Showing posts with label #diet. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #diet. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Clear Skies

Today, I wanted to share what I read in my own devotion book for today. I need to remember. Perhaps, the reminder will minister to you, also.

Is it all about you? Or God?

August 3

 
215. Clear Skies


“With long life will I satisfy him; and shew him my salvation.” Psalm 91:16


     This morning, I sat on my back patio and viewed the clearness of the sky. With the extreme drought and hot temperatures this summer, fires threaten on every side of our city. Last night, ashes floated through the air and dusted our hair and clothes. Winds calmed through the night and this morning, our sky is a crystal expanse of sapphire.

     God showed me how that was also true of my view of life. When we were younger and raising our daughters, disorder drove my deductive reasoning. I loved Jesus, but focusing on myself distorted my view of His direction for my life.

     We sing a song at church “It’s All About Him.” As a young adult, life was all about me. I was mistreated. I couldn’t stop craving sweets, but they made me fat. It wasn’t fair. My husband traveled and left me to handle everything. I tired of arguing with my girls, so I had to eat. I did more at church than Sister So-and-so, but she got the praise.

      Sound familiar?

     Every age offers good and bad. Now, I lament being so old and having a shorter time to accomplish all I want to do. But, now that God controls all of me, I liken the older ages to my clear sky this morning. I see Your hand in everything. As the psalmist said, He shows us His salvation. He never leaves us. But, sometimes our view is covered with ashes.


Prayer: Remove the ash and help me see clearly.





Here's a good quote from Kathleen Kurlin's book Diet Nuggets and Wisdom Appetizers that I read this week.

Discipline weighs ounces. Regrets weighs tons.

Allowing God to clear the ash and show you the way can bring freedom from bondage. Do you need freedom? Are you dealing with discipline or regrets?

Let me know if this helped you today.

 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Have You Found a Kindred Sprit?

My Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness released in December, 2012. It continues to be the best seller of my four books. As of a few days ago, I had still not found another book even similar. Then I discovered a kindred spirit in an author that released her book in 2013, short months after mine, both of us thinking overeaters needed that daily dose of support.

Have you found a kindred spirit in your writing?

When we pitch manuscripts to agents or editors, we often compare our words to other books. To do this, I've sought out like-minded writers. When I pitched Divine Dining, I compared it to “Food for Thought” by Elizabeth L., “Daily Affirmations for the Compulsive Eater by Susan Ward, and “Food for the Hungry Heart” by Cynthia Rowland McClure.

If you've purchased and enjoyed Divine Dining, then I want to recommend another book to you. 

 
When I read the preface of Diet Nuggets and Wisdom Appetizers: 365 Days of Encouragement for Dieters  by Kathleen Kurlin, it was almost eerie at the similarities in our background.
 
 
We were both "professional dieters.
Kurlin started her first diet at age fourteen. My mother put me on one at age fourteen.
 
We both reached the lifetime status with Weight Watchers early in our walk.
 
 
We both spent our lives in yo-yo dieting with every plan known to man (or woman).
 
 
We both believe that focusing on the Lord and committing our will to Him is the only lasting answer to the problem of compulsive overeating. As Kurlin put it in one of her nuggets, "Surrender leads to freedom."
 
We both used much of our own journal to fill our devotion book pages. Our formats are similar, using a Scripture verse and a prayer with each thought.
 
 
With full discloser, I've not read all 365 of her days of encouragement since I've only had the book a few days. I spotted it on my Amazon page under, "If you like this book (Divine Dining), you might like this one. Kurlin and I shared copies of our books. 

The pages I've read so far seem to give more practical helps than spiritual applications, while Divine Dining gives more Biblical insights.

For instance, here's a excerpt from today's "diet nugget."

Remember, your stomach is not the boss of you, but if it starts growling at you, maybe you just need to take it out for a drink. A drink of water, that is. Life is short-drink up!

As the deer pants for streams of water,    so my soul pants for you, my God.
                                                                     Psalm 42:1








If you've spent a lifetime struggling with your weight, Diet Nuggets and Wisdom Appetizers would make a helpful addition to your library. That is, after you've purchased and read Divine Dining, of course.
  



