Status: Pure Awesome.
Yesterday morning was really great. Got up, got ready, and went to church. My mood was wonderful. Rested, joyful, the perfect way to head in to hearing and absorbing God’s word. My Pastor’s sermon was great. I took a lot of notes. The subject was God’s vision and the focus was on Nehemiah.
I don’t want to say it’s a risk for me to share my faith (thankfully my life isn’t in danger for wanting to share my faith, like it would be in other places around the world), but in a carnivore journey, I’d venture to say my path is not the norm. That said, I’ve chosen the path I’m on because involving God in my decisions and actions is important to me. It’s not easy to be a Christian and it’s not easy to be a carnivore either. God’s strength gets me through a lot of difficult things and his strength is made perfect in my weakness—paraphrased from 2 Corinthians 12:9. The sermon got me thinking a lot about whether what I’m trying to do here is the right thing, whether I’m following my own vision, or God’s
vision will for me.
Is there a relationship between being physically healthy and our spiritual relationship with our God?
YES! It’s just so different to approach physical health that way that it’s not exactly a common practice. But I don’t see why it can’t be. God saves. Jesus bought our way into heaven. But it doesn’t start there. He can help us while we’re still on earth too. And if we need physical help, we don’t need to wait until we’re dying, and need to be anointed with oil at the Church alter, to ask for Jesus’s help. My goal is to help people realize Jesus is for us in all circumstances—here and now. We can better every aspect of our lives by living out His commends, in every situation, every day.
Man! Church set a fire under me yesterday! Can you tell?
Getting back to carnivore, the trip home from church went south really quickly! It’s only a 15 minute drive but I felt like I wasn’t going to make it home. I needed to use the bathroom and felt like I was barely going to have time to park the car. Thankfully, by the time we got in the driveway the urgency subsided. Phew! I was happy that the issue (no bowel movements) of the previous two days was coming to an end.
The rest of the day was great. Visited my dad at his cabin with the boys. We all ate together, then the adults watched some football while the kids got muddy outside. The night before I was up constantly because of bumps in the night and I fell asleep during the football game. Woke up feeling rested and ready to enjoy the evening.
Drove home, finished up some homework with my older son, and had a great evening together. My mood was great the whole day long. A nice even keel, and after the nap, my energy level was good too. A nice relaxing Sunday with family. I really don’t think it gets any better than that.
I’m sleepy right now. I wanted some alone time with my hubby last night, so instead of prepping this post, we made time for ourselves. That meant a 5am wake up time this morning though, to have enough time to finish the post. Even though I’m up way earlier than I’d like to be, it’s all good. Seeing 120 on the scale—no gain!—was a nice way to begin the day. Am I doing this purely to lose weight? No, but I breathed a sigh of relief seeing the dial go down instead of up.
Feeling great doesn’t hurt either!
- Breakfast – 2 1/2 carnivore deviled eggs.
- Lunch – One roughly quarter pound burger at my dad’s. I entered my meatball recipe into my fitness pal for this meal because it’s pretty much the same thing.
- Dinner – Two of my leftover home made meatballs.
- Snack – 2 carnivore deviled eggs.
Notice, I ate a lot more calories yesterday than I have on any other day of this N=1 experiment. I think that may have a lot to do with how I felt. Yesterday was a great day, I’m thinking I might aim for more calories in general because of how great I felt.
Changes (1 negative, 10 positive):
- Sleep – 8 – Woke up a few times last night. My husband got up to tend to the fire, and seemed restless in general. I woke up when he did. Maybe the the nap in the afternoon kept me from sleeping really soundly too. I still felt rested when I woke up.
- Energy – 8
- Mood – 9
- Cravings – 7 – I wanted to eat a lot yesterday. I did! When we went to visit my dad at his cabin, there were burgers to eat, which I did, but after that came the junk. Why is it that grandparents want to fill their grandkids with a never ending supply of food? And not all healthy food! Right now I need to pick my battles. Keeping myself carnivore is challenge enough. The smell of all the different foods was quite tempting. Even when we got home, I seemed to want to eat a lot. I would normally have stopped after my leftover meatball dinner, but it wasn’t enough so a bit later I had more of my carnivore deviled eggs. By the end of the night I was completely satiated and cravings weren’t even a thing, but the day overall was a rough one.
- Vision – No noticeable changes.
- Teeth – Clean. My teeth don’t look any different after brushing them than they do before brushing them. There’s nothing really on them to brush off. There’s also nothing on the dental floss when I floss. This is awesome!
- Skin – My legs don’t seem to be as ashy as they usually are in winter. I live in the northeast and winters are cold. We heat with wood, so our house is pretty dry also. My legs are usually very dry unless I lotion them every day. This morning though, I noticed that my legs looked really smooth. There’s no dry skin or flaking at all.
- Hair – No noticeable changes—I think. Yesterday was a fantastic hair day, but sometimes God just gives us these little gifts. I don’t know that it had anything to do with carnivore.
- Weight – 120 lbs. This is odd to me. I started at 126, went down to 120, up to 121.5 over the last two days, and this morning I’m back down to 120—with very few bathroom visits. This doesn’t seem to make sense to me, but I’ll take it! If it weren’t for these daily posts, I think I’d benefit from a weekly weigh in rather than doing it daily. Oddly enough, again, my jeans fit better yesterday than the day prior—even with the weight gain.
- Digestion, Belly – 9 – I feel great!
- Digestion, Gas – 9 – No gas to speak of.
- Digestion, Poop – 9 – One bowel movement yesterday around 11:15. The urge to go came on quickly, but other than that, no issues.
- Light-Headedness – 9 – I didn’t take notes throughout the day yesterday, but I don’t remember any light-headedness at all. Good news!
Lord thank you for the blessings you’ve bestowed upon me. A great family, good health, a great job. I have made so many mistakes in my life. There are so many forks in the road where I made the wrong choice. Thank you for your grace. Thank you for inviting me into a relationship with you as an adult. Thank you for turning my life around and bringing me back to you. It was my own foolish decision to ignore you early on and I made so many horrible choices without your guidance. I am so thankful to finally be back on the right path.
Lord, please bless what I do. Please bless my words and actions. Please let others see your light in me. Please help me to win people into your kingdom. Lord, if there are people reading this who don’t know you well, please plant your seeds in their hearts and use me to water the seeds. I can’t win people for you on my own. It’s your heart-work Lord that creates the change. The thought of helping people develop a relationship with you is where I want to be. Please help me do that.
I pray these things in Jesus name!