'tis the season for temptation
Monday, December 10, 2012
I have slacked off in tracking my food, exercise and goals for journaling here on Spark People. I want to get back into daily tracking and journaling again because this is the toughest season for me - so many temptations with Christmas parties, Christmas cookies, people bringing yummies into work. I helped wrap donated presents at church this weekend, and someone brought in donuts! Temptations everywhere!
Making a plan ahead of time works really well for me, that's how I got through Thanksgiving eating just until I was full and no more. But, I didn't make a plan for the day AFTER thanksgiving. It's the unexpected, unplanned for things that always seem to trip me up.
I'm almost tempted to get a smart phone just so I can have access to Spark People all day long and get in the habit of logging every single thing I eat, as soon as I eat it (or even before I eat it).
But then that also sounds kind of obsessive.
But then again, God doesn't consider it "obsessive" if we check in with Him multiple times a day - that's exactly what he wants - a close relationship with us.
What would be really neat is to "check in" with God about my day and what I'm eating just like tracking food and exercise with Spark People.
I'm discovering that with cravings and emotional eating, my biggest defense is being AWARE of it. Addictions sort of sneak up on you and take over without you even NOTICING. You don't notice until its over with and you are suffering the after-effects.
SparkPeople and Overeaters Anonymous has really helped me the AWARENESS factor. Asking myself, "why I am craving this right now? Am I really Hungry or am I Anxious, or Lonely, or Tired?" (HALT!)
If I am in aware-mode, instead of being controlled by emotions, I can face unexpected temptations with food with this attitude: "I'm not hungry right now, but that treat looks really delicious. I'm sure it will still be just as delicious in two or three hours, when it's mealtime and I am hungry again. God, help me to resist the temptation right now and wait until I can eat it when I'm hungry again, without guilt."
But those who wait upon the Lord will renew their strength... Isaiah 40:31