It’s been said that if motivation were an equation,
it would look something like this…


The problem with our motivation (I’m speaking personally, here!) is that our “for” is broken. For whom are we motivated to eat right, exercise, take care of ourselves, etc.? If our “for” is misguided, our motivation will only come about in fits and starts and is easily influenced by external and internal factors. We often get caught up in that  “vicious circle” of want-to hearts, without the follow-thru action. Great intentions are interrupted with illnesses, changes in our schedules, loss of a loved one (God forbid), etc. Often the first thing to go are our well-intended efforts to care for ourselves. Our schedules fluctuate, sometimes with little control on our part, or we suffer some sort of minor injury…then out go our efforts to exercise. Our hormones fluctuate and we can’t seem to get one good night’s sleep…then out go our efforts to do ANYTHING RIGHT! I hear ya’! Of course, there’s no shortage of advice out there on how to deal with it all. A lot of worldly brainpower, time, and energy has been invested in convincing (and selling!!) us ways in which to stay inspired and stay on track!

About four years ago, I had really lost my way and was very overweight and distraught about my health. Not only was my “for” broken, it didn’t even really exist! Through a series of events, (which you may read about in my testimony) I made the decision, and actually signed a formal covenant, to begin a season of God-centered “fasting” off of certain foods (sugar, white flour, white rice, white everything!:). What initially began as a 30-day commitment, soon turned into more…much more. More time to make a difference in my health and, most importantly, more time with the Lord—you see, we were finally in this together. Just me and Him. And it was changing my life! I no longer ate for MY satisfaction or gave into MY cravings. It was HIM I didn’t want to disappoint. I had found my “for!”  Once my focus turned upward and stayed there, I was able to stay on track!!

So, TWO YEARS and 40 pounds later, I ended my time of fasting. When my friends began asking me how I had accomplished my weight loss, I shared my fasting experience with them and they jumped right on board with it, too! Many had great success, both physically and spiritually, and, like myself, still use a time of fasting whenever feelings of getting off track emerge. It was a wonderful time of bonding for us and we still speak of that initial time of fasting together with great fondness.

So, you might ask, what was our secret to sticking with it?  Well, our motivation wasn’t self-centered–it was God-centered!  We prayed our hearts out each and every day, we shared healthy recipes, we ate meals together, and met together regularly. We knew our weaknesses, so our dependence wasn’t on inner-strength, it was on His strength! (In fact, this program (and its name) came about from that time of fasting…Fueled FOR God.)

While fasting is certainly personal…between you and the Lord…He can also use others to help you gain encouragement, experience, and information. Do you have to go on a multi-year-length fast? N.O.P.E. Absolutely not! Thirty days of fasting works wonders in changing addictive behaviors and habits.

If you feel the Lord calling you to a time of fasting, you might wish to consider following these steps to get you going:

1. Read the TESTIMONY (if you haven’t already) to help you gain some motivation and history.

2. Print and sign the FASTING COVENANT. While fasting is between you and the Lord, there is a space for a “witness” to sign as well, but feel free to skip that part of the process if you like. Also, if the fasting list is more than you can handle right now, then simply make it your own by marking through the items you are going to continue eating. For example, if all you want to fast off of is sugar, then mark off the other items on the list and leave the sugar content.

3. Delve a little deeper into God’s Word as it regards fasting, and read the STUDY available for download.

4. Read the post entitled, BREAKING THE SUGAR HABIT, for a few tips on how to handle the sugar detox of your fasting journey.

5. Download these SCRIPTURE CARDS and carry them in your purse, tape them to your bathroom mirror, commit them to memory, etc.

6. Sign up for the FUELED & FIT EDGE 90-DAY CHALLENGE which begins January 31st!

7. Join the FUELED & FIT FACEBOOK GROUP for support and encouragement.