Are you tired of your battle with food? Do you want to make a healthy lifestyle change but you don’t know where to begin? Have you been gaining and losing the same weight for years? Are you ashamed of some of your food behaviors?
I too have struggled with these issues. Something that has made a real difference for me is a Bible study through the book “Made to Crave.” This book by Lysa Terkeurst is about satisfying your deepest desire with God, not food. This book is not about a particular diet or exercise plan. It is about learning to make peace with your body and realize that you need God’s strength, grace and mercy to overcome eating challenges. We can’t go “cold turkey” from food, so we have to lean on God’s wisdom to be successful in managing food for health instead of using it as our source of comfort.
I am putting together a group of people who want to go through the book together. I am doing this study online so that I can include people who may not be in my geographical area. I have set up a private blog for us to share our goals and our answers from the weekly lessons. No one else will be able to read the blog so that we can feel comfortable in sharing our struggles with each other.
Are you ready to make a change? Are you willing to dig deeper and find out what drives your craving for food ?
You can get the book here: Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not Food
I am an Amazon affiliate and I benefit from your purchase, so if you want to get this book from your local bookstore or other source, that is fine too. Below is the official description of the book so you can see if this would be of benefit to you.
“Made to Crave is the missing link between a woman’s desire to be healthy and the spiritual empowerment necessary to make that happen. The reality is we were made to crave. Craving isn’t a bad thing. But we must realize God created us to crave more of him. Many of us have misplaced that craving by overindulging in physical pleasures instead of lasting spiritual satisfaction. If you are struggling with unhealthy eating habits, you can break the ‘I’ll start again Monday’ cycle, and start feeling good about yourself today. Learn to stop beating yourself up over the numbers on the scale. Discover that your weight loss struggle isn’t a curse but rather a blessing in the making, and replace justifications that lead to diet failure with empowering go-to scripts that lead to victory. You can reach your healthy weight goal — and grow closer to God in the process. This is not a how-to book. This is not the latest and greatest dieting plan. This book is the necessary companion for you to use alongside whatever healthy lifestyle plan you choose. This is a book and Bible study to help you find the ‘want to’ in making healthy lifestyle choices.”
I’m ready to jump in and dig deeper. I think I will get even more out of going through this study one more time – this time with others who share my challenges and struggles. I’m looking forward to learning along with you.
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I feel blessed to have plenty of space to do my workouts. Until recently I did my workouts in high traffic areas of my home. Most recently it was in my dining room. It was sometimes challenging for the kids to get back to their rooms when mom was doing push up jacks in the walkway. Now I have a separate room that serves as a workout room and a craft room. For this post I will give you a breakdown of what is in my room. If you want to read more about why I like to work out at home read my related post here.
The room we are using has a tile floor so we needed to get an area rug before we could start using it for our exercise. We found a bargain at Lowes. We were able to buy a display model of a discontinued rug. We got a $200 rug for $39. Yay for bargains!
We have been buying dumbbells little by little – one set at a time. Someday we’ll have a complete set. We also need to build or buy a rack to store them on. It’s not a necessity but it would be nice. The step, ball and the resistance bands are not used for the most part in the workouts we are doing. It is just equipment we have purchased in the past. Occasionally I will use the resistance band looped over our pull up bar but not very often.
We moved an old TV and cheap DVD player in the room. My husband and I do Beachbody workouts like P90X and Insanity so the TV/DVD is a must. If you do your own thing, then you won’t need these items.
If you are going to do P90X, a pull up bar is part of the necessary equipment. There are many pull up bars that can be installed easily in a door frame. Before we had our workout room, we would put up our pull up bar for the workout and then take it down afterwards. Now we can leave it up all the time which makes it very convenient. I have also purchased a pull up assist device that makes it easier for me to attempt to do pull ups and make progress. One nice thing about having this room is that my kids tend to go back there and get some exercise. I think it is so important to be an example for your kids and to encourage them to be active as well.
I use the tracking sheets and calendars that are provided with the workouts. Tracking sheets help me keep track of my progress. This is helpful for a couple of reasons. When I am doing a workout with dumbbells it is helpful to know what weight I used last time and whether I thought that was the right weight for me or whether I was ready to move up. The other reason I like tracking sheets is that it helps me to see my progress. Sometimes I can get discouraged when I feel like the scale isn’t moving or I feel like I had a wimpy workout. I can look at the sheets and see how far I have come.
Who Needs an Accountability Partner?
You do. I do. We need others to help keep us accountable for our goals. This is true whether we’re talking about weight loss, fitness goals, or for moral behavior. A true accountability partner does not coddle you and does not sabotage you. They do not nag you. They encourage you to push harder. That person is not afraid to give honest advice, support and motivation. They don’t let you give up even though many times quitting is easy. An accountability partner is someone who can coach you to keep your commitments. They are a positive influence for your success. Your partner may be a spouse, a sibling, a friend or a coworker. You can workout together or just report to each other how you have done each day on working towards your goals. One thing great about today’s technology is you can connect with your accountability partner online. You can connect virtually with a private Facebook page, emailing a progress report or logging your workouts online on something like the WOWY Supergym that is available when you get your free Beachbody account here.
Sometimes accountability partners come in the form of an accountability group. One advantage of a group is the differing experience levels you will find. Some people in the group may have met their goals and have great experience in overcoming the types of challenges you are facing. Others in the group will have similar goals as you and will be walking the journey right alongside you. Still others may be struggling more than you are and you can be a source of inspiration for them. I am currently putting together an accountability group of no more than 6 people if you are interested in having others come alongside you on your fitness journey. Comment below if you are interested.
When you are driving do you slow down when you see a police car? If you know a teacher or boss will call on you tomorrow during a class or a meeting are you more likely to be prepared? Do you tidy your house when company comes over? If the answers to any of these questions is “yes” that means you will probably be receptive to accountability. Studies have shown that people are 3 times more successful in losing weight when they have accountability partners. Join my team to find out more about how fitness coaching and accountability can help you lose weight, get fit and reach your goals.
A couple of weeks ago I went out of town to a conference and tried some vegetables that I thought I didn’t like. That inspired me to try some new vegetables. One of my big goals in my fitness journey is to eat at least five servings of vegetables a day. Some days I meet that goal and other days it is a challenge. I have to make a conscious effort throughout the day to make sure I get those servings.
I was inspired by another Beachbody coach who posted a bok choy recipe on Facebook. My husband and I both liked it. The kids thought it was just so-so. I will be adding to the vegetables I serve for my family. Maybe my kids will grow to like it better but I’m O.K. with it if they just tolerate it.
Bok choy is a type of cabbage and is a part of many Chinese dishes. It doesn’t look much like a cabbage. It is high in Vitamin A, Vitamin C and calcium and is low in calories. I prepared it with some sesame oil, pepper, ground ginger and a splash of orange juice at the end. The flavor was very mild. I’m glad I thought ahead and made extra so that I can take some to work.
What are your favorite vegetables? Maybe your favorite will be my favorite someday!