Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Slaying My Sugar Addiction


I've started the Les Mills 21 Day Challenge.  Here's a video explaining it.  My one and only reason for doing this is-

1. To slay the sugar addiction I have been developing since Thanksgiving last year.


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slā/
verb
archaicliterary
  1. kill (a person or animal) in a violent way.
    "St. George slew the dragon"
    synonyms:killmurder, put to death, butcher, cut down, cut to pieces, slaughtermassacre, shoot down, gun down, mow down, eliminateannihilateexterminateliquidateMore


This is me, slaying my addiction.


My addiction has been leading me to have a bit more of this and that here and there...


and that has allowed some fat to accumulate around my stomach and on my hips and thighs...

and that fat keeps my clothes from fitting as well as I like...

and keeps me from preforming as well as I want to during exercise...

but the main reason I am doing this is to reset my appetite toward healthy, whole, clean foods.

There was a point in time when I didn't feel the need to eat every pastry or muffin in sight.  I want to get back to that point again.

It's difficult at times to stick to the diet, especially if I go too long before eating.

But then there are moments when I feel really good, really clean and free and those moments are transcendent.

For me, this is where my faith comes in.

I was listening to music in the shower yesterday and this song came on.




 "You provide the fire.
I'll provide the sacrifice.
You provide the Spirit.
And I will open up inside.
Fill me up, God.
Fill me up, God.
Fill me up, God.
Fill me up."

This song was very important to me as I started my weight loss journey a few years ago. The lyrics were just a perfect expression of what I wanted to Lord to do for me as I pursued health.  I needed God to "fill me up" and "provide the fire." I listened to it a lot back then and used it to meditate on my goals and my reasons for pursuing health. So it was nice to hear it and be reminded of all of that the Lord has done for me and all that He is still helping me do.  Of course, my physical body is not all there is of me.  I'm human, so I'm spirit, too.  And my spirit needs to be free of my addiction as much as my body does.

Until then, I pray and follow this diet with fierceness and determination and "I beat my body, and keep it under control, so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize."  1 Corinthians 9:27


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