Falling off the Wagon

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I was on Weight Watchers for over a year and lost almost 70lbs. I had a good ways to go but things were looking good. Then it happened….life. I was laid off my job, Weight Watchers changed to a different program (of which most liked but I didn’t like the change) and then the dreaded holiday season full of yummy sweets and carbohydrates. Now, here I sit knowing I’ve gained some of my weight back and feeling bad physically as well as mentally.

Thank God for my husband! He was also complaining about all the eating and gaining he has done in the past few months and we have both decided we are going to purge our kitchen of all bad things during the New Year. We have decided to go on the same eating plan (low carb/low sugar) because we both have noticed the difference in how we feel when we eat properly. To be honest, I’m both looking forward to the change and concerned.

You see, I’m addicted to sugar (as are most Americans). The idea of cutting all this out of my diet (sugar through sweets and through carbs) is a bit concerning. I guess the only thing that scares me is my attitude. I tend to get a bit grumpy when I first go through the withdrawals. If you have ever been addicted to something and then quit, you know what I’m talking about. With both my husband and I doing it at the same time, living in our home together might be a bit challenging. Please pray for us….seriously!

This all gets me thinking – what does scripture say about gluttony and imbalance? Why do we find it so easy to over do it but so hard to strike a balance?

The author from plainsimplefaith.com defined gluttony below and it is one of the best examples I’ve seen.

“Gluttony, in short, is the sin of idolizing pleasure (cf. 1 Cor. 10:14).The prodigal son (Luke 15:11-24), who wasted his inheritance on sinful pleasure, was guilty of gluttony. The college student who lives for frat parties, thinking that drinking and hooking up is the definition of happiness, is guilty of gluttony. The successful businessman who has sold his soul pursuing more power is guilty of gluttony. The mom who binge-watches soap operas and devours sleazy books of the 50 Shades of Grey variety is guilty of gluttony.”

So I’ve come to realize something. When I go for those sweets and those carbs because they are good and they put a smile on my face for the moment and then I keep going back for that same “feeling” I get, this is not only gluttony but it is simply idolizing pleasure. Oh how often I do this! Not just with food but with many things.

I often times choose my comfort over what is needful. There are times I would much rather sit in front of my TV and binge watch Big Bang Theory than sit down with the Word of God and study. There has been countless times I’ve chose to read a cheesy romance novel than to read the Word of God. I sit on my rear end and worship at the feet of my comfort.

For the New Year, I believe I’m going to be all in on crucifying my flesh and feeding my spirit (Galatians 5:24). Not only with what I put in my mouth but also what I put in my head. I don’t want to be guilty of “playing” Christian and not truly living out my Christian faith.

So who’s with me? What do you say sisters….lets crucify the flesh and feed the spirit together!

Love y’all and have a spiritually prosperous New Year!

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