Day 621: The Cycle

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I seem to keep going back to this same cycle:

Temptation.
Retaliation.
Rationalization.
Capitulation. (fancy word meaning “to give up resistance”.)

It’s all too familiar to me, and probably to most of us: it is the cycle of most yo-yo dieters. Here it is in a more “specific setting”:

Temptation: Oooooooo, Oreos.
Retaliation: No, I really shouldn’t have those.
Rationalization: I haven’t had an Oreo in so long. or I have eaten so well today, I deserve it.
Capitulation: Nom. Nom. Nom. (Slang for eat, eat, eat)

And what’s so dangerous about this is that after too many cycles of it, I often skip the most important step… retaliation. And when I skip that it’s often a sign that I’ll start jumping straight from Temptation to Capitulation.

And to drown out any Retaliation that might start bubbling up through my conscience, I start to eat more. eat faster. eat ev.er.y.thing.

This morning as my eyes shifted over at that bag of Oreos on the counter, I sighed and prayed: God. I just want to be free again.

I’m not sure how many times He’s gonna have to teach me this message before I get it, but here’s what He wants me to put in my cycle:

Temptation.
Retaliation.
PRAY.
Rationalization.
Capitulation.

The entire reason that I’ve done this 7-Day Daniel Fast was to bring me back to that, and honestly, I’m pretty sure I haven’t prayed a single time since it started.

But.

In desperation, I prayed this morning.

And it worked. It turned my attention away from those cursed Oreos… to Him. And that’s the cycle I want.

Temptation.
Retaliation.
Prayer.
God.
God.
God.
God.
God.

God.

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