Yes, I have found a kindred spirit on devotions for dieters. I can't wait to read Kurlin's fiction. I'll keep you posted.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Is It God's Way or the My Way?

There is a way that seems right to man, but in the end it leads to death.
                                        Proverbs 16:25



     Willpower is fine as far as it goes, but for the compulsive overeater, it does not go far enough. The obsession we are trying to control is not rational, so it does not come under the sway of rational resolve. As a matter of fact, it is our “self-will run riot” that pushes us on from bite to bite all the way through a binge, so trying to use self-will to control compulsive overeating is like trying to put out a fire with gasoline. The driving force behind out white-knuckled, clenched-teeth “no” can just as well shift over and fuel the mania to swallow more and more and everything.
                   from Hazelden Publication "When Willpower Is Not Enough"


First 3 steps of Overeaters Anonymous
 
1.     We admitted we were powerless over food, that our lives had become unmanageable.
2.     Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3.     Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
I’ve always been a journal-keeper through the good and the bad.
******I found this post in a journal from several years ago:
     What I have trouble with is step three (action). I can say the words “Lord, take over my will,” but I obviously don’t mean them because I continue to try to control and react negatively when it goes contrary to my wishes.
     I must learn to not react to others’ problems. Step three and giving up control is in direct proportion to my spiritual condition. God is in the now, not past or future.
 

 
Jesus said unto him, "Thou shalt love the Lord, thy God with all thy heart, and with all they soul, and with all thy mind.
                           Matthew 22:37
 
     I think we get down the heart, the soul, even the strength. We follow Christ with everything in us, but we have a problem when it comes to our minds.
     Our minds take in our reason
                           logic
                           desire
                           imagination
                           memory
                           will
 
Our minds rebel, maybe only in a small area (like food). Jesus commanded us to love Him even with our whole mind. Rebellion in any area is simply rebellion, and God will not tolerate that. Like a rotten apple in a barrel of good ones, our small rebellion grows into a mountain of sin.
 
 
Who is driving the vehicle of your life? Who controls your food, your time, your thoughts?
 
When you begin the next diet, pray about it. Could it be that you're following a way that seems right to you, but ends in death and defeat?
 
 
 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

You Are Special!

Which is correct?

Lose weight to increase your self esteem.

or

Increase your self esteem to lose weight.


With my now 23 year old granddaughter
When I weighed two hundred, fifty pounds, my self esteem drug the ground. I had tried every diet known to the compulsive overeater,
pills, shots, grapefruit diet, Atkins diet, weight loss clubs, and hundreds of other remedies. I could lose weight, but I always regained it.

One day, I joined another group called Christian Weight Controllers. What I gained there was more than a diet or exercise club, more extensive than visualizing my success and using positive self-talk. I required healing, not only in the realm of the physical and mental, but I required a touch from my Heavenly Father.

Yes, I followed a prescribed way of eating called the American Diabetic Exchange Diet. Yes, I began a walking campaign with a friend. Of course, I attended a weekly support group. But, I went a step farther. I followed the twelve steps.

Here are the first three steps of the original Alcoholics Anonymous book. (with my personal spin).

I admitted I was powerless over food, that my life had become unmanageable.

I came to believe a Power greater than myself could restore me to sanity.

I made a decision to turn my will and my life over to the care of God.

Denton book fair with my 3 books
God healed me emotionally. I've maintained my ninety-five pound loss for eighteen years. God gives freedom, not bondage. When I lost weight previously, I obsessed over doing it perfectly as much as I obsessed over food when I was binging.

My problem, my sin, was control. Instead of God being on the throne of my life, I replaced Him with food.

I can now glory in my weakness.

God perfects my weakness with His strength.

God's truth gives freedom. He freed me not just from food. I eat what I want, but He frees me from compulsion.

In this day, we hate the word "slavery," yet compulsive overeaters live with slavery every day.

Don't believe me?

Have you ever planned on starting a diet one morning that you relinquished by lunch?

Have tears ever flowed because you were so heavy, but couldn't stop eating?

Have you believed yourself worthless because you were fat?

Now, go back to my original question.

Which is correct?

the second one - Increase your self esteem to lose weight.



My suggestion: Start by listing ten things about yourself that you like.

Hint: Remember, you're God's creation, so you are special.

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?