Welcome Lent 2014

This year a new friend and I began Lent by starting Dr. Mark Hyman’s 10-Day Detox Diet.(It was completely her idea and knowledge.) I couldn’t be happier with the results. Now I’m 9 lbs. lighter and I have a new friendship developing. Not only did this diet change my eating habits, it changed my 10-year-old son Bradley’s. He lost 6 lbs. by eliminating most sugar, dairy and wheat from his diet. What follows is a quick reflection of the diet days.  

With the arrival of Ash Wednesday my thoughts turn to my Lenten sacrifice, or gift to Jesus, in thanksgiving for His gift of mercy, grace and life to me. I do realize that I cannot give Jesus anything of value except myself. That said, I’ve decided to start Dr. Mark Hyman’s 10-Day Detox Diet with a friend and to give up my addiction, coffee. I drink at least 5 cups of coffee each day, and I feel that Jesus is asking me to eliminate coffee from my diet during Lent this year.

The  Physical Results

Day 1 was fine. I neither missed the caffeine (no headaches) nor did I feel hungry today. I didn’t feel hungry (I was eating too many raw veggies.)

Day 2 was different. My head hurt so bad I could barely get off the couch. Too, my joints (and my lower back) ached that night in bed awfully. The pain kept me (and Michael, my hubby) awake. I finally fell asleep around 3 a.m.

Day 3 I felt better. I woke up refreshed and feeling fine. Thanks be to Jesus. ( I dragged myself to my prayer group the night before.)

Day 4 was a good day after I stepped on the scale–5 lbs. down! What? I never thought this would work.

I confess, I cheated during my diet too. Strawberry Malted Milk Balls at the movies and fresh fruit more often than with my morning shake. I didn’t drink coffee, though.

As the days passed my weight kept dropping, even with the splurges. On day 10 I was 9 lbs. lighter and feeling great. I plan to continue this diet to reach my ideal weight. I have another 15 lbs. to go.

Michele, my diet friend, and I celebrated by going to see Son of God.

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