My Rookie Eating Mistake

By Kimberly Taylor


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Because I believe in transparency, let me tell you about my rookie eating mistake recently.

Rookie Mistake
Make an eating mistake? Keep your head up! Learn the lesson and keep it moving (K.I.M).

My husband Mike and I participated in a group sporting event and afterwards, there was an awards banquet for the winners – nope, we didn’t win anything.

So, I did good with my food selections but they had strawberry cheesecake for dessert, which is one of my favorites. I haven’t had cheesecake in about 3 years, I’d guess.

I decided to have some this time. But I told myself I would just eat half of it.

Now, based on what I taught to our Take Back Your Temple private group members in a Live session recently, I had a simple strategy to ensure I ate just half:

I should have served myself half from the beginning – cut the cheesecake in half upfront, wrap the other half I wasn’t going to eat in a napkin, and moved it out of the way.

I call that strategy ”divide and conquer.”

But did I do that?

Nope.

Instead, I trusted myself not to eat it all. I left the whole slice on my plate as I was eating and talking with our table-mates.

I got distracted in the conversation.

The next thing I knew, the entire cheesecake slice was gone…eaten.

Ha, ha! I said to myself…”Teacher, teach thyself!”

But you know what?

Life happens. That was just another day in the life of Kimberly Taylor on her way to meeting her Savior.

It is not that old ”all or nothing” mentality with me anymore…an excuse to go out and buy more cheesecakes and dive in!

That old way is painful.

I’d much rather give myself space and grace to learn and change. After all, that’s how the best teachers treat children, right? With love, respect and a lot of patience.

It’s the harsh teachers that criticize, condemn, and get impatient that make children afraid to try or make mistakes.

So I share the lessons that I learn with our TBYT members so that they understand that the teacher/coach is walking this walk of good health too – just like them.

And sometimes I make mistakes too on that walk.

Life goes on and I will keep on taking care of my health to the best of my ability.

They appreciate my transparency and for being real with them. That’s why I believe our group is a safe place for us to learn and change together!

Now at the next event, I will have another opportunity to practice what I know.

And you best believe that one will go much better. Why?

Because I shared what happened with our group this time, I want to report what happens at the next event as a victory to them for accountability!

That’s the value of having others share your weight loss journey with you.

Ecclesiastes 4:12 says,

Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

– Ecclesiastes 4:12

May we all stay committed to living and learning from our experiences.

Let’s keep moving forward in growing stronger and healthier day by day!

Kimberly Taylor

About the author

Kimberly Taylor has a heart to encourage others struggling with emotional eating and weight loss. Once 240 pounds and a size 22 herself, she can testify of God’s goodness and healing power to overcome. She lost 85 pounds and have kept it off for over 18 years. Through the Take Back Your Temple Christian Weight Loss program, her goal is to inspire Christian women to live fit, healthy, and empowered in Christ.

  • Thankyou so much for being honest with us , Kim. You are a breath of fresh air!
    Thankyou for your encouragement and pointing us to the Saviour in all of our struggles.

  • I have been receiving the Take Back Your Temple emails for some time…I don’t remember how I got signed up. I am finally, after a 6 month period of unprecedented stress, getting back to eating right. But today’s post really discouraged me. Seriously, Kimberly, after not having your favorite dessert for 3 1/2 years, you consider eating the whole piece of cheesecake a failure/mistake? Is it just because you knew it would prompt you to overindulge, or that the Holy Spirit warned you not to eat the whole thing?

    • Hi Linda – I appreciate your comment. It wasn’t a Holy Spirit conviction, just a decision I had made upfront because I wasn’t sure if the cheesecake would hijack my brain and lead to overindulgence later. That used to happen to me a lot back in the day. I didn’t want to get into that self-deception again (”one little bite won’t hurt”). Back then, that ”one little bite” did hurt because it led me to taking dozens more ultimately!

      So my decision was a positive thing, a way to protect myself. Thankfully, eating the whole thing didn’t lead me into going off into sugar-bingeing for days or weeks like it might have done in the past. Each of us has to know what is beneficial to us or not. In my case, I learned that the cheesecake did not hijack my brain like it used to, so that was good. It did not ‘consume’ my thoughts with an obsession to get more. I ate it, I enjoyed it, and I was done. So I praise God for that!

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