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Thursday, January 10, 2013

072 My Problem is Social Eating

Yesterday, I re-realized just how big of a problem Jimmy and I have with social eating. You see we don't really eat when we are sad or overwhelmed but we do eat when we are happy or everyone else around us is eating. So what made me re-realize this?

In continuing to show my support for Jimmy, I decided to participate in the community weight loss challenge called the Pound Plunge. I thought some healthy competition would be great incentive for me to really buckle down and try to eat healthier and exercise. So far so good...

Then yesterday I was walking down the hall at work and passed a co-worker who has eating a snickers and my brain instantly says, "You're hungry! You should eat." I was like, "Whoa. Where did that come from? I was just fine a second ago." Thankfully I was only half an hour from my lunch break and the vending machine was empty of all the things which normally tempt me.

I dodged the bullet yesterday but I stopped to think how often I am surrounded by food at work (and Jimmy is too). All my co-workers who are busy eating aren't going to tell me to stop. I have to learn this restraint and self-discipline on my own. Yikes!

I say all this to say that if you have trouble not eating when surrounded by food--you are not alone! Hang in there and maybe we can learn some self-discipline together :)


  1. Christiana, I'm so glad Jimmy has you by his side along this journey! This post resonates with me. Everything in our culture is centered around food. Restraint and self-discipline is so hard when the temptation is everywhere! Thank you for sharing, the Lord keeps throwing comments like this in my path lately! If you haven't read it already, you should check out a book called "7, An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess" by Jen Hatmaker. (The wife of a former youth minister, BTW!) She talks about more than areas in life than food, but it was inspiring for me to read about her journey through elminating the excess in her life and finding room for God to move.

    Jimmy, 125 lbs down!?!! You've lost a whole "me" when we first met, *cough-notsayinganumber-cough* years ago. You are awesome!

    Blessings to you both!

    1. I will have to check into the book. I love reading and I am always looking for new books.