Saturday, March 28, 2009
I have been on track with my diet and exercise for about eight days now, maybe nine, but later today I'm going to a birthday party at my brother-in-laws house where there will be tons of snacks and foods I love. I was tempted to eat less all day so that I could splurge a little this evening, but upon further thought I decided that wasn't a good idea. So I'm going to eat as normal and then simply pray that the Lord gives me some self-discipline.
I'm not on a particular diet, I'm simply tracking the vareity of foods and calories I'm having every day so I can eat anything I want to eat, just in moderation. So again, that's my hope, that I'll enjoy some of the food that's there but in moderation. And I suppose I hope I can get to a place in my life where food is not the dominant psychological factor at such events.
If you think about it, pray for me. This is the first time in eight days I've felt concerned about what I would do.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Well, it's only the first time, but still I want to celebrate small successes. I was able to eat very sensibly at my morning meeting yesterday and I left satisfied and happy as well! i'm very grateful.
And now this morning I have a meeting at a coffee shop. I'll have already eaten breakfast but I'm trying to figure out how to find out how many calories my drink has. Maybe I'll check out their website.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
I have a morning meeting today at a local Denny's, and this is the first time I've eaten out since I've started eating healthy again. So I've been contemplating all morning what to do, and here's my plan:
1. Order from the "lighter side" if they have that (it's Denny's, I kinda doubt it!).
2. Order an egg or two with ham and fruit.
3. Order oatmeal.
4. No matter what, keep the portion sizes as I would at home.
As for impulses, I'm so happy that I really want to do the right thing. I feel no temptation whatsoever to gorge on my usual favorites. I'm sure there'll be days when this isn't true but for today it is and in this I rejoice and thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
The first commandment is to "love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength" (Mark 12:28-34). It is to look to God first, to desire him most, to seek him with passion, to learn from him with eagerness, to serve him with humility. As this priority comes to characterize our lives more and more, other things also fall into place--things like healthy living.
It seems to me that, when we focus first on diet and exercise, we're bound to fail in one way or other because we've put the effect before the cause. Even if an atheist succeeds at eating the right things, rejecting the wrong things, and exercising regularly, he has still failed in the end because, by ignoring God, he has put the created thing before the Creator and this is the heart of idolatry.
All to say, my main goal this day is to learn to love my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, with all of my heart, soul, mind, and strength. And in doing so, I pray that he'll give me the desire, courage, and discipline to steward this body he's given me well.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Yesterday morning I woke up feeling so full of energy but only a few hours later I totally tanked--to the point where I was nearly immobile. I simply had no energy for anything I tried to do, even things I normally love doing. Luckily Mondays are my one day off per week so I spent about half of the day just lounging around, but I was concerned that if I kept feeling a lack of energy I might have to add things back into my diet that I don't think, in the long run, are good for me--like caffeine. Caffeine is fine for some, but for me it's poison. It's helps for a short spell and this always comes back to bite me.
But then I realized that I have put my body through a kind of shock therapy over the last few days. I have gone from eating a lot of junk, with an occasional serving of fruits and veggies, to eating no junk and a full regimen of fruits and veggies, as well as other healthy foods and drinks.
My wife and I watched the movie "Super Size Me" the other day, where this guy ate McDonalds three meals per day for 30 days. By day 21 his body was doing so poorly that three doctors pleaded with him to stop what he was doing. They said that his symptoms looked much like that of an alcoholic and that if he didn't stop he could do irrepparable damage to himself.
Wow! I haven't been eating McDonalds three times per day, but I've been eating a lot of junk for a long time and now that I've changed my habits my body may just be reeling from the effects--and simultaneously loving it!
I felt groggy this morning again but then went on a brisk 15-mile bike ride and for whatever reason my body snapped out of it. Thank God!
One way or the other I'm going to keep pushing through the transition and hope for the best.
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