I set out on this journey with so many goals, so many high hopes for myself. I planned to create new beneficial habits and use this 40 days to really commit. I’ve failed in my expectations for myself time and time again, day after day. The only aspect that I truly remained committed to is the food cleansing. I plan to keep moving forward and continue to challenge myself, but as I sit here drinking my herbal tea and eating my apple (two things that were not a part of my previous breakfast routine a little over a week ago), I can’t help but to notice other changes, even through my disappointments.
The first changes I noticed were related to the food element. Over the last seven days, I haven’t counted a single calorie, I have not significantly increased my fitness level (Ohio weather, eye roll), and I’ve lost two pounds. Yay for real food! Other physical changes that I’ve noticed are that I haven’t had any belly issues, my appetite has decreased (probably due to giving my body food that it actually needs), my tummy looks flatter, and I finally have energy again and lots of it. I’m still not missing a lot of foods that has been restricted during the cleanse. I’m not saying that I won’t have a cup of coffee Saturday morning, but I’m not looking forward to it like I did those first couple of days.
The friends element has also brought on some changes. I find myself relying a ton on my friends and family to get me through this. I immediately feel when they are unable to be there for me, almost like I’m suddenly on an island. Once we talk or see each other again, that feeling washes away immediately and everything just feels right again. The friends element has been a huge asset through the cleansing period. I had no idea how much support I would need through this. I’m sure that I’ve been exhausting to be around lately, so thank you friends!
I am hesitant to discuss the changes in the faith element. Mostly because I think that my changes have been so internal, it’s almost impossible to explain them. I’ll give it a shot, though. I feel like someone (something?) is directing my brain. I’ll have a thought and I’ll get frustrated or upset about it and then I’ll think, talk to God. This was not a regular occurrence before this journey. I’d have someone suggest it or it would dawn on me at some point, but not nearly this frequently or this clearly. I feel that in accepting faith, God is giving me direction.
Has anyone else noticed changed during the Daniel Plan? I’d love to hear about them!