It was one of those days. I woke up early, ate a healthy breakfast, and was pretty much ready to take on the world—and all before lunchtime! Oh…yeah…lunchtime… let’s just say I made some not-so-brilliant choices when the afternoon rolled around… apparently an extra-large slice of pizza and jumbo serving of ice cream don’t count as a balanced meal (go figure!). Well, after devouring all that (rather tasty) processed food, I wasn’t feeling so ambitious. Take on the world? *Yawn* How about we settle for taking a nap? I was suddenly tired and sluggish. You ever have those moments when you feel like a complete blob? Yup, that was exactly how I felt. The self talk that came with those not-so-super feelings wasn’t too pleasant either.
“What were you thinking?! Didn’t you say you want to eat healthy foods? ”
“ You aren’t ever gonna be able to use self-control when it comes to food, are you?”
“Well, you can just kiss your skinny jeans good-bye!”
You get the picture. It was like a wrestling match going on inside my head—I’d go from defending my poor choices to tearing myself apart, all in the same sentence! For a while, I was tempted to give way to my feelings of failure—I’d made a goal to choose more natural, nutritious foods, and at the first sight of temptation (aka, processed goodness) I caved. It’d sure be easy to curl up on the couch, eat chocolate ice cream, and pout about my mistake. To be totally honest, that’s actually what I did for a while (minus the ice cream).
But that wasn’t helping me at all, was it? Whining about how much I hate health food or my lack of self control was getting me nowhere—in fact, my bad attitude was actually hindering me from making progress. Finally, when I was totally convinced that my sulking was accomplishing nothing, I decided to do the next best thing and look for a solution to the problem. Great idea, right?
With the help of my family, I began to research various foods and recipes that are not only tasty, but full of important vitamins/nutrients that will help my body maintain optimum health. I then viewed my eating habits (eating out of boredom, reaching for food even when I’m not hungry, etc.) and developed a “game plan” for the next time I hear the double-fudge brownie ice cream calling my name.
To put it bluntly, I stopped wallowing in self-pity and allowed myself to learn from the situation. Then, I took what I’d learned ( example: food really does affect how well we function and feel), and used it to help me find a solution to the problem (example: I have trouble using self-control when it comes to junk food—I’ll find alternative recipes that are healthier for me but still just as delicious).
I find that my first response in many challenging situations is to sit and moan. Talk about selfish! Next time, instead of grumbling about the situation, let’s rise to the occasion! Challenges are what help us grow! They keep life interesting, and, if we choose to respond correctly, they help us draw closer to Christ. Without them, we’d have nothing to look forward to—to hope for.
“ My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” ~ James 1:2-4
What are some challenges you’ve been facing lately? How could you respond differently? (Also, what’s your favorite type of “junk food”?)
P.S. For those of you interested in seeing what kind of scrumptious, good-for-you recipes that I uncover in my quest to health, stay tuned! Will soon be adding a “Favorite Recipe” page, loaded with pictures and recipes of my latest findings.