Thursday, March 12, 2009

A New Mindset

Is it a mindset? When do you switch in your head from being someone who's drifting along through life to someone who intentionally lives every moment to its fullest?
With every magazine touting the best ways to lose weight, stay thin, and live forever young, thinking of food and aging as our enemies comes easily. But we need food to live, and with God's grace, we live another day.
When did getting older become so disgusting?
Now I understand wanting to be healthy. That's my goal. I have a feeling that as I've become an 'older woman,' my metabolism has changed, and it's likely I will never be thin again, and that's okay.
Sometime along the way, I began to drift. Grabbing another handful of M&M's, absent-mindedly eating a 'few' more chips, spooning an extra-large dollop of sour cream on my potatoes. And it all adds up. I need to more intentional in my eating. As a Christian, I'm very intent on living a spiritual life of purpose, but I'm afraid my body has suffered as I focused on the spiritual, ignoring the physical.
What I need is balance - to somehow flip that switch in my brain, eat intentionally, and turn my willpower ON!
Romans 12:1-2
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.


  1. Good verse to remember, especially when trying to remember to eat purposefully rather than absentmindedly. And sadly, I confess to sometimes purposefully eating foods that taste good simply because I want them, not because I'm hungry or they're good for my body. But I'm with you in the desire to be a good steward of this body God gave me, and because of His life in me, I anticipate success!

  2. Keeping in mind your desire to eat better for the health of your body as you meditate on scripture and spend time in prayer make a winning combination of improved physical and spiritual health.

  3. AMEN! AMEN! AMEN! to your article. BALANCE that's the key. Keeping the main thing the main thing. It's tough when everyone one in your family wants from you. It's easy to be the one that gets left behind. God hasn't called me to get left behind but to BALANCE!! Some days its tough.Thanks for your encouragement.

  4. I'm an absent-minded eater, too. I love to eat! Love the way food tastes regardless whether I'm hungry or not.

    4:00Pm is my danger time. I want to grab a diet coke (with lime), some chips and watch Oprah.

    Great post, Donna


  5. So right, Nora. Balance. Glad you're here!

    Mary, that's a danger time for me, too. My friend, Mary, drinks her diet coke with lime, too. How about some low-fat popcorn or pretzels instead? If you're like me, you need something crunchy. I'm on the lookout for some flavored pretzels of some kind as I don't care for the plain.

  6. Donna, I love your blog. It is interesting, funny and an easy pleasant read. I am now a follower. If you get a chance pop in and say hey on my blog. I hope all goes well for you and sooner better than later.

  7. Chatty Lady! Wow! Long time. I'm thrilled that you popped in on the blog. Thanks for the well wishes. Now I'm off to visit you!


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