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Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

proverbs 4:7
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Reflection on Day #9

I spent another day fighting the dreaded couch. It reminded me of the Couchto5K training method. Get up and get going, but it starts by getting up off the couch, getting up off your butt. You have to start and stay motivated. My motivation has energized and encouraged me, so I got out of the house and went to the driving range, the grocery store and the bank, and then back home. We got a quarantine curfew and limited services open due to this pandemic. And the numbers are still going sky high daily. I just needed to get out of the house since I am not working from home right now, and that worked for me. It gave me some time to myself and a chance to identify what the nightly meal would be.

Focus on Faith

I know that Christmas is nearing and that I am nearing the end of this detox journey, but I know that I have more to learn, more to gain from developing a greater discipline and devotion to managing my day. I am doing something but sometimes something is the specific thing that I need to focus on at the moment. At certain times, I need to focus on a sermon and then follow up on how to distribute my multimedia work across a wide spectrum of social media. My ministry is deeply tied to my faith. My faith is enwrapped in so much that I do daily. At the end of the day, I praise God for where He has grown me and I am on the lookout for more that He has for me. I thank God for some bits of inspiration and encouragement tat I find in other blogs like the Simple Preacher and the Devotional Guy. They may not be aligned in delivery but they both help me periodically pick up the broken pieces after a fit of depression or doubt. Thank God for who He sends your way in whatever form He decides to send them, even when it is in the form of a blog or email marketing.

Focus on Fuel

I spent some time deliberating about wheat or lentil pasta, and then I really went there weighing out avocado oil versus olive oil. I knew it was becoming an obsession and I took a moment to evaluate my progress in short. Nearly 2 weeks prior I was buying 2 bottles of Pepsi and Mountain Dew with a chilled bottle of Starbucks vanilla frap. Let that sink in with all of that sugar and more. Add to that an order of French fries or a Reese’s peanut butter cups. I have come a long way when I am debating vegan options for cooking oil. Either one is better than the peanut butter cups. I will go with the wheat pasta today and get with the lentil pasta on a later date. It’s okay. It will be all right. I know that now and I know that it is going to take a while to get way better. 10 days just got me started with a detox and an eye-opener.

Focus on Fitness

I know that I got to do better. I cannot wait on someone to come along and join me. I got to do this on my own if need be, but I got to do this. I need to increase the intensity of my workouts. I need to expand my workouts from 60 minutes to 90 minutes per day. And I know that as long as I want to play golf, tennis and more, I need to ensure that I stretch and care for my back and knees. Today has me at the driving range, but tomorrow or this weekend I will be by the lake running and walking. Sunday I might even play golf, but here is where I am today.

When you do something every day that moves you in the direction of your goal, you develop momentum.

brian tracy

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And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

Galatians 6:9 (esv)
Making more homemade meals has been just one added benefit of the challenge so far

Reflection on Day 8

I roasted some baby potatoes seasoned with rosemary and garlic the other day, filling the house with a tantalizing aroma as it blended with some roasted vegetables. Day #8 had me baking some much larger Russet potatoes combined with the same medley of roasted vegetables. I dressed my baked potato with rice and vermicelli mixture and black beans with chopped green onions. (You don’t see that plated because once you pop open a baked potato. . . well, if you don’t know, you just don’t know about it.) I might try adding sautéed mushrooms and onions with the next one, but I recognize that even something as basic as a baked potato does not have to remain plain and bland. With the right touch of herbs and accompaniment from complimentary vegetables, you can dress up any seemingly plain dish to the point where you feel like an artisan in midst of a standout creation. And it tastes good. Plus, with these larger potatoes and their added toppings, I found myself filled and satisfied by one potato and a couple of servings of roasted vegetables like carrots, broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts.

One of my goals was to eat more vegetables. Another was to increase the variety of fruit and vegetables that I consume, especially various colors such as red, orange, yellow, purples and greens. As I approach Day #9, I have indeed met my mark for consuming veggies. I just need to keep pushing myself with the fruit, especially the berries.

