Winter in the mid-west is brutal. This winter in the mid-west was especially brutal. As a fibromyalgia
sufferer fighter, cold and I do not get along! Every winter I tend to cocoon myself in my house near my fireplace and hide from the cold. I tend to get lazy in the winter. Not about work and school but about myself. I don’t cook much or I cook “easy”. I eat less fresh fruits and veggies even though I love them. Once spring finally arrives, I often find that I have gained a few pounds and am feeling a bit sluggish. So along with a group of girlfriends, I am embarking on a 40 day challenge to eat better, exercise more and feel healthier. As a group we are going to be following The Daniel Plan by Pastor Rick Warren and Drs. Mark Hyman and Daniel Amen. And since it can be found in a book, I thought I’d blog about it.
One thing I really like about The Daniel Plan is that it’s focus isn’t simply on food and exercise. The Daniel Plain outlines five essentials to health: Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus and Friends. Speaking for myself, I know the HOWS of a healthy lifestyle. I know what to eat and what not to eat to lose weight and be healthy. I know that I need to move more and It’s the WHY that often escape me. I mean sometimes that gooey cheesy nacho dip seems like a better, or at least more enjoyable, choice. I love that this program encourages community to improve our health. I love that it is grounded in faith. Both these “ingredients” help to give me my WHY!
My challenge starts tomorrow with a 10 day detox followed by a 30 day eating plan. I’m committing to exercising three days a week which include meeting my sister in law a couple times a week a the gym and Zumba once a week with my Daniel Plan group. I will keep you posted on my progress as well as let you think about the book and the plan as I go along!