Mirror Mirror

18 Apr

god will see you through

I just wanted to take a moment to welcome everyone who takes the time to stop by and read my blog each week. It is time to embark on week 2 of our current Melissa Taylor’s Online Bible Study titled, Stressed Less Living by Tracie Miles. I feel so blessed to be a part of this amazing study in hopes of finding some solutions to a problem that I have dealt with for many years in my life…STRESS! In Chapter 2 of the book, we were asked to complete an assessment to determine our stressors in life, how they have impacted our life, and whether we were prepared to make the necessary changes to overcome them. I can honestly say I am ready and more than capable of making any changes necessary to alleviate some of the stress from my life because I am well aware of the situation that could arise from not changing. The last thing I want to further complicate my situation is to deal with insurmountable health problems considering the fact that my body is God’s temple. Admittedly, some of us have a hard time taking a long hard look at ourselves in the mirror because we don’t like what we see. But, taking the steps to invest the time needed to take a hard look at how stress is affecting our life can help motivate us to see the necessary changes that are needed to have a positive impact with this problem.

mirror

In the chapter, the author discusses the fact that we are facing a serious epidemic with obesity in this country. I tend to agree with Tracie when she said she felt that a lot of people are likely facing obesity in their lives due to stress. I can speak from experience on this very subject because I will admit that I am an “emotional eater.” I tend to go through my bouts of depression, disappointment, heartache, anxiety, and fear which will ultimately lead me to food. Growing up, my parents would always tell me that I could not leave the table until I finished all my food on the plate. They would tell me that leaving food on the plate was wasteful and should not be thrown away. So, I probably think I have dealt with some level of stress much longer than I ever thought, even though it was likely a more mild case all those years ago. When I am feeling stressed, I need to remember to go to God and ask for His help rather than submit to eating food that can harm my body. I have often thought of food as comfort to me because it is something I enjoy eating and something that tastes good to me. When you think about it, it is only a temporary fix in regard to the problem and can further complicate the situation if you continue down the same path every time. I need to find other creative ways to resort to turning my mind away from food and seeking His help in prayer. I could easily go for a nice walk outside, catch up on reading one of my favorite books, watching a movie with a friend, etc. We have the motivation within ourselves to change our eating habits since everything is possible with God. For instance, my mother attended a nutrition class a few years ago and has lost over 100 pounds to date. She decided one day after being overweight for years that she wanted to make a change in order to live a longer life. There have also been other times in my past when I have not been accessible to food and resort to another habit that I am not fond of today. For years, I have been a frequent nail biter when I am stressed or dealing with anxiety in my life. I desire to have pretty hands like everyone else, but I always feel the need to hide them out in public because I do not want others to see them. I am happy to say that I have now gone a total of 5 months without biting my nails which is a huge accomplishment for me since I do not seem to have the urge to bite them as much nowadays. This is the longest amount of time I have ever gone without biting them. This habit also seems to run in my family since one of my sisters and my mother also had this habit growing up. So, I can no longer make up excuses to resort to different habits that ultimately hurt my body due to stress. My resistance for change is the only thing that has held me back this long.

scale

In conclusion, I would say the biggest change I need to make in my life is I need to get on a healthy diet and exercise regime every day. When I was in high school, I ran a total of six miles every day since I was part of the cross country team. I can reflect back on how healthy I was years ago and how good I felt after a long workout. It is amazing how much more energy a person has after each workout and how much better you feel on the inside. I have learned over the years that exercise is a great stress reliever as well. Making a workout fun is all about finding something you enjoy doing because then it doesn’t feel like exercise. I am now in my late forties and know that it is harder to lose weight the older we get, so I need to invest some valuable dedication to this problem before it leads to bigger problems in my future. It won’t be an easy battle, but one I finally need to come to terms with since I do not want to carry on like this in my life anymore. I am a big fan of the tv show, “The Doctors” and have heard them say that leading an active life and a healthy diet leads to a happier and prolonged life. Admitting this truth in my life is very hard because I know it requires me to make a big adjustment in my life. But, I know I can do whatever is deemed necessary to glorify God and His temple. Now, all I need is a little time and perseverance to start marching down that road to better health. In the future, I want to be able to look in the mirror and feel completely content with self-image.

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“Dear Lord, I never realized that ignoring my stress signified that I didn’t care about my body, your temple. I simply never considered the fact that my stress could take such a huge toll on me physically. Ashamedly, I also never recognized the toll it was taking on me spiritually. I ask for your forgiveness for allowing my stressful circumstances to pull me away from you, instead of pushing me toward you. I am beginning to see that, though I have been blinded to it until now, stress is a bigger problem in my life than I once thought. Jesus, please fill me with peace and assurance that you are with me, even though I have abandoned you and even though I have felt abandoned by you at times. Forgive my doubting heart. Help me to remember that you never leave or forsake your children and that I can trust that you are always with me. Empower me through your Spirit to take a stand for my health, my family, my future, and my faith and to persevere in whatever it takes to gain control of my life again. Walk beside me as I embark on this journey to be less stressed and as I open my spiritual eyes to see and feel you at work, especially on the hardest of days. In Jesus’ name, Amen.” (pg. 58-59)

psalm 107

Our reflection verse this week was Psalm 107:19 (NIV) ~ Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. God is always there for us when we call out for His help in our life. He hears us every time we speak to Him and wants to help us during our times of distress, but expects us to call out to Him when we need it. He desires to have that personal relationship with us which is why He wants to hear from us because He loves us. Have you spent some much needed time with the Lord today to help you overcome those battles in your life that cause you to stress out? God is the answer to everything!!!

