Yes, we can!!! However, it takes a lot of work! That is why I have Bob the Builder’s foot stuck in a bucket! I seem to be faltering too, but trying to get back on track!
So, I read the book The Daniel Plan (yes I know it should be underlined but still trying to figure out the coding of this blog so work with me people please 🙂 ). I liked the book and it made sense to me. I did the 10 day detox. It took a lot of determination and I was happy with it and very happy for sticking to it! I then stayed on it for awhile. I mean you felt great! Truly you did!! I ordered the Daniel Plan Cookbook and I have made food from it! Yes, me! You have to understand I WAS a person who could just eat cereal, peanut butter and jelly, and pretty much any carb and be happy for life! That is NOT the Daniel plan! However, if you are open to reading the book and trying new things you might like it! I can’t have peanut butter, but HELLO ALMOND BUTTER! It is really good!! But I was eating healthy food, and I had more energy and I was feeling wonderful! Enter now…..Okay, I was doing great until the end of the year hit and things went crazy at work. Here is what I have discovered. I am a STRESS eater!! Can anyone join with me here??
After a rather miserable week on the job, I went a little off, okay went WAY OFF! Told myself I would get back on it, and I did. I had a wonderful weekend (something about taking a day off and making it a long weekend helped!) Just picture a lake, a beautiful run where you can smell pines and see mountains, visiting and chatting with people you do not see often, talking about great stuff and having great conversations with people who “get it”. Yup, a GREAT weekend. But, also, you were staying at a place that had food – like cheesecake and chocolate and peanut butter cookies, and french fries, and lemon cookies, and ice cream!! Yup, I told myself it was the weekend, and a great weekend, and I could cheat. I did!
Enter Sunday night! I am getting back on it I said. I made my high protein shake (LOVE IT bananas and almond milk and blueberries and nuts and seeds and almond butter in a blender – YUMMY!) I made my salad for lunch, I stocked up on tuna packs! My new food processor came in from amazon.com and so I made homemade hummus. I had that today with veggies and YUMMY! But, I still am not quite back on track. Like…. right now I could eat a chocolate bar or something cold and creamy, cookies, etc. See what I mean? Do not worry I did not do that tonight! So, I am trying to refocus and here I sit chomping on raw almonds folks!!! Confession time – after today’s field trip and then a person who I really can’t stand and only have to see a few days longer came to talk, I did have a candy bar at school!
I find that exercise totally helps! It helps me stay in shape and it helps me with my sanity. I am really focusing on getting back into running and would love to find a half-marathon this fall. I did manage to get in a nice bike ride tonight. I am starting to enjoy the bike. I took a few days off from running – thank you bum knee on that last run! I truly think I upped the mileage way too much so now the knee likes to pop out once in awhile OOPSIE – time to not add on as much and give it a few days rest. Patience is a virtue (and something I struggle with haha)So, taking it easy and biking. It was a peaceful night for a bike ride and I was able to go places that I have not run before – think an old road that hardly anyone drives on with fields and QUIET! It was rather nice and I did stop to just sit near a field for a bit. I think I needed some “chill time”. I find early morning runs the best time to get some total thinking and “conversations in my head” done. It helps bring me peace. Tonight, the weather cooperated so I was able to do that on the bike ride.
The Daniel Plan is not a diet and exercise program. I have had to say that to MANY PEOPLE! They seem to think it is totally a diet. NO IT IS NOT I want to shout! If you know me, and you know I read and am into reading books… I want to shout at them READ THE BOOK!!!! I find that I have to explain the Daniel plan over and over to the same people. Okay, I have almost given up now on some people (I have learned it is not worth my time and breath anymore). And if I am in my sarcastic mood…watch out! It will come out, but they still don’t get it. Anyhow, back on track with what it is! It is grounded with 5 F’s – Food, Friends, Fitness, Faith, and Focus. It makes sense. The most important part for this to be successful, if you ask me, is the friends and faith part. You can’t do it alone! I have others that are doing this as well. One person I text quite regularly and we help each other out. I also have another great friend who is not doing the Daniel Plan, but a similar plan. We actually eat lunch and work together, and well we are suffering together right now. However, we are trying to get back on track together so we can work together on our focus. It does help. You can tell each other great job bringing that salad for lunch, I see you have that shake for breakfast, etc! Do not worry, we have our bad days like eat this cookie with me!!! But, we try to really keep each other focused on what is important. We tell each other when we ran or walked, etc. You need friends to help you, AND you need to help your friends as well. The food part is no processed foods, watch your sugar, and eat real food, etc. Fitness, I do not think I need to explain. On this plan I have tried many things I would not have tried before. For example, shrimp! I said EWWW NO… NO CRUSTACEANS YUCK!! They live on the ocean floor, that is DISGUSTING! Guess what?? One of my favorite meals is the coconut shrimp. It is DELICIOUS people!!! I have been making Thai food and curry is SOOOOOO GOOD! The beef stew with sweet potatoes is AMAZING! It definitely takes more prep time, but it is worth it. I did go off over the weekend. I won’t lie- you eat the cheesecake and the ice cream and you do feel like yuck after. You feel full and your stomach is like why did you do that? I also tend to feel a bit guilty. And if you don’t watch it, I think your body starts to crave the sugar and bad food. YUP, I think that is what happened and I am fighting that now! But, it happened and it is in the past. Now, I need to refocus! Something I am trying to do. I have done better this week, but I have still gone off a bit. My goal was the 10 day detox again, and after today it was a failure! I will keep plugging away. I just finished prepping for tomorrow. I have breakfast made, salad for lunch with the special antioxidant dressing you make, and all Daniel plan detox stuff for dinner. I also have homemade hummus and veggies cut up for a snack. I have boiled eggs (which I love and are Daniel Plan approved!) So, I am hoping that I can get back on track. I do feel better. I also made up some prepared snack packs of nuts – think almonds, walnuts, and brazil nuts. I felt much better Monday and Tuesday.
So, I may need some help and encouragement. I know this weekend I am not going to be totally successful on the detox and am going to have to watch it! Think trip on Saturday to the city. But, I am determined I will get back on it starting Sunday. I need to understand that it is okay to go off, but to then totally refocus and….. quick get back on the plan. I can do it! I will do it!! Can we do it! Yes we can! But it is going to take a lot of determination!
On that note, I encourage you to read the book. Give it a try! See if you can get someone or a group of people to try together. Seriously, the Daniel Plan people are not paying me to advertise haha. It was just on my mind tonight as I was prepping for tomorrow. Hoping that by writing about it, it makes me more focused and committed to sticking with it!
Good luck and good night! We have some thunder and lightening now happening. And, on the Daniel Plan you learn the importance of taking care of your body and resting, so off to bed I go!