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Life’s Journey ~ Day 22 ~ Final day :-(

Well, the end has come…I did not make it the full 30 days.  I started failing pretty fast the last couple of days and my husband was extremely worried that I had gone too far.  So my official tally is 21 1/2 days.  In the bigger picture, that sounds incredible.  Now I just have to get myself past all the self bashing.

I feel like I have let so many people down.  I made such a big deal out of going the full 30 days and so many people have been watching and praying for me.  I found my connection to God about a week ago, so I accomplished the main goal I set out to, I needed to get right with God.  I have found myself praying more, soul-searching and just basically discovering myself in God’s world.  I am grasping onto that now as I battle the demons of failure.  They keep whispering in my head about how I failed.  I let everyone down.  How they knew I couldn’t finish yet another task that I have started.  These are the same demons that tell me that I am unworthy of the success that Mona-Vie will bring me.  That I don’t deserve to have nice things and not worry about my bills.  That I am not good enough to offer help to those less fortunate than me.  These are the voices that up until now I chose to listen to exclusively and allow myself to drown in the darkness they bring.  But no more!

Today I offer myself to the world as a contender.  I will no longer hide in the shadows and wallow in self pity.  I will no longer allow myself to be brought down by anyone or anything.  I have to believe that God has big plans for me and that I have to stand up to the task.

My biggest motivations for succeeding with Mona-Vie are:

1) The phenominal health it has brought to my family.  I would feel extreme guilt if I did not at least attempt to share this with anyone and everyone I know.

2) My nephew.  He is autistic and my sister has lived somewhat of a nightmare trying to get him taken care of in school.  My nephew is a joy and he is not the source of my sister’s struggles.  The trouble is getting him schooled.  I want to be able to fund a safe and long term center for autistic children and adults.

3) I need to prove to myself that I can finish something I start and this is going to be it.  My fast has just proven to me that the Mona-Vie is an extraordinary product.  Without it I would not have made it this far.  People can say whatever they want about the cost, but you are not going to find anything with this kind of nutritional value for any less, especially something that will pay you!!

So, as I end my fast and start moving forward, I pray that I will continue to honor God in all I do and I pray for the best for all of you!!  I invite you to at least consider the benefits and the opportunity that Mona-Vie offers.  What do you have to lose?  Less than $300 investment for your health and the potential to become financially secure.  There is no other opportunity out there that can offer you more.

Thanks for coming by!  God Bless!




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Life’s Journey ~ Days 16-19

When I close my eyes and go back over the last 19 days of my life, what I see just amazes me.  I have become even more determined to complete this task because I don’t want to let myself down.  I have invoited many people to walk beside me as support on this path because I knew I would need the accountablility of knowing I wasn’t alone.  Knowing that others are watching truly helps me stay focused for the most part.

During this time, I have found myself more and more trying to figure out just what it is that God wants me to do still don’t have that figured out yet, but I am noticing more and more the things that I like to do that seem to be calling to me.  I have realized that I truly like to teach people, it doesn’t matter what it is, if I know how to do something and someone else needs to know it I just seem to thrive on being able to show them.

Much to my heartache, I’ve also realized that because of my past way of life and the bad decisions I have made along the way, that some people don’t have faith in me or my ideas, especially the people closest to me.  But I have finally decided that I am no longer going to let their lack of faith in me dictate the steps I need to take to change my life.  It is going to change and they can come along for the ride, try to catch up later or just be left behind.  I have been given this great gift that I believe is from God and all I want to do is share it with others.  It’s 100% natural, pure nutrition and has been what has really been sustaining me through this fast.  It has allowed my husband who was suffering horribly in pain from an auto accident to be pain free, sleep through the night and start working out again.  No it is not ‘cheap’ if you only look at the cost, but the benefits (both physically & financially) FAR outweigh that.  For anyone who doesn’t know, I am talking about Mona-Vie.  If you want to know anymore about it let me know, but since this is my fasting post, I wan’t say anything more about it here.  I only brought it up because it has such a significant place in the fast and in the struggles that I am trying to over come by doing the fast.

Days 16-19 were not really anything extraordinary.  Just the same battles to get through all the food that humans (especially Americans) indulge in.  We eat for social reasons, not just for hunger.  Any event or get together usually has food at it’s center, maybe not the main reason but a big one!! The snacking urges, the need of ‘comfort’ food and the need to jut ‘be busy’ all contribute to our food intake.

