This year’s Thanksgiving was a new experience for me and my family. I have been on a journey to wellness. I have changed my eating habits so much that those who knew me before are amazed. I have lost 30 lb. this year! Yay me! It has been hard at times, but is getting easier each day.
During Thanksgiving I didn’t want to set myself back. You know how it is…I’m going to good except on birthdays, holidays, and surprise get togethers…right?! In the past that has been my experience and I always ended up setting myself back or flat-out sabotaging my own efforts to the point I just gave up. Not this year. I sent a text to family members, whose homes we were visiting for Thanksgiving, letting them know that I would not be eating as I did in the past. I explained that I needed fresh vegetables and fruits and that if that was not in their meal plans that I would simply purchase them upon our arrival at their homes. Because of my declaration both homes cut back on the sweets and what-not-all. We didn’t overeat. We didn’t have enough leftovers to feast on for weeks (always a complaint in the past that we never rectified). We had more time to visit without being in the kitchen the whole time. It turned out to be one of the most pleasant, relaxed Thanksgivings that I have ever experienced. Instead of our holiday centering around food it was centered around each other. We wrote down things that we were thankful for and read them to each other. Those memories have been tucked away as a keepsake.
I am looking forward to the beauty of Christmas now. So much of my childhood Christmas memories circled around food (especially sweets). Hours spent in the kitchen making different treats that we only made once a year. Yet, by the time Christmas was over we all felt cruddy/tired.
Into my adult years my New Year’s resolutions to eat better and exercise was my way of coping with all the damage done over the previous two months. Not this year. I haven’t had one Christmas cookie yet and I don’t even miss it. Traditions are great, but we over indulge ourselves in them. Will I eat a little bit of Christmas dessert when we have our Christmas meal? Yes, I probably will. I am baking my famous pumpkin roll (my sister-in-law has already text me that request), and I know that I will want to have at least one slice.
I want to encourage you. Every thing in moderation. Celebrate. But, don’t over do it. Use some self-control and put more effort into the precious relationships around you.
God bless you all. Hope your holidays (Hanukkah/Christmas) are bright and merry, filled with love and laughter.
By His Grace,
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 English Standard Version (ESV)
19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
Romans 12:1-2 English Standard Version (ESV)
A Living Sacrifice
12 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
1 Corinthians 10:31 English Standard Version (ESV)
31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.