Last Thursday I was sat in a beachside cafe chilling for an hour before going to a parenting course. I’d ordered myself a sausage sandwich and cappuccino and I have to be honest this cafe serves a really good sausage sarnie so I was looking forward to enjoying the chunky doorstep. But as the sandwich arrived I looked at it in a new light and wondered what rubbish it contained, what was really in those sausages? I was struck by the thought ‘but it tastes so good’.
My thoughts then quickly moved to the well-known phrase ‘if it feels good do it’ and I had to admit that generally I wouldn’t succumb to that ethos as many illegal or immoral things feel good – sex outside of marriage, excess drugs, stealing, elaborating the truth etc. Generally I don’t want to do any of those things and even if I did I wouldn’t as my moral compass is firmly set to ‘straight’.
So I was left wondering where my compass is when it comes to food and poisoning myself with crap?
Later that day I was reminded of my responsibility to look after my body and not to allow it to fall into a poor state. For a few years now I have been clearly receiving the message from God that I must be ‘fit for purpose’ and I have always felt this included getting fitter and healthier and of course this means losing quite a lot of weight.
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own. I Corinthians 6:19
Thank the Lord this was a wake-up call and at the end of last week I sat down and planned out my food for this week, right down to the last thing and it has been a good week so far. I started being good as of Monday and I will concede to call it a diet as I am cutting out much of the crap but instead of it being a fad and me eating foods I’ll get bored with and never stick with, I am eating healthy and nutritious meals along with snacks that I can still enjoy. This is the next step of my change for life; it is now February and food is the focus. January was about earlier bedtimes and getting up earlier to read my bible, pray and journal and now February I am shrinking my stomach and actively starting to lose weight.
I had my first weight in Thursday and I was down 1kg (or 2lbs). This is just the start…