Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Reshaping it All - Day 36

Reshaping it All - Day 36

Posted by Darlene Schacht, co-author of Reshaping it All

We're often asked how we can overcome a constant desire for sweets. It’s a good question, since it’s a struggle that many of us have tried to get past. The way that I see it is that we can’t control the things we desire, until our hearts have been changed. Fortunately they naturally change over time so that many of the things we once enjoyed aren’t so appealing anymore, but there are some things that we develop a passion for that never seem to go away, no matter how old we get.

Take chocolate for instance. Some of us developed a weakness for chocolate in our teens and it’s plagued us ever since. For others, like me, it’s potato chips. I just can’t seem to get enough salt. I figured that by the age of 45 this chip phase would be gone, but nope—it often rears its ugly head when the TV goes on–or when it’s off for that matter.

So how do we separate ourselves from these passions? That question would be similar to one asking “How do I run a marathon?” The answer is simple—a sensible training program will get you there. Sure you can run without training, but all you’ll manage to get is a sprint. In order to complete in a marathon, athletes must train for months or years.

In dieting, the sprint is otherwise known as the “Yo-Yo Diet.” You start off at a great pace, but soon find out that you aren’t equipped for the long run. You can barely make a mile, never mind 26.2. A few months or a year down the road, you start again with the same uncontrolled enthusiasm you had before, and once again you lose steam.

If you want to achieve long term success, you must train yourself as an athlete trains for a race—no pain no gain.

Our resistance is quite weak on the first three days of a new diet plan. If we can just get past the first three days, things usually seem to get a bit easier. Again if we get past the first three weeks, we start to see the muscle is strengthened and working for us. Those of us who have been reshaping it all for 36 days are seeing the difference the strength training has made.

Does this sound like a foreign concept? Compare this scripture:
"No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees." ~ Hebrews 12:11-12, NIV
So, the answer to the question, “how could one overcome a constant desire for sweets?” is resistance training. No, it isn’t easy at first, but it does get easier the more we train ourselves to say “No.”

Saying “no” should never include a pacifier. If you’ve had enough sweets, then don’t fall into the trap that so many dieters do of purchasing low-cal alternatives to squeeze a little more in. A few years back, just after I took off 40 pounds, and had maintained for a while, I decided that indulging in low-cal gelatin would be a great afternoon treat. What could it hurt?

I started to get my gelatin ready the night before (cherry is my favorite), then enjoy a large bowlful the next day, in the heat of the afternoon sun. It was working for me, until I tired of the same old afternoon treat, and started rummaging through the cupboards for something better. Pretty soon ice cream and I were bathing together in the hot summer sun, day after day.

Had I just stuck with the plan, which didn’t include an afternoon treat every day, I wouldn’t have had another bad habit to kick. A better idea would have been to plan for an occasional treat.

Imagine how our children would be if every time they cried for a cookie we handed them something sweet. Teaching our children to know when they’ve had enough is an important part of their training. It’s also a part of ours.

Learn to train yourself to eat enough, to make the best choices, and to stick to the plan. That’s how you’ll win this race!


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1 comment:

  1. love it love it love it!!!
    Had the inspiration this morning to read my ReShaping It All verses when I get home from work, since that is when I become "tired and stupid". Usually, I read the book before bed (I am ahead right now, so I have just been reviewing the chapters as they come up), and memorize the verses in the mornings with my devotional. Well, how many of us could AMEN(!) to the fact that after morning devo, we are totally ready to conquer the world and the enemy in it! ...but start to taper as the day wears on...
    So, I am now going to save some memory verse time for just after work, to arm myself better for when I am weak! (and boy, I wish I had done that last night, but hence the lesson learned and the new application is results in)...and thank the Lord, His mercies are new every morning and my slate is wiped clean! Hallelujah!!!