Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Day 10

Day 10

30 days left to go!!

The workout today was amazing! I really do enjoy the 30 minutes we get to spend there. Mark certainly does not waste time. I appreciate the fact that he walks around the room to make sure you are benefiting from the exercise and doing it correctly.

He offers a lot of encouragement during the intervals.

Here is part of a study I am doing on food/overeating- gave me a lot of insight today and something’s to process and think about.

Today we’ll discuss why we give into sinful eating practices (starving, overeating, throwing up, etc.). When we discover the answer to this question, we’ll learn how to break the sinful habit.

There are, of course, many reasons why we overeat—we might desire to find comfort, "medicate" pain, alleviate loneliness and boredom... or we might just be feeling lazy. But this lesson focuses on a more pressing and spiritual reason:

One of the reasons we want to overeat is because the human heart craves fullness and satisfaction.

Have you found (as I did) that you often turn to food for fulfillment and satisfaction? If so, you’ve almost certainly found that after a big meal, you are not truly satisfied, nor are you even really "full."

As Ecclesiastes states:
All man's efforts are for his mouth, yet his appetite is never satisfied. — Ecclesiastes 6:7

In other words: we may keep stuffing food into our bellies beyond reason, but it will never, ultimately, satisfy us.

Micah 6:14 states it clearly:

Thou shalt eat, and not be satisfied, and thine emptiness shall remain in the midst of thee. — Micah 6:14

Micah is judging Israel for her disobedience and injustice. In its proper context, Micah 6:14 is part of a list of judgments against the people of Israel for their sin. As part of their judgment by God, the nation of Israel would eat, but not be satisfied.

Micah 6:14 states that the Israelites’ emptiness would remain "in the midst" of them. This phrase is a reference to the heart; the food the Israelites eat will not satisfy their hearts or fulfill their lives. This heart-satisfaction is something overeaters seek today… but it cannot be found in eating. Food is not designed to satisfy the heart, but rather to provide nutrition to the body.

Tip from Mark:

One really good thing you can do as your body gets accustomed to all the work it's receiving (sounds like your legs are really feeling it) will sound funny, but it really helps. Take a rolling pin and roll out your leg muscles like you would with dough. Make sure the muscle is relaxed. This is like giving your muscle a massage, and the point is to get out some of that lactic acid that makes you sore, and get rid of knots which make you tender. This technique is at least as important, probably more so, than stretching.

Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing Tammie, I have turned to food so many times in time of stress. I am praying for you.