What happens when you start something on your own, then search and pray for a supportive community, and end up leading others on the same journey? You find something extraordinary and you experience transformation.
In the spring of 2013 I started The Daniel Plan using the help and resources that were available on the website. I did it by myself until August 2013 and then volunteered to lead a Daniel Plan group as one of our weekly women’s bible studies at church. To tell you the truth, it was not a super successful group. But it wasn’t all a loss. Out of that group, I did find a couple of other women to take this journey with me! In January of 2014, I continued my Daniel Plan small group journey with a much smaller group. These women have been such source of encouragement to me and I found that leading a study is a great foundation for accountability.
Freedom. I feel like my biggest gain from this experience has been freedom—freedom from dieting and freedom from junk food. Don’t get me wrong. I still enjoy food but in a very different way. I love to cook and try new healthy recipes. The food actually tastes better than the junk I was eating before.
My biggest challenge has been trying to eat healthy with my family. My husband is not interested in changing his eating habits. He exercises and keeps a healthy weight. So, it has been a struggle for me to cook healthy and make healthy choices when we eat out with two kids and a husband that who aren’t ready to make the same changes that I have made. But, God made it clear to me that I needed to make changes and He has given me the strength to do it!