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I am a numbers girl...
Seriously, its all I think about...
First of all, I work in accounting... I enter numbers all day long from checks we receive. I write checks all day long for bills we owe. I'm balancing bank statements for 3 different companies. I see, live & breath numbers all day long..
So of course, when it comes to my life, I use numbers in it whenever I can.
|me when I'm figuring up the numbers in my day|
I'm the one who counts every step when I run & can tell you exactly what is a tenth of a mile.
I wear a pedometer & check how many steps I've taken every hour
... & then will even march to get those numbers to a round number that I like better.
I keep track of my calories on My Fitness Pal & see how many calories I have left for the day
... & read every package of food around me to see what the calories say.
Numbers seem like structure to me.
They keep things balanced.
They are true.
The scale doesn't lie... remember that saying from that VH1 show they did, Celebrity Weight Loss?
Which, btw, I think every single celebrity on there has since gained their weight back...
|This guy scared the HECK out of me on that show|
I loved reading the chapters this week in Made to Crave with the reminder that I am not defined by my number...
Saw on Instagram where Mandisa wrote on her scale the quote that we are to get in our mind over & over again
I am a Jesus girl who can step on the scale & see the numbers as an indication of how much my body weights & not as an indication of my worth!
I love that...
|I share Mandisa's picture because we're close like that|
... or I stalk her really well on Instagram...
But I'm going to be honest... I still love my numbers.
& those stupid numbers can lift my mood & drop me down into a grumpy or depressed state in a matter of minutes.
Scale number go down? You've never met someone whose had a better day.
Scale numbers go up? Stay away... just stay away... give me something to punch
|the look on my face after a bad weigh in day|
Calories left at the end of the day? I feel like I've instantly got more room in the waist of my pants.
Calories over at the end of the day? Screw it - give me more chocolate. The day is ruined.
Numbers hold extreme measures for me...
So here's where its really funny. A coworker who is 24 years old was just diagnosed with uterine cancer. (This is not the funny part by the way) I can't believe it... she can't believe it. She had thyroid cancer as a young child & is a survivor. But this is a different level of cancer. She has to have a hysterectomy at her young age. She is married & is blessed with a child she never thought she would have. More importantly, her attitude is subpar on this. Knows its all going to be fine, doesn't show one iota of worry.
(Can I say, I worry more for her then she does for herself.... I need the next Bible Study to be on worrying please)
But this young lady who once had thyroid problems has a weight issue due to the medication she's been for more then half of her life for her thyroid. The medicine they also had her on for her uterine problems also caused her to gain an extra 40 lbs just in the past few months.
So - here's the funny part - she comes to me for advice. She knows I am aware of food, what's healthy - the numbers.
So we've sat down & I've given her tips that could help her... do you know she's lost 10 lbs in the first week? She's so excited about the small changes she's made & the big results she's already seen. She has come in excited every day about the 'next change' she's made that hasn't felt like its a horrible torture.
"I made ranch dressing out of greek yogurt & my daughter loves it"
"I actually drank unsweet tea instead of the McDonalds sweet tea today"
"I did a dance video game with my daughter & we both got more exercise then I've ever done"
Guess what - none of those things are about numbers. Its about life style changes.
She came in yesterday & told me she weighed for the first time... & though she lost 10 lbs, she said she was disappointed & sad looking at ... guess what... THAT NUMBER.
Looking at it defined her. I get that. I understand because I weigh myself every week & that number seems to take a life on of its own. Its like it says everything about me in that one number.
& she even LOST & it still depressed her. Think we can't define ourselves with that number on the scale? Proof right there it holds power.
But I loved what she said.
"I'm not going to weight anymore. Maybe once a month to just keep check. But I don't want to focus on that scale - I want to focus on my life"
Boom... right there it is. She just showed me the example of what I've been reading.
She taught me. The one who came to me for advice.
For me - I want to focus on my obedience... the obedience in my life... the obedience I have for God.
God doesn't want any of us to be unhealthy. I feel like the whole purpose of this book, reminding us where to focus - on Him, not food - its a whole level of obedience that takes those numbers & puts them in their place. Not in first place.
I know I'm not going to throw away my scale...I'll still weigh, but I will also know that number doesn't show me who I am...
I know I'll still keep track of calories... but I know to focus more on the healthy food that God created. I believe God created fruits & veggies... not aspartame & artificial colors.
So what about you? How are you with the 'Numbers'? Do you let them define you? Do they change your mood?
Do you want to just focus on life? & knowing that focusing on God bring MORE life - a better life - a healthier life?
Let's give THAT a try...
see how it affects our lives...