Day 242: Save Your Energy

Day Three Sans-Snacky.

Well, I’m totally sold on the sans-snacky lifestyle already. And I’m terribly glad that I chose to make it a covenant sans-snacky instead of just an “initiative”, because a covenant… I’ll stick to; an “initiative”… not so much. Like the no-eating-after-7pm. That was an initiative. Something that I just wanted to do. So I did it… for about a week. Then I lost interest in it. Or shall I say that my interest in eating after 7pm outweighed my interest in doing what was right. But if I’d made it a covenant to do it for three-weeks, then… I’d have stuck to it. (The only thing I still have trouble with on that front is bread… gonna have to work on that one I think for a while, though).

What I am finding is that when I eat one of my meals, I have to be very purposeful about what I eat… very deliberate. I can’t just eat a grape for dinner and call it a day or else I’ll be starving by the time I finish putting my sons down to bed. I have to make sure that I’m eating a nice sized meal.

Also, I am discovering that I am, once again, hungry. I have known for the past week or so that I was overeating and oversnacking because one day before starting my sans-snacky, I thought to myself… I don’t feel hungry and I haven’t felt hungry in a while. It was kind of a clue to me that I was “pre-eating” while I was making meals. I also became super aware that I was getting hungry around 3:00 or 4:00 every day. So I’ve been having to be more selective about my lunch choice.

It’s not that any of this is new or weird or ah-ha… it’s just that it’s that cool thing about doing a fast. It takes you out of the ordinary and makes you look at your life apart from your habits.

I don’t think I would have realized (or at least, I would not have realized so quickly) that I was eating so much in the afternoons had I not gone on this sans-snacky fast. But again, it takes all the guess work out of it.

It’s not “Should I eat my son’s leftover jelly sandwich?” It’s… “I can’t eat my son’s leftover jelly sandwich.” That’s it and that’s all.

And I just lovvvvvve not having to have that battle within me over food. I’d rather save that spiritual battle energy for something more worthwhile… something of major eternal significance! Something worthy of God’s powerful weapons!!!

    It is true that we live in the world, but we do not fight from worldly motives. The weapons we use in our fight are not the world’s weapons but God’s powerful weapons, which we use to destroy strongholds. 2 Corinthians 10:3

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