Day 2 of 40: It’s A Low Carb Day… Argh!

Today is Day 2 of 40.

What if we did this for today?  But what if we did it for 40 days?!

{If you’ve heard my rant about this then scroll passed this to today’s account below the (*******) line}

Our goal for 40 days is to strengthen and nourish our spirit, soul and body.  Sounds so sophisticated and a little boring to me…  but what if it got kind of specific…  and…  what if it kind of worked?!!?

We create (Do you need the definition too?  Because I did!  So I looked it up for us!)

create:  (verb)  cause (something) to happen as a result of one’s actions

This drives me to become aware of what I am actually creating.  I’m REEEAAALLY good at creating a grumpy attitude, a negative outlook on life, an overwhelming feeling, 30 extra pounds, irrational thinking….  I am just one talented woman.  You too?  {Big sigh}

But what if we became more intentional about what we were creating each day?!

What if we did these three things each day?!

  1. Create conversations with God by talking to Him (prayer) and/or studying the Bible. 
  2. Create smiles, memories, feelings, giggles, and moments with people by taking the time to stop and be in the moment.
  3. Create fuel for our body with the foods we choose.

For my own life, I notice that I start going into a spiral of the “blues” then slowly but surely off track when I start hiding from God, from people and hiding IN my pantry….  {Anyone else do that too?!}

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Today’s Life with Jamye

Day 2 of 40 [please note: typos, half sentences, and poor phrasing expected.  it’s a low carb day after all.]

Wow.  The day is FINALLY over!  It was a tough one!  I just finished wrapping up a phone call to confirm a speaking gig for a women’s event early this summer.  That was beyond a delight to listen to the vision and the heart of this woman.  LOVE this!  But wow was this a day.  Goal for today’s blog?! SHORT & SWEEEET!  Robert’s currently in the kitchen clanging away doing the dishes for me.  What. A. Guy. Seriously.  Dr. DishWasher.  He’s top notch! 😉

1. {Spirit}

No intentional time was spent in the Bible. Whomp whomp whomp.  After a quick drive thru drop off of the first grader, a speedy Trader Joe’s run, it was off to drop off the 4 year old preschool class.

On my way out of the preschool I stepped into the office and what do you know….  There on the director’s desk was the Bible study “Armor of God” by Priscilla Shirer!  Remember I mentioned that yesterday?!  The study that my friend is doing??  Kind of strange…  don’t you think?  The Director just purchased it and is planning on doing is with all the other preschool teachers.  Hmm.  Interesting.

On the drive home from drop offs I passively asked God why I saw that two times in 2 days…  As I’m aiming to build strength in my heart, I wondered why that happened.  But I realized that something from God obviously comes in THREEs so I just dismissed it.  That’s until I went to put away the groceries.  There on the refrigerator lie this picture!  It was a blank coloring picture belonging to one of our daughters for the Armor of God!  WHAAT??!!!  What mom puts a BLANK coloring page on the refrigerator!?  A tired one.  That’s who.

3rd confirmation and off to google I went.

Priscilla Shirer Armor of God study.

Found this message and listened along while fighting (or folding) my arch nemesis–laundry.

I allllllmmost stopped watching/listening because she just sounded too familiar, too churchy, too perfect…….. too …. what I needed, I think.  The moment I went to press “exit” she said the words “Strong”.  I hesitated and continued to listen.

Concluded with this.  Nursing Benjamin, eyes watering, heart full and pressing click on Amazon.  See you in two days Armor of God!

2. {Soul-Mind, Will, & Emotions}

Today was a bit overwhelming for me.  I’m pretty certain is was because it was my first “low carb” day.  Yes, I eat plenty of carbs in the veggies, and one meal with carbs at breakfast but it caused me to get a headache.  Not a bad one but not lovely by any means.

On top of that, the kids were extra whiney today.  Even Benjamin.  Yesterday felt so full of fireworks.  Ya know, feeling social, loving conversations with people.  And today I struggled with seeing the beauty in all of it.

It kind of crescendo’d this afternoon when all I wanted was a clean house.  I was frantically cleaning.  Getting the dishes done, the laundry away, the clutter up when I walked back into the kitchen to find THIS!  What. Are. They. Doing.?!

