I have been forced recently to deal with compliments. Everyone likes a compliment every now and then but I have had people comment everyday for several weeks on my weight loss.
I haven't posted about it since finishing the contest last December.
I have continued to lose a few more pounds since I didn't reach my goal in 12 weeks and have enjoyed continuing to workout.
But most of all I have enjoyed the freedom from the bondage. It's been amazing how something that was such a hangup, such a source of guilt and shame could be turned around and used for such enjoyment. In some addictions you simply stop but with food you must learn to deal with food. My body has to eat. I can make pound cake and remember my grandmother's table and reveal in the sweet taste and memory. I worship while dining and creating wonderful food full of flavor. It's divine! God meant for food to be enjoyed and the enemy knows it and tries his hardest to mess us up.
I inevitably am asked what are you doing?
It's quite simple, yet my story could take an hour to tell....I'll stick to the short version, If you want the long version I'd love to tell it...
I did 3 things
Repent- James 4:17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.
you can eat less, you can exercise much but without repenting it didn't work, and it never will
until I acknowledged that what I was doing was sin, I was just trying to help myself
if I have learned anything at all it's that I can't help myself, it's only God who changes the heart
he alone brought made it all come together- there's so much to tell, he counseled me through, he alone, and he alone will get the praise
I only did what I was supposed to do. I never quit following him to freedom. And God did what he promised to do! So compliment HIM, I applaud him quite often and Charis and I dance in the kitchen regularly!