• Day 17 – I’ll Never Change

    Sometimes it feels like I will always struggle with weight; like I always have been and nothing will change.  But I know that God cares about me and my struggles.  And He WILL use the truth to set me free! Barb says, “I know how hard it is to persevere with this struggle. It would be nice if God would just change us instantly. Unfortunately, He doesn’t usually do that. Instead, He wants us to get involved in our own healing. Today’s Bible study is about another man who was asked to get involved in his own healing.” 2 Kings 5:1-15 I’m not putting all the text in the blog…

  • Day 16 – I Might As Well Eat

    So today’s lesson was all about what happens when you eat something outside your boundaries.  Barb gave a couple of examples, but I figured instead of using hers, I have enough of my own to share.  And I so love sharing my failures… I mean, doesn’t everyone???  I have had days when I was doing very well with my boundaries.  But then… something starts calling my name… not someone… something. Most recently it was Pizza Hut.  I could smell and taste that stuffed-crust pepperoni and mushroom pizza.  Obvi NOT within my boundaries.  So I put it out of my mind and keep working.  In fact, I’ve already boiled and shredded…

  • Day 15 – A Renewing of the Mind Challenge

    Barb talks about what happens when we are finding it hard to stick to our boundaries and start thinking we need different ones.  She says: ”We’re transformed by the renewing of the mind. Not by the boundaries. And it’s not easy to develop a renewing-of-the-mind habit. It would be far easier to drown our sorrows in ice cream while poring through a bunch of library books on different diets we might try. But this is one of those times where the good things in life don’t come easy. Nothing is better than sweet fellowship with God. And the renewing of the mind is an opportunity for sweet, sweet fellowship with…

  • Day 14 – The Renovation of the Mind

    Today’s lesson was a good one.  Barb talked about the renewing of your mind and how to do it.  Here’s what she said: “In many ways it’s similar to a home improvement project: You don’t know what you’re getting into. You uncover problems you didn’t know you had. You have to make multiple calls to your friend, the Carpenter, for help. And it usually takes longer than you think it will take. But in the end, you look back, and the results are so great, you think, Why didn’t I do that years ago? The renewing of the mind, like a home improvement project, is a taking off and a…

  • Day 13 – When the Scale Doesn’t Cooperate

    I have had those mornings when I step on the scale and it doesn’t budge. Or worse, it budges… upward.  And usually when that happens I let it affect my mood for the rest of the day.  And sometimes I let it affect how I eat the rest of the day (in a negative way) as well.  Barb calls this “bad scale eating”. And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope.  This hope will not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit…

  • Day 12 – When You’re Not Good Enough

    This lesson talks about how to deal with that person in your life that is condemning of your weight or appearance.  Again, I didn’t have much to grab from this lesson because I don’t have a person like that in my life.  My sweet husband loves me just the way I am and is always encouraging no matter what.  He wants me healthy, but he never nags or makes negative comments to me about it.  He has supported many a diet I have tried and been guinea pig to new recipes.  And if I want a treat, he gladly shares one with me.  So no, I don’t struggle with that…

  • Day 11 – Is Skinny Really Necessary?

    This lesson didn’t really resonate with me.  I’ve never been skinny and never really wanted to be skinny.  I have wanted to NOT be fat – but there’s a difference.  Still, Barb mentioned three truths that I need to remember: 1. My worth is not determined by a number on the scale. 2. Who I am on the inside is more important than who I am on the outside. 3. I don’t need to live up to the expectations of others. We all need to see ourselves through God’s eyes and not the eyes of the possible critics in our lives. Here’s the last paragraph before the Bible study in…

  • Day 10 – I Deserve a Donut

    I am going to include an excerpt from today’s lesson in Taste for Truth. “Do you ever feel like you deserve at least one little out-of-the-boundary treat? I do. It’s hard to break free from entitlement eating because we hear the message everywhere we go: You shouldn’t have to suffer. You deserve the good life. This philosophy encourages us to eat in a couple of different ways. First, we feel we have a right to eat good food when it’s available. And second, we feel we have a right to live the life we’ve always dreamed of living. When life fails to live up to our unrealistic expectations for it,…

  • Day 9 – But There’s a Good Reason to Break My Boundaries

    In this session Barb talks about the fact that our minds are deceitful.  That we lie to ourselves.  She asks this question: “Why do we bother lying to ourselves? Why not just tell ourselves the truth? Just say, You know what? I’m going to break my boundaries. That seems like a good idea. We lie to ourselves because we know it’s not a good idea. So we rack our brains for some way to make it ‘okay’ to eat—either by saying we’re not really breaking our boundaries or by coming up with some reason of why, in this situation, it’s actually a good idea to break our boundaries. Possibly even…