Entering the World of Intermittent Fasting

I’ve been hearing the call from the Lord to fast for several months now. I’ve been ignoring it. 😯 It’s not that I don’t want to obey God’s call or anything. It’s just that, well, the idea of fasting is scary. I’ve never been good at fasting. Trying to get through Ash Wednesday and Good Friday was hard enough!

You see, food is my addiction of choice. Some people drink, smoke or gamble to deal with life’s stresses. I eat. I eat when I’m happy, when I’m sad, frustrated or bored. Like a lot of other families, holidays and feast days are celebrated with food. Which means, of course, that I do have a good deal of weight to lose.

But, this particular call to fasting that I have right now isn’t about weight loss. It’s about trust. It’s about trusting in HIM. It’s about giving up control. It’s about putting my life in God’s hands – FOR GOOD. We’ve been working on trust, the Lord and I. It all started when Michael lost his job last year; and didn’t get a new one for a year and three months later. Passed some tests, failed others; but, I’ve been plugging along. Until the fasting issue came up again.  {sigh}

So, anyway, last week when I was checking out the Fearless Fridays on Angela’s blog, I saw Angela’s Youtube channel in the sidebar. Andrew was in bed and I had some time, so I thought I’d check out a couple of her videos. I watched them ALL. It was as if the sky’s opened and the Lord said: “This is the fasting I want from you. Sacrifice two meals a day for ME and you will reap a bountiful feast in heaven!”

I discovered the term “weight release”. A term I never heard before. A term that resonated deeply within me. Watching those videos gave me a strong sense of longing and expectation. A longing to be released from everything and anything that kept me from belonging completely and totally to my Father in heaven through His eternal Son in the power of the Holy Spirit.

I went from Angela’s Youtube channel to her Sacrificial Diet website and read through every post. Then I did several searches on intermittent fasting. I downloaded the free Fast-5 e-book and read it all in one sitting. I joined the Fast-5 yahoo group.

Then I made a decision. I said yes. I followed the Lord into the world of intermittent fasting. I’m still scared. But I’m also excited. I know it will be like a roller-coaster ride. But, I’m on the road and I guess I’ll see where it leads. 🙂 I know there will be a lot of prayer, a lot of calling out to the Lord, and a lot of great adventures!

As I write this, it is 9:36pm on Wednesday (the evening before posting this), September 29, 2010. The feast of the Archangels. I’m 3 days in. had a two day “break-in” and today was my first full day. I wasn’t planning to start this past Monday. I wanted to wait until October 1st to officially begin. God had other plans. Guess what, though? I made it through – so far!

You may be wondering why I am sharing all this. I am too. I admire people, like Angela, who openly share their weight struggles with the world. I may have a “bubbly” personality, but I am extremely private in many ways. I’m not in habit of sharing the “inner me” and to me there’s something intensely vulnerable, raw and exposing about sharing one’s weight struggles and issues. Maybe that’s why I felt so compelled to write this – to get out of my comfort zone a bit.

I don’t know if my weight release journey will be a regular “feature” here at Simple Catholic Living. Maybe I’ll start a weight-loss blog (seriously doubt it), or journal about it privately or write the occasional update here. I’m not sure. I don’t know if anyone would care. I wouldn’t want to bore my readers with my emotional weight release journey! But, if my story and struggles can helpful to one person it might be worth blogging about.

What do you think? Would you appreciate reading about my weight release journey or would you rather I not blog about it?

In the meantime, we’ll see. It’s all in God’s hands. 😉 Please pray for me. And know, dear readers, that each one of you are in my prayers daily. God bless you.

The Beheading Edition: Saints and Scripture Sunday

If it wasn’t Sunday, it would be the memorial of the beheading of St. John the Baptist.

