Do you enjoy change? I don’t… I resist it. I am very selective with what changes I commit to. When I commit, I commit 110%. One gift that comes from being in chronic pain is the discipline it’s teaching me. My pain has been a teacher of discipline in many areas of my life. I become frustrated, though, if I don’t see instant results. In a past blog post, I shared about my granddaughter, who also wants instant results. She coined a new phrase when she doesn’t want to wait until tonight or tomorrow…but wants it ToNow!!! http://desiretoinspire.life/not-tonight-not-tomorrow-tonow/
Often the results we want require change on our part, which often takes time, but the results are our future reward.
I’ve been making “small” life style changes in my eating habits over many years now. Sugar controlled my life….it was my drug of choice. Before we had children, Terry and I attended Weight Watchers. Sadly, the night we finally hit our goal and became lifetime members, we decided to go out and celebrate. We went to Winchell’s Donuts and I bought four delicious donuts to eat on the way home. If that wasn’t enough, we stopped at Albertson’s for a few groceries and I bought four more donuts for Moi!!!! During the twenty-minute drive home, I consumed all eight donuts and didn’t even get sick.
A couple of years later, I attended a Bible study at our church called Joy In Discipline. It was also a weight loss class and we would memorize Bible verses every week. It was during this study, that my eyes were opened to the Truth of God’s Word. God loved me just as I was. He offered to come into my life to help me live by the power of His Holy Spirit.
After that study, I felt the Lord asking me to give up refined sugar….it controlled my life. One night I asked Terry if he thought I could give up sugar, cold turkey. (He was hopeful I could do it because when I baked cookies, I would eat most of them and only leave him two or three)
I prayerfully made a life style decision and chose to give up refined sugar. It was hard at first, but then it became easier and easier. I don’t even have the desire for cakes, cookies and donuts anymore. I cook with agave, honey, coconut sugar or pure maple syrup. I no longer crave sugar like I used to. I am envious of people though, who can just eat one cookie or a piece of candy and be satisfied. If I’m not careful, I can still go into PORK OUT MODE!!!
One of the verses I memorized in “Joy of Discipline” was Hebrews 12:11 “For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it!” (Not necessarily instant results!)
Continuing to be frustrated with my weight, I went to my doctor a while back and asked what she would recommend to help me lose 20-30 pounds. Her answer surprised me with its simplicity. She said, “You need to exercise more and eat less.” I laughed. Why does it sound so simple, yet is so difficult?
Last winter, something needed to change if I was going to lose the 20 pounds I wanted to. So on rainy days, instead of complaining about the weather, I pushed myself to get on my stationary bike to burn a few calories. After a couple weeks, my jeans were looser. I loved it! Here I got the instant results I strive for but again I’m frustrated because riding the bike brought my chronic neck pain to a new level and I had to quit. Now, summer is almost upon us and I’m right back where I started with another ten pounds on top of that.
Recently, Terry and I were getting a few groceries at Fred Meyers and making more intentional life changes with our eating. A young mom was ahead of us in the grocery line. While looking at our groceries, she smiled and commented, “Looks like a healthy lifestyle of eating to me”.
I smiled at her and said “Yes”. And with God’s help, I’m excited to see the future results!
What areas of discipline do you struggle with? Memorizing God’s Word helped me.