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I didn’t lose even an ounce this week.
Yep, I wrote a motivational blog series to challenge people to get healthy and the scale mocked me. Maybe you aren’t as surprised as I think you are. Perhaps you stepped on that scale this morning with the same result. Maybe you also had every single intention to stop the lie that food isn’t really hurting you and put down that bag of oreos one day at a time…but it simply didn’t happen.
I’ll be really honest here. I am plum tired of this result. I am tired of standing on the scale and crying over the number. I am tired of replaying hateful words spoken over my weight by others, believing that I simply can’t change this. Friend, I am desperate for it to be different.
So what went wrong, you ask? Why didn’t I see a change? The claim was made that cutting out just 3 oreo cookies a day would make a slight difference. But the trouble was, I didn’t make the changes. I made three simple rules and I didn’t keep a single one. Nope, not one. Instead I bought another lie. Not a new lie, one that has kept me company for years.
Lie #2: Food is my relief
Life this week was stressful. An attack on my sweet friend’s home hurt deep, piercing places that were barely grasping that thread of hope. A collapsed shelf ruined valuables that I cannot afford to replace, and a hateful text message begged to walk me into a pit of despair. I let circumstances take control this week as I gave my body over to stress and anxiety.
Did you know that stressed spelled backwards is desserts? Probably the goofiest thing to say in this moment, but it pretty well matches my behavior. The second something unexpected threatens, I reach for a bag of chocolate chips or pack up and run to the donut shop.
Does it work? Of course not. Honestly, there will never be enough donuts and root beer to drown out my sorrows. The world is a messy place and my problems are far too complicated for a mound of sugar to solve. What I need is not food, but God. Believe me, I know this. I just don’t always ACT like I know this.
The choice to relieve my stress with food is an idol. I choose to rely on food instead of the only thing that can actually do something about my mountain of circumstances, our Savior. This choice is not only a huge problem on my thighs, it’s a huge sin my heart. I don’t like writing that anymore that you like reading it, but sometimes truth really hurts.
Do not be anxious about anything,but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:6-7
Instead of binging through a bag of chocolate chips or box of donuts, God’s solution for stress is to pray. Not just pray, but to pray with thanksgiving, trusting fully that He is sovereign over the circumstances that rage in our lives. Did you notice the second part of this verse? If we obey Him and submit our stress and anxiety to Him in prayer, our hearts and minds will be guarded by HIS peace. Maybe you are like me and this verse has been on the fridge for ages, but you simply don’t claim the promise. I KNOW that I give God every circumstance through prayer, but I am still very guilty of eating my way through the situation. It’s almost like saying to your child, I trust you to cross the street alone, but let me carry you just in case you mess up.
This is what we need to get through our heads—> God does not need our help! He can fix this problem without a box of donuts. We only need to let Him.
Friend, I had every intention to write a post about starting over today until I realized that life always brings trouble. We buy the lie and things don’t go as planned. But we can’t keep starting over. There will always be temptations and we will always feel like we didn’t get it right. The question is- did we move in the right direction? Or the wrong one?
Did I do anything right this week? Yes, I went on four walks with my kids. I made some healthy choices. I greatly reduced our trips to the drive thru- including my beloved root beer. The number on the scale may have brought tears, but it doesn’t define my success. I made changes. Good ones. No I didn’t follow every rule, but I did better this week than I did the last and that is progress.
I have a friend who always yells at me for talking negatively about my self. She says, “hey, you can not talk bad about my friend like that.” It makes me chuckle every time, but she is so very right. God is grieved when we speak words of despair or defeat over ourselves. So, in your best interest, I will not allow you to do that today. Today, we will celebrate what we did right, all the while, looking forward to a new week and the chance to make even more changes.
- Tell me ONE thing you did right this week, even if it wasn’t one of your rules. You MAY NOT leave a comment telling me anything that you did wrong. (I mean it, I will delete it!)
- Write out Philippians 4:6-7 and put it on your fridge or on the pantry door, reminding yourself to pray instead of eat.
- Consider choosing foods that are known to chemically help relieve stress. 10 Foods that Relieve Stress
- Visit my Get Healthy pinterest board for recipe ideas and easy workout ideas.
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