Day 1: Getting Through the 1st Day!
Started the first day of my Daniel Fast with a prayer and a hearty orange…and you know how much I love oranges 😉 Thankfully work kept my mind from listening to my body for much of the morning until it was time for lunch. Lunch unfortunately was not what I had hoped. I had made a salad and had tried to use salsa with it instead of dressing. My wife and I thought we had found a Daniel Fast acceptable salad dressing that I would like, but it had one ingredient that wasn’t allowed. Dang it! Anyways, I got the salsa, put it in my salad and everything seemed fine until I bit into the cabbage leaves, and a bitter taste came over me. I tried to ignore it and continue eating because this was the main part of my lunch aside from some carrots and nuts, but I wasn’t able to do it and had to scrap the salad. I didn’t try to get upset or worry about being hungry, I just savored the remainder of my lunch and asked the big guy upstairs for strength until I could have a snack. As the day progressed I was fine and just sipped on my water and let my work keep my mind busy. When I left my first job and started my trek to my second job of the day, I started to feel a tightness in my head and a little weak. Depriving yourself of calories and carbs you have previously been eating will make you feel that way. I just gave myself a pep talk, said another prayer and got to work. I am proud of myself though, because during my shift I had coworkers who were snacking on candy and other things in front of me and I didn’t even flinch or give in to their offerings. I just told myself that the satisfaction I think I would have gotten from that food wouldn’t be anywhere near the satisfaction I would get from staying true to my goal and this experience. I know that was the right move because after work, my wife made the best baked potato I had ever had and that totally made up for lunch. I feel like that was God giving me a good pat on the back. On to Day 2!
Check back here for updates on my progress and let us know what you think about the Daniel Fast and your experiences with it if you have been through this experience before. – Justin