I read a post on a Bariatric forum about a nurse who was caring for a woman who was a recovering heroin addict who stopped using after many years of active addiction. The nurse asked her how she was able to quit after so many years of using. The woman said:
I had to stop believing the lie.
The nurse had weight loss surgery and this statement really hit her… just like it hit me. I’ve often spoke of the commonalities of addictions. The feel good hormones your brain releases with drugs and food are the same. Those short lived good feelings is the drug or the cookie! The lie is that you believe you feel good when in just a few short minutes the pain/guilt/shame return.
Food is seductive. So is anything else that allows you to lose yourself in its grip: drugs, TV, internet, sex, whatever you consider your “lure of choice.” You convince yourself that you’ll feel better with it – or worse – that you’ll never feel good without it! You believe that maybe you’re too far gone to change or that change is just impossible for you. You believe that it just doesn’t matter anymore.
Don’t believe the lie.
Overcoming anything is a challenge. Have faith, believe in the truth and never underestimate the power of prayer. There are so many days where the ONLY thing keeping me from diving in a sea of food is God’s amazing grace!
They who wait on the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31