Two weeks ago I would've simply gone with the craving for more. Another tortilla, a cookie, potato chips, whatever I wanted, but I've joined Weight Watchers. In order for it to work, I have to list all the data: the food, the wine the exercise and the amount of each. I have to confess.
Paul talks about his freedom in Christ and his freedom from the law. Jesus came, fulfilled the law and set us free to walk with the Spirit. The bad news is we are living in the flesh and until we hit heaven, we'll struggle
"You can have more. You cooked it and it's good for you. After the day you've had, you deserve more." This is the voice of rebellion.
"Yes, but if I eat that extra piece or have another glass of wine I'll have to come clean as I record the points on Weight Watcher's tracker." A confession from the voice of obedience.
- Pick up your journal and record in it your stream of thoughts. Ask the Lord to lead you as you struggle in the moment of craving more.
- Take a bath. Spend quiet time in the warmth and relax into His arms.
- Take a walk. Satisfy the exercise part of your weight loss program and enjoy the fresh air and beauty of nature at the same time. Lately, I've plugged into sermons as I walk.
- When the cravings come, remember the AA slogan: When all else fails, follow directions.
- Reassure the part of you that wants to "bolt" from the uncomfortable moment and eat more. Soothe it with an accepting and understanding attitude. Beware of a shaming tone. Not good. Doesn't work. Write out these words and keep them close: It's OK, you're going to be all right. You're safe. You can get through this moment.