It also helps to do that with eating. If we find out what areas we need the most help with, we can then direct our renewing of the mind efforts to those areas.
If this is something you’d like to do, I’ve prepared an evaluation you can use to look at your eating issues. I did this the other day with mine and have already found it helpful just to know what areas I need to watch out for (for me it was careless eating and good food eating).
- What are your primary boundaries?
- Do you have any secondary boundaries? If so, what are they?
- What time of the day or week, are you most likely to break your boundaries?
- What situations cause you to break your boundaries, if any? (For example: work, watching television, potlucks, etc.)
- Do you eat for any of the following emotions? Circle any that apply: anger, worry, boredom, stress, excitement, discontentment, envy, judgment, insecurity.
- Look at your answers to the last few questions. Can you think of any practical things you can do to make it easier to follow your boundaries? Brainstorm a list.
- Do you need to add any secondary boundaries? (Keep in mind that there is no perfect boundary that will make it easy to lose weight and keep it off.)
- On a scale of 1 to 10, how diligent have you been with the renewing of your mind?
- If you haven’t been very diligent, what’s getting in the way?
- Can you think of any practical things you can do to make it easier to renew your mind?
- Here are three different renewing-of-the-mind challenges for you to consider:
- The get-your-feet-wet-challenge: Renew your mind every morning in the area you’re working on.
- The middle-of-the-road challenge: Renew your mind every morning in the area you’re working on plus write five index cards with verses on them that will help you with this weakness. Review those verses at least twice a day in addition to your morning preparation truth session.
- The hardcore challenge: Renew your mind in the morning, write out your Scripture cards to use twice during the day, and have another quiet time/renewing of the mind session right before the time of day that gives you the most trouble. For example, if you usually eat outside your boundaries in the evening, have your quiet time right after supper.
- Consider getting an accountability partner if you don’t already have one to help you stick to your renewing of the mind goal.