TGIF!! This has been such a long week for me. Anyone else agree?
I told you all last weekend that I got to hang out with my friend Michelle last Friday. Michelle is an extremely wise and beautiful friend. We were just talking at her house, and she said something that has stuck with me all week. Michelle recently went through chemotherapy for breast cancer, and she has been reading a lot about diet and cancer. She is making some dietary changes. While talking about that, she said something that has echoed through my mind all week. She said something like, ‘There is so much information out there, but I don’t want to take it too far and allow it to consume me.’
I loved this. So many of us have allowed “eating clean” or exercise or so many other things consume us. So, how do we know when we are being consumed by something?
Ask yourself: What do you spend most of your time thinking about or talking about? What do you worry over? Do you get stressed out if you miss a workout or if dinner plans change?
If so, you are allowing these things to consume you and rule over you. You may think that you are in control of your diet or exercise or fill in the blank, but in reality it is controlling you. If you are canceling plans with a friend to go to the gym or because you don’t want to eat out because you can’t control the food, there may be a problem.
Now, I’m not saying that working out isn’t important! However, if you put it before everything and everyone else in your life and your workout dictates your mood, then there is something going on. Also, when eating out causes anxiety or stress because you don’t know calories or what all is in the food, then you are allowing your diet to control you. I will say that there are some of us, me included, that have serious food allergies. That is a different story.
If you aren’t sure if you are being controlled by something, ask a friend or family member that you love and trust their opinion. Sometimes we
I don’t think us “healthy living bloggers” have done much to help this issue. When we post things, the majority of what we post is healthy recipes. What people aren’t seeing is our real day to day lives. We are real people… just like you. We indulge. We like brownies and cookies and sweets just as much as the next person.
It is okay to indulge sometimes. It is okay to miss the gym a day to hang out with a friend. Life will still go on and more than likely you won’t gain 10 lbs from missing 1 day.
We can allow so many things control our thoughts and move in and consume us. I know I have done this. Sometimes we need to refocus. Reset our priorities.
I don’t want to be known only as the girl that was the “health nut”. I want people to know me. I want people to see Jesus through me.
I want to be known as a kind, compassionate, prayerful, God fearing, devoted wife, and wise woman before they add on that I’m a health nut! :)
Do you think you struggle with taking something too far?
What do you feel like consumes you?
How do you want people to “know” you as?