Before the freak-out came OUT of my body, I decided to change the rhythm and create.  I decided to just let it happen.  For once they were quiet (probably because they didn’t want to get busted for using all of our real food for their pretend classroom full of kids–Shyloh’s idea, explained Emma.  Right.) 😉

I stopped.  And I let it happen.  That felt good.  Hard but good.

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Today was actually full of friends and family.  It just looked different.  I had a few text messages sent to me with encouragement and Scripture.  Each one was sent at just the right time.  Filling up my soul without having to physically be with one another.  Only God can orchestrate that beauty, right?!  We need each other.  And I needed that today.  So thank you, lovelies.  Sweet to my soul.

Tonight couldn’t come fast enough.  Thursdays are usually long for Robert.  Leaving the house as the kiddos arise, and coming home just in time for maybe one of the children to still be awake for him to say goodnight to.  He’s tired.  I’m tired.  We’re all exhausted from a long day.  I know many of you experience that too.  Those nights can’t come fast enough, huh?!

While reading the devotions with each of the girls, I assumed God’s voice to me would have been done with the “Armor of God” filling for the day.  It wasn’t.  Wow.  Imagine that, God wants to talk to us ALL day long?!  Ha!  I think He likes me.  A lot.  You feel that way sometime?

I began reading Emma’s Jesus Calling page as she searched for the Scritpures to read in her Bible.  I silently lost it.

“I know every need that you have in your life–big and small………   …… and I know that you get tired.”  I am God.  Yes.  Yes, I am.  Knowing that a full big bowl of cereal would give me that energy boost, I decided that I couldn’t fathom coming here tonight letting you know I failed Day 2.  So I sat there sucking the discipline from the very bones of my soul.

“God help me….” I whispered with a lump in my throat.

3. {Body}

This is actually the fun part for me to share about today!  It was the most chaotic and unplanned day of eating but I did it!!!  The yummy dried beets (full of potassium) were incredible!  Incredibly expensive, that is!  Ha!  But really, they were yummy … much easier than prepping regular beets.

This is how I do the carb cycle.

One day HIGH carb

One day LOW carb

One day HIGH carb

One day LOW carb….

continue….

You get the point.

Each day has 5 meals (or 3 meals and two snacks).

Eat them approximately 3 hours apart or when you’re hungry.  If you’re not hungry then don’t eat yet.

Drink 1/2 to 1 gallon of water.

It’s not magic but if you stay on this train then you’ll be finding yourself a nice ride to I LOOK AMAHHHHZING LAND!  (Not overnight of course, but eventually we’ll get there!)

Here’s what I ate today!

LOW CARB DAY PATTERN

Meal 1-Protein, Carb, Veggie, Veggie

Meals/Snacks 2, 3, 4 and 5 -Protein, Fat, Veggie, Veggie

SERVING SIZE

Protein is about 3 oz or your palm.

Carb is about your fist

Fat is about your thumb.

Veggies are handfuls but kind of unlimited actually (we’ve got to get those “micronutrients” to defend our body against that nasty cancer stuff!!!)

WHAT TO EAT?

Take a look at the list!  There are more sources but this gives a good start.  Just like piecing together a puzzle.  Let’s create food that fuels our bodies, right?!

Here are some of the foods I ate today as well…

 

This is a document I’ve attached just for YOU!  Totally a gift to you to thank you for going on this journey with me!  Together, we can DEFINITELY do it.  Because without you today, I’d be neck deep in a box of cereal.  😉

Weekly Carb Cycle Tracker Blank Template

I hope you enjoy!  Onward we go!  And ps……………… I did NOT go to the gym today….  but I’m thinking our focus is still food.  Fueling our bodies with the right foods.  That’s 80-90% of it, right?!  Here’s to tomorrow morning’s CARBS!!!!!!  Thank you Lord for CARBS!!!!!  (Oh!  And on carb days you get one FREE meal, or you can save those 4 free meals for a free DAY! –minus dinner…that has to be on point.)  I’ll explain more as it goes.

You are amazing.  Seriously.  You inspire me.

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