When all you hear is "can't"
Have y'all ever gotten burrowed down into a crappy way of thinking where you are overwhelmed at all the things you think you can't have?
You're trying a new way of eating and living. It's now early February and you've just about given up because you could have set yourself up to fail with too many rules. Too many things that are off limits. Too many new things all starting at the same time.
Does that very rigid way of thinking get you anywhere?
In my observation, it mostly gets you knocked down to the floor, right?
Paul, the Apostle, tells us in his first letter to the Corinthians that, "Everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial."
Another way to think about this is moving away from "I CAN'T" and moving towards "I GET TO." This sets you up psychologically for a win as it puts you in the position to exercise some self control and to give yourself permission to know that if you REALLY wanted to you have the freedom to eat that donut or that bag of chips or that soft drink (or whatever).
What I want to challenge you with today is flipping the script in your head from "I can't have this donut/cake/chips/soft drink" to "I CAN actually have anything I want to have because I'm in control of what goes into my body. I'm just going to wait 15-20 minutes to see if I really want that."
Here are a few practical things that you can implement to start flipping that script:
When you start to feel deprived and like you can't have anything, make a list of what you are thankful for. This lifts your eyes UP rather than keeping them down. It gets the focus off of the negative and on to the positive
Go make yourself a drink and go on a walk for 15-20 minutes. Here are some yummy Cheerful Health drink options here, here, here, and here.
Find one chore around your house you've been avoiding (that pile of clean laundry that's laying on your guest room bed that needs to be folded? Anyone else guilty of this?!!) and take care of it. You'll feel accomplished which is a good mental boost!
Spend five minutes praying and asking the Lord for help. We are told in Matthew to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto us. When we get our focus on the main thing, these things that are trying to hold us back from God's best for us seem to fall away.
Remember, there is grace for you. So you went ahead and ate the thing. Draw a line under that. Grab a drink anyway, and head out for that walk.
You not only CAN do this, sister friend. You GET to do this! Your body and your mind are able to walk you towards health and better blood sugars. Get out there and do it!
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