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America is Big, Big

I met a pastor yesterday visiting LifeChurch.tv from the Czech Republic. His name was Rodik and he oversees the music at his church in the Czech Republic. Our conversation was lively as we got a glimpse into the worlds of one another. I was enlightened as I got the chance to see things from a different perspective. He told me it was his first time to come to the states, ever! (Welcome to Oklahoma?) So I asked him,

“What do you think of America?” Big Gulp

With a slight grin, he told me in his beautiful Czech accent, “America is big, big! Everything is bigger… the cars are big, the drinks are big, the people are big!”

He held up the 8 oz. styrofoam cup he was drinking from and said, “In my country, this is the normal size. At Star Bucks, the smallest size they have is bigger than this!”

I laughed and we continued our conversation until he and his friend had to leave.

I didn’t think much about our conversation until I was at the gas station a couple hours later filling a 32 oz. Big Gulp with Dr. Pepper.

America is big, big! How did we get to be this way? The more I have thought about our interaction the more I see if everywhere. I passed a sign with big golden arches that said, “Any size drink, just a $1” Any size? I’m quite sure no one is going to pay $1 for an 8 oz drink when they could get a 64 oz drink for the same price. But maybe that’s our problem.

So I have decided to copy our friend, Jamie Oliver and start my own little revolution. A Drink Revolution. I will not drink any beverage except water, in a glass larger than 8 oz. Coffee, tea, soda, frapamuchoholic, whatever you want to use, I will not drink any more than 8 oz. If you’d like to join me, feel free. Maybe we could all learn something about our big, big nation and not become big, big ourselves.

Who’s with me?

Make This a Habit and Save Time and Money

Everyone wants to save time. Everyone wants to save money. This habit can do just that for you and your family. Groceries

Every Sunday evening, I sit down with my computer and notebook and make out my menus for the week ahead. I decide beforehand what I will cook for dinner each night. Using my computer, I research quick, healthy meal options and then write down the ingredients I will need at the grocery store. This habit has saved me both time and money.

I didn’t used to be a planner. Going to the grocery store to restock the fridge was more of an afterthought then something I planned for. When I did, I always bought things I didn’t need and didn’t end up using. But now that I’ve made this a habit I waste less and have a plan for the week.

I’d like to thank my mother who taught me the importance of planning ahead. What are some of the things you do to save time and money?

Confessions of a Food-aolholic -Finding Freedom

Food addiction can be a hard thing to overcome.

For many of us it is our numbing agent, that thing we go to when life has us down and we just want to escape. For others of us, it’s a reward system, bringing joy for a moment until we realize we’ve overdone it. Inevitably, we beat ourselves up and end up feeling worse, which takes us back to needing a numbing agent: food. It’s cyclical nature is hard to break for anyone struggling with this sin. But asking the question of why we overeat (In Monday’s post) can bring much light to this otherwise shameful addiction.

After I realized I had a food addiction I started to do some research. Always loving words, I decided to look up the little word: EAT. Here’s what I found out.

Eating simply means: to consume completely.  It is the assimilation of energy.  When you eat something it becomes a part of you.  It is fuel for your body. Simply and only.

After realizing I had put food above God He taught me the same definition for food should be applied to Him.  He should be the one who numbs my pain.  He should be my escape.  He is my reward.

I can “eat” of God by spending time with Him, reading His word, and allowing Him to renew my mind. It is the assimilation of His energymaking Him a part of me that fuels my body, mind and soul.

Here are some other practical tips when breaking the addiction to food:

  • Try a one, or three day water only fast. (When you fast, pray that God will break the stronghold that food has on your life.)
  • Listen to your body. Instead of eating everything on your plate, eat slowly and listen to your body. When it tells you you’re full, you’re full! Put down the fork, sista and push it away.
  • Ask a friend to keep you accountable to only eat foods that God made for an entire week. You’re eyes will be opened to just how much junk we consume without even thinking.
  • Ask yourself what needs aren’t being met in your life, or what thing are you running from that you are using the addiction to food to cover up.
  • Remember, that even though food tastes good, it’s purpose is to bring fuel and nutrition to your body. That’s it’s only purpose.