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13 Responses to “Mirror Mirror”

  1. stephanieclayton April 18, 2013 at 5:26 am #

    I identify with your post all too well. I recently started weight watchers to help me get on track with my eating. It’s working, but it’s a battle for sure. Hugs to you. Will be praying for you as you embark on a healthier lifestyle. God loves you so much girl! Can’t wait to see how He works in this area of your life!!!!

  2. stephanieclayton April 18, 2013 at 5:29 am #

    Oh girl i hear you. This is a battle I know well and one I’m still very much struggling with. Recently started weight watchers and its working, but had my moment just yesterday where I gave in. But getting back on track today! Will be praying with you as you embark on a healthier lifestyle. You can do it!!!!

    • ceragsdale April 18, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

      Stephanie, thank you for your comments to my blog post! I am praying for less stress in my life as I go through this study so I can overcome some of the other problems that start with stress in my life! I have been following your posts on your website. Thanks so much for everything that you do for all of us who sign up for these studies. You and the other wonderful ladies is what keeps it going and makes it interesting and fun for all involved in the studies. God Bless You! 🙂

      • stephanieclayton April 18, 2013 at 9:30 pm #

        Oh girl y’all bless me! Blessings to you too! 🙂

  3. Jennifer April 18, 2013 at 6:49 am #

    Charlotte, I am so with you! God has been so good in this season of life to give me some profound physical reasons to really make better choices with me eating, and to given me some wonderful tools to encourage me to eat better and move more. I celebrate 19 pounds lost since January with at least 50 more to go, but God is faithful, and I know I am on the right path. I pray and know that God will be just as faithful to you as He has been on my journey, and I pray that we will both be sensitive to His leading and obedient to His will in this season of our lives.

    Much love,
    Jennifer

    • ceragsdale April 18, 2013 at 3:03 pm #

      Jennifer, thank you for your comments to my blog post! I am praying for less stress in my life as I go through this study so I can overcome some of the other problems that start with stress in my life! Congratulations on your weight loss! I feel like maybe I need to get involved with WW again because I felt more accountable going to their meetings every week. I was keeping a daily journal of of my food intake and had to weigh in each week. God Bless You! 🙂

  4. Lori April 18, 2013 at 7:48 am #

    Boy can I relate, Charolette! I am also an emotional eater and nail biter. As I was reading about your other habit, I realized that I was doing that exact same thing. 🙂 Beautiful prayer and I am standing in agreement with you! Lori (OBS Group Leader)

    • ceragsdale April 18, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

      Lori, thank you for your comments to my blog post! I am praying for less stress in my life as I go through this study so I can overcome some of the other problems that start with stress in my life! Glad to know there are other nail biters out there besides me. Not a fun thing to go through all these years. God Bless You! 🙂

  5. Stephanie M April 18, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

    Great post Charolette! Maybe we can help each other reach our healthy living goals!

    • ceragsdale April 18, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

      Hey Steph! Yes, I am hopeful that we can help each other reach our healthy living goals. I feel like maybe I need to go back to WW since I did so well when I was part of that supportive group. I guess I felt like I was being held more accountable since we weighed in each week. Plus, I was keeping a journal of everything I put in my mouth. I think the best thing for me is find a way to overcome being an emotional eater and that starts with asking for help from our Lord and Savior. I so want less stress in my life because I realize that only leads to more problems when I don’t have it under wraps. 😦

  6. beckmomof5 April 18, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

    ‘It won’t be an easy battle, but one I finally need to come to terms with since I do not want to carry on like this in my life anymore.’

    I love how you acknowledged that it would not be an easy battle but, one you need to come to terms with. I’m SO there…I know, for me, it’s going to be a battle…a BIG one. Trying to change life-long habits are difficult. But, you’re so right in how you talk about our bodies being a Temple for God. That, alone, should give us the ammo we need. Prayers for wisdom and strength coming your way!

    • ceragsdale April 18, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

      Thank you for your comments to my blog post! I am praying for less stress in my life as I go through this study! God Bless You! 🙂

  7. bloggerlovestheking April 18, 2013 at 9:28 pm #

    Charlotte right there with you fighting this battle – 30 pounds off but it is a struggle. I started wearing a pedometer and shooting for those 10,000 steps a day, more healthy eating and watch some of the carbs and sugar but not giving up anything. My hubby says it has worked better for me than any diet so trying to keep it up. Loved your post. Debbie W. (OBS Group Leader)

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