Embracing a new lifestyle requires practice. It comes at a price – as we dare to lay down the old habits and step out in courage, bravely pick up new ones.
When I was journeying out of compulsive eating – with all of it’s destructive thought processes and behaviors – I bravely chose to practice new behaviors daily and over time they eventually became a way of life. At first, it required a huge amount of concentration, leaning on the Lord for the strength to do it, and commitment with a stubborn stick-to-it consistency. It required daily practicing the new mindsets and ways.
I love this style of eating. I respect the creation of my body by listening to what it is telling me and cooperating with that information. I eat when I become hungry but avoid eating when I am not. I eat what sounds most appealing to me, enjoying great food full of good nutrition. I stop eating before feeling full and uncomfortable or needing to loosen my belt.
This is the way that NormallyThin people eat on a regular basis. It’s just normal! And it is a powerful way to keep your weight at it’s correct weight without painful deprivation.
Another factor here, however, is what is going on in your mind, as this is where the true battle lies.
- Do you realize that you are worth it – as a creation of God – to take good care of yourself? Is your mind filled with positive thoughts of your worth or filled with shameful thoughts of how you are not good enough? Maybe it’s time to challenge this thought pattern.
- Do you continue to see food as a comforter or are you challenging this lie that eating food makes you feel better? In the end, emotionally turning to food robs you of weight loss, peace, and finding true comfort from a valuable source.
- Do you give up when you slip because of the shame that robs you from dusting yourself off and getting back on the path? We all make mistakes, we are all imperfect, and everyone eventually wants to give up when they embrace a new lifestyle. How do you personally overcome the stumbling blocks? Are you one who is able to persevere because you are kind to yourself? Or do you eventually give up due to shame, guilt and condemnation? Instead, practice kindness to self while embracing Jesus’ sacrifice at the cross that already paid for your imperfections!
Deliverance out of any stronghold requires daily practice of new behaviors and mindsets while allowing for imperfections and getting back up when you stumble. It’s a delicate balancing act!
Lord, I pray for the one reading this post. Would you encourage them to take up the battle with it’s daily practices? Would you show them their worth and give them a healthy dose of your loving kindness right now? Encourage them in their worth and in their need to turn to You for the ability to stick to the path, I pray. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest
if we do not give up.
Tune the Temple is a Christian Weight Loss journey out of Overeating and Dieting, designed to bring freedom from eating struggles, excess weight, and shame. Please consider taking our Online Video Class to help you with strategies and support in the journey!