Let me just say- I LOVE sweets. I love cookies and donuts and ice cream. My stomach just growled at me even just typing those things out. Oh and cake w frosting! It's over! Yum Yum! (so please invite me to your wedding so I can have a piece of cake!) :)
Ok so what's the point of telling you how much I love sweets or yummy junk food for that matter? Well when starting my weight loss journey I had to take a look at my environment. By environment i mean my fridge and cabinets. What did I have in them? Cookies, chips, ice cream, honey buns, donuts, frozen pizzas... So when I got hungry (or bored, stressed, or whatever & any reason) I would browse through there and grab whatever sounded good at the moment. And with so many delicious options how could I go wrong?
I love my church and one of the best things about COS is that last year we served 11,000 daylight donuts! Hello! Yum! (Wonder how many were eaten by me?!)
So when "it" finally clicked I knew what we had to do! Get rid of it ALL!! I had to buy apples, bananas, and whole grain crackers. We bought weight watchers ice cream individually packaged. On Sunday mornings I have to make sure to eat before going and to steer clear of the cafe area.
Now let me say this... There is NOTHING wrong with eating A cookie or a donut but my problem is I would want to eat a bag of cookies. So I knew for me to make the healthy & wise choice I had to start with clearing my environment of any temptations.
Someday I plan on having a package of chocolate chip cookies in my cabinet... But that will not be until I can only eat one and not be tempted by them sitting there yelling my name all day.
I am focusing on will power and discipline this year and sometimes knowing our will power is weak and acting on that to rid the item tempting us actually is a strength. Good Job you! Celebrate that victory. :)
So why don't I want to eat 7 cookies in one setting? I have goals in place. I know where I want to go and who I want to be. Setting and having goals in life help us to know where we want to go and therefore the steps to take us there. Or else we could wind up anywhere! I want to lose weight and so eating those cookies is not one of the steps to bring me closer to my goal.
So like I said I do not think there is anything wrong with cookies but for me there is. I am tempted to eat them & it takes me further away from where I want to go.
Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. (James 1:14 NLT)
Do you have goals in place? What are they? Do you find it hard like me to stay on course? Or has having goals helped you & in what ways? (comment to share your thoughts!)
Whatever your temptations are, I think you have to start with your environment... If you are overweight then remove the fatty foods, if you are addicted to porn cancel your Internet subscription, if you are an alcoholic do not go to a bar, if you have a problem with shopping & credit cards stay away from the mall.
Surround yourself with wise people that make healthy decisions, that offer you support and encouragement, that will not tempt you to give in. Fill your environment with positive people and things to have success in life!
Make it a family affair - I live in the same town as my in-laws and we see them a lot. Well, all 4 of us were overweight and loved to snack & go out to eat. This past year combined we have lost almost 200 pounds! We have been able to go through this journey together and encourage each other and when we eat together we (try our best) to make healthy decisions! Being surrounded by people with the same goals and values has been key to our success.
Here are a few scriptures I wanted to share about temptation: (I love them so simple yet so impactful!)
The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. (1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT)
Don’t even think about it; don’t go that way.
Turn away and keep moving. (Proverbs 4:15 NLT)
There he told them, “Pray that you will not give in to temptation.” (Luke 22:40 NLT)