Each decision about food is an important one. I shouldn’t be thinking that it won't matter if I just have just this one cookie or just this one box of M&Ms because each little M&M plays into the bigger picture of my diet, my body, my life, my attitude.
One small decision to have a Reese’s Peanut Butter Blast from Sonic can affect how I feel about myself for the rest of the day or even the week.
- It affects how I spend my time because I have to work out longer to make up for it.
- It affects my mood because I feel grumpy and guilty for eating it.
- It affects my activity level because I feel heavier and sluggish and don't want to get out and go running.
- It affects my relationships because when I am sad about my body it makes Brian sad or frustrated and that affects the way we relate to each other.
- I cannot be encouraging or loving to my friends when I am consumed with thoughts about a Peanut Butter Blast going straght to my hips.
- It affects my relationship with God because when I criticise my body I am criticising his workmanship.
I want to start seeing each food decision as missed or maximized opportunities.
- When I choose to drink coffee in the morning, it means I am missing an opportunity to drink more water.
- When I choose to eat a large cookie that means I am missing an opportunity to save time later because I will need to burn extra calories that day.
- When I eat extra carbs it means I am missing an opportunity to eat fruits and vegetables.
- When I go running after work it means I am maximizing an opportunity to be healthy and strong.
- When I order a salad instead of a cheeseburger it means I am maximizing an opportunity to get some servings of vegetables in.
I will take responsibility for my decisions and own them. I will be aware of the decisions I am making. I will make a conscious effort to eat food that is better for me. I will do this to be healthier and to feel better about myself. I will not feel guilty or “bad” because of my decisions. I will just keep moving forward and remember that each decision is an important decision. Each decision is a spiritual decision. Each decision counts.