Last night while clearing out some files in the attic, I came across these photos and got to reminiscing about pregnancy days.
Then I looked at the date, calculated my age and realized the me in those pictures wasn’t from a baby, it was from fried chicken and pie.
Those pictures were almost a decade before my babies. I was in my late twenties. A time when I took my youth and health for granted. I was sedentary and my relationship with food had me on the path to high blood pressure and diabetes.
18 years later, I thank God for change. I’ve seen change in my weight, clothing size, cholesterol, blood pressure and glucose levels – but I’m most thankful for the change in thought, focus and behavior.
Pastor Rick Warren in The Daniel Plan states it well.
“Lasting change requires new ways of thinking. The way you think determines the way you feel, and the way you feel determines the way you act. If you want to change how you act, you must begin by changing the way you think. Your thoughts are the autopilot of your life.”
Aligning my thoughts with God’s truth was key to my physical change. This body:
- Is not mine to do with as I please.
- God created it.
- Jesus bought it.
- The Holy Spirit lives in it.
- God calls and equips me to take care of it and doing so honors Him.
See 1 Cor 6:13, Jer 1:5, 1 Cor 6:19-20
Framing thoughts re food and activity on these truths brought mindful moderation to my lifestyle. Fried chicken lost it’s irresistible allure and moved from a regular to a rarity in my eating. While I still heartily enjoy pie – I don’t want it often (and when I do have a piece, I enjoy a piece – not the whole ding dang pie – smile).
Change is possible.
Thank God for change.