Day 3: Feelin’ Good Feelin Great!

JG* is a happy camper! Yesterday went much much better. Of course I was hungry, but that’s the point. When I’m hungry, I know I’m hungry for God and that’s a great feeling. I had my usual goodies yesterday in the early half of the day. An Apple and some Puffins cereal. Then I had this AMAZING soup. It was an organic vegetable soup. Tasty! Yum! Loved it. I’m going to try the black bean soup I bought today. Thing is, I HATE beans. But I have to eat ’em. For dinner last night, I whipped up this:

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Curried Vegetables over Brown Rice.

When I tell you I ate this plate with complete reckless abandon. You would have thought that I had just gotten out of prison.

Well after scarfing down my dinner, I went to have my soul fed. We have Bible Study on Tuesdays and it was great! It was also lovely to be with the rest of my fasters. The word was amazing, I may start posting online the topics and scriptures we covered. I gotta tell y’all. God is so good!

So I’m feeling great! I’m still struggling with that 6 a.m. prayer only because I absolutely CANNOT wake up. It’s weird. I wake up enough to pray, but I feel like a zombie. And once I’m done, I collapse back to unconciousness. This morning though I had a friend help me wake up by texting me nonstop. Sadly though I was awake, I was completely non-functional. It was a mess. I can stay up all night, and get up when I have to, but I am not an early riser. At all.

Tonight for dinner I’m making veggie chili. I’m really excited about this. I’m also going to the Dekalb Farmer’s Market. It’s been forever since I’ve been there and I love love love that place. I’m just mad I can’t get any of the really good stuff like bread, and pasta. That’s killing me too.

But I press on!

JG*

Day 2. Wins and Epic Fails

This is my face this morning.

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This is due to the epic fail that was dinner last night. I bought this Tapioca Loaf “bread” because I didn’t think I was ready for Ezekiel Bread, and boy was I just completely grossed out. I figured I would use this time of fasting to work on another area of my life that I’ve been successfully working on. Healthy Eating. Although the week before the fast I had fried chicken every single day. LOL But I digress. I figured that since my diet was so restricted, I would learn how to cook/love/appreciate alternative foods. What was I thinking? So for dinner last night I had a GardenBurger veggie burger with Soy Pepperjack Cheese on the Tapioca “Bread”(dairy, flour, and all other things logical-free), and Sweet Potato fries. Needless to say I demolished the fries. The burger however, elicited a simple “ehhhh” from my mouth when I first bit into it. My friend who was witnessing this said “That’s not what people usually say when they first eat something.”

Indeed.

When I opened the vacuum sealed package containing the bread (clue #1) the bread began hissing. Like it was “activating” or breathing or something. This seriously worried me. The veggie burger smelled really good and I added some extra seasoning to it thinking that this would help. Not so much. It was like biting into a flavorless McDonald’s hashbrown pattie that was full of chunks of spinach, carrots, corn, bell peppers, and broccoli. It was very awkward. The cheese though, that was the worst. I chose pepperjack because I was told that getting regular cheddar was going to taste gross for a beginner. The peppers in the cheese were to offset the completely gross soyness. NO dice. I can’t even explain it. Well after realizing that just eating Sweet Potato fries might be doing too much, I rushed to my frige to see what I could hurried make and consume in 20 mins. At this point it was 6:40 and according to my fast I can’t eat after 7. I settled on a grapefruit and for the moment it did the trick.

To be honest, I wasn’t hungry really all through the night. I said my third prayer at 6:15 for my family and I read the scripture as to why Danial began the fast to begin with. I think this provided comfort to me.

Again, waking up at 6 so far is the HARDEST part. I wake up, kneel to pray, and I think I’m back asleep by the time I say Amen. I think I’m going to start waking up, getting FAR away from my bed as possible, reading scripture, then praying. But the prayer is so important. It allows me real private time with God and it prepares me for the day. I pray for strength as I go through this, a closer bond with God, and breakthroughs in the areas of my life that God knows I need the most work on. As I type this, I haven’t had anything to eat since 6:50 pm yesterday and it’s now 9:00 am today. I’m not starving, and I’m only feeling very minor signs of hunger. I’m drinking water, so it is helping to curb that and In a few minutes I’m going to have a cup of my Puffins cereal. It’s pretty tasty even if it is practically cardboard. 🙂

*unenthusiastic excitement* yey! Breakfast.

