January 2018: Highlights

 

Blog Post January 2018

Hey guys!

How’s it going? I don’t want to be redudant but I have a feeling that this year will go by just as fast as last year. Where does time go? I honestly have no idea. I wanted to share with you all some of the highlights of this month. This year I am trying to be more positive, so I won’t be dwelling much on the negative aspects of my life.

I think I’ve done enough talking so let’s get to it.

Daniel Fast

Doing the 21 day Daniel Fast was absolutely amazing. I was able to really plug into the things of the Lord and detox my body. I lost some weight and was able to jumpstart my healthy lifestyle. I highly recommend it. I will try to continue to do the Daniel Fast annually.

I was also able to finish my bible in one year plan. Honestly, I’m so grateful I have technically read every single book in the bible. This is a feat that I have always dreamed about.

New Internship

For those of you who don’t know, I started a new internship this month. I intern with WMFE 90.7 public radio. This is Orlando’s NPR (National Public Radio) station. The experience has been pretty pleasant so far. I’ve learned that radio is a lot more laid-back and less high-pressure than TV. I’ve also had the opportunity to be on-air and add some things for my portfolio. I’m receiving academic credit, and I honestly can’t complain.

New Friendships

I’m all about the work hard, play hard mentality. But I often feel like I put the play hard aspect on the back burner. However, this month I had the opportunity to spend more quality time with friends. I have also began to make new friends that I know will God-willingly be keepers.

 

I’m not going to jinx anything, but this year is going well so far. I know this is only the beginning. Even if I wanted to share some lows of this month, I genuinely wouldn’t know where to start. Yes, I have bad days, but I’ve learned to see the bright side of things. I’ve learned to appreciate and meditate on the things in life that are bringing me joy.

I can’t wait for what the rest of 2018 will bring.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please be sure to reach out to me through the contact section.

Stay Blessed,

Abisola Xoxo

 

Daniel Fast 2018: Week 3

Daniel 2018 Week 3

Vegan Option at Italian restaurant Spoleto

Hey guys,

How are you all doing? I hope you guys are enjoying my Daniel Fast series. This will be the last one for this year. That’s right. I’m done with the fast. This journey has been amazing and I can’t wait to share with you my overall experience. So let’s get to it.

SPIRITUAL

This week I was challenged in my faith. I had been experiencing some negative thoughts, but with God’s grace, he has delivered me from that. I learned the true meaning of sacrifice. I learned that if we really want to see changes in our lives, we have to put ourselves in some uncomfortable situations. Even if that means, missing out on things you enjoy (food) to reap the results of a fast.

One monumental thing that happened this week was finally finishing my Bible In One Year Plan. I felt a sense of peace and ease upon finishing it. Honestly, it has definitely increased my appetite for reading scripture. I started another plan that had shorter passages and I felt almost incomplete. I wanted to read more. This is a major change from where I was a couple of years ago. In the past, it was a struggle to get me to read the bible consistently and truly bask in the word. Now, I feel strange when I don’t read the bible.

I have also had some positive news this week in regards to my academics and career. I know that this is just the beginning of the awesome plans God has in store for me.

PHYSICAL

This week was probably the most intense cravings. I craved soul food, grilled cheese, and pizza (I don’t even really care for pizza that much). Glory to God, I did not succumb to my cravings. When I did break my fast, it felt really strange eating meat again. Even though I can eat meat, I want to continue with a healthier lifestyle and eat less meat overall.

Over these three weeks, I lost a total of six pounds. My stomach looks flatter and my body feels lighter. I can sense a change in my overall health.

 

This journey taught me to honor God with every part of who I am. It taught me that I don’t need to make things (even food) an idol. It taught me that what you put in your body can really impact your wellness in more ways imaginable.

I am so grateful that I did this. I can’t wait to share more testimonies and see the new things God has in store for me.

 

Stay Blessed,

Abisola

Daniel Fast 2018 Week 2

Daniel 2018 Week 2.jpg

 

Hey guys,

I’m back with another Daniel Fast update. Week 2 has come and gone rather fast. I’d like to share with you my experience, cravings, spiritual insight and more. So let’s get to it.

