Self-control and your weight loss

I posted a picture on my Facebook page with the caption “Why I’m having a little snag in my weight loss. But I did jump on the trampoline with the kids for 15 minutes.”

Of course, the jumping on the trampoline comment was in reference to 5 Ways to Get More Movement Into Your Day, and I have been happy with the progress in playing with my kids while getting a few minutes of cardio in.  Let’s be real, a few minutes of cardio is a million times better than no minutes!

The picture I had posted was a Reese’s Egg.  I love them!  I start daydreaming about them around Easter, and when I see them in the grocery store, they just jump into my cart.  Now I’ve lied twice.

The candy does not magically appear in my cart; I grab it with a quick glance around to make sure no one saw me.  The candy is not the real reason I’ve hit a snag in my weight loss either.

I struggle with self-control.  Maybe you do too.  Do you find yourself eating more than you should and sometimes not even noticing it?  Does sugar call your name and cause you to hide in your closet, not to escape the temptation but to keep your kids from catching you and asking for some too?

Self-control and weight loss go hand in hand.  At some point, you do have to change the way you eat.  No matter what diet you choose for you, you will have to cut sugar and shrink your portion sizes.

Self-control is what we use when we want to stop doing something or start doing something. We can choose to stop eating candy or start eating veggies.  You can turn your head when walking down the aisle in the grocery store, or go after you’ve eaten, so you aren’t hungry.  Grab a fruit when a snack craving hits or even just a glass of water.

God is at work in our self-control.  It is something he expects us to grow or develop.

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against things there is no law. 

He promises that no temptation will be too strong. He will provide a way out.

1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

Hiding treats isn’t a sign of a healthy person; it is a sign of sin, someone trying to hide what they are doing. We do it so that others can not confront us.  Food can be a great temptation in my life, and often I give into it.

A lack of self-control in eating leads to overeating.  It leads to unhealthy food habits that rob us of our energy and clarity of mind. Overeating is a sin, and it is one that we Christians like to ignore.  Self-control must be in all areas of our life, not just the areas we want it too.

If we don’t control our eating habits, then what makes us think that we will or are controlling other habits in our lives.  Take a step today and confess your sin not just of overeating, but your lack of self-control as well.

Start today by giving God permission to speak truth into your life and seek the way out that he provides when you are tempted.  Call upon the name of the Lord and be saved.  It can be that easy.  Next time you find yourself struggling with the temptation of food, seek God, call out to him, and he will see you through.  Here’s to a better week and a journey in self-control.

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