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Day 7   Leave a comment

I believe insufficient water consumption is contributing to my overeating and feeling sluggish. So I’m tackling this issue by:

  1. making a note of every cup of tea/coffee and every glass of water that I drink throughout the day
  2. aiming at decreasing the amount of coffee (on some days I have 2 cups even before noon!!!) while increasing water (goal: 8 glasses – so far I’m drinking a maximum of 4 on a ‘good’ day).
Success: I managed to limit caffeine intake today. At a working meeting in a cafe, I chose red bush tea rather than coffee.Failure: The pizza I didn’t have yesterday still haunted me this evening.  And, sadly, I yielded to the temptation… Well, at least it wasn’t a large one and had mostly vegetable topping.


Day 6   1 comment

I woke up feeling much better than yesterday – the painkillers I took at bedtime had worked. So, a good start 🙂 Another rather hectic day, though, with trying to organize work and catching up on tasks which I was unable to complete yesterday.

On the habit formation front, I’m still making a note of how many coffees/teas vs glasses of water I drink throughout the day.

Unfortunately, I did not make time to read another chapter from ‘Made To Crave’ so I’m even more behind now. Not good and quite demoralizing, really.

On my way home I felt so cold (yes, summer’s is officially over) that I started having obsessive thoughts about ordering a pizza. I’ve noticed this destructive pattern of craving pizza when I’m very tired/cold/have a reason to celebrate. What makes it especially unhealthy and dangerous is that I usually will have the whole pizza for myself. I also tend to want to finish it all in one evening… I’m very embarrassed admitting this now but it’s… well, true 😦

I didn’t get the pizza tonight. I wish I could report that I chose to pray, as per yesterday’s lesson, to overcome the temptation. However, instead of asking God to save me from the unhealthy craving, I was ‘saved’ by circumstances. I was determined to call a restaurant or get a frozen pizza, but, fortunately for me, all pizza parlors in the area were closed already and so were the shops (it was very late in the evening). Yes, I did not eat the pizza. But it wasn’t a spiritual victory, and this is what I’m really after.

Apologies to you, dear reader, for the negative tone of this post. I’m simply trying to be honest with myself about my struggle and where I’m at.

Day 5   Leave a comment

Wise woman… right…
New responsibilities and different obligations are mounting with trying to organize the new job. I’m so very stressed. On top of that, my health is not great at the moment which makes anxiety level soar. I was in a lot of pain today and had to take quite a strong medicine. Half a day lost…

I’m pretty sure I would benefit in my current situation from having a healthy dietary regime.

Oh, wait, I did introduce one practical thing today. I’d noticed I wasn’t drinking enough. As a result, I feel tired or sometimes my brain interprets it as hunger rather than thirst, and I grab something quick to eat (unhealthy option, of course, because it’s easier and faster…). So I decided to make a note of each glass/cup of liquid I drink.
The ‘tool’ I’ve ‘designed’ for keeping track of quantity drunk, is a piece of paper stuck to a cupboard door. I mark each glass of water or cup of tea/coffee drunk (water – good, coffee – not so good).
Not much but at least it’s something.

I also read a chapter from ‘Made To Crave’. I’m 2 days behind with the reading but will get there :). I was only able to open the book at bedtime, when the painkillers started to really work. I read Chapter 2, ‘Replacing My Cravings’ where Lysa asks the ‘raw question’… It is rather shocking when you admit that you love and rely on food more than God. Well, of course, not all the time – that would be really sad. But yes, it sometimes looks like I do. Sometimes it looks like I believe that eating a certain food will make me feel happy or less stressed.

I really want to turn to God for comfort and peace instead. This chapter says that I need to pray whenever I feel tempted to seek solution in food. Prayer is a way of ‘tearing down the tower of impossibility’ when we feel trapped in this cycle of defeat.

I was really touched by Lysa’s example prayers. They’re so honest and they show how we can trust our Lord with even seemingly trivial problems. I particularly like the one where she admits before God to her particular food craving at the moment but is making a choice to eat a healthy, nutritious breakfast instead. She’s making a choice to celebrate what she can have rather than lamenting over the ‘forbidden fruit’.

Yes, it’s all about making the right, conscious and educated choices, isn’t it.