Note: I wrote this on my iphone and did not edit. Please ignore any typos and grammar mistakes.
Often, what we see as a common hindrance halting people from changing poor nutrition habits is that they struggle to just admit what they’re doing or not doing.
Admit that you’re still not thinking about what you eat.
You’re not prepping and planning, even if just mentally, about your meals for the day.
Admit that you’re still eating things you probably shouldn’t eat all the time.
Too much of ______ (fill in the blank).
Or even, nothing.
Admitting means you’re taking responsibility for your actions. This way you feel in control and stop blaming other people and other things as excuses.
You need this empowering acknowledgment that you are responsible for what’s going in your mouth, stomach, and digestive system so that your brain propels into intuitive momentum to take action about what to do next.
If you lie to yourself you’ll stay passive and feel like a victim.
This past Sunday at FMU Church I shared a story from the Bible (Acts 5:1-11) about a couple, Ananias and Sapphira who lied about giving all of their possessions to the apostles. They kept back some for themselves. And because they lied, God killed them.
Whaaaat!? I know it sounds harsh. But you need to know the back story. They weren’t killed because they didn’t give all of their possessions to the early church. They were killed because they lied.
Peter sensed that they were being led by Satan. He asked them to admit what they were doing. We don’t know the whole story, but we can imagine that their intentions were pretty conniving and deceitful and would be very destructive to themselves and others, negatively affecting the building of God’s Kingdom.
God knows our hearts are deceitful (Jeremiah 17:9). God took their lives to set an example for the early church that lying to God is a serious offense. I always say, you can lie to me but you can’t lie to yourself. And you definitely can’t lie to God!
I know it’s a harsh story. No, I’m not saying you’re going to die if you lie, lol! The point is, despite what pop culture tells us, “we can’t follow our hearts.” Deep down inside, we lie. Confronting our mess ups, downfalls, and deficits, is not easy. Once we admit to ourselves that we have work to do, then it’s even harder to admit to others that we have work to do! But this principle is a key ingredient to change.
We can apply this understanding to all aspects of life…
- Admit that we aren’t praying regularly.
- Admit that we aren’t giving as we should.
- Admit that we are letting activities stop us from going to church.
- Admit that we are too consumed for family time.
- Admit that we are still responding out of anger when people cut us off in traffic.
- Admit that we are wasting time on entertainment and not being productive where it matters.
In Nutrition (the point of this article in the first place):
- Admit that you still don’t eat balanced meals of lean protein, good carbs, and veggies.
- Admit that you still don’t drink water.
- Admit that snacking at night is killing your goals.
Of course, sometimes you just don’t know. And even with that, admit it. Because then maybe your first action step is to just sign up for a program, join a gym, and hire a coach at FMU Fitness, to help you with the new knowledge and understanding. 🤷🏻♂️
Hey, regardless of where you’re at, we’re here to meet you there. You don’t have to be physically or spiritually in shape to join our gym or church. We all come with “stuff.” None of us are perfect. That’s why we say just be honest about where you’re at. Because then our main goal is NOT to let you stay there.
But we can’t do that unless you first ADMIT.
As always, don’t take my word for it. Try it for yourself today and it may just be an absolute game-changer for you and everyone in your life.
*If you’re still caught up about the story of God’s discipline towards Ananias and Sapphira. I know. It used to bother me too. In fact, I used to avoid the story. *Good news though: if they were true believers, which we can assume they were, God took them to heaven so they stop living in their sin and so we can learn from their example thousands of years later! Hey, even when you mess up and sin leads to death, God will still use you!