Now, unlike my friend who is on quest to quit drinking alcohol, food is necessary for survival, but not in the quantities or frequencies that we indulge in.  I have not eaten solid food for 19 days and I am still alive and kicking (ableit not kicking hard).  I’ve heard it said recently that you can live 30 days on water alone, 3 days without water but not 15 minutes without hope. (I paraphrased that so don’t quote it)  In order to get out of bed each day, we need hope that we are going to make it through it.  In order to get married, we need hope that it will last.  In order to believe in Jesus, we need hope that all we’ve read and heard is true.  In order to love, we need hope that it will be returned.  In order to fast, we need hope that we will make it through and that we will find what we are looking for in the fast. 

Now, as I embarked on the last 11 days, I pray that continue to seek God and all His plans for me.  I pray that I will no longer be afraid to face my demons and move forward with my life.  I pray that all you and your loved ones stay safe and sound and that you will be given the gift of appreciation for all that you have.

Thanks for stopping by! God bless!



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Life’s Journey Days 7-13

Ok, ok!  So I’ve slacked on the journal!  But I haven’t slacked on the fast.  13 days and still going strong.  The remainder of last week went fairly well.  No major issues, no problems or hard struggles.  I say that now, but I know that while I was going through some of the days, I thought I would just cry, well, I DID cry!   It is a really hard struggle to just not eat.  I miss food terribly and with all the food around me, I half defeated myself coming up with of a ton of reasons why I should eat.  And YESTERDAY!!!!  Let me just say that I spent the day outside while we were at my in-laws.  There was just too much food there.  Basically holidays consist of eating until it’s time to eat!

All in all, the going has been a struggle but not impossible.  I have stood in my kitchen and cried on my husband’s shoulder because I just wanted something…anything…and yet I didn’t want to quit.  I have prayed (am praying) daily to make it through.  I can’t guarantee that I’ll make it all 30 days, but I can tell you I am going to go as long as possible to finish what I started.  That’s what this is really about, finding the person inside of me who is not afraid.  Who will make a commitment and stick to it.  Who is ready to give whatever necessary for God.

I will try to stay on top of this journal more, but now I need to email my mom and sister as I didn’t get in touch with them for Easter and I want to say Hi before I go to bed.

Thanks for stopping by, God Bless!

~ Jena ~


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Life’s Journey ~ Day 6

Just a quick update tonight.  The day was really rough due to stress issues involving my son.  The stress is not really helping my motivation.  It was a really long day especially since I worked 13 hours.  Then I made the mistake of torturing myself by watching Diners, Drive-in & Dives!!!!  I love that show because I love small restaurants like the kind he features.  But, no real worries.  I’m not truly even hungry, I just miss eating.  I love the taste of food.  Of course smelling what my family eats is hard, but without real hunger pains, I’m doing ok. 

I am just really tired today.  So I am off to bed so I can meet a friend for ‘breakfast’ tomorrow (how ironic).

Good Night and God Bless!!



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Life’s Journey ~ Day 4 & 5 ~ April 4 & 5, 2009

Yesterday started out pretty good.  I was not hungry AT ALL when I woke up.  I drank my Mona-Vie and then stayed with water for the rest of the day.  Wes and I moved some stuff around (more physicalwork than I do in week!!)

I am finding out that the mornings are fairly easy as I am not usually hungry then.  It is between 3-5 that my hunger pains have started this weekend.   What I am learning the most is how much of our lives revolve around food.  At work it seems that the whole morning is spent figuring out where to go or what to have for lunch.  There are candy dishes and snack stuff EVERYWHERE!!  And as I mentioned Friday, stress really causes you to seek out comfort food.  Then to top things off, being in a Methodist church, there is food all the time everywhere you turn!

Another thing I am learning is how to refocus on God.  I have been doing a lot of praying.  And the enemy has been doing a lot of attacking!!  He is throwing temptation at me with every breath it seems.  But I have found away to slow down time!!!!  Time surely does drag when you can’t eat!  As day 5 SLOWLY draws to a close, I realize that I have a huge task still ahead of me.  25 more days to go! 

