Me and self-discipline are not friends. I’m not a fan. I unlike self-discipline very much. It occurred to me the other day that the things I AM self-disciplined in like planning my day and staying on schedule should make me self-disciplined in other areas of my life but they don’t. For instance, I like to plan my week on Sunday afternoons when everyone’s taking a nap. I take out my big weekly Erin Condren calendar and my Erin Condren Life Planner and update each of them accordingly…in silence. When that plan is messed up, for reasons beyond my control, it messes everything else up. I feel like I don’t know what I’m doing because I didn’t see it written down somewhere. I give you permission to roll your eyes regarding that entire scenario.
Now, you would think this planning maniac would thrive when it comes to healthy eating because if you plan it right you are golden. I completely agree but we are sooooo wrong. The Daniel Plan Detox coming up on January 15th is an act of planning like you have never seen in my life. I plan everything: breakfasts, snacks, lunches, snacks, dinners, drinks, smoothies…you get the idea. For me, this detox is always a major undertaking because I eliminate my arch enemy: sugar. I found out last year that I had a yeast intolerance level that was super high. My allergy doctor recommended a book for me to read and find out more and the book was astonishing. Essentially, I get sick if I eat too much yeast, but my body also has a stupid-crazy amount of yeast and guess what? Yeast feeds off sugar. The sugar cravings I have are real, it’s not all in my head. So why can I not quit eating sugar? Why can’t I have the self-discipline to say, “No sugar, I’m good today. Thanks anyways.”
2 Timothy 1:7 in the NIV says, “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” Now, that verse makes self-discipline sound strong and bold! My lack of self-discipline makes me timid and seem weak. If you are doing the Daniel Plan Detox with me starting 2 Timothy 1:7 let’s work to memorize this verse and pray it daily.