Most people will tell you it’s hard to just quit an addiction. Instead they say to find something positive to replace the negative, destructive behavior. Our replacement for overeating, has to be God. There is no rule that says becoming addicted to Him is wrong. It is in Him and Him alone that true freedom is found.

Confessions of a Food-aoholic Overcoming the Addiction

Before we get to the post, check this out: Top 55 Pastor Bloggers I’m #48 under Women Pastors. Pretty cool!  There are also lots of other awesome pastors who have great blogs. Check them out!

When overcoming any addiction the first step is always the same:

  • Admit you have a problem

Simply admitting that food addiction is a stronghold in your life is one important step in overcoming it. Feel a little reluctant to admit? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

I received so much feedback on yesterday’s post, that I wanted to share a few stories of women just like you and just like me, who are also struggling with this addiction, and share with you some of the hope they have experienced.

I’ve spent my whole life battling food addiction. I was determined 2010 would be the year I break free from the bondage of food. I started Jan. 1 doing a Daniel fast and along with it, reading Fasting by Jentezen Franklin. Through reading his book I realized how serious my addiction for food really was. I let food consume my life and it affects every aspect of my life. My spritual life, my relationship with my husband, kids, family, and friends. He refers to it as “King Stomach”. Here is what he said that really spoke to me.

“We have an entire book of promises but some of them will never be realized as long as King Stomach rules your appetite and controls your life.”

One goal I had was to complete a one day no food fast, which I completed yesterday. It really showed me that food’s not that important because we have Jesus to sustain us. I’ve learned so much through this experience and I plan to make fasting something I practice throughout the whole year.

Another woman shares this story:

I have lost 10 lbs!  You were right.  The day finally came, and I decided that I am DONE with living in bondage.  I haven’t had any sweets and nothing with flour in almost 3 weeks.  Without even working out I lost the weight.  I am growing closer to God because I can’t do this without Him even one day!  This is my one thing…to be God addicted instead of food addicted!

These are just a couple of the stories I heard yesterday, which encourages me to know I’m not alone in this battle for freedom. Continue to share your stories and together we will discover how to break the addiction of food in our lives.

(Tomorrow’s post will include practical tips and guidelines on how to break the cycle of food addiction. Stay tuned, we’re not done yet!)

Confessions of a Food-aoholic

Hi, my name is Anna, and I’m a food-aoholic.

I hope I’m not the only one sitting around this circle, as I divulge my addiction to you all. The problem with a food addiction is that it is more socially accepted than drug, alcohol and even nicotine addictions. But it is an addiction, nevertheless, and should be treated as one.

Many of the women I meet with on the subject of food and weight-loss have a hard time admitting that food is an addition. Some of these women have even come from backgrounds of drug and alcohol abuse and can’t see that they have simply transfered their addictive behavior onto a more socially accepted vice.

I’ve heard that an addiction always serves a need. For women, it is often an emotional need of self-worth that is not being met. Addictions also often serve as diversions. Distractions that always defer action or delay the progress we want to see in our lives. Ask yourself:

  • What need do I have that is not being met?
  • What things am I running from and using my addiction to avoid?

For me, I had a self-worth problem and ate my way into a dungeon of insecurity. Time in God’s Word, and slowly finding my self-worth in Him is the only reason I’m free today. (More on this later.)

Being addicted to food is the reason that at age 18, I looked like this:

Fat AnnaYes, that’s me, under the weight, under the many layers of insecurity that kept me at that weight. That’s also my first car as well. I’m the one in teal. :)

I’ll have you all know, showing this picture is still a little embarrassing. Even though I’ve lost over 75 pounds, there are some days when I still feel like that fat girl. Why? Because I’m still addicted to food.

I think about food. I prepare food. I eat food, and think about preparing food while I’m eating it. Except now I’m thinking of healthy food, and how many calories I’ve consumed, and what I’ll need to do at the gym to work off the fat grams, carbohydrates and sugars.

