Hooray! We made it through one week! An essential part of habit-forming is celebrating after you have finished the task. We use this for students in teaching too. It’s called “positive reinforcement”, and it works!
What I Did
Exercise: Yoga Poses, Side Planks, Crunches
Colostrum: One Teaspoon
“…My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me…My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will…The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” – Matthew 26:38-41
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.” – Matthew 6:9-13
Eating: 8 AM – 8 PM
How I Felt
Exercise: More limber, strong, accomplished
Colostrum: I took it with some orange juice which made it have a sort of creamsicle taste. I think I found a way to eat colostrum that doesn’t make me gag. This is quite the improvement!
Writing: So much joy! I just love writing. Shonda Rhimes put it well, “There’s a hum that happens inside my head when I hit a certain writing rhythm, a certain speed.”
Meditation: Sweet communion with God. I prayed with an honesty that I haven’t done in a while:
I pour my heart out to You. I admit that I would rather not have fibromyalgia. You have allowed me to have this for your glory. I am broken; I am poured out. I want to have faith. I want to do Your will. I am weak. Like the disciples, I fall asleep both physically and mentally when the battle is at its worst for my soul. Give me Your strength, the strength You had in the garden, boldly facing the worst day of Your life. May I accept Your will just as You did. Fill me up with Your love, and open up my heart to pour out it out abundantly without thought of the cost.
My Comforter, may everything I do and say today honor You. Help me to recognize how I can further your kingdom and do it with a joyful heart. May I seek and submit with trust to your will. Remind me how this is not my permanent home, to look forward to the perfection of heaven and not seek perfection on earth. Guide me to trust You with the resources You give me like time, money, and energy. Give me a forgiving heart that comes from an awareness of how much I have been forgiven. Grant me the strength to overcome my many temptations throughout the day.
Eating: I gave myself grace to not eat only during 8 hours. I will try again tomorrow, but I am mulling over whether this is actually the best for the type of health issues I have. The 8 hours rule has certainly grown my trust in God. I get strangely nervous that I am not eating enough, so, knowing that I am not allowed to eat makes me trust that God provides my food and the timing for it. My stomach is certainly feeling better, but I think that is from adding bovine colostrum and minimizing dairy intake.
Take time to celebrate your little victories!
How are you celebrating? What have you learned in taking this journey with me?