I come from a family of thin people – Mom, Dad, and both of my sisters all seem to have this ability to eat everything in moderation…then there’s me – the baby of the family! I do nothing in moderation lol! Since I was little, I was the one who couldn’t squeeze into my sister’s hand-me downs and when I’d eat out of a potato chip bag they’d say “mom stooooop her.” lol!!! Cause there was no way I was stopping myself! (Now I know that you are looking at the picture above and thinking that I look just fine…but look who I tend to compare myself to – my two Godly and dearly loved… skinnie minnie sisters lol!)
Let’s just say – I’m the curvy sister and on Easter I was the only one wearing a Spanx (it’s an under garment that is a tummy tightening, thigh trimming, bottom boosting, super slimmer) and I was thankful for the help in my fitted dress.
For those that have followed me for a while, you know I’ve written about this before…a few times lol! So it’s clearly a sticking point – a running theme – some brain clutter that exists in my life.
I heard Beth Moore talk about weight loss once and she said: “there are two extremes with weight loss: on one end there is neglect and on the other end is obsession – and in the middle there is balance.”
If I neglect exercise and eating my fruits and veggies I will not be healthy and able to serve God to my fullest abilities but if I obsess over every bite – my focus is off of Jesus and onto myself and I am not able to serve God to my fullest abilities.
One thing I know is I cannot be free as a size 2 because I have to obsess over every bite to get there. I also cannot be free if I neglect exercise and eating healthy – because here in 2012 I feel like…a blob lol!
I have to find the place where I am free…and it is not a number on the scale or a certain dress size…it’s when I am eating right, and getting proper rest and exercise.
I have been read all of the link-ups and comments from yesterday’s post. Your input has been amazing! One woman wrote about her tracking food and said her rule of thumb is “if you bite it your write it.” Another said – her goal is to work out 5 minutes a day! She said she knows if she gets started with 5 minutes that she’ll keep going for 30 – isn’t that so true? I love that!
Last summer, I was invited to be a part of the ReShaping It All book club. I made this video below for their site but it goes perfectly with today’s topic!
Matthew 24:41 says: The Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.
Day 1 of the Challenge is over and now it’s day 2. It is going to take a daily and sometimes hourly denial of the flesh to live a disciplined life. As Beth Moore said – we must not neglect these areas but we also must not obssess over them. We must seek to overcome them so we are free to focus on God and his will for our lives.
If you have not committed to this challenge yet but would like to – click on the button below and leave a comment on this post (you will find a free printable there for you also):