I’m sorry to say, I don’t have the answers to overcoming this addiction, but my prayer is that we can start a dialogue, and share our journeys together. Over the next couple days I’ll continue this conversation in hopes that we can find some encouragement from each other. In the mean time, please feel free to send me an e-mail, or leave a comment below and share your experiences with all who might read.

Friday’s Free Fitness Fact

FitnessI got this message from a friend on facebook… There are many women who feel the same:

I’ve had two kids one is just 3 mos and I’m just so unhappy with my stomach and my hips and I just want to tone up a bit, I’m very limited on time and can’t afford a gym membership at all. I haaaate walking outside so much but we own a very nice treadmill. So I was wondering if you had any suggestions of what I could start with to work on my stomach and hips?

My suggestion:

  • START DOING SOMETHING.

Something is always better than nothing. You have a treadmill, or piece of exercise equipment, USE IT! Put it on a high incline and walk hard for five minutes. Squats are great for working hips and thighs. Do ten squats any time you get a free minute. You can even do squats while holding your little one.

A lot of people think they can’t work out because they don’t have an hour to spare. Don’t buy into that lie. Even if you’re doing five or ten minutes several times throughout the day, chances are that is more than you’re doing now. Just start!

Well, gotta run and pay my visit to the gym! What about you?

Friday’s Free Fitness Fact

FitnessFact: If you’re trying to lose weight, don’t eat anything past 9pm. (or 2 hours before you go to bed.)

Eating food right before bed doesn’t give your body enough time to work off those calories. And when you’re trying to lose weight, working off calories is what you want!

Friday’s Free Fitness Fact

Work OUT #1

  • Even when working out is the last thing you want to do, go to the gym. It’s better to get in a light workout, than no workout at all.

That’s where I’m heading now! Gotta run!

How Bad Do You Want It?

How bad do you want it?

This phrase has marked my journey for the last four years. I now realize it is the question that holds most people back from the things they want the most.

I’ve often heard people say things like:

“I want to  lose this extra weight.”

“I want to get that promotion at work.”

“I want to go back and finish school.”

“I want to find my soul mate.”

“I want to fulfill my dream.”

I hear these phrases often, but just as often, nothing happens. Here’s the question I want to ask when I hear those phrases.

How bad do you want it?

Can you see it? Can you feel it? Does the lack of progress make you angry? Can you taste it? Can you hear it? Do you want it? Do you WANT it?

How bad do you want it? The answer to this question will take you to your next step. So…

…How bad do you want it?

How to Do What You Never Thought You Could Do

Recently I heard something that really got my attention. “The three most important areas of life are: our thoughts, our words and our actions.”

I know this is true from personal experience. When I was overweight I used this method to help me start losing.

I started thinking more positively about myself. Instead of looking in the mirror and telling myself I was fat, I looked in the mirror and told myself how hot I was going to look after I lost my weight.

Then I started telling everyone about my goal. “I’m going to lose 20 pounds.” I told everyone, my parents, friends, enemies, and even strangers at the gym. Speaking it out loud made it final. Speaking it out loud made it MINE. (Note: I didn’t say, “I want to lose 20 pounds.” I said, “I AM going to lose 20 pounds.” There’s a big difference.

Then of course, I started working toward my goal. There’s something about telling everyone you know about your goal that actually makes you do it. It’s accountability in the worst and best way! So…

Is there something in your life you want to do? Some goal you want to accomplish? Some sin you want to overcome?

  • It all starts with your thoughts. Focusing your thoughts can bring huge changes in your life. Start thinking about what you want to do.
  • Then you speak it. Speak whatever it is to anyone and everyone who will listen.
  • After you’ve done those two things, you take action. Do what you’ve been talking and thinking about doing, and don’t worry about failing.

I know that if you can master those three areas of life nothing can hold you back.

Is there something in your life that you want to accomplish, or change?

Think it, Speak it, Do it!

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