Proverbs 28:7 The one who keeps the law is a son with understanding, but a companion of gluttons shames his father.
Gluttony: habitual greed or excess in eating.
OK, this blog is going to be embarrassingly transparent. I’d much prefer writing on something else but this is where God is leading me. This is one of those instances when I’m so glad you can’t see me typing this. I’m cringing.
So, here’s the scoop. I’m a glutton. I need to lose weight. Here’s how I got here…
I was a skinny kid. I stayed thin naturally until I hit my twenties. Then I was playing with anorexia in college. After hearing many joke about those who put on the “freshman 15” I was determined not to be that. I didn’t eat much and counted everything I ate. I remained a size 2 until my later twenties. Then I really ballooned after having kids. My second son tipped the scales in record breaking fashion.
When I got to a size 14 then I decided I had enough. I purchased some Jillian Michael’s DVDs (I especially like 30 Day Shred and Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism.) I changed my eating habits. I lost 52 lbs. You read that right. I got down to a size 4.
Then I got pregnant again…
I gained about 35 lbs in the pregnancy and lost 15 of it quickly after delivery. But with my oldest son’s autism needs and a baby (now a toddler) that still doesn’t sleep through the night, I was exhausted. Still am many days. I turned to food to comfort me. A lot.
I am not as heavy as I was but I’ve got definite weight to lose. I’m a size 10 on a short, petite frame. But what’s worse is I eat to get peace and comfort. I eat when I’m down. When I’m up in the middle of the night. I just eat. It’s too much. I never realized I was actually sinning until God convicted me. Food has become an idol. And I’m lacking self control.
I knew I hit rock bottom when I bought cupcakes for my son’s birthday last year and ate them before his birthday. I then bought another package without my husband knowing (he does now.)
Proverbs 23:20-21 Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat, for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags.
I have a goal to lose 30 lbs. I’ll check in and let you know where I’m at. Accountability is everything.
Today, I want to gently ask you if there’s anything you turn to for comfort more than God? Do you run to the phone more than the throne? Social media? Drinking? Video games? Overworking? These are idols. They must be repented of. Ouch. I know, believe me I do. But there’s no candy coated way to say it. For those of you battling with gluttony, I’ll leave you with what I have faced and considered.
I have three children. I want to be in their lives as healthy as possible for many years. If I can avoid diabetes, blood pressure issues, fatigue etc by taking better care of myself then I will. It also helps in feeling better to look better. Our bodies are a temple of the Ruach (Spirit) too (see 1 Corinthians 6:19.) We are bought with a price. We should honor Him.
*My intention isn’t to shame anyone but rather to share what God showed me and convicted me of. This is an opportunity to mature and grow in the fruit of self control.
1 Corinthians 6:20 ESV for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
Galatians 5:22-23 ESV But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.