Let’s talk about cravings

Did you know there are Facebook support groups about pretty much anything? There’s the “Ingrown Toenail Society” with a whopping 10 members. How about the “Blue Tick Coonhounds and the People who Love Them” group with over 7000 members. Oh, and we mustn’t overlook the “I Hate My Job…Kinda” group with 304 (kinda) members.

When I decided to start eating the keto way, a few of my keto friends suggested I join some groups. Support groups are excellent sources of accountability and information. My favorite keto group is “Low Carb Journey (Cooking Keto with Kristie).” I don’t have to ask many questions because someone always seems to beat me to it. Anything I want to know, I can find it on this page…for free.

Most every day, someone posts a comment about cravings.

  • I’m dying for some fries! What can I have that will satisfy this craving?
  • If I don’t get a cinnamon roll, I just might die! Help!
  • How can I go to the movie without eating popcorn? The smell might just do me in!

Usually, someone pops on with some miraculous low carb hack for favorite comfort foods. Seems like pork rinds are almost always involved. I had no idea those gas station treasures are so versatile!

So far, I haven’t struggled with any major cravings. I sometimes see foods I used to eat and think, “Mmm, that looks yummy,” but that’s as far as it goes right now. This is coming from a girl who used to shovel chips and salsa in with both hands and who used to scarf down a half dozen hot Krispy Kremes in less than 10 minutes.

I just don’t want the stuff anymore. My taste buds are changing.

The keto groups have all kinds of recipes for keto-friendly “treats.” There’s nothing wrong with treats. I’m sure I’ll indulge in some eventually.

But here’s my take on unhealthy cravings.

If we want to take authority over our appetites, we have to become proficient in a power-packed, two-letter word: NO.

Just because I’m craving waffle fries doesn’t mean I have to run red lights to get to the friendly Chickfila drive-thru.

Just because those cinnamon rolls smell like heaven doesn’t mean I have to burn my fingers swiping at the renegade frosting in the pan.

Just because my movie date has the extra-large popcorn tub with butter doesn’t mean I have to cram my hand in the bucket.

My cravings are not the boss of me! I can say no.

This goes way beyond food.

Sometimes, we crave other things. We crave retail therapy and ripping people good with sarcasm. We crave steamy movie scenes and stalking our exes and enemies on Facebook. We crave compliments and comparisons.

I say it again. Our cravings are not the boss of us! We can say no!

“This is all the more urgent, for you know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here. So remove your dark deeds like dirty clothes, and put on the shining armor of right living. Because we belong to the day, we must live decent lives for all to see. Don’t participate in the darkness of wild parties and drunkenness, or in sexual promiscuity and immoral living, or in quarreling and jealousy. Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires” (Romans 13:11-14 NLT).

We’ve wasted enough time demanding our own way. Eating whatever we want. Doing whatever we want. Saying whatever we want. Spending our money however we want.

 “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV).

Every craving starts with a thought. What if we paused, testing those thoughts, and said, “Lord, what would You have me do?”

“Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace” (Romans 8:5-6 NIV).

Let’s elect the Holy Spirit as the governor of our minds. He keeps His campaign promises!

Lord, 

Take Your place in the executive office of my mind. I want to spend less time satisfying my cravings and more time being satisfied in You. Examine my motives, Lord, and show me when indulging is ok and when it’s not. It’s all about the heart, Lord, I know. Make my heart like Yours.

In Jesus’ Name I pray, AMEN

Are your cravings controlling your life? Let’s fight them together in fervent prayer. The most we say NO, the easier it will become. #fitnessfriday

 

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I Don’t Want to Be Miss Flabby Pants

The keto life is the life for me! I am still blown away at how my sugar and starch cravings have dissolved like sugar in a jug of sun tea.

The pounds are slowly slipping away, and the inches lost are showing in my clothes. But here’s the thing. I’ve been a fat girl since 1990. If I don’t exercise, I’m going to be Miss Flabby Pants.

I want to be fit and strong, and diet alone isn’t going to make that happen.

This summer has been a season of recovery. Foot surgery is a wooly booger! I tried on a pair of shoes Wednesday and was astounded about how swollen my “bad” foot still is. It’s sore and downright annoying. But it’s time to get moving.

It’s time to start walking short distances and build up from there.

It’s time to start strengthening my core and my arms.

It’s time to get strong in body as God continues to strengthen my spirit.

I’ve done this weightloss/fitness thing so many times. I could retire now if I could get a full refund  on all the diet books and fitness plans I bought over the years. I bet I’m not the only one.

I don’t want a plan. I want a life.

I believe I’ve found a way of eating that will work for me for the rest of my life, but exercise is a little tougher for me. Between my bent toward laziness and my terrible physical condition, it will be a long time before I enjoy exercise.

Help me, fit people! Here’s what I’m looking for.

  • Something that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. I’m a public school teacher, for heaven’s sake!
  • Something that doesn’t require a lot of special equipment. I am due for a new pair of athletic shoes, though. Suggestions welcome.
  • I want variety, but my uncoordinated self needs time to become confident in specific exercises. The crossfit-type programs are a little too fast-paced for me.
  • I want to develop more stamina and a better sense of balance. Yesterday, I tried to stand on my bed to dust the ceiling fan, and I almost fell to my death! (Ha)
  • I want to discover the energy you fitties say comes from exercising regularly. I’ve never stuck with it long enough to experience that mysterious thing!
  • I want to tighten my muscles so this weightloss that’s happening doesn’t turn me into a saggy-skinned mess.

While I don’t think my BMI is top priority for God, I do think He wants me to make the most of each day. Physical fitness is one way I can do that.

Lord, help me push past my flabby ways to discover the strong girl underneath. I want every step I take to bring pleasure to Your heart. In Jesus’ Name I pray, AMEN

 

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