This isn’t a podcast, but it’s listed as a podcast because of the recording.
Suppose you’ve been trying to lose the same 20 pounds (or break that same bad habit) for the last six years.
Every time you start doing well, something comes up: a vacation, a holiday (Easter, for example), a hectic few weeks at work or at home–something that throws you off your weight loss plan.
What you really want is just to relax and enjoy life–eat what you want when you want–and still be able to lose or maintain your weight. Is that too much to ask? After all, aren’t we told that life should be easy?
That we should be able to get what we want with very little effort?
Let’s do an option chart to see if we can get what we want in this situation. Since we also want a close walk with God, let’s add that column to the chart this time.
Once again, I’ll use a recording to explain the chart. (I explained these charts in my last post. Click here to get that post.) The recording is 5:54, and I apologize for it being a bit “echo-y.” I’m trying to find the best place in the house to do this, and didn’t choose a good room today! To listen to the sound recording, click here.
|Options||Lose Weight||The Good Life!!||Relationship with God|
|Lose weight quickly and easily!!!!!!!||NOT||AN||OPTION!!!|
|Give up because it’s too hard.||↓||↑↓||?↓|
|Muster up all the will power you can find and just lose this weight!!!!! You can do it!!!!||↓||↓||
|Renew your mind every once in awhile to see if that helps.||?↓||↓||?↑|
|Give up whenever it’s hard and start being good tomorrow!!!||↓||↑↓||?↓|
|Beat yourself up because you’re such a failure.||↓||↓||↓|
|Commit to 1) lifelong boundaries 2) renewing your mind every single time you break your boundaries. Get an accountability partner if you can’t make yourself renew your mind.||↑||↓↑||
P.S. In order for an option chart to be a true “renewing of the mind” tool, you would need a “Relationship with God” column as that will help you look at life from a biblical perspective.
P.S.S. I’m thinking of starting a podcast. If anyone has any advice for me or ideas for a title, please let me know! I interviewed my friend who lost 140 pounds this week and was fascinated by all she had to say, but I haven’t been able to figure out how to put it on my blog yet. Any suggestions would be helpful!
Other Weight Loss Resources
Taste for Truth: A 30 Day Weight Loss Bible Study is focused on the lies that make us eat, body image, and the weight loss process. I wrote this Bible study to go along with the questions and Bible verses in I Deserve a Donut, and although you can do the study without I Deserve a Donut, it’s best if you have both books.
I Deserve a Donut (And Other Lies That Make You Eat) is a renewing of the mind resource to use in the midst of temptation and also to prepare yourself for temptation. I use it all the time, just for regular life. It is filled with 36 sets of questions and over 150 Bible verses that you can use to have conversations with God about life and food. The questions and Bible verses will help you renew your mind, taking off the lies that make you eat and putting on the truth that will set you free. It’s also available as a free app.
Freedom from Emotional Eating: A Weight Loss Bible Study is more focused on emotional eating. Although there is material on boundaries and breaking free from the control of food, most of the book is devoted to learning how to let go of negative emotions. The comment I get most often with this book is that yes, it helped me with eating, but it helped me even more with letting go of my negative emotions.