This chapter title may not be the best for the content of the chapter. It sounded really good when I first read it. Who doesn’t want a quick and easy approach to anything, but especially weight loss!
Barb says, “If you want to lose weight and keep it off, you’ll need to do two things: renew your mind and restrict your eating. Not just for the duration of the Bible study, but for life.”
Yep… she used that word – LIFE!
So this lesson was all about setting lifelong boundaries. I do have boundaries in other areas of my life. Driving – I don’t run red lights or stop signs, I wear my seat belt. Relationships – I don’t put myself in a position of being alone with someone of the opposite sex. House – I don’t run the air conditioner as cold as I’d like to so that I can keep the power bill within the budget. And so many more. So why don’t I have boundaries for eating. And should I? I do know that when I eat what I want when I want… the consequence is weight gain. So boundaries are a good thing. A safe thing. And I do have boundaries having to do with food if I am on a “diet”. But every day? For the rest of my life?
I looked ahead in the book and we will be setting boundaries in the next few days. It makes sense that having lifelong boundaries is a good idea. I read Bright Line Eating a while ago and it was about boundaries (bright lines you won’t cross). They were very strict. If I’m being honest, my worst fear about setting boundaries is… breaking them. And then what???? I have done the diet/binge/diet scenario far too many times. If I set boundaries and then break them… what then?
I think that renewing my mind is going to be KEY to all of this.
You say, ‘I am allowed to do anything’ – but not everything is good for you. And even though ‘I am allowed to do anything,’ I must not become a slave to anything. I Corinthians 6:13 NLT
That verse sure sounds a lot like boundaries…
Going through Taste for Truth by Barb Raveling