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.


  1. Thank you so much for opening up and sharing that Carol. I find it fascinating and inspiring…I’ll be praying for you. I pray you grow in trust through this. I am really so interested in fasting, why do you think God calls us to it? I do it myself sometimes and am beginning to understand it a bit but still am very curious as to why it is so powerful…I would appreciate any thoughts you have on this!:)
    Good luck and you will be in my prayers. I admire you for doing this.
    Colleen…recently posted…Last September 25thMy Profile

    • SimpleCatholic says

      Thank you for your kind words, Colleen! I appreciate the prayers, too.

      I think the power of fasting could have a blog post all its own! I believe one of the reasons that God calls us to fasting is so that we don’t stay (or become) too attached to material things. And, that we realize the temporariness of this world and the eternalness of heaven.

      I also believe that fasting is powerful in a different way for each person. Since we are all different and God calls each of us in our own way, I believe that our fasting journeys will be personal, too.

      In Angela’s videos and blog posts, she talks a lot about freedom. So did a lot of the blogs / articles that I read about fasting. So one of the “powers” of fasting is to free us – from ourselves and from all that is holding us back from being who we truly are.

      (I hope that makes sense!)

  2. and Jesus said,,That kind of spirit can only be forced out by prayer and fasting. Mark 9:29….I found this scripture Oct. 3rd in a devotional. Beside that scripture I wrote: the only way to be completely set free from the spirit of gluttony. Dated it Oct. 3,1999. ..Feb. 3rd, 2008, Ash Wednesday I felt the Lord call me to fast..two meals a day. Sacrifice two meals a day for 40 days..and so the journey began. Like you, my ‘drug of choice’ is food. Of course, I’ve tried MANY other types of ‘drugs’..name it, I’ve done it. Food though was the and is the biggest pull. We still have to eat to survive don’t we? I don’t need booze, drugs, sex, etc, to survive but food I do. Who but God would have prepared me 7 years before starting this journey. He planted that seed…I KNEW I was killing myself with food..just a slow death.When the Lord’s anointing is upon me, the call towards food is gone..I’m walking under His anointing. It is not hard, a struggle or ‘work’. When I get my eyes off of Him though, the call from food SCREAMS at me….He MUST increase, I MUST decrease…more of Him, less of me…Love ya girl..You blow me away by this post. Didn’t even know it was here,lol. I will be eventually changing my blog and bringing everything to Free Spirit Haven….Having the one blog will be easier for me…blessings dear sis.
    Angela…recently posted…NEEDING TO BE BUILT UPMy Profile

    • SimpleCatholic says

      Your story has been an inspiration and encouragement for me. Thank you, Angela!

      “He must increase, I must decrease” is becoming my mantra. LOL. When I get the urge to break the fast before my set time, I have been reciting this verse!

  3. I used to do the same thing when I first started..kept repeating it over and over.
    Angela…recently posted…NEEDING TO BE BUILT UPMy Profile


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