If you have read any of the Thin Within materials or Hunger Within, you know that it is advised to get rid of dieting and the diet mentality. I thought I did that a few years ago when I started back to this way of living with Hunger Within.
But, lately I have been doing some real soul searching and I realized that I had made this into just another diet!
I have been so focused on whether I have released weight, how my body is reacting with my clothes and if I am “following the rules” right.
I have gotten rid of my SCALE (and it was so freeing!!!), but slowly that diet mentality slipped back in as I worried about how my clothes are fitting.
I have thrown away my diet books, points calculators and calorie counters. But when I starting thinking about “doing” Thin Within “right” or “wrong”, I started sliding down that slippery slope to diet mentality once again!
I have so desperately wanted to be thin all my life. To be beautiful. To be accepted……but God keeps telling me over and over that His ways are not my ways. That His thoughts are higher than my thoughts. AND mostly….He tells me that
I am HIS. I am BEAUTIFUL at the shape I am RIGHT NOW!
Over and over, he keeps guiding me back to following Him with my eating. Yes, hunger to satisfaction. 0-5. and use the KEYS TO CONSCIOUS EATING as tools.
The KEYS TO CONSCIOUS EATING are Tools, not RULES!
If I follow what He is showing me to do, my body will BE the size and shape HE has made me to be.
Dear readers, I will be honest. My body is not the shape I want. It is not the size I want. This last year I have stopped producing certain hormones and that has caused my body to change in ways I do not like. BUT, guess what? God tells me that even with this….even though I will probably NEVER be what society sees as “thin”,
if I follow HIM and surrender the food, my body WILL be where HE created it to be.
At this stage in my life, my shape and size is healthy and beautiful even if it isn’t what I see in all the forms of media.
So, Dear Reader. I ask you now. Are you focusing on your shape or size? Are you caught up in a number on a scale or clothes? Are you worried you are not “doing it right”?
Remember this (as I must remember too!), this is a process of learning and growing and being. It isn’t going to be like the diets of our past where we do “x” and get “y” results. It is fluid, moving forward and back and side to side as we dance on this journey with the Lord.
And I say to myself and to you….let’s enjoy this journey. Quit beating ourselves up for how we look or a number on a scale. Quit trying to do things “right” and turn to HIM, surrendering the food and our bodies to the one who created us beautiful!
God used you to write this to me today. I am losing those same hormones and my weight has been creeping up steadily, so I have given up. Thanks for being an instrument in God’s hands today. You have recharged me and my thought processes!
I needed this too! Thank you for your humble obedience and sharing your heart.
I am just starting Thin Within and have only read Day 1 & Day 2 of the Thin Within Book.
I don’t expect to be “society thin” either. But pushing age 60 and 120 lbs overweight, this is my last hope. Nothing has “worked” and I am pushing my frame to its limits with nothing but looming disastrous results if God doesn’t help me with this.
I can’t locate the monthly online class….
Thanks for your sharing..
Hi Vicki. I want you to know that you are not alone in your struggles with your weight and eating. There are many of us who are on this journey with you. I’m glad you are here.
As far as classes go, right now many of the groups are suspended for the summer. But there should be study groups starting up in the fall.
Deanna Burris and I are planning on leading a group study of the book Hunger Within in the fall. I would highly recommend this book. It digs deeper than Thin Within.
Meanwhile, keep reading Thin Within to grasp the concepts of this way of living. Keep reading the blog and feel free to comment.