There was a lot at stake. My friend and roommate had a jewelry licensing deal on the line. I was expecting some serious changes and financial rewards to take place. A fast wasn’t an option. It was a necessity for spiritual, physical and mental clarity.
Denying yourself dairy, meat, processed foods and any other guilty pleasures that didn’t grow naturally from the ground seems simple enough but as we say in church “first in the natural, then in the spirit”. In the natural we would deny our flesh pleasures that were harming us and focus on detoxing our minds, bodies and spirits. It also helped that my girl throws down in the kitchen and climbing this uphill battle would mean more than me eating bananas and salad for a week.
Here’s what I learned:
- Patience – While you’re on a fast there is no quick run to Wendy’s when you’re starving. You have to take the time to plan, prepare and enjoy your food. The first few days were a pain when my soul craved instant gratification but my spirit served me a slow dose of “wait for the miracle”. Though I complained through the process, once I got to the meal not only was it satisfying but tasted even better than I could have ever imagined. #lifelessons
- Be kind to your body, it will be kind to you – My morning runs usually begin with a gospel song playing on my iphone, my Run Keeper app tracking my distance and a smile in my heart for getting up early in the morning to beat the odds. By mile 1.25 I’m ready to give up and the Nicki Minaj song is no longer pumping me full of gusto. While on the fast I reached 2.65 nonstop and walked 2.5 miles back home with my friend. Clean body. Clean mind. I’ve never ran so far in my life!
- Anything worth having is worth fighting for - I could have sneaked a snickers. I could have dipped into those amazing smelling chicken wings on my date but instead ordered my salad and pretended like it was steak. I had to hold myself accountable. Not my friend. Not anyone else knowing what my journey was all about. I wanted it so I had to work for it.