Think “Fast” Finale!

Oh how I missed you, my sweet tomato condiment. Welcome back.

Break out the ketchup and the frozen yogurt people! (Not together, please.) We made 30 days with only eating 7 foods.

Lemme tell you what. It was a long month. But a blessed one.

(To recap, check out last week’s update post here.)

Anywho, I am glad to say peace out to my only menu items of chicken, eggs, bread, apples, sweet potatoes, avocados, and spinach. I am excited to welcome back things like ketchup, dairy products and seasonings other than simply salt and pepper.

But even more so, I am excited for the incredible work God did in our lives in a mere 30 days. Honestly, I could probably write a week’s worth of blog posts regarding my reflections of this experiment against the mutiny of excess. However, I am going to try and spare you a 5,000 word response and hit some of the very, VERY high spots. (There were a lot of medium and low spots too.)

  • Eating only 7 foods for 30 days is hard. It limits your ability to be social since eating out is plus/minus taken out of the picture.
  • That said, our budget REALLY benefited. We are talking a few hundred bucks, people. (Probably because we didn’t spend so much time/money at the grocery store, the option to eat out was nearly non-existent, and we couldn’t buy ANYTHING from convenience stores other than water, gum or gas.)
  • I know many of you are wondering about the physical part of this challenge… Well, first of all, I slept better than I have in months. (Possibly due to the lack of caffeine and sugar in my life?) Secondly, in 30 days I lost 8 pounds. Seriously. I’m not kidding. I have been praying about breaking through a plateau I had been sitting at for months. God delivered. Oh, and this wasn’t  “I’m dropping weight but I feel like crap” like some crash diets. I think it was “Peace out sugar, my body thanks you for it.” I feel AH-MAZ-ING.
  • I have developed a new appreciation for creative and resourceful cooking. And for pepper.
  •  I love 15 minute grocery store trips.
  • We both REALLY appreciate the incredible amount of choices that we have in our life when it comes to food. (Seriously, have you BEEN down the cereal aisle lately? 379 versions of cornflakes.)
  •  We ate 198 eggs in 30 days. (That’s over 16 dozen! Glad I haven’t sprouted feathers yet.) Congratulations, Lori Lockwood! She guessed 200 and has won herself a breakfast gift card. (I will be in touch with you asap.)

Now for the “big rocks,” AKA the spiritual breakthroughs in our life:

  • I developed a hunger (literally) for the word of God. I have never spent so much time just reading the word, letting it soak in.
  • Remember my challenge for lent when I was called to give up worrying? And how my “word” for 2012 is “Dependence?” Well, guess what? This fast tied both of those things together. I have never had such a peaceful heart! The worries that used to consume me have gradually shifted into a real submission and dependence on the Lord. Don’t get me wrong, I know my battle isn’t over– I’m sure it will be lifelong– but when it comes to being faced with so many unknown factors of our future, I found TRUE comfort in the Lord. I no longer just submit with my mouth– but my heart is following suit. I couldn’t be more excited. Praise Jesus!
  • I no longer turn to food for a comfort. Instead, I pray.
  • We feel spiritually renewed, alive and more hopeful about the future than ever. It’s incredible. I wish I could describe it.

I could go on. I really could. Words really can’t describe this experience. It has been a powerful witnessing tool when we describe to other what we were doing and why. Also, it was great to watch God’s provision show up when we least expected it. (Seriously, June was avocado month at Subway. What are the chances of THAT?)

So this was a super cool experiment and all, but I don’t want it to end here… There’s a few things we have learned and want to instigate into our “normal” lives:

  • Sticking to a food/grocery/eating out budget IS possible. So we will be striving for that here on out.
  • I am going to conscious not only of calories, fat and protein in my foods, but also sugar. I never realized HOW MUCH stuff has processed sugar in it til I went cold turkey for a month. (Plus maybe this will help me continue on the path to my goal weight.)
  • Dependence on God is a lifestyle change, not just a diet. Consider it a part of my lifestyle now.
  • I am going to continue to read the word as much as possible.
  • Caffeine, cheese, ketchup, beer etc are ALL luxuries, NOT necessities. We can live without them. So we know we can cut them from our life if we have too.

Thanks so much for hanging in there with me, dear readers. It has been a challenging but enlightening month– your prayers certainly helped. We are going to continue praying about the other chapters in Jen Hatmaker’s book “7” and let you know where God takes us from here…

Now if you will excuse me… I must go plan out my first non-fasting meal. Sushi and frozen yogurt, anyone?

