Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Decisions & Direction

What is that one thing in life that you just can't kick?

For me, it's food.

I LOVE food. This in itself is not a problem. I love loving food. Yum. However, lately I've been frustrated by my inability to get my eating habits under control. This is an ongoing issue for me. I can get my workouts done (and I go hard!) but the results really come and go because I struggle with diet. 

Not DIETING, just not eating ALL the things. I get these ideas about healthy eating in my head and then I eat a cookie and instead of enjoying the cookie, my brains yells, “All is lost!!” and then I eat all the cookies and maybe a side of chips and a loaf of garlic bread. 

Seems reasonable.
I don’t know if anyone else struggles with this or some other sort of craving, but recently I read the book The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst. Over the next few weeks, I kept referring back to it until I finally went and bought it. I couldn’t get over this one phrase:

"The decisions you make today matter. Every decision points your life in the direction you are about to travel."

Decisions determine direction. 

I don't know about you, but sometimes, when I'm at home with the kids, it feels like my decisions do not matter one bit and there is absolutely NO direction. Why get dressed? Why not eat all the cookies? Why clean up? One day of not doing laundry and the pile is insurmountable, but does it really matter?

Here's another Lysa TerKeurst quote for you: 
"Remember the decisions you make determine the schedule you keep. The schedule you keep determines the life you live. And how you live your life determines how you spend your soul."

Yikes. How's that for perspective? Keeping the big picture in mind makes such a difference to me personally in accomplishing anything. As a mom. In my career as a teacher. In training for a run. In my relationship with my man. But food? Hmmmm.

Because The Best Yes got to me so much, I recently started reading another Lysa TerKeurst book, Made to Crave, which talks about satisfying your deepest desire with God (not food) and it is really hitting home for me. 

The amount of time, energy, and focus I spend eating or thinking about eating is draining me and personally FAILING in my goals in this area feels like I am stuck, physically and spiritually. It might not seem like a big deal, but to me, it is. 

Long-term, I want my daughters to be free of this struggle. I want them to have a healthy relationship with food and their incredible strong healthy bodies.  Plus, I want all the time and energy I put into this internal struggle BACK so I can use it somewhere else.

I'll be working to keep the big picture in mind as I make some small physical changes over the next few weeks

Are there any areas in your life that you feel a little defeated about? 

What steps have you taken to work on them? 

Any advice welcome!


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