Sunday, January 09, 2011
Last week was pretty busy with getting back to work after my surgery, and so while I read in "Made to Crave" I haven't posted much. This blog will include many of the things that really jumped out at me.
p. 22-23 -- "Each time I craved something I knew wasn't part of my plan, I used that craving as a prompt to pray. I craved a lot. So, I found myself praying a lot ... My tower of impossibility was food. Brick by brick, I imagined myself dismantling the food tower and using those same bricks to build a walkway of prayer, paving the way to victory." (The day I read that, I'd watched a crew of workers tearing down our son's garage - brick by brick. They want to use those old bricks on the new addition, so they carefully dismantled the old structure. They didn't try to knock it down and then pick up salvagable pieces. They did it the hard, slow way, that preserved all the usable bricks.) I want my journey to health to be about more than just feeling slim, taking fewer meds, and looking nice. I don't want to replace unhealthy eating with a different self-centered focus. That's why "Made to Crave" caught my eye. If the new/healthier Susie is also a more God-centered Susie, I will have a REAL victory!
p. 32 -- from the story of Esau giving his birthright to Jacob in exchange for a meal: "So Esau despised his birthright ... The thing that strikes me about this story is how much Esau gave up for just a few moments of physical satisfaction. He sacrified what was good in the long term for what felt good in the short term." Most of us were born with healthy bodies, and we essentially reject that gift by making unhealthy choices. We throw away our health in exchange for the "freedom" to eat what we want, when we want. We lose mobility, flexibility, strength because we'd rather sit and watch TV or play on the computer.
p. 34 -- "When you get into possible trouble with temptation, remember to 'stop in the name of love.' Let your love for your friends, who are standing with you, and your love for the Lord, who wants you to honor Him in the way you treat your body, make you think it over." Mindless eating dishonors ourselves, our supporters, and our Lord! Lysa talks about our unhealthy choices being a "choice to go back to my (our) brokenness" -- OUCH!
p. 39 -- "Why not make this a daily prayer, first thing in the morning, before we've eaten a thing ... 'God, I recognize I am made for more than the vicious cycle of being ruled by food. I need to eat to live, not live to eat. So I keep asking for Your wisdom to know what to eat and Your indwelling power to walk away from the things that are not beneficial for me."
"Be it a relationship in which someone makes me feel less than my true identity or a vicious food cycle that leaves me defeated and imprisoned, I must remember I was made for more. The truth of my identity as a child of God empowers me to believe that living in victory tastes sweeter than any unhealthy delicacy."
Tonight I'm feeling like munching, and re-reading this is reminding me that it might be OK for me to eat more, but not beneficial. I might not weigh more in the morning, but I will have given in to emotional eating, and that strengthens an old habit I've worked hard to break. Why move in that direction tonight?
p. 44 -- "How do you grow close to God?" Lysa's answer: "By making the choice to deny ourselves something that is permissible but not beneficial. And making this intentional sacrifice for the sole purpose of growing closer to God ... Somehow becoming a woman of self-discipline honors God and helps me live the godly characteristic of self-control ... in the end, pursuing self-control does help my heart feel closer to Jesus and more pure to receive what He want for me each day ... instead of clogged with guilty feelings for my poor choices." I love the thought of being more able to receive what God has for me!!
P. 45 -- "In other words, live with the willingness to walk away when the Holy Spirit nudges you and says, 'That food choice is permissible but not beneficial - so don't eat it.'"
LOTS to think and pray about!
(I may not be able to watch the webcast Monday night (my internet is pretty slow), but hope to catch the replay Tuesday when I have access to a faster computer.)
Sunday, January 02, 2011
DJs on my radio station talked last year about picking a word for the year (as opposed to making a list of resolutions). I didn't really do it for 2010, but I think that for 2011 I would like to focus on being WHOLE-HEARTED. Whether in the physical, spiritual, or emotional realms, I don't want to just "go through the motions". I don't want to be wishy-washy, or worse, apathetic. Scripture says, "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord ..." (Col. 3:23). That doesn't mean I will be complusive or perfectionist, but I will seek to put my whole heart into whatever I choose to do on any given day.
I was 'tickling' the 200# mark in Nov. 2008, but with God's help and SparkPeople.com I have come a LONG Way! And I don't want to backtrack! I looked back at my weigh-in results, and I only see 1x in 2010 where I was over 145#. For much of the year, I've been a little under that. My goal is to maintain the same pattern! I reset my goals, to include strength workouts 2x/week, and cardio 5x/week for 40 min. That's a moderate schedule; one I believe I can stick to.
I will continue to have my Fitness Minutes exceed my Spark Points -- to put into practice all that I'm learning from SparkPeople.com and my Spark friends!
I will try at least 1 new Spark recipe each month -- I find that looking for new healthy recipes keeps my food planning fun and reminds me that eating healthy is tasty. (One of the statements on my vision collage is Eat Bold, Not Bland!)
I am going to use "Made to Crave" as a starting point in reprioritizing: I want to seek God 1st, and not let thoughts of food be so consuming. Even thoughts of good foods can sidetrack me from my goal of Knowing Jesus more and following Him more closely. I will start a message thread on that study on the Driven By Faith Team board. I hope others who are reading/
studying that material will join me on that thread will share the things God is teaching them, too!
I've enjoyed reading the 2011 goals many of my SparkFriends have posted, and been encouraged by each one who is not just sliding into the New Year with vague "I wish/I hope" statements.
Many things will come my way in 2011 without me having any control over them. But there are Far More things that ARE My Choice -- and with God's help, I will make Healthy choices!
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
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