OBSBlogHopI wrote a blog post, Why This Time It’s Different, earlier this week before realizing this week’s blog hop topics would include the topic of “intentional sacrifice” Lysa TerKeurst talks about in Made to Crave. In my previous post, I said my weight loss success is going to be different this time because I’ve made changes I can live with and I am not living in what I would consider a “deprived state.” God did nudge me to share a little more on this topic, though.

I try to make healthy food choices the majority of the time. I feel better when I eat healthy. As my children grow up, however, I realize how closely they are watching me. I am particularly sensitive to my daughter’s perception of my eating and weight loss, and how I perceive my own body image. I don’t want her to see me as always dieting or unhappy with my appearance. Recently, we were at a restaurant and one of the waiters made a comment about one of the desserts. I responded by saying, “I know it’s delicious but I can’t eat it.” My daughter immediately asked me why I can’t eat it, since I was letting each of my kids eat dessert. I explained to my children how desserts have more fat and sugar in them, and are not as healthy as other foods.

So, this got me thinking. I try to prepare meals my entire family can enjoy together, that don’t require me to eat differently than what my kids are eating. My kids often ask if a food is protein, or if it’s good for you. They are starting to make healthy food choices on their own. But there are times for celebration or special occasions: holidays, birthdays, etc. I will eat birthday cake. I love making Christmas cookies each December with my children. I believe an important component of “intentional sacrifice” is recognizing there will be special occasions and it is okay to enjoy special foods on those occasions. With that said, every day is not a special occasion and every holiday seems to be over-run with candy. (Have you seen the Easter displays in the grocery store? Easter is still almost two months away and it looks like our grocery store exploded with Easter candy on February 15.)

I am committed to making healthy food choices for me and my family. But even more than that, I want my children to grow up knowing how to live healthy. And the best way for me to do that is to be a role model for them in how I live, whether it be making food choices, how I spend my time, how I treat others, and so on.
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7 Comments

  1. I loved your blog. I love the changes you have made within yourself. I love that you are teaching your children to make healthy choices. I love that you still celebrate with cupcakes and cookies sometimes. And I believe your last sentence sums it all up. GREAT JOB

  2. So true! Each day is not a special occasion – and coming to that conclusion is such a gift throughout this study. Thank you for sharing your thoughts here today. You inspire!
    🙂 Missy (OBS Blog Hop Team)

  3. This is such an encouragement! Yesterday was my son’s birthday. He wanted homemade macaroni and cheese (no Velveeta…the real deal!) and chocolate cake with chocolate icing for dessert. I planned my day so I could have a healthy serving of both…and this time I didn’t feel guilty! Instead, it was empowering to know that because of my healthy choices all week long, and a little homework on proper portions, I could partake and enjoy my son’s special day. Today…it’s back to business as usual!

  4. Great life change. One thing I have been doing differently for my lifestyle change is but cutting the “can’t” out of my vocabulary. When faced with something yummy to eat that doesn’t fit with my choices, I don’t say “I can’t…” but “I don’t.” Because as you say, we CAN and sometimes we may, but when we are choosing not to indulge, “don’t” does not carry the connotation of deprivation in quite the same way.

    Great job!

  5. Congratulations on you success in your journey thus far-You look smokin’!! I appreciate the awareness to allow yourself to intentionally sacrifice, but also to be willing to have the occasional treat that you have planned for you and the family.
    Keep up the good work!!

  6. I totally agree. I have an 8 year old, and she is very, VERY aware of my eating… and unfortunately has picked up my snacking… It was actually by watching her that I realized my behavior… Ouch. They don’t miss a thing.

    Also, in talking with my spiritual, he said it is good to still enjoy the things we love, but as we all know… in reasonable quantites. I know I try to hold off on sweets throughout the week, but the Lord’s day is a feast day at our home, so we all celebrate the Lord’s day by including sweets. 🙂

    God’s blessing on you and your journey! 🙂

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