I’ve been thinking a lot about temptations seeing as I taught a class on it yesterday. For my object lesson I made what appeared to be a caramel apple. I asked the class what they thought it was, and of course they all said a caramel apple. A couple of the more intuitive students doubted it and asked if it was Styrofoam (I did that with the fake cake once) to which I responded, “No, it’s not Styrofoam.” Then I asked who wants to come up and taste the apple and describe it to the class. One brave young man came up. I handed it to him and gave him the option to just bite into it or, if he wanted, I would cut it up for him. He made decision to have me cut and since I had really coated an onion in caramel, it turned out to be the wisest course. The moral to this object lesson was that while many things look good on the outside, if you dig a little deeper, you’ll see that they aren’t really good for us.
So that got me thinking about the weight loss battle I see many people fighting. So many things look and even taste so good but aren’t really healthy for us. I know why gluttony is one of the deadly sins. I see it every day and it’s killing us as a society. The obesity problem is only getting worse even though the health industry is constantly growing. Being overweight is a miserable feeling. It makes us tired, uncomfortable and weighs us down physically and emotionally. We really can’t participate in life to the extent that we would most often like. That little voice inside our head tells us “you can’t do it, this is the way you are, and there’s no fighting it.”
What I’ve discovered that works for me is to quiet that voice and let my real voice speak up. When I get up in the morning and don’t feel like working out (I’d rather go back to bed), I just shove off the covers and talk to myself about how good I’m going to feel when I’m done with my workout. Then, at the end of my workout I say to myself “see you were right, you do feel better”; get some positive affirmation. This has worked for me for the past six years, and overtime, it’s gotten easier but it’s still a discussion I have most mornings with myself.