So this weekend, my sister got married. Yippee! We had a wonderful time at the wedding.
However, I got off track with my eating that day and needed to get back on track.
When I get off-track, I like to implement an African proverb:
‘Don’t look where you fell; look where you slipped.”
Proverbs 4:25-26 also tells us about the importance of examining our ways:
Let your eyes look straight ahead,
And your eyelids look right before you.
Ponder the path of your feet,
And let all your ways be established.
So I mentally replay the problematic day to discover at which point I went off track.
First of all, I had a really busy day.
We had a teachers training at church all morning and I ate lunch with them.
Hmm. Did I even track what I ate?
I look at my phone to check. Oops, nothing is there.
So I was off track from the very start of the day.
Why? Because I never even got on one!
In the analyzing what else happened yesterday, I don’t believe the following would have made as much of an impact:
- Driving out of town to attend the wedding
- The wedding planned as being outdoors, but a late evening rain making us move things indoors
- Ate well and danced at the wedding
- Drove back into town that night
- Came home and being tired.
- Ate too much trail mix that was at home. It was an impulse buy when I went out shopping the other day.
Normally, it wouldn’t be there because I know for me, keeping sweets and processed snack food in the home is a stumbling block that I trip over.
Overeating happens when impulse meets opportunity.
If the trail mix hadn’t been there, that would have removed the opportunity.
If I had been tracking, that would have dampened the impulse because I would have thought twice about eating it.
After all, it was already late. I didn’t need to eat it.
Instead, what I needed to do was go on to bed. Rest is the solution when you are tired.
So I am back on track this morning. Why? Because I decided to get on one.
To recover, I am prioritizing drinking water, which I realize I didn’t do much of that day.
I am also going to up my intake of green vegetables – also a recovery tactic.
And I will track because that keeps me on track.
So I have some questions for you:
If you are off-track, ask yourself – Was I ever on one?
If you were on track, at which point did you get off?
Love to hear your feedback on this!
Be blessed in Health, Healing, and Wholeness,
Author of the Take Back Your Temple program
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I have been off track since before Thanksgiving. I’m getting on track in Jesus name!!!
Amen, Felicia – I am agreeing with you on that!
This was a great read. Thanks for sharing. I have been off track for months and was wondering why I was packing on the pounds. I was just going full speed without tracking and not making any mental note at all of my eating habits. I am back tracking my meals, choosing healthier foods as well as exercising. God always has a way of giving us wisdom through his word and from others that hear his voice. Thanks Kim!
I am glad to hear that Felicia. I’ll bet you feel better mentally and physically. I know I do!
“Overeating happens when impulse meets opportunity.” Some very wise words here!
All praise to God because He showed me that Leah! The key to staying in control is using wisdom and creativity to block those meetings 🙂