Rev read my post on Wednesday, Hide the Scale and Start to LIVE and asked me if I was serious.
“Um, I think so.” I answered.
“Do you really want to hide the scale?”
“I do. I tired of it affecting my mood and how I eat each day.”
Then he surprised me with, “What if we throw it away?”
(That surprised me because he has weighed himself morning and night for more than seven years, ever since he was ill with constrictive paricarditis and had to monitor his weight because of fluid retention. After eighteen months it was part of his routine.)
“I would love to throw it away. (Can you sense confidence growing?) We can tell what we weigh by the way our clothes fit. And honestly, we’ve been controlled by the scale for so long we can tell by how we feel if we’re up or down even a couple of pounds.”
So . . . (Drum roll please.)
Our scale went out in yesterday’s trash!
Honestly, we’ve both had a twinge or two since. It can be hard to break old habits….
But deep down inside -
It feels great!
It feels like freedom!
Neither Rev nor I are going to go on a food binge. We most likely won’t change a thing about the way we eat. We’ll continue to use small plates and bowls, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables as well as lean protein, and we’ll still have our daily piece of chocolate.
Because we feel better when we eat that way, and when we feel better we:
- serve better.
- live better.
- love better.
What have I learned this week?
Intentional gratitude takes our focus off impressing people and indulging ourselves, and puts it where it belongs . . . on God and His blessings.
And that gives us freedom.
You have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. Galatians 5:13
So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free. John 8:36
You may not be ready to throw your scale away. I certainly didn’t see that coming at the beginning of the week. But freedom through intentional gratitude rocks. I am so excited to finally enjoy the occasional splurge without feeling guilty. Woo hoo!
I can’t wait to see how God changes my attitude about exercise next week. My exercise issues are worse than my food issues.