I am currently reading 6 books.
In chapters 3 and 4 of Terkeursts book, she talks about getting a plan and finding accountability. What she says, basically, is to find a healthy eating plan that works for you. She doesn't tell you what to do ~ just be healthy, but GET A PLAN. For me, it's Weight Watchers.
Some people feel like it's too much with the point counting and the weighing in. I think it helps me to visually see the results of my choices and be able to adjust as necessary. It causes me to pause and think. Some people choose to simply count calories. Some choose to see a nutritionist. Whatever you choose, make sure it is a plan you can stick with and manage within the confines of your daily life. Yes, you'll probably have to make some adjustments but it should not turn your world upside down. The way the WW plan works for me is that it gives me guidelines. Parameters within which to work. Fruits and veggies are good. Processed sugars are bad. Portions are important. Leave yourself room to wiggle. If I can keep those things in mind I do pretty good. I will confess, I don't do much point counting these days. I did before, when I lost the large chunk of weight a few years ago. I counted everything! This time, I'm going at it from a more relaxed perspective and am trying to make it a lifestyle change not just a food count. I'm trying to re-align my mindset. That is why this time I'm using Lysa's book to help guide me on the journey with God's help.
Speaking of help ~ in chapter four Terkeurst talks about the important role friends play in both your healthy eating and your life's journey. The role of accountability partner. I will tell you, my most helpful and least helpful accountability partner is The Husband. If he's good, I'm good. If he's bad, I'm bad. But, sometimes the stars align and one of us can be found encouraging the other away from bad decision making and poor choices. We remind the other why were doing this and what we should or should'nt be doing. We encourage when morale is low and we sympathize with the struggle. I also have a few friends who are walking thier own food journey along side me and can be supportive and understanding if I need to bow out or take a pass or cry and lament on a shoulder. These supportive people also do an invaluable job of keeping me from becoming task saturated. They help me to not make the food thing the most important thing. It's not. I pray that you and I both remember that this journey we are on is designed to seek, renew and strenghten our relationship with God. To put him first. To make him the most important thing.
I'm Jennifer and I am so glad to meet you! I am a working mother of 4 children, surrogate mother of 2 children's boyfriends, a few children's best friends, a god-son, a prayer pal and a very special boy who smelled his way into my heart. Our home is open and all are welcome here.