Made to Crave
Saturday, March 30, 2013
I have started reading a book called Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst. She suggested that any time I have a craving that I pray about. I am going to give this a shot. Usually when I want something sweet or fattening it is because I am in need of something emotionally. Of course I turn to food, that's what the enemy would want but in all reality, it should be God that I turn to. It is a good practice for my spiritual life and my health. I know that it won't be easy at first or that I will get to a point where I don't need to pray about craving. It is a great start and a fantastic coping mechanism. Actually this is where I should have done from the beginning.
I am also going to start her 60 day devotional and see if I can do it along with my 14 week plan.
Personal reflections on reading:
"What repeated behaviors or events describe the cycle you experience and feel powerless to stop?"
Lack of preparedness. Usually I wait until I am hungry to decide to fix dinner instead of preparing dinner for when I am hungry. It has also become habit.
"What reasons motivate your desire to eat healthier? Do these reasons give your struggles with food a purpose strong enough to help you resist unhealthy eating?"
My family is my motivation. I want to be around longer than the path I am on. I want to be active. I want to be able to chase my kids. I want to have a healthier pregnancy next time around (not that I had too much trouble with Monkey but I did have a long, hard labor). I want to feel cute and feel like myself again. I used to be an active, healthy person and I feel like someone else being 70 pound heavier. Yes these reasons are enough to motivate me. They are the reasons that I haven't given up with set backs. They are also the reasons that I have continued to recognize my success. It has been super slow progress but it is sticking. That's what I want. I want permanent changes. I want a different lifestyle, not just to lose weight. It was my unhealthy habits that made me obese. The only thing that is going to change that is if I change my habits.
*there are more reflections to be completed later at location 374.***