It’s not just a physical thing

This week has been tough getting back on track with detoxing from our annual church campout.  I went in with a plan and good intentions to eat healthy.  Friday night I found myself with an ice cream cone filled with goodies toasted over the fire…..and the weekend continued in all its fried food and gooey goodness.  I swear there is a green eyed monster inside me that craves sugar.  Once I start I can’t seem to stop.  Over the last couple of years I have learned so much about physical strength and toughness when working out and I know mental toughness is key during a tough workout (this week I have 2 blisters and 2 skinned knees to prove it).  I remember being on mile 10 in my first half marathon when my phone rang and it was my husband calling to encourage me.  I just wanted him to come get me or make it stop. I persurveered and the accomplishment I felt afterwards was so rewarding.  That mental toughness I had been working on at the gym had paid off (not to mention running it with encouraging friends).  I am learning I need that same mental toughness and self control when eating.  I find myself going to the kitchen nightly and wanting to graze.  It has been a habit of mine for years.  I have tried all the tools of turning the lights off in the kitchen, pictures of skinny me on the pantry door, goals on the fridge, I still graze.  It dawned on me this week that the mind is a muscle as well and it can be strengthened as well.  I may not win every battle but each time I reject that grazing reflex I am getting stronger (you know what doesn’t kill you).  My faith is playing a huge part in this battle.  God will not share his glory with anything else and He wants the glory for this work He is doing.  I am tired of being a prisoner of the past and if the girl that can do all the crazy stuff at the gym decides to take on this eating…she can do anything.  “Don’t take orders from a cookie” was on one of my motivational cards and I really took that to heart when it was followed up by “Give God your weakness and He will give you His strength”.  I don’t want to be ruled by the cravings of the flesh, I want food to take its place which is just nourishment for the body.  I have had many years of eating for celebration, stress, boredom and so on….. Each day I become mentally stronger is a day closer to putting food in its rightful place.  It says in Romans “We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us”.

Blessings,

Cathy

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