After I wrote my last blog post, I felt a sort of release. The anger didn’t totally wash away, but it was close. The only way that I can really describe it is peace, which I had been seeking, but even that isn’t totally correct.
Yesterday, for no reason at all, my husband, Jason, and I took a random vacation day together. Something that we haven’t done since before our kids were born. That morning I went for a run for the first time in three months. I’m not a serious runner, and actually only started last July, but I am committed. With each pound of my foot on the pavement, the world started to feel right again. Not to give you the impression that it was the best run of my life, or that I am actually in shape, but something about being outside and trusting my body again made my world shift a bit. I came home exhausted and renewed.
As the day continued, I found my outlook changing. We went out to breakfast (another luxury) and I just wasn’t angry anymore. I cheerfully looked at the menu for food that would be the closest to fitting into my cleanse (veggie omelet with no cheese). I happily drank decaffeinated tea. When my food finally arrived, I gladly ate it without giving Jason’s bacon and toast a second glance. After breakfast we ran a few errands and then home to relax.
That afternoon I got a call from a friend that I don’t normally get to speak to. We email and text like crazy, but our schedules are so opposite that getting to hear each other’s voices is rare and wonderful. We only chatted for about a half an hour, but it was amazing to actually talk.
The day went so well and was so pleasurable that I keep reflecting on it. Then it became very clear to me. There is a reason that there are five elements. All of them are equally important and all have to be nurtured to have success in the Daniel Plan. Staying focused and incorporating faith, friends, and fitness while I struggled with food has made all of the difference.