As each week progresses and my calorie sheet anxiously waits for my next entry, I am mentally preparing my next snack and/or meal. On Wednesday afternoon’s I join my friends to “weigh-in” in an attempt to first and foremost – get rid of our extra pounds and keep them off. There are a variety of organizations and groups to help you “lose weight” or “take off pounds” yet ones anticipation or anxiety for a weekly weigh-in won’t motivate us to shed the extra pounds, they typically motivate us to eat less before the weigh in or to win the newest competition. Once a week I face an inevitable truth…my weight!
I’ve belonged to a weight loss support group on and off since the birth of my daughter – so for the past twelve years. I’ve had ups and downs – reached my goals and celebrated my healthier and skinnier me. Through the years I’ve learned a few things that work for me and things that don’t so why am I still fighting this battle? I’ve read different books, tried different diets while seeking knowledge from the latest magazine. The obvious reason I’m still nearly forty pounds overweight is I can’t do it on my own and I’m looking in the wrong places for the knowledge, knowhow and strength to persevere on this life long journey. The use of “I” is the biggest problem…tonight’s weigh-in was an eye opener.
For the past two weeks I have cataloged and inventoried the food I ate by listing the foods eaten and beverages drank each day and the meal in which they were consumed. I didn’t count calories, points or do the exchange but at least I was writing my food intake down. Or so I thought! As I stepped on the scale it screamed back at me!! Actually the only screaming was the hysterical laughter oozing from my toes when they told me how much I weighed and the astronomical amount of weight I had gained in two weeks time. Would you like to take a guess? You are aiming too low…with my head hung low and the hysterical laughter subsided…I must confess I gained 7 ½ pounds!!! Oh my goodness…that is a small baby! It is time to get serious, reflect and figure out how to be healthier.
If I want to be healthier then I’m going to need help from someone with enough patience, strength and knowledge to lead me in the right direction. I look to Jesus to guide my thoughts and typing while I write for Him. I seek His guidance for decisions in my life. I run to Him when I’m afraid or discouraged so why don’t I look to Him for the strength to eat, exercise and sleep in a healthier way? I don’t know…tomorrow is a new day!
"For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago." Ephesians 2:10
If you are on a similar journey in life – let’s join together in prayer! It’s time for P.I.E. – Prayer Instead of Eating! Instead of running to food for comfort, peace, hope, or when our emotions seem to be getting the best of us – let us choose PIE! Let us join together in prayer for each other – to live, eat, drink and exercise with the strength and will power God can provide. I pray to treat my body as the temple God created it to be – I know it will be a challenge but I’m choosing to accept this challenge.
"You satisy me more than the richest of foods." Psalm 63:5
Enjoy your PIE – I know I’m going to. I have a wardrobe of clothes waiting for me to shrink into them! I have a healthier body waiting to run, play and enjoy the life God has for me! So do you…what will you choose today?
As I walked through the door after my devastating weigh in I was welcomed with the table pictured above. Our daughter set the table and had dinner ready for my husband and I - as we enjoyed dinner (she ate at her grandparents) she relaxed. Thanks!
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323