Acts of Love

On Motivation and Encouragement

Confessions of a Serial Dieter: About as Deep as A Mud Puddle March 11, 2012

Filed under: Misc.,Uncategorized — Acts of Love and Good Works @ 8:52 pm

I told myself I would never blog about weight loss, because I find it to be narcissistic and shallow, but here I am. I will ask you, my readership (all three of  you) to bear with me as I delve into a brief tangent regarding my weight, with appropriate injections of self-deprecation to balance the completely trivial content of this post.

I am obsessed with diet fads. They are forever usurping my attention. Like a canary with a shiny object, I can spend hours lost in calorie counting and cookbooks, when I should be doing more important things. I am perpetually dieting, with little to no results. My husband is completely fed up with it and will not listen to another word.

Me: But really Henry, you eat like 25 cookies a day and the weight just pours off…

Me again, a week later: But Henry, it is Kate Middleton–if she told me to eat nothing by toothpaste and pez I would do it…

I have done weight watchers, weigh down, vegetarian, slim fast, no carb, low carb, mediterranean, blah blah blah…

It is boring and I am sick of it

The basics of weight loss are simple–less calories and more exercise. Should be pretty simple, I should not need to read another book, clip another magazine article, order another bottle of African mango extract (oh yes I did), drink another glass of tea–it is just about eating less damn food.

However, aside from being a diet addict, I am a sugar addict, therein lies the struggleI wish there was some sugar rehab I could check into, where they would give me some sugar substitute as I slowly wean myself off jellybeans and cupcakes. Maybe I could even sit around and talk about my feelings.

On Second thought, maybe I should just get out of my own way.

God clearly does not want me wasting my time and talents obsessing over pounds lost and gained, or writing ridiculously passionate blog posts about dieting. It is all a distraction, and this is a tactic of the enemy. He holds up shiny objects in front of our little canary eyes.

Well, no more, I refuse to be a bird.

So, I am quitting sugar and processed foods, cold turkey. I am simplifying my diet, eating only whole foods and real foods.

It is not a diet.

It is not a fad.

It is not complicated.

And it is not a distraction.

I may post some recipes, but I can assure you that this will be my first and last post about dieting. This topic is about as deep as a mud puddle and I won’t waste anymore of our time.

So there it is: I am a recovering diet addict, just taking it one day at a time. As of today I am no longer beset by sugar cravings, no longer prey to my own conspiracy of self-interest, so longer consumed with spurious and frivolous distractions. Today I am focusing on what is good and true.

 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; He will not let you be temptedbeyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13


Allow Me to Intoduce Myself February 16, 2012

Filed under: Misc.,Uncategorized — Acts of Love and Good Works @ 3:28 am

I love Jesus, my family, crafting, reading, hospitality, coffee, my dogs, the idea of being a runner, baking, cooking, teaching, housekeeping, learning, ministry, and writing. I have a master’s degree in education, yet find myself at home with a classroom of two–Makayla (3) and Harper (1). Being a wife and mother is by far the most challenging, exciting, demanding , fulfilling, and creative endeavor of my life to date. People often comment on my ability to ‘do it all’. Little do they know, I am just an ordinary woman who is fortunate to find herself part of a community of believers. Belonging to this community means I am motivated and encouraged by amazing people on a regular basis–this is my secret, and the impetus for creating this blog, to simply and humbly share what motivates and encourages me to act in love and perform good works.

“Let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting Him. For our guilty conscience has been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water. Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep His promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of His return is drawing near.” Hebrews 10: 22-24