Friday, January 20, 2012

M2C - Chapter Two

As I have begun to become more aware of my eating habits, I find that most of my cravings occur when I am bored or when I am stressed.  I do enjoy comfort food - especially french fries (and if they happen to be covered with chili and cheese, all the better).  I have laid this at Jesus' feet and am standing firm that He is my deliverer.  I am two weeks french fry free, people!  God is good!!

I have many motivations moving me towards the goal to become healthier:

1.  My family.  Not only do I want to be able to be actively involved in their lives and to be able to enjoy playing with them - football, catch, whatever - I also want to hang around this world long enough to watch my kids grow up and grow old with my husband.  (If I'd continued down the path I was on, I probably wouldn't have much of a chance at a long life.)  At present time I also become embarrassed for my husband or children when they introduce me to a friend or associate.  I feel like people look at my husband and think "poor guy" and my children's friends see the shell of what I have become rather than the fun, spunky/funky mom I actually am.

2. I want to feel better.  I have lived with Fibromyalgia for half of my life, and I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired.  In the past it has been hard to make myself exercise when my body was already so worn down and fatigued, but since I have started, it has made 110% difference in the way I feel in general.  Praise God!!

3.  I want to look better.  Yep, I said it.  I'm vain.  I want to look better so that I will feel more accepted by others instead of feeling judged by my appearance rather than what I can contribute.  This is my selfish desire.  But it's true.  So there it is.

4.  I want to grow in my relationship with God.  We Christian folks are so good at pointing fingers at people who fornicate, smoke, drink, and get high, and in the same breath justify unhealthy eating as an excuse for fellowship.  It can't be justified - not when it leads to a life time of unhealthy habits that have turned into a hundred extra pounds that leave you without the ability to live the life of freedom that Christ died to give you.  Again, I lay down my desires for more of Him.

I love the idea of replacing my cravings for food with prayer.  As I seek to overcome a life time of unhealthy choices - soda, starches, chocolate, and cheescake - what better way to achieve it than by asking for His strength!  It's killing two birds with one stone - drawing closer to Him and becoming healthier at the same time!  This is a win/win, folks!


But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  2 Corinthians 12:9

8 comments:

  1. Awesome! You echo many of my own thoughts and feelings! We can rely on the fact that God is so faithful... and how close He desires to be to us.

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  2. Thank you Samantha for linking up today! I am grateful to know more about your journey. My daughter is getting married in June so I have lots of motivation to lose this weight!

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  3. I love you! Thanks for your honesty. I heard my words coming out of your pen...or keyboard. Standing firm with you...

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  4. Great post, Samantha! I'm going on the M2C Journey, too! And I'm not shy about saying that I want to look good in my beachwear this summer!! Looking good helps us feel good, too! Looking forward to seeing future posts at the 'A Journey of Love' Link-up. I also stopped in at your doggie blog! Love it. I am a dog lover/owner, too. If you get a chance, check out my blog at http://christintheclouds.blogspot.com/

    In His Lo♥e, Ann

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  5. You go Girl!!! I am on a similar journey, look forward to following your progress!!

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  6. Hi Y'all,

    Having spent my life active, I still find times like winter when weather doesn't always cooperate or those cravings for some food just seems overwhelming.

    Hubby and I found a satisfying substitute for french fries...you may know it...slice any potato into thin slices. If you're on low salt use another seasoning you like. You can even brush a little olive oil on the potato slices. Put them in the oven to bake...works great as a french fry substitute. Baked apples, with a little brown sugar in the core and apple juice for moisture, we've found makes a satisfying dessert.

    We've found if we avoid fried foods (hard to do if you eat out) and just bake them instead and watch our portions...portions are more important than what we eat.

    I'll be back to root for you and read comments and learn something. Once you get it off you have to stick to what you're doing to keep it off.

    BrownDog's Human

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  7. Hi Samantha, Thanks for visiting my place, it is always nice to meet new friends. Love the photo of you with your two Goldens-so very cute. I have to say that one of my goals is to get in better shape which also helps us get healthy. You look good but I understand how easily weight can pack on. I think it is great to determine that you want to get in better shape. I love that you homeschool, as I did and my two daughters do now. Have a great day!
    Noreen

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  8. Thanks for linking up and sharing your journey with us! I am so happy that you have joined us. Thank you for your encouraging words and I will be praying for you on this journey!

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