How To Be The Best You
A Body and Soul Makeover
by Candace Cameron Bure
Changing our thought pattern sounds like a step we can easily take, but the problem we often find ourselves facing is that our minds are in one place while our heart is in another. Since we’re so in love with food, the thought of breaking up with it is devastating. Just remember, it’s only food; it’s not like you’re going to prom together. And I don’t know about you, but I’d rather go alone than with an extra twenty pounds around my waist. Been there, done that! Yeah, I know we’re not supposed to feel self-conscious about such things, but it’s hard not to feel a little “Ugly Betty,” when you’re under the microscope on national television. Wearing an off-the-shoulder, puffy-sleeved green velvet dress, while my half-sized television rival had on a slinky little black one, I watched my date kissing his ex.
While DJ made her entrance on stage that night, I wanted nothing more than to make a quick exit, put on a baggy sweatshirt, and call it a night. Who did I turn to for comfort? Most likely food, since we were in a steady relationship at the time. As a result of this mind-set, many of us spend our lifetime searching for a miraculous way to keep the binge and lose the bulge. Instead of taming our uncontrolled appetite to behave like it should, we continue to nurture and spoil it over time. The morning starts off with a longing for lunch and a yearning for “just the right thing,” till we get it. We complain how bloated we feel after lunch, and then within an hour we’re back to discussing what dinner will be. The cycle continues until it ends somewhere around 11:00 p.m. with another snack on our lap.
One problem with our overweight society is that we’ve been trained to look at food as the problem rather than our approach to appetite. Food has become the focus of our culture with fast-food signs adorning every street corner. In hopes of fixing this obsession with food, we find diet plans that offer twice the binge at half the calories, or we reach for pills that will quickly shed the pounds. Sounds great when one finds out that she can still eat till her eyes are leaking and not gain a pound, but what she isn’t learning in the process is how to behave as a disciplined eater, or that God calls us to moderation in all things. He doesn’t say, “Eat this; avoid that,” or, “Hey, girl, have you counted the calories in that bagel?” He wisely instructs us to be moderate. First Timothy 4:4–5 says, “For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.”
Diets usually fail for one or all of these three reasons:
1. No Pain No Gain. We choose to sprint instead of training for the long run.
2. We’re Spoiled. We try to change only the food that we eat instead of changing our mind-set.
3. Lack of Conviction. We don’t truly believe that the benefits are worth the effort it takes to get us there.
Which one are you?