Focus on Faith

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This 10-Day Detox Challenge started based upon my personal study on preventable chronic disease among minorities, in particular among Blacks and LatinX communities. It was also sparked by my Old Testament biblical study and research surrounding Daniel and his refusal to defile himself with the Babylonian king’s delicacies. That also took shape in the form of our Live @ Lunch Bible Study series Undefiled with its second part coming up this Wednesday at 12 PM PST via livestream.

Focus on Fuel

My fuel for today is all about antioxidants, the foods that naturally counteract the damaging effects of certain toxins on living organisms like the human body. I want to continue to clear out my system naturally and strengthen my body as I am able. If that means coming up with an alternative option for adding more berries, so be it. If that means granola or oatmeal with a nut-based milk like Almond Breeze, then I am going for it. Also, I am dying to crank out some of these Almond Breeze blueberry pancakes that Jessica Alexandra has as a featured recipe. That might be Day #10, though. No matter how I spin it or look at it, I am compelled to get more antioxidants on the menu and by adding berries of all sorts, especially blueberries, I am going to be on the right track.

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Focus on Fitness

My journey today takes me to a new peak. I have done the things to increase my heart rate in the past few days. My visit to the scale showed that I had only lost 1.5 lbs, but I also know the numerous other benefits that i have experienced over the last week. Yet, I totally get it. I was not pushing myself to any new level or degree with exercise due to the unknown for me. I was not sure about my energy level throughout this process. Let me say that the right way. I was not sure about what my energy level would be throughout this entire process and that makes it hard to plan and prepare for an extensive and intensive workout plan. I know next time that I can push it a little further and harder due to this initial experience. You got to keep in mind that I have never fasted before and I have done a primarily vegetarian diet with fish and chicken even turkey bacon in the past. This was an entirely new perspective with a goal of detoxification, not simply a shift to veganism.

It’s always too early to quit

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But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ “ 

Matthew 4:4 (NKJV)

Day 3 Reflection

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I found myself digging deep yesterday. Nothing was ultimately wrong. I just went there. I took a moment to take my mind off of everything that I had going on and coming up, and I simply sat still for a moment and enjoyed the sun beaming down on me in the stillness of the moment.

That’s not my normal modus operandi. That’s not the way that I regularly handle a highly compacted schedule. But I found it both necessary and refreshing. In that brief moment, I was able to refocus and take my mind off the fact that I had not eaten bread in 4 or 5 days. I did not even think about not having meat since Saturday night. In fact, I paused and reflected for a moment on how much I did not feel like I was missing meat. I thanked God for encouraging words from others like Natalie Cone as I pushed through Day #3. It was necessary time to refocus.

Focus on Faith

Matthew 4:4 helps me to negate any notion that our lives hang in the balance without any support from heaven. Let us recall that the Lord is a Provider, often called Jehovah Jireh in the Old Testament. And what the Lord provides is sufficient, enough to carry us through until He comes through again to amply supply our needs and answer our supplications. No, we do not live by bread alone. And the Lord is the source of our daily bread no matter who He might use to get it to us. But we are to daily depend on “every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4, NKJV).

Focus on Fuel

I will refer back to Matthew 4:4. We don’t live by bread alone. If this remains unclear for you, think about the wide variety of vegetables available to you. Take inventory of the varieties of legumes and nuts. Try to keep track of all of the pulses and types of seeds available to us day after day. Let the vast amount of choices provide you with options for your meals and snacks.

Focus on Fitness

Things went a little different yesterday. Instead of a standard walk for a fitness break, I played with the dog and she kept me busy dodging and dipping as we covered about 3/4 of the backyard. Today, I might take another detour from the norm. If nothing else, I know that I have not lacked motivation. I have remained consistent with my mornings of modified pushups and my evenings with some deep breathing and stretches. I have been sleeping more soundly and feel no loss of strength. By this weekend, I might go for a longer run and possibly walk a par 3 golf course. I have yet to decide, but I know that if the last 3 days are any indication of what today brings then I am more than ready to fully engage.

