It's been a while since I last updated here on my health and the journey that I've been on, so today's the day to do that!
I have kept my commitment to stay away from Taco Bell, but I have eaten at McDonald's 3 times since December 30th, due to traveling, etc.
I ended my experiment from July to not eat out, but we have continued to try to limit our dining out to once or twice per week, particularly as a family. My guys eat out together as a routine business thing on Mondays, and I may do it once during the week. It's amazing how much money we've saved and have been able to use for other things.
I had blood work done a couple of weeks ago, and the greatest news EVER is that my A1C is now in the normal range! I'm no longer pre-diabetic, THANK YOU, JESUS! I have been so excited about that, you don't even know!
I still have work to do on my cholesterol, but that's something that I'll probably struggle with because it's hereditary.
My weight, on the other hand, is the highest it's EVER been in my entire life, 263.4 on Sunday, October 23rd.
I cannot seem to get a handle on getting my eating back under control. I've tried to evaluate my life, my schedule, my shopping...
I've taken time to evaluate everything except my HEART. Probably because I already know that THERE IN lies the problem.
I recently had the wonderful opportunity to visit New York City, something I hadn't done since I was a teenager way back in 1981.
I captured these pictures of the beautiful Statue of Liberty.
Did you know that the Statue is 305 ft tall from the base to the flame?
That's how big I feel this idol of food has become in my life.
I often vacillate between feeling overwhelmed by this "burden," and feeling like King Kong, larger than life itself and able to conquer anything.
There are days that I swear I cannot get out of bed because the weight of this "thing" has me buried. I can't breathe, I can't think, I honestly cannot take another step because I'm exhausted from fighting.
I have all the answers to any question I could ever have on how to eat right, how to exercise, how and what to prepare, shopping lists, books, dvd's, resources out the ying-yang!
It isn't a head knowledge problem.
It keeps going back to my heart.
I'm less than 3 years away from being 50 years old, and almost daily I ask myself,
"When are you going to grow up? When are you going to be a mature adult and do the right thing?"
Because, honestly, it is a choice I make to not exercise.
It is a choice I make to eat sugar and carbs.
I make the decision to not purchase the healthy snack options.
Really, sin is a choice.
Because after all, scripture is explicitly clear when it says in James 4:17,
"Remember, it is a sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it." (NLT)
Today is November 1st, a new month, again, and I'm thinking about starting over, again, like so many times this past year. But today is different somehow, because I've learned a lot over this past year about myself, and I feel more ready.
I had a dream last night in which I was talking to one of our pastors that preached this past Sunday, and I told him, "I feel like the past 10 years my brain has been a giant puzzle, trying to figure out who I am in Christ, what my position is as a believer, how God sees me as His child, and today it felt like the last piece of that puzzle got put into place."
And that thought has stayed with me all day today. I DO feel like something has clicked; some pieces finally came together about how I have been viewing God as my father, and using food as a substitute for comfort and security. I don't quite have a handle on it all, but something has definitely changed.
And so I begin this month of thankfulness feeling grateful for what God is trying to teach me, thankful for His answer to my prayer that I wouldn't become diabetic, blessed with the loving support of my husband and children and countless friends who desire God's best for me, overwhelmed with the amazing church family and pastors that He has given that never cease to speak the truth to me in love, who are faithful to preach God's word and call sin "sin."
I confess my rebellious heart to God and to all that read this, and repent of my sin, asking for God's help in turning away from this idol of food, idol of control, idol of fear and lack of trust in God's provision for me.
And I take a new step into letting go...again.
Scared, but excited. Nervous, but ready. Trembling, but trusting.
Clinging to the promise, "being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Jesus Christ." Philippians 1:6 (NIV)