Finding Joy in the Journey

My Whole 30 Journey Begins


We are on a journey, my friends, you and I.

Our journey’s destination reaches past the sky.

Our adventure begins when, as tiny babes,

We are born, we grow, and year by year we age.

From childhood to grownup, each little tyke must learn

That just like nature’s seasons, our lives will change and turn.

But our Father up in heaven knows our every need

And if we ask Him to, He will take the lead.

A roadblock here and there we’ll encounter on our way,

But if we learn God’s lessons, heartache will not stay.

Every little girl and boy must learn to crawl and walk and giggle;

Even when their hair turns gray and things begin to jiggle.

I hope you enjoy my little poem about our lives and seasons;

We’re all family after all, and for me this is the reason

I came up with this little poem, just for you I wrote it.

Feel free, in the days ahead, if you ever want to quote it.

So join me on this journey and please use your imagination;

As we embark and realize heaven is our destination.

I wrote this poem for a presentation at a Ladies’ banquet a few years ago. I modified it to include any male friends who may read my blog. (Yeah, I see you! Please consider being a follower. I still have only four. I promise not to bug you; you’ll just encourage me.) I think the poem fits my post today, so I decided to share it.

This season of my life has been a challenging one. I never dreamed I’d be living with chronic pain at my age. It is my hope that my new lifestyle (notice I didn’t say diet) will eliminate the inflammation and the pain. Weight loss is a pleasant side effect of the healthy eating, so unlike all the other times I’ve tried to lose weight, this plan focuses on my overall health. I didn’t start my journey on Saturday as I planned. My hubby and I decided to go on a date, so we went out to lunch and to a movie. We had so much fun! And I was free to eat what I wanted. That’s one of the great things about the Whole 30 plan. You “fast” some foods for 30 days. We decided to go out on a date every 30 days. I’ll start a new reboot the day after. I believe that will make the journey go much easier, don’t you?

I had a great day yesterday! I went to church pain free. Members of my church family said I was beaming; one new friend in Sunday School told me I look 10 years younger! I’ll take it! My hubby warned me to take it easy. I guess he was right; this morning my knees are aching. (It’s a good thing I have a chiropractic appointment this morning.) I’ll probably ice ’em up when I get home this afternoon.

So, I weighed in yesterday and took measurements. Let’s do this!

Day One I ate: eggs scrambled in coconut oil with sauteed onions and sliced tomato; stir fried vegetables with coconut oil and coconut amino and baked chicken; and leftover chicken, vegetables and collard greens for dinner with strawberries for dessert. The only beverages I had were hot tea with coconut milk and lemon water.

I awoke after a great night’s sleep needing no caffeine!

So here we go! The purpose for my blog is to document the healing process and what I learn during my 30 day fasts. I hope you’ll join me on the journey.

Have a great Monday, friends.

Until next time,


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