Fasted and Found Him,

After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” ~Matthew 4:2-4 (NIV) 

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22 thoughts on “Think “Fast” Finale!

  1. Proud of you! you are such an inspiration. Will miss you this next week. 🙂

    • Thanks, coach! So glad to be eating “normal” foods again and back online… Excited for all God that continues to do in our lives, fasting or otherwise!

  2. I too gave up worrying for Lent and it has continued to this day. It’s so freeing. Not sure I am ready for 7 foods for 30 days but the fact that you said you feel amazing – has me thinking and praying. I wish I felt amazing – heck I would settle for good or great!!!! You are inspiring me and many other.

    Printing this out to put in my journal 🙂

    • So thrilled this spoke to you– and yes, minus the temptations of the final fasting days, physically I felt incredible. (Definitely watching my processed sugar intake from here on out.) Hope that you do feel great, regardless of your fasting status 🙂

  3. This is amazing! Seriously. I will have to read your other posts.
    I found you via link up.

  4. That is amazing! I’ve never heard of anything like that. I’ll be checking into her book. Thanks for sharing your experience.

    Mary Beth @newlifesteward

    • That’s awesome, Mary Beth… It’s a challenging book that has really “Messed up” a lot of people (in a good way.) We are excited to see how else God moves as we read onward. Be blessed sister!

  5. Momma Lex

    Whew….its been a journey to remember and learn from. Thank you Jesus for sustaining me spiritually while I denied myself all the wonderful food choices we take for granted. I don’t think I’ll be able to eat those 7 foods again without remembering this journey! I shared many of the same blessings you did but was a bit more of a challenge since my hubby didn’t fast with me. He was very supportive and to my knowledge he hasn’t had any frozen yogurt for 30 days so we are looking forward to that sweet treat together!! I really was surprised how simple my life was with only 7 foods but I’m not going to lie, I’m looking forward to some new foods and soon!! P.S. I really thought you would have consumed more eggs than that… 🙂 Blessings to you-love you!

    • Amen to that, Ma, AMEN. WE MADE IT!!!

      And yes, I thought we would eat more eggs too– but since Brandon was NEVER home for breakfast, that kind of took our consumption down a notch– or two hundred. (That man still eats 6 or 8 eggs for breakfast when he can. It’s crazy.)

  6. You are so crazy and funny and inspiring all rolled into one little package.

    Now, go dig in.

  7. Your journey for 30 days amazed me and you lost 8 pounds! Good for you! Thank you for sharing at “Tell me a Story.” Do let us know what progresses for days ahead!

  8. I wanted to let you know that you have totally influenced me. Last week Nelson learned that the extreme pain that he is having in his hips is due to inflammation. When we started reading about ways to make the pain go away, we read tons about the importance of diet and exercise. The list of foods that are good for reducing inflammation became increasingly smaller and smaller. So I sat down and told him again about your 7 food fast and he agreed to give it a try–with considerable moderation. Spices are key, so we’re majoring on using several favs and a few newbies. We’re not going to count our fruits and veggies, because they are so important. So we made the following our 7: chicken breast, salmon, 98% lean beef, black beans, eggs, oatmeal, and cheese (selected from the deli per what we’ve read). We started on Monday. We’re trying it for 30 days. And on day 2 we’re already seeing some changes. Thanks for planting the seed!

    • Oh Tina… that is all SO INCREDIBLE. I read your comment last week but didn’t have time to reply since I was on my way out the door for vacay. HOWEVER– you and Nelson have been on my heart randomly over the last week. I continue to hold you all in prayer, hoping that God moves both spiritually and physically in your lives. Please, please keep me posted on this! I’m excited for you both!

  9. This is fascinating! I am still catching up on your blog but wow. SO much goodness from this.

    I like how unique you are…it blesses my heart. the way you go after a challenge 🙂

    • Awww shucks… Thanks Christy. (insert blushing here!) And yes, going after a challenge is hard– but when you have several hundred people that you are accountable to, it makes it a little easier to be motivated/stick to it 🙂

  10. Glad you made your choices and followed through so carefully and thoroughly. Happens so rarely in most of our lives, b/c there is so much on our plate, pun UNintended, but sure fit. Thanks for sharing.

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