What activities are triggers to your food addiction? Coffee, drinking booze, breaks at work etc. You have to plan what you will do at these times and places to have alternative activities that will not trigger your addiction.
Learn to love water. Quit drinking pop and diet pop, it will keep you from losing weight. Drinking a glass of water 30 minutes before lunch and supper will start to fill you up and it is an excellent weight loss aid.
It takes 18 to 254 days to form a new habit. Average time to form a habit is 2 months but with addictions it may be closer to the 254 day mark. I will repeat many things many times in this 40 day program. If you develop a habit of saying certain statements multiple times each day your thinking will change. Then your habits will change. The more you embrace this repetition the stronger your control over your addiction will become.
Food Addicts Anonymous says that 1. We admitted we were powerless over our food addiction – that our lives had become unmanageable
But if you don’t have the power, who does? There are two power sources for you. The first is to join a Food Addicts Anon group. The second is your Higher Power.
Does God exist? Is there really a higher power? Thunderstorms, oceans, and fire have more power than you do. List three things that have more power than you do.
Did you learn about God at a Church as a child? ___________
Do you currently believe in God? _______
Do you know people who strongly believe in God who seem happy and fulfilled? ______
O Over the next 19 days we will learn what prayers God answers. And yes He will help you if you pray to lose weight but there are many things in our lives that are more important than that, and we need to address those things first in prayer.
If you don’t believe in God currently that is OK. If He is real He will show Himself to you if you really seek Him. But it is very important that you are open to the possibility of God. If He is the Truth and the life then we really can’t flourish without Him.
God has an overwhelming love for you. But we often put up a wall between ourselves and God and shut Him out. Over the next 19 days we will discover how to break down that wall so that you can experience God and be fully aware of His love.
Today develop one positive daily addiction. I lift weights every day. When I have energy and want to burn a lot of calories I lift for quite a while and that kind of exercise burns food up faster than anything. If I am exhausted I do one curl with a light weight or one bench press. Why – because this way I have the habit of doing it every day and I plan to do it every day until I can’t do it anymore. Daily habits are how you control your weight for life. (Consult a physician before starting any strenuous program).
Let’s look in on people who quit to see how they did it. Bill is focusing on playing games more to replace his addiction. What activities would be good for you?
Lisa went to church last Sunday (she feels like she eats more when she is in a dark place) and she has plans with a new “fitness fanatic” friend tonight. She is also thinking about how daily Bible reading might be good for her.
Jim is starting a journal and filling it with ideas about quitting. Jim is also determined to form a habit to say to himself 3 times a day that “my goal is to lose weight. I will not put a priority on taste or short term pleasure – my goal is to to be healthy.
Mike keeps forgetting about the destruction his addiction has caused him so he plans to say to himself at least twice today: pop and doughnuts have caused me destruction and pain, they have in the past and they will in the future.
Learn to love something low cal like a bit of fruit, carrots or peanuts.
Say three times every day: “This temptation will go away if I don’t act on it. If I give in it will return and it may be even stronger next time. If I don’t give in it will go away and someday it will go away for good. I have the self control to change”.
Every day write down which day you just finished so that you can keep track of where to start tomorrow.
Day one: cravings