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Don’t Pay For It Twice

July 23, 2009 5 comments

“I paid for it, might as well eat it.” How often have you said that at the close of a meal? You’re full but can’t throw away something you just paid for, so you finish it off. I use to do this all the time until I realized that what I’m actually doing is paying for it twice! Once with my wallet and then with my health. Here’s why…

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Our bodies do not store food like a good investment. They store it as fat. Our body takes what it needs of the fat, carbohydrates and protein for the time being and the rest is stored as fat. If I needed extra fat that would be great, but I spend my afternoon at LA Fitness trying to get rid of fat!

It’s hard to break this kind of thinking, especially if you have a mother’s voice in your head reminding you of the starving children in Africa. To which my thought was always, “let’s get a box and get it to ‘em.” Scary enough, I have kids of my own now so I know the importance of kids finishing their meal and getting their nutrients. However, I’ve also realized that me being fatter is not helping kids malnutrition in other parts of the world! We have to do more than simply clean our plates do that!

So the choice is be wasteful and throw it away or finish it off and get a full waist. The next time you’re out to eat and you start to get full, don’t say “but I pad for it.” Instead say “don’t pay for it twice!”

We end up paying for it twice in more things in life than just food. Think about how many times you began to worry, get upset, and jumped to conclusions long before the facts were in. Whether it’s news from a friend, a doctor’s diagnostic list of possibilities, or a misunderstanding; we have a funny way of jumping to the worst possible scenario. Think about all of those times when the facts came in and it was misinformation, a misunderstanding, or a misdiagnosis.

The next time you’re in this position to pay for it twice, delay the instinct to jump to conclusions. “The first to present his case seems right, till another questions him.” (Prov 18:17) We can always choose to believe the best and not the worst by giving someone the benefit of the doubt. We can choose to live by faith and not by fear when is comes to health concerns (II Cor 5:7).

There may be a day we’ll have to carry the weight of that specific burden, but let’s wait for that day, because it may never come. And when it does come, remember what Jesus said, “Come to me all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matt 11:28) He paid the price for us, once and for all, so don’t pay for it twice. (I Peter 3:18)

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Cookie Full Threshold

July 15, 2009 3 comments

a-packet-of-cookiesI don’t just like cookies; I like to be “cookie full.” I came at this dramatic hypothesis after noticing a pattern in my life of denying bites, samples, single pieces, and even single cookies. I came to the conclusion that if I couldn’t be cookie full, I just didn’t want cookies at all.

However, there is a risk! When you engage in cookie full behavior, you run the risk of being cookie sick. You don’t see cookie sick coming, it blindsides you after that last cookie is gone! For those who’ve been there, you know what I’m talking about, and I want to help. Through my sacrificial research I’ve uncovered the life-changing discovery of the “cookie full threshold.”

So here it is. In order to fully enjoy the benefits of being “cookie full” and avoid the risk of “cookie sick”, it is key to know your “cookie full threshold.” Mine for example is 6-8 depending on cookie, size, density, richness ect… With this guide, I now have a three-cookie window to enjoy the benefits of “cookie full” and still have time to call it quits before getting cookie sick.

I’d love to hear what your cookie full threshold is, but just remember that very few get it right the first time. One last thing, never underestimate the effects that Milk can have on your cookie full number!

Applying the same “Cookie Full” logic, ask yourself the question I asked myself recently…“When’s the last time I felt spiritually full?” When’s the last time you read your Bible, prayed, listened to God, and walk away with a sense of fullness? Set yourself a goal of not just snacking but filling yourself daily through a committed time of prayer and bible study.

“Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.” – Ephesians 5:18

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