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Today I re-read Introduction: Finding Your “Want To” and Chapter 1: What’s Really Going On Here? of the book that accompanies me on my 21-day journey, Made To Crave by Lysa TerKeurst.

I was successful at losing quite a lot of weight and growing closer to God in the process (or the other way around) some six months ago. Some of the weight has returned so I need to take care of that – I felt so much better physically those nine pounds ago. More importantly, though, I need to refocus from thinking about my weight and appearance to fixing my gaze on God. I want Him to be the object of my desire and the source of my self-worth. Like Lysa,  I am “a simple Jesus girl on a journey to finding deeper motivation than just  a number on my scale for getting and staying healthy”.

This is about good stewardship (looking after the good and amazing body that God gave me), wisdom and making good use of my free will. I have freedom to make good choices. That includes food choices, choosing my thoughts, making a deliberate effort to exercise.

The first two days of the journey that I’m documenting here have been a kind of warm-up. I haven’t yet planned out my diet or exercise routine for the next 3 weeks (and beyond). I didn’t have any disastrous episodes with food yesterday or today but I wasn’t eating to well, either. I had a lot of outdoor physical activity (a 6-hour hike in the woods on Saturday and a walk with a very active 2-year old today) which I feel very good about.

I don’t want to obsess about my weight or food, or exercise. Rather, I wish to focus more on God and look to His Word rather than elsewhere, to find satisfaction. ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ (Matthew 4:4, NIV)

Tomorrow I’d like to make  a plan regarding the practical choices that I’m going to make during the following weeks. That includes my Bible study plan, diet and exercise.

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Day 1   2 comments

Dear Reader,

Let me introduce briefly the idea behind this little project.

You’re probably familiar with the 21-day habit formation rule? Apparently, it takes 3 weeks of intentional repetition to create a new habit. For the next 21 days I’m going to work on my relationship with food and my body image while focusing on the most important relationship in my life – with God.

This journey in self-discovery and self-control is inspired by a great book by Lysa TerKeurst, Made to Crave. The subtitle explains very well what our focus in life should be: Satisfying your deepest desire with God, not food.

I read the book back in spring and have worked with it, and found it immensely helpful. However, I did not really finish reading it or working with it, and now feel I need to get back and do it ‘properly’. Since I’m quite familiar with it, I’m going to speed up this time and read one chapter a day. I’ll be journaling my reflections here.

Hopefully, by the time this 21-day journey ends, I’ll have formed a habit of  running to God, not to food, for comfort.