A New Chapter

I need to change a few things…well maybe more than a few. I’ve spent a great deal of time this year reading and preparing to change my diet and exercise habits. Yeah, reading and thinking…but not doing. Time to change that little fact.

I do have a plan. Since I am an emotional eater it is important that I eat only when I am hungry. I’ve checked out several diet books from the library and even watched that “juicing diet” documentary on Netflix. But I could not find (or just plain wasn’t willing…the juicing seemed really extreme) a “diet” that I thought would work for me. Most of these diets had too many rules or excluded food groups…I like bread and I am not going gluten-free. Sorry. These books did not help me one bit on taming emotional eating…maybe I checked out the wrong books. Last week I was reading Ellie’s blog over at New Creations Ministries and the thought occurred to me that I did not need any of these books or a new diet to help me overcome emotional eating. I already have the God-given ability to know when I am hungry…when my belly rumbles!!! All I have to do is listen to my body and eat only when I am hungry. Sounds simple but I already know it will be difficult to break these old habits. One day at a time.

The second part of my plan is to exercise. I have a few videos and a treadmill so I will get up early to exercise. If I can get it in before Littlest gets up then I can get a work-out in…otherwise it just won’t happen. If I am really lucky then I will also have time to read Scripture and enjoy a hot cup of coffee before getting my little scholars up and starting school. I also will not pick up my iPad first thing in the morning…my day just goes all wrong if I hop online. Since I decided to wean myself from Facebook and Pinterest a bit I’ve noticed that my mood is better.

We took a break from school the past three weeks and we are all ready to jump back into our school schedule tomorrow. I worked several hours in the schoolroom today getting ready for our restart. Our new order of the day is more structured but I think that is what all of us need right now.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”  2 Corinthians 5:17


2 thoughts on “A New Chapter

  1. Great post, and it sounds very much like where I am currently:) A book I read years ago that really helped me resolve the eating issue was called The Weight Down Workshop (I think there is a sequel too called Rise Above). They were great reads! No diet plan to stick to, just understanding what the relationship with food ought to be. Best of luck on achieving your goals…if it helps know I am trying to do the same!


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