SPIRITUAL

This week I had a mini testimony.  I was having one particular issue with friends. When I stopped worrying about it, prayed over it and released it from my mind, I began to see changes.  My friendship situation did a 360 and I felt like I didn’t even have to try. The biggest lesson I learned is that when you are expecting something from God, stop worrying about. I know that’s a lot easier said than done. However, breakthroughs happen when you have faith and let God do his job.  Even when things seem like they are getting worse, they are not.  Oftentimes,  you go through the worst of the trial, right before you have a testimony.  The enemy knows that you are destined for greatness and wants to discourage you to stop having faith. Don’t let him get you down.

I also feel like I’ve learned to fall deeper in love with God.  I want to honor him in everything that I do and live a life that pleases him. That is a testimony in itself. I am far from perfect, but I know that my intent is pure.

Lastly, one of my best-friends recommended a preaching series for me to watch called Relationship Goals. It has truly blessed me and given me a new perspective and insight on romantic relationships. I’ll leave the link below.

 

PHYSICAL

I am proud to say that my taste buds have gotten used to the types of foods I’ve been eating.  However, this week I had some subtle cravings. My main cravings have been barbecue chicken, chicken in general, and waffles and pancakes.  Even though I have a big sweet tooth, I’m surprised at myself that I haven’t really craved any sweets.

I went out to eat for the first time during this fast. I went to Bento, an Asian restaurant. Fortunately,  they had vegan options. I had the red curry udo noodle bowl with tofu. The picture is shown above. It was delicious. I also had vegan sushi. It honestly tasted like regular sushi, which made me think that the fish in sushi is really not significant. I’m learning that I really enjoy eating tofu.  The texture reminds me of chicken. I also tried vegan chicken tenders for the first time.  They tasted just like regular chicken tenders. I was very much shook.

I’ve come to the realization that I could actually maintain this lifestyle, if I wanted to. It takes discipline but it’s possible. However, I do enjoy meat. Plus, there’s so many delicious meals in this world that have meat in it. I don’t want to have a lifetime of not trying out those meals.

One other thing that I noticed is clearer skin. I feel like being vegan has helped. However, I have added rose water to my routine so it could be both. I genuinely feel really good and healthy.

 

Can’t wait to see what the last week brings for me.

Have a blessed day,

Abisola

Daniel Fast 2018: Week 1

Daniel 2018 Week 1

Hey guys,

Happy New Year! So glad and blessed to have made it into 2018. Something about a new year just makes you want to do better.  I have to say, so far so good.  Every January, my church does a 21-day partial fast called the Daniel Fast. I will leave a link below for anyone who would be interested in learning more about it.

http://daniel-fast.com/

In essence, it’s a restricted food fast.  It’s vegan, sugar-free,  no processed foods, no white starches, and only natural seasonings like sea salt, peppers, etc.

I wanted to keep a weekly update about how the fast is going, the things I’ve learned, and how I’m feeling.

Physical

Although I’m not doing the fast for weight loss,  I have to admit that is a benefit of it. I have lost about 2.5 pounds this first week. This may be TMI, but I definitely have become more regular. (Sorry guys, just being honest).  I haven’t had any major cravings for meat. I have had very subtle cravings for sugar. However, my cravings have been suppressed with fruit.  The first couple of days I didn’t even feel very hungry throughout the day. But now, I’m starting to regain my normal appetite.  My palette has begun to get used to the Daniel Fast foods. Luckily, a lot of traditional Nigerian foods can be turned into vegan options. For example,  asaro (yam porridge),  bali (roasted plantain), brown rice fried rice, efo (spinach/kale stew). My favorite food that I have had so far is peanut butter spaghetti (whole grain) stir fry. I put veggie sausage in it and I genuinely enjoy and crave it.

Spiritual

I have begun to listen to God’s voice more. In the past, after I would pray, I would just go about my merry way. Now, I’ve taken some time to meditate on what God my be putting into my heart and mind. I’ve learned that hearing  God’s voice is not this great thunderous earth-shaken encounter. Sometimes, it’s the positive and inspirational thoughts or ideas that come into your head while meditating. Sometimes, it’s even a picture or image that comes into your mind. Whatever the case,  I’m glad that I’m learning how to do it.

One thing I want to get better at is my bible reading. Because I was behind a few days on my Bible in one year plan on the bible app, I am still reading through that. I hope to finish it within this coming week and start a new fresh plan.

I’ve also learned that God wants to be honored in every area of our lives. So I’m working on being more thankful and reverencing him in all that I do.

 

Welp, that’s all that I have for this week.  Looking forward to what week 2 will have in store.

 

Stay Blessed,

Abisola