Sunday, January 20, 2013
I want to record the behaviors which by God's mercy are resulting in pretty consistent good choices these days .
-- I joined a BLC team, Navy Ninjas, which involves commitment and accountability (things I have long avoided in regard to eating).
-- I explicitly committed, and I have accountability with public trackers & team chat threads ("no choice, no choice" according to Beck diet solution).
-- Since I know that for me personally, wheat, sugar, and simple carbs stimulate constant, fierce cravings, I abstain from those. I am much happier.
-- Provide excellent quality, delicious food that is healthy. I note how I am taking good care of myself.
-- Never skip a meal.
-- Since my habits are new and shaky, and I know my weakness, I assiduously avoid temptation. I physically keep my distance, avert my gaze, ask my family to put something out of sight, don't go to certain restaurants right now. I'm weak, but determined.
-- Decide quickly and firmly. For temptations I couldn't anticipate, say to myself (out loud where feasible) Not for me. No. I'm not eating that. No.
-- Notice and label how I'm feeling.
-- Give thanks and praise to the Lord Jesus Christ. Notice my blessings. Pray & pray.
-- Look for joy and delight in non-food areas.
-- LOTS of water and hot tea.
-- Set a specific, moderate exercise goal that I can succeed at consistently.
-- Sleep 7 - 8 hours a night.
I copied these strategies.....from Spark friends, from books, from Scripture. Obviously none is original. But I have been stubborn and willful, and just didn't want to do it. Now what I want is to be fit and healthy.