Monday, December 9, 2013

The Daniel Plan — Day 1 of My 40-Day Journey

This excerpt was first published here on FaithGateway on 12/9/13. Be sure to check out the FREE Session 1 of The Daniel Plan study video by Rick Warren and download the FREE Daniel Plan Detox with a 10-day meal plan and then go buy the book!
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First of all, we need to discuss butter.

Hot, buttered sourdough bread, buttery garlic bread, and crunchy, French baguettes with a generous pat of delicious butter will be served at the Marriage Feast of the Lamb for sure. I can live without pie. I can do without desserts in general (except lemon tart and crème brûlée — because YUM!). I can resist candy. But, butter is pure, unadulterated kryptonite.

Oh, and as a related fact, movie theatre popcorn is teeny bit of a problem, too.

"With enough butter, anything is good." ~ Julia Child
(She also said, “Fat gives things flavor” and I have to agree.)

So, I just want to be 100% honest from the get-go that I’m going to be dying for real butter for the entirety of The Daniel Plan. There’s no substitute. Speaking of dying, Patsy Clairmont once said "Diet has the word ‘DIE’ in it and who wants that?!" She introduced the word “Edit” and I’m sticking with it.

Hi! I’m Laurie McClure Hausam and I’m the slightly unhinged brave lady who willingly signed up to start The Daniel Plan during the month of December.

As in, through Christmas with all its delicious foods, noggy drinks, and pepperminty, fudgy treats. As in, skipping the Christmas Day Roast Beast, creamy, garlic mashed potatoes, and hot, buttery popovers. As in, missing out on my family’s annual New Years’ Day Rose Parade/ Swedish Pancakes BaconFest.

Tell me this is not the cuh-ray-zee-est thing you’ve ever heard in your life. At 40-whatever, I blame peri-menopause. 

I am a Jesus apprentice, a single mama of five (three homegrown, one Kentuckian, and one Ethiopian), a writer, beach lover, and am addicted to radical grace and yoga pants. Perrier is my love language. As a native beach cities Southern Californian where palm trees sway and bikinis are prevalent, I’ve had a hate-hate relationship with the dreaded bathroom scale since the late-‘90s.

But, in the last five years as my marriage went haywire and there was so much upheaval and insecurity, and a lot of grieving to do, I gave laziness and naughty habits carte blanche and gained the weight of a small European car. This did not help in any conceivable way. 

I must report that in my journey this year toward emotional, spiritual, and physical health and wholeness, I have already offloaded 30 lbs. of excess — give me a minute here while I do the Happy Dance — and eliminated a couple of bad habits.

So here's my pre-Daniel Plan photo for you, after I've already lost 30 lbs. One of my goals on The Daniel Plan is to drop 10 more (a realistic goal, I think).
Some things can be accomplished with ordinary willpower — like calmly outlasting a toddler tantrum or maintaining a cheerful, encouraging countenance during your son’s screechy violin practice — but harmful habits, addictions, our go-tos for relief from stress, troubles, discouragement, loneliness, financial frustrations, etc., can’t be broken with mere willpower. They require Holy Spirit intervention.
For me, that’s food.

But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. — 1 Corinthians 9:27

Like many people, I can be extreme. It’s all or nothin', baby. Learning to exercise balanced spiritual stewardship of my body without wild extremes one way or another is not something I can do on my own strength. So, here I am, declaring I need God Almighty to lead me through The Daniel Plan. I can't do it without Him!

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
 — 1 Corinthians 10:31

Secondly, we need to talk about love. What does love have to do with editing food and fitness choices, you ask?.. A lot! If you’re anything like me, you know it's way, way harder (if it’s even possible) to get and stay motivated, to enthusiastically look forward to challenges, and press on towards goals through difficult seasons if you're not standing on a solid foundation of secure love.
It is love — not fear, not guilt, and not peer pressure — that causes us to keep going when we feel like giving up. ~ The Daniel Plan
So, if you’re considering joining me on this 40-day journey (even if you’re not), before we begin let’s remind ourselves of the promise that God’s love for us is unending and unconditional. His covenant is sure.
  • No matter what you look like
  • No matter what size jeans you wear
  • No matter what your messy story is
  • No matter how many times you’ve failed or given up
  • No matter where you are in your faith walk
  • No matter what anyone else thinks
  • No matter what addictions you’ve battled
  • No matter what
Thank You, Abba!

Finish reading this post on FaithGateway here!

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What is your food kryptonite? What is your favorite form of exercise? Have you joined The Daniel Plan community? I'd love to hear from you! You don't even have to post a "Before" photo, so jump on into the conversation! Please leave me your comments, because you are my missing "F" (Friends) in this Daniel Plan journey!


  1. Very inspiring and courageous goal, especially during December; but, if anyone can do it, it is you, my friend! Thank you for allowing us all to see ourselves in your writing and journey. Looking forward to great things!! DM

  2. Hi Laurie! I started the Daniel Plan this week, too! Are we crazy to do this during December? YES! But I'm loving it. Friday was my first day. So today is day 5 and……I've lost 5 pounds. WOW! Plus I feel great. I'm sleeping, I'm energetic, I'm excited. Glad I found your blog.


    1. Hi, Patti! I'm so glad to meet another fellow crazy! :) WOW, you are doing so great! 5 pounds is amazing! Glad to hear you're feeling fantastic, too. Thanks for commenting. I look forward to encouraging one another!

  3. Hey Laurie, Through 7 degrees of Facebook, someone posted your blog on a friend of mine's page. It's great to see you on your journey to get well. I too, just went through a weight loss journey (although a different plan). Just wanted to say hi. Hope you are well.
    Maureen Dobreski Learned aka former suite mate in Clark at Westmont. :)

    1. Well, hi, Maureen! How fun to hear from you! Congratulations on your weight loss accomplishment! Thanks for popping over to say hi!

  4. Thank you for your willingness to share your journey. On October 1st of this year, I started eating Paleo, which is very similar to what you are doing. My goal was better health. Well, that started happening within the 2nd week! Confirmation came when I made visits to the doctor and totally eliminated 2 medications and cut back on another! I feel so much better. Please realize that you may hit a few rough patches along the on toward the will be so worth it! My bonus beyond feeling great is that I had lost 20lbs. I pray that I can maintain healthy eating. I made it through Thanksgiving and WILL make it through Christmas too!!

    1. WOW, Pam! Good for you! That's really encouraging! Keep going strong! We can do it!