With sadness and regret, I remember back to the days when I would hoard baked goods or sweets for myself. After baking a batch of cookies, I’d devour far too many, and limit my kids to one or two each; mostly because I wanted more for myself, but under the guise of being a good Mom and making sure my kids didn’t eat to many sweets. A box of Honey Buns were reserved for me, alone…all six of them! And many more sweet treats can be added to the list, far more than this article need contain.
I was, in a word, selfish. But I didn’t see it that way, I saw it in the light of being older, I deserved more.
I was the mom, after all! Who would dare suggest that my desire to keep more for myself and limit my children was bad? My kids didn’t need all the sweet treats, really. Duh…neither did I!
This past year I have taken myself on a journey. Limiting my sweets, as well as those for my family, so that I could find what healthy was for me. I have refrained from baking sweet treats of any sort …
Do you have a wake up call picture that kick started your healthy journey?
I remember that as a mom of a one and two year old that I had done pretty well with my eating and I could run around with them while they played, so I must be healthy and in shape.
Then THAT picture gave me quite a start!! Who was that girl next to my husband? I remembered buying that dress and thinking it was so cute. Looking at the picture made me cry. How had I let myself go?
I knew I had to do something, especially if I wanted to have another baby, cause my track record to losing baby weight was pretty bad. So I spent some time stalking friends' Facebook pages when they talked about their workout programs. Some friends were walking or running outside, but in the middle of summer in Arizona walking outside was the last thing I wanted to do! So I joined a gym, tried two personal trainer sessions, and went only a couple of times because I didn't have childcare for my kids.
I Corinthians 10:31- Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
Recently I have heard this verse used in reference to several different topics: drinking, working, eating, etc., because they are directly referenced in this verse. While I've not had to struggle with alcohol and no longer work outside the home, I have tried to apply this more to my eating habits. But that is not what God has been convicting me about lately with this verse. It has been about taking care of my home and family for the glory of God.
It is easy to take the privilege of being a stay at home mom for granted. I am home all day, so the dishes and other housekeeping can wait.I am busy checking my favorite blogs, I can read the kids a book later.My Bible isn't going anywhere, I'll do my devotions later on...maybe while the kids nap.And there are many more things that I can take for granted. But are the tasks I am avoiding for the moment the very reason Go…