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I’m going to be 40 in a few years and I can tell. I see the tiny lines in my face. I notice my terrible posture sneaking up on me more and more when I catch myself unawares in mirrors. My hair is thicker and wiry and the sneaky grays are poking out with a vengeance. It takes me longer to make myself look presentable in the morning. Gone are those carefree days when bedhead looked cute on me. Time is marching on and there is absolutely nothing I can do about it.
Except one little thing—one big thing, really: I can stop gaining weight. Did you know Americans gain an average of two pounds every year? I’m a complete statistic. I’m exactly 20 pounds heavier than I was ten years ago. (I probably should be thankful, since it could be a lot more, but still.) It’s just life. I had a kid, I stopped exercising regularly, I kept eating the same as ever and here I am: slightly fat. Not terribly, but enough to not feel healthy and hate getting dressed in the morning because nothing ever looks right.
So I’ve come up with a diet plan for my new life as a forty-year-old. I have until my 40th birthday to get the details worked out. But this is my idea: I’m on the prayer diet.
I know, I know, you’re going to think I’m some kind of bible-thumping born-againer who thinks prayer can answer everything. Well, I sorta do because I’ve had some pretty big prayers answered in my life but that’s beside the point. I’m not thumping any bibles. I don’t even have any references handy. My idea probably isn’t even scriptural. I’ve just come to the conclusion that my addiction to food is not under my control. And it’s probably not going to be based on my past track record. So I’m going to put it under God’s control.
Before I eat, I pray. I pray this: Please God, can you make it so I’m not so hungry that I gorge myself on food that my body doesn’t need?
It sounds silly I know. But it’s working. If something happens while I’m eating, like my daughter wants the other half of my delicious bagel that I just smothered in slices of fresh avocado, I give it to her. I tell myself that this is God’s way of telling me I wasn’t supposed to eat that other half anyway. Then I quickly drink a glass of water so that I don’t sit there seething over that other half of bagel I wanted so badly. If I trip and stub my toe on my way to the pantry to eat a cookie, I tell myself that God made me stub my toe. I’m sure this is probably not very Christian to think this way but it’s working for me. Crazier ideas have sold millions of books so I’m sticking to it.
Now, you don’t have to be a Christian to adopt my crazy idea. From time to time I’ve doubted that prayer really works. I’ve even gone so far as to think that prayer is just a way of fooling our brains into thinking in a different patterns. Why does meditation work? Because it’s an exercise that stops your brain from doing it’s usual circles of fretting. Prayer does the same thing. Christians leave their problems with God once they’ve prayed about them. You could say I’m leaving my diet to God. Alcoholics in AA take the first step of admitting they have no power over alcohol; maybe it will work for me too when it comes to food.
So if you’re not a Christian, do whatever it is that you do. Turn around three times and snap your fingers, I don’t care. Just do it before you eat and do it with meaning. I believe that if you really believe in this, it will work. It will change your behavior and possibly change your eating habits. At least it will make you think about what you’re eating and give your willpower a second chance.
You’re probably wondering what Slim-Fast has to do with my “prayer diet.” Not much other than the fact that Slim-Fast contacted me to write something about dieting right after I dreamed up this grand plan. Coincidence, you say? Or divine providence? According to my diet rules, I’m going with the latter. I think God wants me to drink Strawberries N’ Cream Shakes. But then again Slim-Fast didn’t mail me any so maybe I’ll just have half a chicken sandwich.
I write this partly in fun… but I am practicing this in my real life. Maybe not the stubbed-toe part but praying about things that I cannot seem to control.
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