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LOL Come on back tomorrow. Later today I’m going to try to post some more Green Smoothie recipes.

Blessings,

JG*

fasting for the spirit

i wanted to write this post because both JG* and i are currently fasting. 

fasting is something that i tend to do like all the time and i’m consistently scrutinized for it because people don’t understand the purpose of fasting. not only does fasting serve as a great tool to detox your body, but it’s an even better tool for detoxing your spirit. 

some might say, “ladebelle, what do you mean by this?” all of us have spirits and all of us accumulate some sort of toxins on our spirits due to the music we listen to, television, our feelings, etc. many fasts are designed to release these toxins from our spirits leaving us feeling lighter and fluffier (in the proverbial sense). 

my favorite fast has to be the master cleanse. this fast is also known as the lemonade diet and was made famous by beyonce. i love this fast because not only do i have the chance to get the pollution out of my body, but i use it to cleanse my mind and like i said, my spirit. during this fast i may only listen to uplifting music, don’t watch television, pray and meditate more, and spend more time outside in nature. 

i’m on a different fast now though. i was raised as a roman catholic and sacrificing for lent has become more of a habit now then anything. so as i posted previously, i am sacrificing cooked foods for the 40 days that lent occurs. up until today, i hadn’t been doing anything to ensure that my spirit was taken care of during this time as well. with that being said, i’m also incorporating 5am prayers followed by the return of my morning workouts. for me, physical exertion is next to Godliness because that’s one of the many times that i know that i can’t make it without Him and my guardian angels. 

i just thought i would share this with you guys… comments welcome per usual!

JG*’s Spiritual & Physical Transformation!

Sorry, I was gone for a minute now I’m back! I had a lot going on last week, from traveling to Chicago, to traveling to Florida, to getting back to GA! 🙂 But y’all pray for me that God shows favor to me in my endeavors.

So next week I will begin the Daniel Fast with the other members of my Church. I’ll be tweeting, and blogging about how it’s going for you guy’s inspiration and reading pleasure.

Here is the breakdown of the fast that my Church has provided us with.

The Passage:

“And He said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.” Mark 9:29 KJV

The Purpose:

  • To corporately commit to praying and believing God for:
  • Members being ethical
  • Member’s employment
  • Member’s peace of mind
  • Sacrificial Giving
  • Members being moral
  • Member’s health
  • Members spending daily time with God

The Period

The fast will last for 21 days. It will begin Monday, March 16th at 12:01 a.m. and end on Sunday, April 5th at 12:00 midnight.

The Procedures:

The type of fast we’ll be doing is the Partial Fast. This is the fast where you abstain from certain foods and/or thing. You CAN eat fruits and vegetables. The foods that we will not be eating during the fast period are as follows:

  • No meals after 7:00 pm
  • No meat
  • No sweets or sugar
  • No white potatoes
  • No breads or pasta
  • No fried foods
  • No dairy
  • No beverages other than PURE water

The Plan:

In addition to our food sacrifice, each member is asked to give up a non-food item of sacrifice. For example, you may go on a spending fast, or a facebook fast, etc.

  • I am giving up Blackberry applications. While this may seem small, it’s a major sacrifice for me. No more Facebook for Blackberry, no more TwitterBerry, and I’m taking my email groups that I’m a member of off my phone.

The Prayer:

We will use three different prayer times during our corporate fast. Two of the prayer times are set times when all fasters should be praying. 6:00 am (alone) and 12:00 pm (praying with someone if possible) will be the daily set prayer times. The third time will be determined by each individual based on what works best for their family schedule it can take place any time, day or night.

  • I will be doing my third prayer at 6:00 pm. This pray is to be for or with your family.

Well, this is the fast, and I would really appreciate everyone’s support. If you are interested in doing this fast as well, please comment or send me an email at jgrunsthecity@gmail.com and I can get you even more information, or answer any questions.

I’ll also be working out during this time, but with some modifications.

JG*