“Now Herod had arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, for John had said to him , It is not lawful for you to to have her.’ Although he wanted to kill him, he feared the people, for they regarded him as a prophet. But at a birthday celebration for Herod, the daughter of Herodias performed a dance before the guests and delighted Herod so much that he swore to give her whatever she might ask for. Prompted by her mother, she said, ‘Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.’ The king was distressed, but because of his oaths and the guests who were present, he ordered that it be given, and he had John beheaded in the prison. His head was brought in on a platter and given to the girl, who took it to her mother. His disciples came and took away the corpse and buried him; and they went and told Jesus.” Matthew 14:3-12

We are very fortunate in our country that we haven’t had to die or endure serious suffering for our faith; not yet, at least. I can see it happening in the near future though, if society continues as is and the government continues to seize control of all aspects of our lives.  We live in scary times, don’t we?

Saint John is an incredible witness to the faith for our times. He was bold and not afraid to speak the truth, to call out Herod for doing what was unlawful and not pleasing to the Lord – no matter what the cost. He was the forerunner of Christ and it cost him his life. He was not afraid to go against the grain and ruffle some feathers.

Me? I shy away from talking about the Lord or standing up for the tenets of our faith, especially in casual conversations. Sure, it’s easy to talk about Jesus and faith here on my blog. It’s almost like “preaching to the choir” because many who read my blog share the same values/belief system as me.

It’s not like talking to family, friends or acquaintances face to face. All the ‘what-ifs” pop up: What would he/she think? What if I’m rejected? What if they don’t want to be friends anymore or talk to me anymore? It’s all unfounded fear based on “me” and not pure love.

Pure love is “willing the good of another.” The ultimate “good” is God and being with him forever. If I truly love, than I want all people to be with God in heaven. So, if speaking out is the ultimate good for that person, then I shouldn’t let let fear stop me. But, I do.

There is such an assault on our values: contraception, abortion, euthanasia, same-sex marriage, pre-marital relations. The Ten Commandments are pretty much ignored and those who follow the teachings of the Church are considered “out-of-touch” and old-fashioned. If one lives out their faith with any regularity they are considered fanatics.

We (and I’m speaking mostly about myself here) need to be like Saint John the Baptist. Be bold. Go against the grain. Speak out. We need to “die to ourselves” and live fully in Jesus and then allow Jesus to work through us  to bring His love to others. Yes, we need to pray for others, but we (I) also need to reach out and not be afraid to call them out, in love, when we can.

Saint John the Baptist, pray for us! Help us to be faithful and confident witnesses for Christ!

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Where does Your Treasure Lie? – Saints and Scripture Sunday

Saints and Scripture Sunday
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“For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.” Luke 12:34

I was challenged by these words today. I felt personally asked, “Where does your heart lie?” Truth be told, it hasn’t been lying where it should be.

Why is it so easy to get caught up in all the busyness and craziness of everyday life? Why is it that our relationship with God is always the first to go by the wayside? (For me, at least.) Even when I make time for prayer, it is often distracted and rushed through, just to get done.

What I want is a deep, meaningful relationship with the Lord. This is only possible if I take the time for deep meaningful conversations with Him. I have follow my own suggestions for taking time for prayer, to listen to Him, and to let the Holy Spirit guide me.

That’s my resolution for this week. To focus on deepening my relationship with the Lord. To make the time to pray and focus my heart on the Lord.

Simple Woman’s Daybook: July 13 Edition

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FOR TODAY…Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Outside my window…is buggy. I went outside yesterday to sweep our little patio and in only three days it was already full of cob webs, ants and creepy crawlers. Exciting for my son but so gross to me! Can you say ICK?!

I am thinking…that I need to get back into the exercise groove – especially the stretching. I’ve been slacking and can tell in how I feel. I have mild CP and if I don’t stretch, it can make the difference in being able to walk or not.

I am thankful for…the gift of faith. Believe this: God loves you no matter what. He has created you and you are unrepeatable and precious!

From the kitchen…Nothing exciting, just following this week’s menu plan.

I am wearing…gray ankle-length skirt, light blue top and snood.

I am creating…a new website! I’m very excited about this. (Info to be forthcoming soon…)

I am hearing…the sounds of the central air conditioning and country music.

One of my favorite things…is learning! I love learning about people, new places and new skills.

A few plans for the rest of the week…We are planning to take Andrew to see Toy Story 3 this week. I think I’m more excited about it than he is! lol!

Here is picture (video!) for thought I am sharing…This is too cute not to share (found at the Swag Bucks Blog)