“Success is knowing your the purpose in life, growing to reach your maximum potential, and sowing seeds that benefit others.”

John c. maxwell

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“But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself…”

Daniel 1:8 (NKJV)

Tomorrow, the 10-Day Detox Challenge begins. It is derived from the first chapter of the Book of Daniel. It is a diet of primarily vegetables and water. The test of Daniel and his companions in captivity for ten days revealed to prove them in better shape and countenance than those who had indulged in the king’s delicacies as shared in verse 5. In essence, it has its origins in the Law of Moses with clean and unclean food lists in Deuteronomy and Leviticus. But Daniel holds fast to the integrity of his diet by not allowing himself to become defiled by the food from the king.

What Do I Need for the Challenge?

Come to this same blog post tomorrow for more information and encouragement. Beyond a regular fast of abstaining from eating for a given period of time, this challenge focuses on FAITH, FUEL and FITNESS. For FAITH, we want to commune with God as we seek to rely upon God heavily during the transition. In the area of FUEL, we want to look at food differently. We want to see food as fuel for our energy. We will concentrate on water, fruit, veggies, nuts and seeds. Finally, we will add some FITNESS to help us offset our diet and help us energize ourselves throughout the day.

Tune in to the Bible Study Livestream on Daniel this coming Wednesday

Rick Warren had launched the Daniel Plan years ago. I sought out what his work had to offer and realized that I wasn’t going to do a 40-day Daniel plan. I recognized that I was not fasting. I also was in agreement with part of what Warren had shared as a detoxification of the body. My spiritual encounter led me to something similar to Warren’s ESSENTIALS but the the 3 focus points for this detox challenge are not as extensive as Warren’s system. I say go for it if you feel led to follow Warren’s lead with the Daniel Plan. I am just putting my focus on an initial detox, celebrate Christmas, and then another detox to launch the new year.

Your refusal to be defiled can lead to some divine results.  By giving God the time to work on you, He can cleanse you both physically and spiritually. Regardless of the circumstances or conditions, we must settle the matter in our hearts first.  In our hearts, we must decide that we will stay true to God. The attitude must precede the action that leads to the accomplishment.

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I just had to share this because it made sense and it might make someone else’s day. The outline for our 10-Day Detox Challenge came to me as I worked on a simple but straightforward means to expand the challenged beyond food. Hence, I labeled it as fuel, not just food.

Before I even ordered The Daniel Plan by Rick Warren, I had formulated this outline for the 10-Day Detox Challenge. I didn’t know that Warren used some of the same or similar points. It wasn’t until I previewed the book prior to ordering it that I discovered these glaring similarities.

I will give that one to the Holy Spirit. I will accept that the Holy Spirit offered confirmation on what I had in mind.

LESSON LEARNED

Let that be a lesson to somebody. You do not stop dead in your tracks when you learn that someone else has a similar idea as you. Keep going with. Keep working on it. Stick with it.

There will always be a world of ideas that appear similar if not the same. Look at how many acronyms people use. There are all sorts of overlap with acronyms like NOW, FIT, PLAN, and many more. It is all a matter of how you market and package your idea.

It is totally up to you how you handle it, but as for me, i am going to keep going forward. That’s in my best interest and in the interest of the people who might get a blessing out of me not being detoured or discouraged by the fact that similarities exist.

CHASE YOUR PURPOSE

There is a good chance that what you are doing is not even in the same realm as another person or that your work or project is somewhat or somehow at least slightly different. You may have different audiences or goals. There might be a difference in the usage of Scripture references and more.

If your intent is not to duplicate someone else’s work, then make sure that you state it clearly and acknowledge that the other work preexisted your work, but that be sure to share the differences and your personal intent. It is what one blogger refers to as basic Christian disciplines.

At the end of the day, you have to chase your purpose. You have to find your work enough for you to confront and combat your competitors and critics alike. When you know what God has for you, you know that He has made it possible for you to have the opportunity and He ordains your purpose. You face risks and potentially find rewards as a result of pursuing your purpose over other options. It is worthwhile for you to focus on what is essential and at the core of your plan.

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