chapter I have ever read on fasting. And I thought I AM GOING TO DO IT. This Monday.
Now, some of you regulars will remember that I did have to fast before the colonoscopy last fall. So I knew I could do it. But that fast had like a visit to the principal’s office attached to it. I would get in big trouble if I didn’t do it. But just doing it for myself, or for God even…That was another matter.
Anyway, to be very honest, and this is why I am sharing this with you. There were two reasons I wanted to fast. Yes, one was for spiritual reasons. And I think I accomplished that. I spent a little more time in prayer. And I definitely thought a lot about my friends in Africa, for whom this was their every day experience. And I prayed for them as I thought about them.
But the other reason was for physical and mental reasons. I wanted to show food that it is NOT ‘the boss of me.’ No, it is not. And actually, it is almost easier to make no choices about which food to eat or what recipe to try than it was to just not eat. Today was the hungriest I have been, but it is not that ‘low blood sugar, I’m gonna go nuts’ hungry. It was just regular gnawing hunger. And I drank another glass of water and got busy doing something else, and I forgot about it for a while.
These are only 24 hour fasts. So I have dinner Sunday night, and then I have dinner Monday night. My brother did this every week for many years. I asked him if it was for physical or spiritual reasons, and he said mostly physical. He is very disciplined in the areas of food and fitness.
Anyway, these days have been so good, I thought I’d share the idea with you. Its amazing how much you can get done, and even how creative you can be when you are not thinking about what the next meal is going to be or if you can fit that snack into your calorie allotment for the day or if you should try that recipe or this recipe. I am well aware that a lot of my creative energy gets spent on food instead of quilts. I had plenty of energy, and even went for two walks each day.
Its kind of funny. Every week I have ended the fast with almost the same meal. A piece of Vicky’s delicious turkey bread, some kind of vegetable, and a piece of fruit. Doesn’t get much better or simpler than that. I think I like the turkey bread because its kind of a treat, but also because there’s no prep or thinking involved. Here’s what I had for dinner tonight. Turkey bread, that delicious cauliflower potato bake, and fresh pineapple!
Today was a beautiful day. Spring is coming, people. It really is! We have had SO MUCH RAIN. The other day I took a walk by the little pond on the road, and I heard a very loud noise. It was MILLIONS of frogs singing away! Oh!!! That reminds me of the little froggie miracle yesterday. I came home from church, and let all three dogs out. I noticed a little piece of mud or something on the floor that all three dogs had just trampled over. To be honest, I thought it was a turd or something. So I got a piece of paper to pick it up, and I thought, that is a frog-shaped turd! Then I got it closer to my evidently old eyes, and saw, yes, it is a little frozen froggie. How did he get in the house. Where did he come from? Poor little froggie. Its too cold for little froggies. (I really like frogs.) So I was just about to dump him and the paper in the fire (and I was thinking to myself, eeww, what if he was alive. you will feel terrible burning a frog alive.) And just then, HE MOVED!!! And I took him over to the sink and prepared a glass of lukewarm water to warm him up and get the house dust off of him. And he was very happy, and I took him outside and let him go. The end.
The view out the front door:
Like I said, I have a lot more time for creating when I am not eating. I spent a lot of time at the sewing machine. Noah was in his crate happily chewing on one of those elk antlers, Mr. Monk was asleep in his usual chair, but I noticed Sophie staring at me in her worried kind of way. I got an old pillow and put it next to where I was sitting at the sewing machine. That was just what she wanted.
SPRING IS COMING!!
Back to work tomorrow. Countdown: 29 shifts left!
P.S. Some of you will get a chuckle out of this. The only liquid I allowed myself to have during the fast, besides water, was a cup of coffee first thing in the morning, and a cup of coffee in the early afternoon!