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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Hang On, Change Is Coming! (Sacrificial Diet # 1)

Do you ever feel like this little lady?

I sure do!  Like life is happening at the speed of light and I am just holding on for dear life, trying to stay on top of things.

(Usually, staying on top of things isn't happening!)

What changes would you like to see in 2012?

I'm not talking resolutions per say, because I think the word RESOLUTIONS alone, sets us up for failure.  But maybe you have areas you would like to improve or change.

Many of you have met my friend Angela....she is a sweetie!  Several years ago, she coined the phrase 

Sacrificial Diet.

At the time, it was a new concept, or at least Angela thought it was.  Now, there are a number of websites that deal with this issue.....although, they refer to it by different names.

Angela has taken it to facebook!

Membership is still small...."cozy".... a place where you can get to know the other members...
if you'd like!  Learn from one another's experience.
Pray for one another.

 (If only!!!)

Yes, I joined or "liked"....whatever I had to do!

The end of December, I was within 7 pounds of being as heavy as I've ever been!   Not good!

So, I decided to change my eating habits...little by little....not by resolution, but by asking ABBA's help.  Sacrifice.   Sacrificing my time and my health to HIM!  Allowing the Holy Spirit to guide my decisions on what to eat, when to eat.

Basically, the way the Sacrificial Diet works is to eat pretty much what you want each day, but basically only eating during a five hour window.  The other nineteen hours of the day, you sacrifice that time to HIM....allowing HIM to guide you as you die out to self.  After a few days, you are in control of your appetite rather than your appetite in control of you!  It's pretty amazing!

You even loose that "foggy brain" thing!

Since January 1st, I've lost (drum roll please) 9, NINE pounds!  Nearly a pound a day!  
I know, the rate of lost will slow down, but I'm here for the long haul.

My goal is to be healthier and draw closer to GOD. But at this time, I would also like to loose 117 lbs.  Preferably by April 2013.

(I've shared before what is happening in April 2013, and I will again....but later.)

Right now, my short term weight goal is to loose another 8 lbs. by the end of January.  That will leave 100 lbs. ~ even ~ to loose over the coming 14 months or a little over 7 lbs a month....which I think is doable.

I'll tell you a little more about my eating "schedule". 

My five hour window is from 1:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.

When I first get up, I drink a glass of water.  Then I have my coffee, usually one or two cups.  If I need to take any medicine, I eat a tablespoon of peanut butter or a boiled egg.  I can't take medicine (even herbs) on an empty stomach, so I have chosen peanut butter or an egg to do this with.  They are high in protein and the calorie ratio compared to the amount of protein isn't too bad.

I stay away from bread and potatoes as much as possible...all day.

Sometimes, mid morning I drink a glass of juice.  I try to keep orange, grapefruit, apple and pineapple on hand, so I don't get bored.

If I get terribly hungry before 1:30 or 2:00, I eat a piece of fruit or drink another glass of juice.

While I'm cooking supper/dinner, I eat raw vegetables (or salad).  When supper is ready, I eat whatever I have prepared for the family, but within reason....(again, none or very little bread or potatoes). 

That's it.
Well, that and I dry to drink water through out the day.

I've learned a lot about me during the first ten days, about what works.  I want to share them with  you as I take this journey....maybe something God has shown me, will help someone else.

Oh, and all that "change" I was working on from October through December.....I can now look back and see how God was bringing me to this point....preparing me.

Sometimes we can't see the forest for the trees....ya know?

BTW ~  Welcome new followers!  I am so happy you are here.



  1. Congratulations on the weight loss. I'm afraid I need to get into better shape too SO I appreciate the encouraging post. I was looking for an email for you. I'm changing things in blogging and wanted to update you if you want.

  2. Congratulations to you! And the idea of giving this issue to God is so important. Both my daughter and my friend are eating, at the advice of a nutritionist, only meat, vegetables, fruit, and nuts. Weight is dropping like crazy, and they are feeling better than ever. Just good, clean food - nothing to bog down the body (and brain!)

