Saturday, December 07, 2013
Wow… it’s great that there’s so much interest in the new book study that’s going to be starting on the Jesus Girls Made to Crave team. If anyone else wants to join us, please do!
I didn’t get the job I went for yesterday… it sounds like I was just pipped at the post…. disappointed but never mind… at least I know I interviewed well… although in a way that makes it even more disappointing!... but something else will come along.
In my effort to cut out sugar (which I have now decided not to cut out after all!) I tried Sainsbury’s Be Good To Yourself low fat crème fraiche last night. It was ok!... I was going to swap my custard for cream, but that has so much saturated fat in it… so I’m going to have crème fraiche four times a week and custard three times a week. I used the crème fraiche as I would have done cream, but it hasn’t got a creamy texture, tastes a bit like a mix of cream and yoghurt, and has a grainy texture – probably the tapioca starch they put in it, but hey ho, it’s ok, and it may grow on me. I’ll give it a try and see if I can get the habit. It’ll save ww points if I do.
My thoughts from the 2nd day of the Made to Crave devotional (the first 3 days are free from the website but I ordered the book too) are:
Yes I think I finally get it that I’m never gonna be able to return to my old ways of eating. And yes I hate the thought that I make God look bad by being overweight. But nobody is perfect. People can see that I’ve overeaten, but everybody does stuff that’s wrong, or fails to do the things they should, it’s just that some things are more visible than others. And everything is seen by God….
And I know my relationship with God suffers when I’m not eating right. Strange but true… I’ve experienced it so many times over the years. My eating gets under control and my spiritual life flourishes. Although it could be that my spiritual life flourishes and my weight gets under control I suppose…
Lysa says she started reading the Bible from the perspective of someone who struggled with food. What a good idea! In a book I’ve just started reading, “Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life” by Donald S Whitney, it says that you can read through the Bible in a year if you just read for 15 minutes each day. Wow! I’ll find a picture of some food to use as a bookmark in my Bible and hopefully that will remind me to spend 15 minutes reading each day, but through the eyes of someone who struggles with food/dieting/weight etc.
Beck Day 15 was a good one. It felt to me like kind of a mini refresher course. She has been talking a lot about saboutaging thoughts. I need to get in the habit of responding appropriately to these. So when I eat something off plan, then I tell myself “I’ve blown it so I may as well just eat whatever I want for the rest of the day and start again tomorrow,” I need to respond to that saboutaging thought with “ok so I ate something not on my plan, just get back on plan right now, and keep the damage to that one mistake” and then I can tell myself “well done for getting right back on track, well done for writing down what I ate even though it wasn’t on plan.”
If you write down all you eat, even when it’s not on your plan, you get a true picture of what you’ve eaten, so if you don’t lose much weight you can look back and see why, you can work on your eating habits by adjusting the things that are causing you to go over your calorie range, and you can see the times when you are more likely to go off plan, and work out what you’re going to do about it. For me, those times are often when I’m alone. So I need to keep really busy then. These things are like little challenges, and they can be overcome, if we keep persevering and don’t give up!
I have to say that writing down what I eat after the event isn’t as good as writing it down first then ticking it off. The other day I had turkey curry and forgot to write down the turkey! I’m sure I wouldn’t have forgotten such an obvious thing if I’d planned it rather than writing it down after. And it is very important to write things down as soon as you eat them, because otherwise they are so easily forgotten….
On the diet and exercise front, my sore throat has turned into a cold, so I’m tempted to just do a short walk each day and not count points till I feel better. However, I will stick to my 31 ww points per day, and I will do a 50 minute walk each day, although I may make it a more leisurely pace than usual with no steep hills till I’m better. Not sure if I’m going to lose my 1 pound this week, but I may be surprised! I do feel more confident lately that I can actually continue to diet and exercise till I reach goal and then keep it off permanently. :-)
I have a list of reminders as long as my arm! And it’s on the computer and I haven’t been reading it. So today I’m going to copy it into a notebook so I will be more likely to read it more often, and be reminded of all the good things I’ve been learning from Beck and all the things I want to achieve. It will be both helpful and motivating.
Have a good weekend all!