When I was in high school, I was on a dance team. Before each performance we had to weigh in. If we made weight, we performed. If we didn’t, we had to sit out. Because of this policy, those of us who were border-line in the weight department got started on some bad habits.
We’d diet like crazy before each weigh-in, then eat like crazy afterwards. We were so happy to be through dieting (and performing in our fat-revealing leotards) that we celebrated by eating everything in sight.
This is what I learned from that experience: Eating is fun. Dieting is terrible. And if I’m not on a diet, I better live it up because who knows when I’ll have to go on a diet again?
It took a long time to truth journal those lies out of my system.
This is what I learned:
- Just because it’s there, that doesn’t mean I have to eat it.
- More is not necessarily better.
- Boundaries make my life better, not worse.
- I’m far happier when I live by design rather than desire – even when I’m standing at the counter in the Dairy Queen, ready to place my order.
- If you were to eat “what you want, when you want” 100% of the time, how much do you think you’d weigh?
- If you were to eat “what you want, when you want” 100% of the time, would you happy? Why or why not?
- What can you learn about this subject from the following verses:
- Is your life better or worse with boundaries? Seriously.
If you feel like eating just for fun, try using these questions from I Deserve a Donut (And Other Lies That Make You Eat) or the I Deserve a Donut iPhone app to renew your mind:
- Why don’t you feel like following your boundaries today?
- What do you feel like eating?
- How much would you need to eat before you could honestly say, That’s enough. I don’t want any more? Be specific.
- At that point would you be:
- More satisfied than you are right now.
- Less satisfied than you are right now.
- About the same as you are right now.
- Wishing you could take back the whole eating episode.
- How often will you follow your boundaries if you only follow them on the days you feel like following them? (Be honest.)
- What will you gain if you follow your boundaries today, even though it’s hard?
- Do you think God wants you to follow your boundaries? Why or why not?
- Are boundaries easy to follow or do you usually have to give up something to follow them?
- What will you have to give up to follow your boundaries this time?
- When you think of what you’ll gain, is it worth the sacrifice?