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Jessica Starr Nichols

Taste for Truth

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Usually my blog is all about my manclan and our adventures, but for the next 7 weeks, I will be using my blog as an avenue to share about the progress, frustration, and completion of a 30 day weight loss Bible study that I’m leading and following with some ladies from my church. Ever since I had Weston, I’ve spent every second of every day miserable because of the amount of weight I gained, the toll being on 8 weeks of bed rest took on my body, and the battle of relentlessly trying to remain motivated enough to lose the weight. The problem wasn’t that I didn’t know how to lose the weight. The problem was not being able to keep it off. In order to keep weight off, it requires more than diet and exercise. It requires a renewing of our minds, which is where Taste for Truth comes in.

   
 Yesterday began week one of this journey. The first chapter pointed out our need to stay in God’s Word and to specifically pray for the spiritual fruit of self-control during this process. We also saw in Genesis 1 that God has provided us with everything we need to eat. So, fresh fruits and vegetables and organic meats that he has given us dominion over are what we should be eating. We were also reminded that if we follow our role of staying in His Word and praying for self-control, He will break the stronghold that food has over us. It’s going to be a renewal from the inside out.  

 Generally, weight loss has more to do with vanity than an actual desire to be healthy and instill healthy habits in our children. How we choose to eat as adults is a learned behavior, and sadly, being healthy was not promoted when I was growing up, but that change can begin now with Adam and I setting the example for our children as to what are wise and unwise choices when it comes to a healthy lifestyle. Every difficult circumstance I’ve ever faced in life has required reliance on God. This is no different. It’s wonderful to know that we serve a God that loves us enough to care even about the smallest aspects of our life such as losing weight and being healthy.  

 Our assignment this week was to keep a food diary, which I prefer using the My Fitness Pal app on my phone, because it pulls the calories in each item from the Internet, and it also gives you a warning when a certain item is high in sugar or carbohydrates, and it also shows you a pie chart at the end of the day of which meal you ingested your largest number of calories. Overall, it’s far more helpful than using a notebook to track your eating. We will also bring in a healthy recipe each week to trade with a friend in the class, which encourages us to connect as young women that are all busy working, raising our children, being wives, and trying to lose weight. Spending time in His Word and praying specifically for self-control and renewal of our minds were the main points on our “to-do list” this week. 

I’m so thankful for these precious friends that are willing to take this journey with me. I’m humbled that my Jesus would choose me to lead this study, and I’m so thankful that He loves me enough to care about what I eat and how much I eat. I’m eager in anticipation for the transformation that He is going to give us from the inside out. As one of my friends mentioned yesterday, this summer we can take a girls trip to the beach and not be ashamed to take a group selfie! Let’s do it, girls! I love you ladies, and I’m so excited to be sharing this journey with you! I’m ready to be my healthiest me for not only my Lord but also for my husband, children, and most of all, myself.

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Author: jstarrnichols

I'm a stay at home mom that daily strives to be a Proverbs 31 woman to my husband and children.

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