Part 1 of 10 of How I Give up Sweets on day 42 of 210 of Giving up Sweets
BECAUSE IT’S…..NOT!… ALL ABOUT EXERCISING SELF CONTROL,
for the next ten days, I plan to give to you the ten ways I give up sweets that are not simply exercising a flabby muscular will.
So here goes – #1 of 10 ways I give up sweets:
Giving up sweets means learning the truth and debunking the lies. Lies like:
“There are starving people in the world, so hungry or not you must eat.”
“Life is short, eat dessert first.”
“I need chocolate because I have pms, a fight with my mom, a bad day at work….”
“A calorie is a calorie.”
“You might as well eat the whole thing.”
“I can just burn it off by exercising.”
“This _____ will make me feel better.”
“I deserve it.”
“On Monday I will start my diet.”
“I have no willpower, It’s because ______ made me this way.”
A right mindset based on truth has to be formed again and again towards food. And doing that takes answering back truth. This goes deep to the heart of the problem. The mind is a powerful place for truth to dwell. But, it can be riddled with lies from a lifetime of experiences surrounding food that are based in emotion.
But, how to get that truthful mindset? I use the “holding thoughts captive” method from II Corinthians 2:5. Here’s how I do it: I imagine the little thoughts under a bright light in a jar. Of course they can’t hold up to scrutiny if they are in error and then I reword the thoughts into what the truth is about the matter. It’s such a cool visual artistic way to do this.
With giving up sweets I have found it important to rethink a saying we all usually only giggle about:
“LIFE IS SHORT, EAT DESSERT FIRST”
This statement assumes you like dessert better than dinner. Maybe that isn’t always true. If you are off sweets or even eating sweets in small portions as a sometimes food you are calmed down enough to enjoy them in the smaller quantities.
Maybe your life could be shortened by eating too many sweets.
Perhaps you would be healthier and feel better if you ate fewer sweets.
Maybe there are decades of your life left so if you start now, you’d never eat dessert first.
Perhaps dessert is better enjoyed in a few bites at the end of a meal.
And a little further, is dessert better enjoyed when NOT hungry.
Perhaps the meal itself which can be quite yummy is better enjoyed without eating the dessert first.
So, the truth for me is: Put dessert in it’s place, at the end of the meal but only as a sometimes treat and only after my 210 day no sweets challenge is up. This is a radical shift in my thinking.
The thought control muscle needs exercise. The more it is applied the stronger it gets. But do we think of overeating as a problem solved in the thought process?
Tomorrow I will share #2 of the ten ways I am giving up sweets.
JOIN THE CHALLENGE! For those of you thinking about doing it, jump in with two feet. Just stop eating sweets for five minutes and lengthen the time from there. Watch your thought cues that will lead you to the truth. There are lies you’ve been telling yourself keeping you where you are: an unhealthier version of yourself than you wish to be.
You will be glad you did!