my magnificent obsession

Posted on August 27, 2009


You know the old saying, “First you eat to live, and then you live to eat”? Well, it may be true that the body is only a temporary thing, but that’s no excuse for stuffing your body with food, or indulging it with sex. Since the Master honors you with a body, honor him with your body! 1 Corinthians 6:13

I did it.

I lost 4.5 pounds last week.

That’s almost 2% of my body weight.

I have a feeling there are a few factors to this celebratory news. First, I kept up with my goals swimmingly. (Quite literal with that phrase there.) I didn’t eat after 9 PM. I only had coffee ONE DAY last week – and that was on Sunday when we had to be at church at the break of dawn & I was exhausted & I knew it was going to be a long day…

I also got at least 7 hours of sleep a night. Oh and I drank three liters of water a day. Yeah. That’s right. Three.

Word to the wise: drinking 3 liters of water a day will indeed induce the feeling of drowning. However. A warning: it may reduce cravings of other drinks. You know, like coffee. Or soda. Or even juice.

It’s kind of crazy how your body knows what it needs, ya know?

I use to be one of those people who said things along the lines of, “well, I’m going to die anyway – I might as well die happy!” as I stuffed another piece of pizza in my mouth or I grabbed another donut. But here’s the clincher: I wasn’t happy. We are not meant to gorge ourselves on food. We are not meant to overload on anything. And I knew in the middle of my overeating or oversensualizing food I was going against the inner workings of my heart – those still whispers that let you know you’ve reached your limit.

Because you see, excess is never a good thing.

Throughout this whole process, (even though it’s only been like, two weeks) Christ has continually whispered one thing in my ear: I am your portion.

How beautiful is that?

It reminds me of that old song – begging Him to be my one magnificent obsession. I’m not there yet. I still eye the kolaches brought in to our staff meeting. The idea of a cheesy pizza entices me whenever my hunger breaks through & starts shouting. But I’ve learned something these past few weeks as well.

I do not need to give breath to every thought which enters my mind.

In fact, it’s probably a safe assumption that about half of my thoughts…if not more…need to be held captive by His redeeming grace.  Is food an idol? Yeah. But so is self-image. And worry. And sometimes doubt. Oh and don’t forget fear. Bottom line: any thought that doesn’t exist to bring Him glory should have no place in my life. None. Zilch. It’s gone.

Goals for this week include:

  • Drink 3 liters of water a day
  • Stay away from coffee
  • Get 7 hours of sleep a night
  • Don’t eat after 9
  • Read my Bible EVERY DAY
  • Work on my writing for at least 30 minutes a day – submit a piece for publication
  • Lose 1% of my current weight

Your turn. Goals for this week. Annnnnd GO!

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