I Cor. 10:13, “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”
“But I have NO willpower, Ellie!”
So you don’t think you have any willpower, do you? “Hogwash!”
That same willpower which prevents you from telling your boss, mother-in-law or that rude sales clerk what you really think of him/her, is the same willpower you should tap into to prevent yourself from losing control. You’ve kept your “get healthy” resolution for 11 days, but now you’re beginning to waver?
You have willpower, you simply have to recognize it for yourself.
Think about it logically. There are only three things that happen in any situation:
- The event itself.
- The self talk
- The reaction
Let me give you an example. Your husband just called and suggested going out to dinner tonight to check out a new Mexican restaurant that just opened. Sounds better than the boring orange chicken salad you were thinking of preparing tonight. You’re tempted. So what do you do?
The call was the event. You’re faced with a decision: stick to your weight loss plan or give in? So tempting . . .
You’ll go through a little self-talk: I’d hate to disappoint my husband you know. I’ve been so good, maybe I could just give in this once. I could just walk two extra miles when we get home tonight. But I’m sooooo on track to fit into that gorgeous dress for our daughter’s upcoming wedding, do I really want to chance it won’t fit?
Finally,#3; reaction: Whatever you choose to do, you own. It was your decision, no one elses. No one else lives in your body but you! Willpower is personal integrity – choosing to do the right thing. You already know what you should do. Talk yourself into success.
Another tip to build willpower: Tap into your visualization skills. Imagine that Mexican food smeared all over your body. Now imagine walking into your daughter’s wedding, looking your best, most confident self! Which is more important? A lifetime memory or a momentary pleasure? Which would make you feel more confident and special everyday, not just for one night? That’s precisely your goal; a lifelong commitment to feeling special because you are! Feel great everyday! Don’t give in to a fleeting moment’s temptation, be stronger than that!
Create positive thoughts throughout the day to strengthen you. Tell yourself, “I am a strong, competent person because I am a child of a very important King.” Memorize scripture verses to assist you, such as Philippians 4:13, “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”
You were bought with a price by our Lord Jesus Christ. God stated that out of control eating is a disgrace to our Lord.
“Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things.”
Did Jesus die for our out of control eating habits; for the sake of an entire Pepperidge Farm cake which we ate in one sitting? Seems a little crazy, but sin is sin and Jesus died for all our sins, even for making food an idol.
He’s already provided a way for you to overcome temptation. Now pray for wisdom and strength. Think ahead, strategize. Write down what you can do besides eat when you are tempted: Create more flavorful, colorful meals/snacks, get out of the house, walk, avoid bringing favorite snacks into your home, watch a movie. Be proactive!
Develop your own practical ways to overcome temptation. Develop a personal choice to do the right thing! Choose Righteousness and Honor God.