Day 358: First Donuts… For Real

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This morning I woke up before everyone else and (honestly) my first thought was: Donut Day!

I had planned on keeping today as a “Celebration Day” of no restrictions even though it wasn’t a birthday party, national holiday, or full moon. It was more of a Celebration Day for the past year.

Only as I started to think about it… having a hamburger, maybe some cake or ice cream, a pepperoni pizza for dinner… I realized, that I actually didn’t even want those things today.

Well, wait… I wanted them but I more so wanted to keep my jeans fitting. And I realized that I would have plenty more opportunities for all of those things… so it wasn’t so vital for me to have them today. I have certainly learned over the past year that cravings come and go. That I don’t have to give in to them. That I can just eat to live.

But…… I still wanted that donut.

There were several donuts leftover from the bunch that my father-in-law brought over yesterday (see my post Day 357: First Donuts for that story), and there was a half of one of them that is my favorite: a chocolate covered “tractor wheel”, as we call it (I think our donut shop labels them as sour cream).

And so I didn’t wake anyone up… cause I was remembering my cookie dough incident that I wrote about on Day Twenty-One… this whole thing started with just me and God. alone. Well… I guess it was me and God and a huge vat of cookie dough. Anyway, I just thought it was appropriate that it be just me and God and the sugar once again.

And it was a beautiful experience… eating that half-donut. And not because it was so amazingly good (although it WAS good), but because of the celebration in my heart and the thanks to God for bringing me to this point… to the point where eating a donut was a big deal instead of just another regular ol’ day of gluttony.

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And after I finished the donut… it was just… over. I poured myself a cup of coffee and went on my way with the day. I never even thought about the fact that there was still another donut.

This is a big. deal.

For yearsssssss I would have obsessed over that donut until I would have just given in and eaten it. And today I ignored it as if it weren’t even there.

Cause it might as well have not been there. I had already decided that I was only going to have half and that God would find honor and joy in the fact that I didn’t HAVE TO have the food just because I COULD.

How far He has brought me.

I suppose I have learned a bit from God and He has renewed me enough this year to know that it would be foolish to return to the same habits.

But more importantly, this is something I have to say only God could do for me. You see, I “knew” all of this before in my mind. I “knew” I shouldn’t overeat. I “knew” I shouldn’t eat pounds of sugar. I “knew” I shouldn’t eat when I wasn’t hungry. I “knew” I shouldn’t eat what I wasn’t craving.

But it took God to renew my heart so that it wasn’t just my mind that knew those things but also my heart and soul.

Now, I truly know

And it was His wisdom that kept me from being a fool today…

    As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his foolishness. Proverbs 26:11

Day Seventy-Five: Feeling Fine

This morning I found myself talking to a friend about my covenant. I had been talking to someone else about how I am sooooo ready to have an egg for breakfast or tilapia for dinner (can’t believe that I just said those things instead of a chocolate cake donut for breakfast and a ribeye steak for dinner) and while I was saying that another friend overheard and asked what I was doing. I briefly explained that for the year I am doing a broad Daniel Fast but for Lent I am doing a fruits, veggies, and nuts only fast. She asked how I was getting my protein and I told her that I eat a lot of avocados and nuts. She then asked a question that, surprisingly enough, no one has asked me during these seventy-five days… “How are you feeling?”

It was an interesting thought… I said, “Ya know, I feel great! I mean, I came off of sugar pretty hard the first few weeks but now I feel… great!”

And I do! This is another side effect that I had not considered. But I haven’t had a headache in weeks (I usually have had three to four a week… which I previously attributed to my TMJ), my heart never races anymore (and that was happening three to four times a week as well), my skin looks really great (I think), I really have noticed an increase in energy (but that could also be because of the change in weather to beautiful Spring weather)!

I can see how Daniel and his friends looked better than all the others after three weeks of fruits, veggies, and nuts!

At the end of the ten days, Daniel and his three friends looked healthier and better nourished than the young men who had been eating the food assigned by the king. Daniel 1:15