Our 30-Day Faith Detox Journey: Days 25 – 30

Our 30-Day Faith Detox Journey

Al. Most. Done.

Day 25:

Yoga this morning. I was totally ready this time. But had to sit down a lot.

Lots of citrus and veggies in the smoothie this morning, but it was sweeter than I thought it would be. Thankfully.

Had salad with bell pepper, halo orange, carrot, avocado, broccoli for lunch. I messaged Brent and told him I wish this was the 24-day detox. He wasn’t impressed with my lament.

Left in the middle of lunch to go to the hospital to be with a newly bereaved family. Their world just crumbled in an instant and life will never be the same for them. Sometimes the only prayer I know how to pray in those times is for Jesus to come and take the world away, and all the sorrow with it. This is a family who has experienced tragedy after tragedy already – I was devastated when I heard the news today. Please, Lord…

Had Brussels sprouts for the first time tonight. That was interesting. Brent thought they were really good. I thought they were tolerable. I roasted them with olive oil, Himalayan salt, and garlic powder. Served up with our usual brown rice. And I don’t think there’s enough brown rice left to make a full serving for dinner tomorrow. I hope Brent is okay with another night of quinoa…

Day 26:

I forgot the carrot in Brent’s smoothie this morning. Whoops. I was sure to remember it in mine, though.

My heart is still so heavy for the family who lost their baby boy yesterday. Every time it happens, I can’t believe this is the world we’re living in. Where babies die. How long will we wait for no more tears, no more sorrow, Lord? I pray for comfort in any and every form for this family. For all families who are on this road. I pray for peace. I pray for hope. I pray they’re allowed to grieve messy, and love deeply.

I ate two halo oranges for lunch because I got caught up playing with Little Man, and I wasn’t exactly hungry. I think I’ll make one of the allowed shakes for my afternoon snack.

Oh my goodness. I made the carrot cake shake and it was like drinking liquid cinnamon. I am now a fire-breathing dragon.

Dinner was quinoa with garbanzo beans (Brent hates both), roasted Brussels sprouts, and chicken. I love chicken. Have I mentioned I love chicken?

They had oranges at the painting party tonight! I could have a snack, which was nice since I forgot my water. Four more days, not that I’m counting…

Day 27:

Brent is down 18 pounds, and I’m holding steady at 10. The orange foods and the concentrated acid in the citrus are doing a great job of…detoxing me. Mercy.

The smoothie this morning was fantastic. Banana, peanut butter, coffee beans (Praise Jesus) and raw egg.

Juice was a papaya, orange, tangelo, and halo. It was good. Papaya is juicy but has almost no flavor when mixed with the others.

We did yoga again today. That’s three days this week. Felt good today! I was a sweaty mess. I did see spots a couple of times, but I didn’t nearly black out. Woo, look at me go!

STIR FRY DAY!! These are my favorite. Carrots, garlic, orange pepper, green pepper, cabbage. Oh stir fry, how you make this detox delicious.

The weather was gorgeous, so we went to the park. I pulled Little Man in the wagon, and Little Miss rode her bike while Daddy kept up with her. On the way home, I even ran alongside Little Miss a few times to get her to race me. Who am I?!

Dinner was brown rice and asparagus. It’s so simpleĀ but so filling. And now it seems so normal. Which is so weird. So.

Day 28:

Oh smoothie – you were delicious again. We will be making you repeatedly. The juice…papaya is a little sludgy. I was making faces trying not to chew it when we drank it at church this morning. The faces didn’t go unnoticed and a friend on worship team called me out while they were rehearsing.

Lunch was stir fry, my favorite. I almost forgot the cabbage today, though. That would’ve been such a detox tragedy.

I feel great today. I think it was a mistake to wait to incorporate the DDP Yoga. It’s not “center your inner self, namaste” kind of yoga. It’s “I’m a wrestler and you’re gonna wrestle the air and sweat till you bleed” kind of yoga. I like it. I wish we would’ve started exercising sooner.

