A Little Help from My Friends

In a previous post I wrote about the power of accountability and how, by making goals known, we strengthen our resolve to complete them. Today I’d like to tell you about a free calorie-counting program I’ve been using to improve accountability in a part of my life that has been inexplicable for too long.  A friend told me about the myfitnesspal iPhone app. Although a little skeptical, I downloaded it to my phone and was pleasantly surprised to find that the program has a huge database of food items. In the ten days that I have been using it, I haven’t overeaten once.

That’s my goal: to not overeat. I’d been doing it for so long that I was beginning to wonder if I would ever break the habit of hour-long binges and self-condemnation that followed. 1 Corinthians 10:13 promises that God will not tempt us more than we can stand. And when we are tempted, he will show us a way out so we can endure them. For me, that way out comes every day in the form of a set limit of calories that I can consume before the program notifies me that I have exceeded my goal. As soon as I saw how easy myfitnesspal was to use, I told my exercise buddy (who also signed up) and now I no longer have to tell each other about my progress. She can see it on her phone.

The camaraderie of it all reminds me of the song by The Beatles where Ringo Starr sang “I get by with a little help from our friends.” If you, also, lack accountability and want to gain control of your eating habits, download the app to your phone or use the online version to sign up. My user name (and the name to search for to add me as a friend) is stopsettling.

I picked that name because it’s time to stop settling and start living up to our full potential. If you feel the same way, join me as we prove that with God all things are possible as we get by with a little help from our friends.

“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” ~ Romans 14:17

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