Which seems like a better title than ‘My Mind is About to Explode.’ And just so you know, the title is funny since I have to be dead drunk to actually dance (which explains my non-existent ballroom dancing career.) And, just so you know, surprisingly this post is not about Noah. Well, maybe a little bit…
A couple of weeks ago I realized that I was reading three books at the same time that were really challenging the way I think. All three authors were very sure that what they were presenting was the truth. And all three books were presenting an alternative reality to what I have accepted as the truth for a very long time. This might be a little bit of an exaggeration, but stick with me here.
The first book was Radical, by David Platt. Of the three books, this one was the most familiar to me. Because I have been listening to David Platt speak for a couple of years, and basically what he is presenting is what I always thought Jesus meant. It is just different than what the average American church (of which I have been a part my whole life) has accepted as ‘the gospel.’ The subtitle of David’s book is ‘Taking back your faith from the American dream.’ ‘Nuff said about that. If you are interested, check out the book, or listen to David online. He is the real deal. Still, its a challenging message to apply to your life.
The second book was ‘Culture Clash,’ about training dogs without ‘adversity.’ This is when I thought I would really lose my mind. I sat in the living room and listened to Noah bark for an hour non-stop. The author is not wrong in what she is presenting. But Noah has not read her theories. And either I am not talented enough or patient enough, or have enough time to train Noah exactly the way she explains it. It makes me feel like a very bad dog owner and a failure. All rolled into one big fat overeating person. Ooh. That sentence just rolled right on out of me, and it leads into the next book, which is the main topic of this post.
The third book was Intuitive Eating. Which you all have heard me refer to a number of times over the past few months. I finally finished the book, and here are my thoughts. This is a VERY GOOD BOOK. The vast majority of the information in it is sound. It checks out with much of what I have read over the past five years since starting in Weight Watchers in January 2005. Actually, a LOT of what W.W. attempts to teach you is exactly what I.E. proposes.
Here’s my thoughts about how this applies to me. (Note to all: these are my thoughts. They are about me. Even though I spill my guts am open and honest on my blog, you don’t completely know me.)
- I was kinda intuitively eating when I got all the way up to 255 pounds and stayed there for 20 years.
- This book was written before all the information/theories about the addictive qualities of the sugar/fat/salt combo came out.
- I have a problem with liking food so much that I eat when I am not hungry.
- It will take a lot of work to be able to practice all the guidelines they propose. That is where their definition of ‘diets’ might be wrong. The structure of, say, W.W. can help you practice their guidelines as you learn about what is for most of us a drastic change in our lives.
So, for all of these authors’ theories and information, I realize that my most favorite author, Dallas Willard, has some very wise words that can apply to all these topics. Of course, when he speaks, he is specifically talking about your spiritual life, about following Jesus and becoming like him. And he always says, grace is not opposed to training. In other words, if you just say you are going to ‘try’ something (like I.E.) you will no doubt fail. But there is nothing wrong with TRAINING to become something different (a disciple of Jesus, a dog trainer that doesn’t use adversity, or an intuitive eater.) And that is what I intend to do. To continue to train in all of these areas of my life. And to give myself just a fraction of the grace that God offers me when I fail. And when I fail, just like I have learned over the past five years of dieting lifestyle change, I will get back up, and continue to train in all these areas.
Also , I feel I must add, that just because someone is very sure that what they are saying is true, and just because their thoughts have been published in a book, does not make what they say THE TRUTH.
So there. Now you know what I really think. For today. And that’s the truth.
P.S. Just got this sign and this card and loved the messages on them and wanted to share with you all!