Dinner was the same as last night. I also made tomorrow’s soup so Brent wouldn’t have to come home for lunch, and I dropped the Himalayan salt grinder into the soup. That was awesome. (sigh)

Day 29:

Brent told me he was proud of me because of yoga this morning. I didn’t pass out, but came close. They get up too fast! Going from down to up makes me woozy. I saw spots, but my husband saw stars looking at me. šŸ™‚

Smoothie this morning was pretty good!! Glad to end the detox on a high note with the smoothies.

Soup….ugh. We meet again. After tomorrow, I’m not going to eat soup for a very long time. I wish I could end on stir-fry. This is the most bizarre soup yet. Sweet potato, cabbage, broccoli, orange bell pepper, carrots, celery. It tastes like I’m trying to turn Thanksgiving treats into soup. At least it doesn’t taste like a Himalayan salt grinder.

Switched up dinner a little tonight. Cut up celery, carrots, and chicken into tiny bites, and added to the rice for a chicken-pot-pie feel. It was pretty tasty. We have so much quinoa left over still, but we’re so sick of it. Rice is more palatable, but we probably won’t be having it much after this detox, either.

Day 30:

This is it. This is the last day of our detox. And I want anything other than that soup for lunch today. Lord, help me.

Smoothie was the same as yesterday. Not the best, but not at all the worst.

I couldn’t have soup again for lunch. I just couldn’t. I made the smoothie from two days agoĀ and had it instead. And I loved it. So congratulations to my husband who “wins” for having everything as prescribed.

Hubs and I will do a verbal recap and answer some of your questions about our detox journey, and maybe crack a joke or two. I’m not saying they’ll be funny, I’m just saying they might slip in. Stay tuned – I hope to record and post it soon.

Tomorrow we start our Trim Healthy Mama journey, and thank goodness Costco had almost everything I needed for the days ahead. I cannot wait to start my day with my cinnamon muffin in a mug! Or to end my day with PIZZA!

And thank you – for partnering with us in encouragement along the way. Some of your comments were the little boost I needed for the day. All the feels.

Our 30-Day Faith Detox Journey: Days 19 – 24

Our 30-Day Faith Detox Journey-

You know the drill:

Day 19:

Oh my word. There are two cups of strawberries, one cup of grapes, and 1/4 of a beet in this smoothie. Guess what I can taste? I’m having a hard time getting it down this morning. And I was so looking forward to moving on to red foods. Also, BIG DRUMROLL, I was down 2/10ths of a pound this morning. Skinny calves and apparently my big toes are a little lighter with that record of a loss…

Back to the salad for lunch, and it was pretty tasty. Berries on salad make all the difference. I am looking forward to stir-fry days, though.

Today’s devotional made me cry, though I couldn’t pinpoint why. There was a poem and I started crying halfway through it. I may not be sure exactly why it triggered a strong emotional response, but God knows – and I believe He freed me from it in that moment.

Another eat and run fried rice dinner tonight, as I have a painting party again. I will be glad to have more than brown rice or quinoa as a main course option soon.

Oh my word, they had pizza and breadsticks and s’mores brownies at the party tonight. Pizza. They had pizza. They all had pizza and I sat there and imagined how great it tasted. And I drank my water.

Day 20:

I was down another pound this morning which brings the grand total to 9 and 2/10 pounds lost. Brent is holding steady at 15, though I imagine not for long.

I put a little less beet and a little more berries in the smoothie this morning and it went down a lot faster. After it was gone, I thought I’d make myself a piece of toast with jelly. Then I wondered why I thought that. I haven’t had bread in 20 days, why would I suddenly think I could make a piece of toast? Old habits die hard – but it feels like mine aren’t dying at all.

I am only ever eating salad with spinach and raspberries as part of it from now on. Oh my goodness. So delicious. Today I did avocado, apple, strawberry, onion, raspberry, and radishes on a bed of spinach, drizzled with an extra virgin olive oil and apple cider vinegar dressing. Um, yes, please!

Had some surprise visitors stop by today, but whipped up some brown rice with onion and broccoli and was on my way to another painting party.

Day 21:

Oh mylanta. Please let me have this smoothie every morning. This is the breakfast of champions right here, and it only took 21 days to experience it. Can I drink this smoothie for the remainder of my life?? Cherries, strawberries, apple, chocolate….drool…..

