Saturday, July 06, 2013
Moderation. A girl's best friend for living a healthy life. This has not always been the way I treated diet and exercise. No. I thought that the way to lose weight and keep it off was due to exercising at least an hour a day and deprivation of certain foods. It was no wonder that I always seemed to find my lost pounds. And I wan't even looking for them. I allowed myself to fall into the trap of believing there were good and bad foods and that in order to look good, I had to exercise all the time.
I think we are all hypnotized at one time or another into believing several lies concerning our bodies. 1) There is a pill that will allow you to lose all that weight you took years to put on your body. 2) You have to limit your food intake to 1200 calories and none of that can include dessert or rich foods. And 3) It is all or nothing.
Lies, lies, lies. These lies are perpetrated by the devil so that you fail on a consistent basis. Lie Number 1 allows you to think that you have to do nothing but swallow a small man-made substance and it will take care of the rest. The rest being fat or weight loss. But it does not help with your cravings, nor teach you how too eat correctly. So, once you run out of money for this miracle drug, you will still have the underlying problem of food addiction. Or worst, you will be plagued by its many possible side effects.
The only way to combat this is through moderation. Learn how to eat within your calorie range and do not cut off the foods you enjoy. Just make sure you only eat what will fit into your daily allotted amount. That way, you have the secret to maintaining your weight loss for good. Don't believe the hype. Pills are not meant for long lasting, healthy living.
The second lie has to do with deprivation. God made everything, and nothing is bad that he created. I love ice cream and breads. They are my weaknesses. However, when I discovered that by eliminating them from my diet, I eventually fell off the plan. I had to discover a better way to accomplish my goal. SparkPeople has shown me the lasting way to still enjoy what I love, but only eat them when I have room in my daily food intake. So, when I feel like eating ice cream, I have it. Only I use my measuring cups and only eat a serving. And I eat it as slowly as possible so that I enjoy every morsel. It really helps.
Exercise is the same process. I tend to not want to exercise on certain days when I make myself work one hour or more a day. For three weeks now I have looked forward to working out 30 minutes a day. It is fun and I feel my body getting stronger. This I know I can maintain. And so can others if only they follow the rule of moderation.
Finally, lie number three. it is all or nothing. This goes along with lie number two. All or nothing implies that I can either eat like a rabbit and move like a professional athlete or be a pig and eat anything I want or be a couch potato. Wrong! Wrong! Wrrong! Again, moderation is the answer. Take it slow. Step by step. Work at your pace and you will find that you are consistently meeting your goals, losing weight, gaining endurance, and learning how to eat a sensible diet.
So, do not believe everything they throw at you or everything that makes it to the television set. They never tall you all the information gained from their studies, just want they want you to hear. Remember to listen to your body. Most importantly, listen to God. He wants the best for you. Allow His loving Words to guide you to divine and healthy living. That is my ultimate goal. I want to represent Jesus in a manner that brings Him glory and praise. So I shall live in the state of moderation.
"You have died with Christ, and he has set you free from the evil powers of this world. So why do you keep following rules of the world, such as, "Don't handle, don't eat, don't touch." Such rules are mere human teaching about things that are gone as soon as we use them. These rules may seem wise because they require strong devotion, humility, and severe bodily discipline. But they have no effect when it comes to conquering a person's evil thoughts and desire." 1 Tim 2:20-23