Effects of The Daniel Plan Book

My weight loss is a constant struggle. More so now after my 2nd pregnancy I need to lose so much weight. 

I haven't found an effective weight loss plan which will cater to my lifestyle. I cannot exercise like most people as I have two small children to take care of. 

I finally found the time to read and finish The Daniel Plan book. Deactivating my Facebook account is doing me a lot of good. 

And oh boy this is one of those books that opened my eye to a healthy reality. 

The Essentials 
FOOD. This book provided me with facts about the food I eat. I was terrified after finishing the book. I had no idea how bad sugar is to one's body. And all the junk food I eat. No wonder I am this big. Now, I aim to eat healthier. I think twice now before buying a processed item from the supermarket. My plan is to eat healthy during weekdays - no junk food, no rice, no soda, etc. On the weekend, I can indulge a little but not excessive. For snacks, I now stick to apple slices or hard boiled egg. I've learned to log my calorie intake upon the influence of a dear friend. 
FITNESS. My goal is to exercise five (5) times a week. I get up at 5 o'clock in the morning and I head to the gym for cardio exercises. I need to lose weight so I do cardio for now. I am finishing the program, Run 5K. I still have two weeks left. Then I will move on to Jillian Michael's 30-Day Shred. 
FOCUS. My one word for the year which I am applying to my weight loss plan. 
FRIENDS. I have my husband and we encourage each other. But when our EQ are both low, we tend to crave in and eat to our hearts' desires. I found two friends who I can be accountable to. I would not know about the Lose It app, or the Jillian Michael's 30-Day Shred or this Focus T25 workout if it weren't for them. 
FAITH. Getting God involved is the most important component of The Daniel Plan. I say a prayer before I jog every morning because there is no way I can run without feeling like I am going to die. But I'm getting there, I can now jog for 20 minutes straight. I even prayed to God for food to be less desirable. I think it worked as I have self-control now.  Asking God's help is effective. God even has a sense of humor. One time, I was due for my weekly bagel run (I eat bagels for breakfast). I went to the bagel store and to my surprise, they ran out. Thought God was already telling me something right there. But I am stubborn and I went back again the following week, still no bagels! I then found out that the bagel company pulled out and another concessionaire will take over the stand. "Okay God, it's all loud and clear to me now. I will now stick with oatmeal for breakfast."  Now, I mastered cooking oatmeal.

I hope I will eventually lose weight. I really feel good after every workout. It's a refreshing to eat healthier. I have more energy. I no longer feel sluggish. I want to keep doing this. 

Even if I did not follow the 40-Day Daniel Plan, I chose to apply its principles to my own weight management plan. I customized it to fit my situation now. One of the major lesson from the book is it educated me about the food I am consuming and convinced me why I need to eat healthier.

Now, I am keeping my fingers cross or the more appropriate thing to say is I am praying hard for this plan to work.  

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