21 Days later…

Like many college sorority girls, my adoration for food is up there with my cat on the list of things that I love. Sugar and caffeine became my best friends during late night study sessions, and they decided to bring their friends Love Handles and Triple-Chin to the study party. Uninvited of course. I stopped the party before Bubble Butt showed up and made a lifestyle change.

On Feb. 1, 2014, I began a 21 day journey known as the Daniel Fast. The Daniel Fast is biblically based fast. It refers to the story of Daniel the prophet, who ate only fruits and vegetables, and drank only water. He refrained from eating Big Macs, frozen yogurt and quesadillas. True story.JUST SAY NO.

Participating in the Daniel Fast means that I could only eat the things that Daniel did. I threw the cookies, pizza and Fuzzy’s tacos out of my diet and replaced them with fruits, vegetables and nuts. Through these simple changes, I found that the areas I struggled in most traced back to my food consumption.

My chins did more than accentuate my neckline; They led to lack of discipline in my studies, workouts and time with God. When I determined it was OK to eat another no-bake cookie, I also decided that it was appropriate to skip my workout for the day or postpone my homework 15 minutes longer.

Yes, I missed chocolate and indulged in a candy bar the second the clock hit midnight on Feb. 22. However, my thoughts are more focused on what I’m doing rather than what I’m eating. I am more focused on my studies, disciplined in my workouts and dedicated to my bible study. The Daniel Fast has given me the right to say, “I’m 21 days strong, homies!”

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