  3. I found Angela when I googled something like "sacrifice diet" I knew that not eating would be a sacrifice to God, because I was guilty of allowing my "belly" to be my "god" - where is that found? Anyway, I got back to my way, now I'm going God's way again. I'm also with the 19/5 hour plan. Thanks for sharing your way here. Maybe I'll put my accomplishments of this on my blog, too.

  4. Thought your readers who are struggling with food issues would love this:

    I pray this each and every day!

    Father, it is written in Your Word that if I confess with my lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in my heart that You have raised Him from the dead, I shall be saved. Father, I am your child and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord over my spirit, my soul, and my body. I make Him Lord over every situation in my life. Therefore, I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me.
    Father, I have made a quality decision to give You my appetite. I choose Jesus rather than the indulgence of my flesh. I command my body to get in line with Your Word. I eat only as much as is sufficient for me. I eat and am satisfied.
    When I sit down to eat, I consider what is before me. I am not given to the desire of dainties or deceitful foods.
    Like a boxer, I buffet my body-handle it roughly, discipline it by hardships-and subdue it. I bring my body into subjection to my spirit man-the inward man-the real me. Not all things are helpful-good for me to do though permissible. I will not become the slave of anything or be brought under its power.
    My body is for the Lord. I dedicate my body-presenting all my members and faculties-as a living sacrifice, holy and well pleasing to You, presenting them as implements of righteousness. I am united to You, Lord, and become one spirit with You. My body is the temple, the very sanctuary, of the Holy Spirit who lives within me, whom I have received as a gift from You, Father.
    I am not my own. I was bought for a price, made Your own. So then, I honor You and bring glory to You in my body. Therefore, I always exercise and discipline myself, bringing under authority my carnal affections, bodily appetites, and worldly desires. I endeavor in all respects to have a clean conscience, void of offence toward You, Father, and toward men. I keep myself from idols-from anything and everything that would occupy the place in my heart due to You, from any sort of substitute for You that would take first place in my life.
    I no longer spend the rest of my natural life living by my human appetites and desires, but I live for what You will! I am on my guard. I refuse to be overburdened and depressed, weighed down with the giddiness and headache and nausea of self-indulgence, drunkenness (on food), worldly worries and cares, for I have been given a spirit of power and of love and of a sound mind. I have discipline and self-control.
    Father, I do resist temptation in the name of Jesus. I strip off and throw aside every encumbrance-unnecessary weight-and this gluttony which so readily tries to cling to and entangle me. I run with patient endurance and steady persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before me, looking away from all distractions to Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith.
    Christ the Messiah will be magnified and get glory and praise in this body of mine and will be boldly exalted in my person. Thank You, Father, in Jesus’ Name! Hallelujah!

    1. Wow!Thank you so much for this site and the words written here. I wandered in searching for others idea's of what a sacraficial diet looks like. My idea for my sacrificail diet is 2 really nutritous shakes(including fruit) a day with good fats and protiens and two healthy Taco's with varying ingredients from day to my coffee or tea in the morning. And water.
      I pray the Lord cause these words on this site to be our mind set each day and that He would make these words find a home and good prosperity to those that receieve them.

  5. By the way Cheryl, your eating is pretty much exactly what I started to do almost six years ago!! Here I am, 130 lbs, less of me and more of Christ! and still counting. Glory to God!!

  6. Hi Cheryl: Love your post - so inspiring! I'm in the FB group with you (that's how I found your blog) and this new way of looking at food is so amazing, isn't it? I, too, have already lost weight and I feel so good - like you said, no foggy brain feeling! I am now following you and am so pleased to meet you through your blog and on the FB group.

    God bless you - Julie

  7. Congratulations! That's an awesome beginning and wonderful goals! I'll be praying for you!


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