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Made to Crave Week 3: From Guilt to Peace
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Welcome back for the third week in our made to crave series. How is everyone doing with your healthy eating plan? Have I got a tool for you! I have created a printable that I have used to plan what I will eat throughout the week, and I wanted to share it with you too. Each day has a spot to record options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as 2 snack options for that day. There is also a spot to record your water intake throughout the day, and to make a exercise plan too! To download yours, click here.
Ok on with the study…
I’m sure you have heard the popular phrase… “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.”
Let me tell you, I can list a lot of things that taste really good. I can also give you a list of all the justifications I have made for eating said treats. While there is nothing wrong with the occasional indulgence of treats and sweets, I have found that all those treats and justifications really start to keep me in bondage. I eat, then I feel guilty. I don’t eat them, then I feel deprived. And the cycle could go on and on.
What I love is this week Lysa TerKeurst rearranges that popular “diet” phrase to include the focus word:
Nothing tastes as good as PEACE feels!
Oh how I love that, and how I need to remind myself of that daily! My weight lose goal should not be about a number on a scale, but about peace.
Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a person to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. ~ Romans 14:19-20
Are your food choices causing you to stumble? Are you at peace?
This week’s study was broken up into three main parts: realizing our identity is not defined by the numbers on the scale, making peace with the realities of our bodies, and exercising- even when we don’t want to. Let’s look at all three of those areas.
I’m Not Defined By the Numbers on the Scale
In the study, Lysa points out that we grow closer to God when we learn to look and act more like Him. The Bible calls this participating in His divine nature.
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. ~ 2 Peter 1:3-8
Through this passage, we can identify several principles that we can apply to every area of our lives, including our food struggles:
God’s divine power has given us everything we need to experience victory
- We have the courage to deny unhealthy desires
- We are to reflect on our identity in Christ
- Getting healthy is not just about having faith, goodness, and knowledge. We have to add to that foundation by choosing to be self controlled and preserver when things get hard
Lysa states that our identity is secure in Christ despite what the scale says. No number on any scale can measure our worth to Him. She makes the challenge to write the word Peace on several post-it notes and place them on the numbers on the scale and on the refrigerator or pantry as a reminder of what our goal is. It is also important to continue to remind ourselves about those identity statements we created about ourselves last week!
Making Peace with the Realities of Our Bodies
Karen Ehman says that we need to define ourselves by obedience, not a number on the scale. I could relate to her story when she talks about making healthy choices and working out all week, yet not seeing the scale move in the desired direction. Instead of feeling sorry for ourselves, and blowing a week’s worth of healthy choices on an unhealthy food binge, we need to focus on what God’s promises say.
If I allowed my brain to park in a place of dissatisfaction about any part of my body, it would give Satan just enough room to move in with his lie that strips me of motivation: “Your body is never going to look the way you want it to look, so why sacrifice so much? Your discipline is in vain.” That’s why I have to seek the Lord’s perspective and …”forget not all his benefits.” ~ Lysa TerKeurst
I love the exercise in the study guide where we are to list out things about our body that we are thankful for, so that we can focus on how God created us to be. I’m not going to share my thankful statements because they are personal to me. But I encourage you to fill in the blank and aim to list out at least 5 areas of your body that you are thankful for.
I am grateful for my ______________________ because …..
I have to admit that I am one of those weird people who actually enjoys, and looks forward to working out. I don’t have a problem with wanting to work out. My problem is making sure that I plan the time to fit it in my day. Life is busy, especially with two little ones. I try really hard to work out at least 4 times a week. Most mornings I do wake up (very) early to be able to work out before the kids are up.
I have found an exercise routine that I love and is fun and motivating. I do Jazzercise and despite the common misconception, it’s not a bunch of women doing aerobics stuck in the ’80s! Lysa talks about learning to love to run. I don’t run, nor do I have any desire to at the moment.
The key to remaining successful in any exercise program is to find something you enjoy doing. Also don’t fall into the excuse of not being able to afford a gym membership as a result of not working out. There are plenty of exercise routines that you can do for free! You Tube has thousands of videos that you can stream from home for no charge or you can rent some from the library. It’s completely free to walk through your neighborhood. Or maybe you do need to buy a pair of weights, which I have seen for less than $15 at Target.
So pick something, and actually plan to do it. I have to write my scheduled exercise days into my calendar (that’s just my personality, I love my calendar!)
Last week the plan was to create a healthy eating plan (remember you can print one out here), this week it is to create an exercise plan. Plan out what you are going to do, and when you are going to do it. Even if it is just a walk around the block, make an intentional plan to do it! Along with making the plan to exercise, write out the word PEACE and place it on your scale, or on the refrigerator or pantry as a reminder.
Next week we will be discussing chapters 10-12 in Made to Crave. I would love to know what you learned or thought was the most challenging or encouraging from this week’s reading. Feel free to leave them in the comments.
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