Oh and good news! The other 8/10ths of a pound disappeared, so I’ve lost a total of 10! I’m gonna kick tail in exercising so I can keep up with Brent. He has a five-pound lead, but he’ll skyrocket once we start working out, which is the plan starting dark and early tomorrow morning.

The juice I made today was my favorite so far. Grapefruit, raspberries, grapes, and apple. YUM.

Stir fry – my favorite. I am now convinced you can throw anything in stir fry and it will taste good. Brent was commenting how much better it would taste with beef. Oh beef – we’ve gone 21 days without you. Or coffee. Or pizza. 21 days!

Dinner was sauteed radishes, asparagus, and our favorite friend – chicken. It was pretty good. I see a lot of chicken and vegetable dinners in our future. And Trim Healthy Mama pizza. Which I plan to make for lunch AND dinner on March 2nd. And every day for the rest of my life. When we don’t have chicken and vegetables, that is.

Day 22:

We woke up at 5:30 this morning to exercise. I nearly passed out twice, I started sweating right away, and I could’ve gone back to sleep when it was over. Laura, the author of #30dayfaithdetox says not to wait to start moving, but to get going right away. I waited 22 days. And I almost died.

Thank heavens we got to have the chocolate cherry circulation smoothie for breakfast again. And it’s snowing outside, so I just might go lay on the lawn for a little bit and ice up some.

Juice was good, but I was so tired when it was time to drink it. Daggum exercise. Lunch was fantastic, as usual, and I’ll be eating stir fry much more in the future, I’m sure.

Dinner was somewhat of a cheat – not so much a cheat, I guess. But we had brown rice with fried egg in it. No veggies. Today was so emotional after Officer Moszer’s funeral, combined with my feeling overcome at times this week over Harlynn’s death almost three years ago, now. I couldn’t muster up to chop a single more vegetable today. So I made rice with egg, and we ate it quietly tonight. We’re so sad this happened, and that Officer Moszer had to die, especially as he was protecting others in the process. We’re also so thankful we live in a community that rallies in support as it does. Though the sorrow may last through the night, joy comes in the morning. Thank you, Lord, we have joy to look forward to every day.

Day 23:

BrentĀ is down 16 pounds, and I’m holding steady at 10.

The smoothie this morning wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t as good as the one on Day 21 and 22. I took mine with me as I drove to meet a friend this morning and finished it on the way. I am not a fan of kale (save for the super crispy kale chips you can’t even tell you’re eating), but most everything else in the smoothie covered its appearance this morning, so it was good. And good for me.

Soup today for lunch. I only have to make soup one more time after this, and I’m so thankful. It was different today, though, in that I ladled half of it into the blender and gave it a whirl and added it to the pot again, in an effort to cream it some and give it some texture other than veggies and broth. I also added a few shakes of pepper, and in addition to the onion, radishes, and red pepper, set my mouth on fire.

Parent/teacher conference tonight – so we had late dinner of asparagus and brown rice. Brent said it was the best asparagus ever. I agreed.

Day 24:

Overslept today, and woke up with Little Miss came in to tell us it was time to get up. Whoops. A bit rushed this morning, but got the smoothie made. It’s not my favorite, but it’s not bad. I realized today, we only have three smoothies left. Six more days!! What am I going to do without having to make a smoothie every morning?

Really evaluating how I feel with this detox. I’m frustrated that I still long for the same old foods. Pizza. Burgers. Hoping I can create some delicious tasting knock-offs that will be kinder to my health and waistline. Overall, with the exception of the last couple nights, I’ve been sleeping better. I’ve noticed a shift in attitude and mood for sure. I’m not always roses, but it has been better than prior to the detox. I haven’t felt sick in a month, so that’s something noteworthy. I haven’t hit that “wall” in the afternoon, and I have plenty of energy all the day through. And…I’m proud of myself for essentially living on fruits and vegetables for almost a month. That’s not something I could have ever said about a single day, let alone any amount of time prior to this.

Dinner was brown rice, and strawberries and grapes. Then Little Man and I went to the grocery store and he was the best child he has ever been for me. We had a lovely time! Gearing up for tomorrow – a new day, and a new – and our final – color food series.

Six more days. Then….coffee.