Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Face to Face with Yourself

In Overeaters Anonymous I was told, "let us love you until you learn to love yourself."

In Christian Weight Controllers, I was told, "understand that God loves you even when you don't love yourself."



God helped me lose 95 pounds and keep it off for 18 years. Praise His name.



God controls the whole earth. He made humans in "His image." He wanted us to give love to Him of our own free will. He desires we follow Him willingly.

    Don't fight the facts of nature. Who can straighten what he has made crooked?
    Enjoy prosperity whenever you can, and when hard times strike, realize that God gives one as well as the other--so that everyone will realize that nothing is certain in this life. 
    Ecclesiastes 7: 13-14 from Live Recovery Bible
 

Does that speak to you? Any message in that?

 
There are things in life that will never make sense to us. I don't understand how a young man can be taken, and an older man with Alzheimer's can be left. I don't understand why God doesn't strike down the child abuser.

Neither do I understand how my husband can eat one bite of candy each day, or forget about it and leave it in his drawer for weeks, while it burns in my brain until I finish the whole package.

 
God is sovereign. When we accept that, we're ready to come face-to-face with ourselves and learn how to retain permanent control of our weight.
 

****"It's not the flavor, it's the fix."
      You didn't fail at diets. Diets failed you.
                       How to Make Almost Any Diet Work
                           by Anne Katherine
 
Katherine gives lots of charts, lots of trial and error steps in her book. The point is there’s not a one-size fits all abstinence.

 
I don’t like the word diet. I use the word abstinence for when I follow the plan that works best for me, that God and I have chosen together for me to follow. Then, I’m being abstinent.

 

The book recommends learning how your body reacts to certain ways of eating.

 
Many years ago, when I joined Christian Weight Controllers and started my path of losing and maintaining weight God's way, I faced my own habits, desires, and lifestyle.
 
 
 
Here's what I discovered about myself:
I must have protein at breakfast or I feel weak all morning & tend to overeat at lunch.
 
 
I need to eat my last meal early in the evening, or it interferes with my sleep at night. Also I lose or maintain better if I do that.
 
 
 
 
 
I was a terrible snacker, so limiting in-between eating eases my compulsive nature. I strive for 3 meals with a small snack about 7 at night.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Time to come face-to-face with yourself? Are you at the point where you and the Lord are determining what plan of abstinence works for you?


Do you skip breakfast and become ravenous by ten in the morning?

 

Do big lunches help you through a sluggish afternoon or does it make it worse?

 

Can you safely go a couple hours after your usual eating time without any adverse affects, or do you feel faint and weak, then unable to stay abstinent when you do eat?

 

Do you get hungry in the middle of the night, the middle of the afternoon, or not at all?

 

 

Try different ways & figure out what works for you.


“We shouldn’t seek answers as much as we should seek God."
                   The Circlemaker
                        by Mark Batterson
 
Remember, almost any diet will work. Ask God to show you a healthy eating style that works for you. God provides the strength. You are only responsible for keeping open the communication line to the Lord.
 
What is He telling you to do today?
 
 

4 comments:

Faith Simone said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing this Janet! The Lord and I are still working out our plan to get me functioning at optimum health. Right now he's working on my heart and mind set to help me understand that His love for me is total and complete no matter what my weight. He just wants the best possible lifestyle for me. The more I walk in His love the easier it becomes to make better food choices. Rather than dreading a new way of eating or diet, I find myself enjoying the process of trying new foods and new physical activities. He is faithful and can help us with whatever our struggle is. I'm so grateful that He meets us right where we are!

Janet K Brown said...

Praise God. You're so right. He is faithful. Thank you so much for your encouraging post. God gives us freedom. He doesn't want us to obsess over every little thing we eat & exactly how much exercise we get anymore that he wants us to obsess over eating too much food. I found that, too, that when I sought Him, I didn't long for the food so much. I had substituted the food for Him. No wonder I was in such a mess.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Thank you for the beautiful post, Janet. It's hard sometimes to put everything in God's hands, but He knows what our needs are and is there for us every step of the way. God bless you for your encouragement to others.

Janet K Brown said...

Thanks for stopping by, Beverly.