Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Tomorrow is THE day

The day I start my 21 day cleanse. And, Im giving up some things I love. 

I know, love is a strong word.
But, there are 4 things I'll be giving up for my cleanse that I do love

First, I'll be giving up cheese. 

I have a dairy intolerance so this shouldn't really affect me. BUT, I can have cheddar cheese and boy do I love it! I have cheese on LOTS of stuff. I eat it as a snack, on sandwiches, tacos...you get the point. But, for the next 21 days I won't be eating it.

The second thing I'll be giving up is bread.

I really love bread too.  
Rolls, sliced bread, tortillas, I like 'em all. Especially Golden Chicks rolls. Oh this is making my mouth water.
 Actually, this might turn out to be THE hardest thing I'm giving up for my cleanse.

The third thing I'm giving up is sweets. 

Breakfast sweets....
snack time sweets....
shouldn't be eating the kids Easter stash sweets...
of all kinds of sweets.

Honestly, this may prove to be the easiest one to give up. With every baby I've nursed I have had an awful sweet tooth. But, I think I can overcome this one the quickest. {Hopefully thats not wishful thinking!}
When my hubby has listened to me complaining of not losing the rest of this baby weight his response is always 'well if you would give up sweets and Dr Pepper* you would lose it'.
Which leads me to the next thing I'll be giving up.
This, my friends, could quite possibly prove to be the death of my cleanse.
This little sucker here is my addiction. 
Dr. Pepper.
Ohh, how I love me some Dr. Pepper. 
I don't drink coffee in the mornings.
I drink Dr. Pepper. 
When I'm stressed....Dr. Pepper. 
When I need a pick-me-up...you guessed it. Dr. Pepper. 
You get the point. 
But, starting tomorrow, for the next 21 days I will not be drinking ANY Dr. Pepper.

And, I've realized something. Besides cleansing my physical body this cleanse will also be helping to purify my spiritual body. 
When I wake up in the morning...Jesus.
When I need a pick-me-up. Jesus
When I'm stressed...Jesus.
When I get my 'I need a Dr. Pepper craving it will be a subtle huge reminder to pray. 
Pray for my addiction but more importantly to pray for whatever the Lord lays on my heart. 
{pray without ceasing. 1 Thess. 5:17}

When I'm tired and cranky and want some comfort food {and a nice cold Dr. Pepper.} I'll pray. As I eat the physical fruit in my cleanse I'll pray for the fruits of the spirit to be abundant in my life.

{But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh........But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Galatians 5:16, 22-24}

My hope in the next 21 days is to come out changed in several ways. 
First, I'm not gonna lie, I hope to lose the rest of this baby weight {Yes, its still baby weight! He's only 8 months old!}.  
Second, I hope to rid my body of the build up of toxins. With a history of cancer in close family members I need to start doing this regularly. 
And third, I hope, through overcoming my need for these foods I can't have, I'll grow closer to the Lord. I pray I'll learn to rely on Him more for even the little things like giving up food I love.

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Romans 12:1


  1. Praying for you that this will be a great 21 days not only physically, but spiritually as you learn to rely more fully on HIM!! By the way, I'm definitely there w/ you on the Dr. Pepper thing!! =)

  2. I think you hit my top 4 passions, cheese (string cheese is my fav), bread (ALL types), SWEETS (chocolate topping the list), and soda (Pepsi being my downfall). I pray that through this cleanse you are able to obtain the goals you have set out for yourself and that God will reveal Himself to you through it all. :)

  3. Are you basing this off the Daniel Fast? I just got done with it and it turned my world upside down! Let me know if you need recipe ideas or anything!


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