Planning for a Lifestyle Change
I will officially start the Daniel Plan on February 18, 2015, but before I delve into The Plan, I first have to know my purposes for participating. I personally want to become stronger in the 5 Essential Elements that make up the Daniel Plan: Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus, and Friends.
- Faith: My primary purpose for joining my church in this plan is to strengthen my relationship with Christ. One of our main purposes in life is to worship our Father in spirit and in truth and to have a personal relationship with Him. Our main line of communication is through prayer and by reading His word. So while I’m involved in the Daniel Plan, I will look to Him for strength and guidance through prayer and consistently reading my Bible everyday.
- Food: I need to perform a food detox involving items around my house. One of those items include Girl Scouts Shortbread cookies (I purchased 2 boxes from one of my students…she was so sweet and persuasive…I couldn’t resist!). Another item include my guilty pleasure, Little Debbie Swiss Rolls, filled with tons of sugar and fat (I plan on eliminating Little Debbie from my lifestyle completely). It also wasn’t much help when my students brought tons of candy and chocolate for Valentine’s day, which they gave a hefty portion to me. Yes. As I look into my pantry and refrigerator, I’m making note of all the things I need to get rid of effective immediately.
- Fitness: Along with my food detox, I plan on becoming disciplined with my workout routine as well. Gone are the days where I tell myself “I’m too tired!” or “I have too much work to do!” or “It’s too cold outside!”. The Daniel Plan Journal will allow me to keep track of my fitness routines along with my meals so I should have no excuses!
- Focus: If I have no purpose or motivation in life then I will ultimately fail in my endeavors. Setting SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely) will keep me focused and working towards the prize. Most of our New Year’s resolutions end up failing because no SMART goal was set in stone. Since my Daniel Plan journal allows for a space to set my goals and keep track of my progress, I will ultimately succeed!
- Friends: Having a support system will definitely help me through this lifestyle change. Because I’m doing this plan alongside the members of my church, I know that I am not alone and that others will understand what I’m going through!
What are you doing to keep your life on track? Comment below!