Addicted to Food? Join the Made to Crave Bible Study

Bethanny's "Before" Pictures 1-17-14I’m addicted to cookies, and to a lesser degree, cake. If there are cookies in the house, I eat them. And I don’t mean one or two. That would be fine. We’re talking a dozen or two. And with two young children in the house who are constantly asking for them, I often cave in and buy or make cookies. For the kids, of course! As a result, I’m carrying around close to 100 extra pounds of cookies and cake on my body.

It wasn’t so bad at first. Size 12 I could live with. But you just keep getting bigger and bigger. 14, 16… until several years pass and now I am up to size 22 pants and 2XL shirts. I am fat.

I look in the mirror and what I see makes me feel ashamed. My face is fat; my stomach is fat; my butt is fat. It’s hard to feel good about yourself when you want to cry every time you look in the mirror.

I have let myself go in other ways. I look bad no matter what, so why bother with makeup? Why curl my hair? What’s the point?

My back hurts, and I have bad feet. These are problems that are least partially weight-related. I worry about my blood sugar. Will I get diabetes? What other health problems will I experience due to my lack of self-control?

There comes a point when you just have to say, “Enough is enough!” I can’t live like this anymore. I don’t want to live like this anymore.

That’s why I signed up for the Made to Crave online Bible study through Proverbs 31 Ministries. I want to explore any emotional or spiritual issues that may contribute to my overconsumption of cookies. And cake. And Pringles Sour Cream and Onion potato chips (I think they put something in those to make them impossible to resist, but that’s an issue for another post!).

What about you? Are you addicted to food? What is your weakness? Most importantly, are you ready to do the hard work you need to do to kick your food addiction once and for all? If so, head on over to Proverbs 31 Ministries and sign up for the Made to Crave online Bible study. I’ll look forward to seeing you there!

P.S. I am also going to start walking, running, or biking every day. What actions are you taking to combat your addiction to food and get healthier in 2014? Please share in the comments!

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20 Responses to Addicted to Food? Join the Made to Crave Bible Study

  1. Ann says:

    I am also 100 pounds overweight. If you need anyone to talk to, let me know. :)

  2. Martha says:

    Thank you for posting & your honesty! Yes, I too am addicted to foods, particularly sweets of any kind. I’m right there with ya in the weight category & know it affects my self-esteem. But I choose to trust God that He is going to teach me through this study to treat food appropriately. God bless you in your journey & I will remember you in prayer.

    • bethparker
      Twitter: bethparker

      Thank you, Martha. I will pray for you too. It definitely affects self-esteem, and if we hesitate to go out because of the way we look, it can also limit the opportunities we have to show God’s love to other people.

  3. Aros says:

    On this journey with you! Thanks for sharing!!

  4. Girl, you got it! You have so much courage and the Lord will bless your journey. I’m looking so forward to walking along this path with you and the other 39,999 ladies. We’re in this together! We can’t do it alone anyway :)

    • bethparker
      Twitter: bethparker

      Thank you for the uplifting comment, Carrie. You are so right. We can’t do it alone. We need to lean on God, but we also need each other. I am so touched by all of the encouragement from the ladies in this group. We can do this!

  5. Angie says:

    I’m in awe of your bravery to post pictures. I completely relate to the feeling of being ashamed about your appearance. And about the food. I can sit down with a bag of tortilla chips and a jar of salsa and before I even notice, the entire bag is gone! I should post pictures, but I’m too embarrassed. GO YOU! ;-)

    • bethparker
      Twitter: bethparker

      I know how that goes. With chips, it’s easy to keep eating them without realizing what you’re doing, especially if you’re watching TV or doing something else at the same time. It might help to put a few chips in a bowl and leave the rest in the cupboard. Then, at you’ll have to get up to go get more after you have eaten as many as you intended to eat. It will force you to think about it and make a conscious decision about whether to eat more or not. I pray that you will be able to lean on God instead of going back for more chips.

  6. Carol says:

    I am praying for you! Good for you for posting your before picture! I pray for you to feel God’s presence during this time. I pray the Proverbs 31 Made to Crave Bible Study will touch your life and offer you support!

  7. Veronica says:

    I am where you are. I want it – I eat it. It’s like I have no control over what I eat. I want to eat right and exercise, but I find excuses not to. It is too cold. I don’t have time. I have to do something for a friend. Nothing but excuses. I have plenty of time. I just would rather watch tv. I will be praying for you. I know you are ready to do this. God bless.

    • bethparker
      Twitter: bethparker

      I have been using “It’s too cold” all month. I haven’t gone for a single bike ride, not even when we had our January thaw. Right now it is 15 degrees (feels like -6). I walked the dog, felt how strong and cold the wind was and thought, “No way, not today!” It’s easy to make excuses, but hard to do the work. That will never change, no matter what the weather. I know you can do this, and I can too. Let’s do it together! Are you ready?

  8. Lauren says:

    Thank you so much for joining us and posting a before picture. May you come to lean on Christ who is able to do immeasurably more than we could ever imagine… He can even help us get past our cookie cravings (or, for me, chocolate cupcakes!)
    Lauren, P31 OBS blog hop team

  9. Ruth Cornish says:

    I read your blog yesterday and thought a lot about how great your attitude is in starting this study for the third time. I too have done this study (on my own, not on line) in whole or in part at least 3 times but I am much heavier than the first time I did it. I was a little nervous starting again but here I am…. Yes, I am addicted to food and yes I am willing to do the work that it is going to take this time and I am grateful for supports through this study.

    • bethparker
      Twitter: bethparker

      Hi, Ruth! It’s never easy giving up an addiction. I have given up caffeine completely at least three times and I am back up to a 2-liter of pop every day again. Food is just as hard. I pray that you will find success this time and that you won’t find yourself in the same place again next year. Remember, we are all in this together. You can do it!

  10. amy says:

    Bethany – I found you on the “M2C” blog hop today. I saw your picture in the little square and thought, “How unbelievably brave!” I hope that comes across right. It is meant as awe and admiration. I admire you so much for that. I am sure God will bless you for your desire and honesty. He doesn’t always deliver exactly what I think I need, but it is often so much more than I thought to ask for. I love to bake for my kiddos too and its so hard. Isn’t that ok, God? Doesn’t that make me a good mommy? Teach me how to be healthy and love on my kids. What should my goal be?
    Here’s to both of us on our journey! Praying for our souls to yearn, faint and cry out for the living God today.
    (Sorry. I think I just hijacked your blog!!)

    • bethparker
      Twitter: bethparker

      Thank you so much for the encouragement, Amy! The whole baking thing is hard. I think I am going to teach my husband and grown-up son to bake cookies and try to talk them into taking over the job of cookie baking. I do a lot of “tasting” while I’m baking, so that will help. Also, if they get them put into a cookie jar right away so I don’t see them, maybe that will help too.

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