I had always cared about getting “the outside” to look good – exercise and diet were about smaller clothes and compliments (please don’t judge me, at least I am admitting it! 😉 Following the latest fad diet to reduce fast and quick for an upcoming event, reunion, trip, wedding, right?! Sometimes it actually worked, but why did I always find those lost pounds? Once that special day/event was over, I would think, “Well, I’ll just have one (cookie, brownie, etc) and down the slippery slope I went!
An awakening… focusing on the outside wasn’t working! It was creating temporary, short term change, only to then watch my weight increase on the scale.
A still small voice called to me one day and said – “IT’S AN INSIDE JOB!” At first, I didn’t understand. I thought it meant to get right emotionally so I could “stay on track” and “not cave” and “be vigilant” – I just needed more will power! But that wasn’t working either!
THEN with prayer and honesty, I called out and asked, “God, please help me, I really want to understand and change.” Then it became so clear – IT’S ABOUT CARING, ACTUALLY CARING about the INSIDE OF MY BODY – caring about what I put in to it. Knowing that my body is A GIFT and a temple and is to be honored.
Becoming deeply aware that each and every food (or beverage) that I choose to put into my body, either helps heal my body or hurts my body! Whoa, let that sink it – read it again. Then something AMAZING happened! Once I started caring about THE INSIDE of my body – THE OUTSIDE STARTED TAKING CARE OF ITSELF! I had been focusing on the wrong thing! Boom!