Every individual faces the challenges of life in ways unique to them. Sister Laura Lofgreen is no exception.
When faced with daily stress, procrastination of goals and hobbies, and the reality of her weight, Sister Lofgreen turned to something she hadn’t tried for twenty years: fasting.
Not only would she fast, she would do so for thirty days in something called intermittent fasting—refraining from food for sixteen hours followed by an eight-hour eating window. It’s nothing too different from Latter-day Saints’ monthly fast of two consecutive meals, except Sister Lofgreen did so for thirty days.
“I decided I could do something difficult and pay the price for what I wanted,” she stated. “I was able to find my strength in overcoming because my focus was not on me . . . . I became more sympathetic to others. It was like an awareness was born that wasn’t there before.”
In general, members aren’t asked to live such a strict lifestyle as intermittent fasting, but for Sister Lofgreen, it was something she felt she needed to do.
“From the first day of my fast . . . [I] put my relationship with Heavenly Father at the forefront of my life. It’s no wonder I was able to confront my problems and finally doing something about it . . . . I want others to know that we can do hard things.”
While having been able to reach her weight loss goal, Sister Lofgreen recognized the more important benefit from her fast: those blessing of a more spiritual nature. Toward the end of her fast, on day 26, she was sad to see the spiritual experience end.
Afterwards, Laura and her husband made the personal choice of donating a generous amount to a charity of their choice. She has also returned to her passion for writing, having written a book on the experience and maintaining her own blog relating to her daily life with her husband and their six children.