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The Voice

And before I begin, no, I am not referring to the TV show.  🙂

Saturday morning, I woke up with a “Good Morning, Lord” and was immediately told to fast.  It had not entered my mind to do it prior to this on this particular day.  And in case you are wondering, it was not an audible Voice.  It was the Voice of the Spirit speaking to my heart.  I’m learning to listen to this Voice, even as still and small as it may be. I’m always eager to hear the Father speak to me.  Whether through His Word, a song, another believer or that inner whisper that you know can only be from Him.

I have fasted a few times in the past few months but this time was different.  I felt the Spirit leading me and I wanted to hear what God had to say to me.  I had some issues that I had been wrestling with internally and I figured that today was as good a day as any to clear my mind and focus on Him for the day and search the Word.

Issue #1:  I only lost 5 pounds last month.  Yes, it was a loss but I am still struggling with it because I still have 70 more to lose, even after losing 91. That’s a lot of weight to lose. So I am wondering:  What did I do wrong?  What do I need to change?  What have I changed in my diet that I need to revert back to the start? Is it slowing down? Lord, please say no to that last question!

I purchased the book “Foundations for Healing” by Dr. Richard Becker.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with him, he’s a Christian doctor (D.O.) who battled Hodgkins Lymphoma with holistic medicine and natural food and won.  He now has a TV show (“Your Health” with Dr Richard Becker and Cindy Becker) and tries to help as many people as he can with healing their bodies naturally, which, takes time. I’ve learned a lot watching him but I was determined Saturday to read his book.

I learned a lot reading it.  His “healing diet” is basically a “no-grain” diet.  I originally started my weight loss with no grains and had gradually incorporated them back in.  I’m not at my goal weight yet, so I need to go back to basics. I realized a couple of weeks back that I had stopped drinking as much water as before. Not because I didn’t want to drink it, but because I was so busy at work, I didn’t think about it.  That’s not a good thing. 

His book also teaches how much of the supplements to take.  How much vitamin D we need for each issue in our body or the types of antioxidants to take as well.  Lots of really good information.

I had no idea that Stevia had additives in it….IF you purchase the wrong one.  Something always steered me away from Truvia and Purevia but I didn’t know why until I saw, within the last 3 days, several resources (Dr. Becker, Dr. Mercola and Livestrong) telling of the additives in those products that are potentially dangerous for our bodies. 

So I’m going back to as much water as I can stand and eliminating the grains for a while.  Those were answers to prayer. 

Issue #2: I am trying to focus on getting pain-free as well from this sciatic nerve that has wreaked havoc in my life since last summer.  One of Dr Becker’s shows was on therapeutic healing and forcing yourself to move, even if in pain, may be counter intuitive but it is the only way to keep your body from “locking up.” 

So, I will be “moving” more and trying to strengthen parts of my body that I have lost muscle capacity due to this pain and asking for His continued help.

I did ask how long He wanted me to fast and it was only a 24 hour period but constant prayer got me through it.  That is what fasting is all about, right?  Clear the mind, the body and free yourself to focus on nothing but Him. 

I really enjoyed my day.  🙂



The Journey Continues…made it 14 days!

September 28, 2011 – Day 13—Rough night last night. Pain. Had to take a full hydrocodone around 1:30. My thigh down to my knee was killing me—throbbing. Didn’t want to get up this morning. Ate my usual, eggs scrambled with bacon pieces, cheese and a tbs sour cream (kills the fishy taste). Took my pill regimen. This morning, trying new coffee: Folgers Vanilla Biscotti. No creamer, just 3 Stevia packets. Still too sweet. Tomorrow I will try just 2.

I ate rotisserie chicken for lunch and I noticed something as I got later into the day. The pain is spreading into my left hip. It feels like the front groin area (almost like a pinched nerve combined with a pulled tendon).

I got home and did a little bit of flower gardening and I felt like I had to walk as if I had a brace on both legs because of the hip.

Ate some Dannon Greek yogurt.  It was OK. Didn’t like the fact that it had fructose in it. It was OK. Supposedly had 2X the protein of other yogurts. It listed a very high amount of potassium in it.  Is it a fair trade-off for sugar vs fructose?  Financially for the industry, yes.  To promote a lower sugar amount on the label, yes.  But how does my body respond to fructose?  Does it mess up my insulin levels? More research is due on that subject.

September 29, 2011 – Day 14 – – I can’t believe I’ve made it this far. No sugar cravings. My mind doesn’t feel all “foggy and twisted.”  Things don’t get jumbled in my mind when someone is talking to me.  I don’t have to fight to remember things.  I am praying that as time passes, my mind will continue to improve.

Last night was again rough. Pain in both hips woke me up and I took a hydrocodone at 1:30.  Spent a lot of time peeing—but that is because I drank a whole Dasani water with a flavor packet of mango pineapple before bed.  Stupid. But it was soooo good.  I am OK with drinking water all day as long as I can break it up with coffee in the morning (flavored with 2 packets of Stevia) and a Dasani at lunch flavored with a Stevia sweetened mix. The last couple of days I have had lemonade.  It is really good, too.

I can tell some weight is coming off. My cheeks are starting to thin out.  I do not own a pair of scales. I don’t want one.  I will go by the mirror and my clothes to determine whether I am content with my body, and the pain level, of course.

I need to go have bloodwork done at the doctor’s office but need to do it on a day when I can grab something “to go.”  Eggs aren’t really good leftover.  I have no idea what I am going to eat for lunch. No chicken left over, no ribs. I should have bought some tuna. At least I could have eaten that.  I guess I’ll run to Kroger at lunch and get some.

Taking my usual pill regimen this morning: Cymbalta, glucosamine, probiotics, Estroven (really stopped my night sweats!!), and a multi with vitamin D3 in it. Coffee without creamer (yay!) and eggs with bacon pieces, cheese and a tbs of sour cream to kill that “fishy/egg” taste.

My pain level is at zero always first thing.  It’s after I’m standing/turning/walking that it starts. I am very cautious about bending over to pick up something. I am afraid I’m going to get stuck or it’s going to hurt real bad.  It’s tender and I am stiff but other than that, I am OK.

I purchased Dr Mercola’s book “The No-Grain Diet” on iBooks and began to read. I had already started filtering things out of my diet, slowly.  Now I am really going to have to watch my labels.

Ate rotisserie chicken again today for lunch with a water and the lemonade flavoring in it. I kid you not, I peed every half hour (full bladder) until I went home. Straight water leaves me seriously thirsty and I can’t eat Altoids all day (sugar in them plus too many gives me bad gas).

Read the back of the box that the drink flavoring comes in and even though Stevia is listed on the front, the first ingredient is cane syrup solids. Really????  Geez. Give me a break.

I am getting crankier as the week goes on. I haven’t had a bowel movement since Saturday. I am tired of hurting and being thirsty. Water just ain’t cutting it.


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