I’d like to issue a request. Maybe a challenge even.  Start taking the time to look at the nutrition in the foods you currently eat.  Check out the protein content as well as the fat, sugar/carbs, and calorie content.  Start looking for the healthiest (and let’s say mildly inexpensive) meals you can find…and share them with me.  I have 25 days to spend on creating a new lifestyle.  I am looking for high quality, affordable meals that are not too time consuming or difficult to make.  We enjoy fish, especially salmon, and will be cooking more chicken.  A few red meat choices are ok, but we have to be careful about the quantity.  The more veggies the better!!!  Our current favorite is grilled zucchini.

Once again, please know that your comments are welcomed and appreciated.  It’s always good to know that people are reading and what they think about what they are reading.  Feel free to send this site to anyone who you think might like it!

Thanks for coming and God bless! 

~ Jena ~

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Life’s Journey ~ Day 3 ~ April 3, 2009

Yesterday was a very tough day!!  I was hungrier than I have been in a long time when I woke up.  Then proceeded to lose control of my car in the rain and but by the grace of God, did not hit anyone, only the mediun and did minor damage to the car (we think).  So I spent the rest of the day pretty shook up and wanting all sorts of comfort food.  My favorite being Popeye’s mashed potatoes and gravy!!  But, alas, it was not to be. 

The demons were playing havoc with my too.  Every excuse I could think of (or they could think of) was circling around in my head.  Including the wedding of some dear friends!!  But I refused to give in.  I did have two little bites of watermelon because I am doing juice & water.  My poor husband had to listen to me dealing with all this.  But all in all I am feeling pretty good about myself and staying on track.  I could see the enemy for what he was and managed to overcome him.  I definitely had to turn to God to do it, but I am so thankful to have Him to turn to.

My husband is truly a God send at this time.  He is very supportive of my task and even tries not to eat around me.  My close friends are also really helping me by offering support and prayers.  I truly feel this will not only bring me closer to God, but allow me to build stronger relationships with my friends and family.

As always, thank you for stopping by, please come back anytime.  God bless!


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Life’s journey ~ Day 2 ~ April 2, 2009

Click here for –> Day 1 

Day two started off with me being pretty grumpy, mild headache and cramps (which I gave in and took ibuprofen for) and just plain tired.  I truly dislike being a girl sometimes, although my husband always makes me happy that I am!   

Anyway, I think I will do juice through Friday and then water only on Saturday & Sunday.  (Of course I will be drinking the Mona-Vie on water days as well but only the 4oz)  I will be adding some cardio today as well, either walking at work or on the exercise bike at home.  It will be mild, but with the sugar intake from the fruit juice, I need to incorporate some calorie burning exercise so as not to have this whole thing backfire on me and end up gaining weight. 

I have really had to turn to God today for strength!  Not only do I not feel well, but I think all anyone talks about at work is food.  Not to mention that my ‘roommate’ always has some kind of food going on at her desk.  Not helping the hunger pains any.  We just got back from Publix, we went looking for fruit alternatives besides OJ.  My hubby keeps telling me to make fruit smoothies (no milk) but I am concerned about that defeating the purpose of the fast.  Without a juicer, anything we do with fresh fruit is still going to have the fruit fibers in it and that is what takes time to digest.  This is a bit frustrating.  I should have done a bit more pre-planning as far as the juice side goes I am seeing now.  But I will not falter.  Actually, I sure did whine a lot today…”I’m never going to make ittttttt!”  WAIT!!! It’s only been two days!!  Can you stupid little demons at least give me until, say day 7 before you start this crap?!?

Anyway….sorry for the outburst there.  Days 1, 2 & 3 are usually the hardest so I am sure I will be a basket case tomorrow! I’m trying to figure out how I avoid eating at a friend’s wedding tomorrow night. Yeah, this ought to be fun.  “Umm, I know you spent all this money on the food and stuff, but I can’t eat it.”  I know, I’ll make my husband & daughter eat my portion!!  That’ll work!

Ok, I think I am done babbling for tonight!  I’m tired and still have a headache so I’m going to bed!

Thanks for coming by, hope to ‘see’ you tomorrow!! God Bless!


PS: I failed miserably at doing the cardio thing today.  Oh well, tomorrow’s another day!

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