Sanitizing Self-Talk & Our Girlfriends’ Conference Call!!!

GIVEAWAY NOTE: Don’t forget to tune in tomorrow. I’ll have an Encouragement for Today devotion running  at Proverbs 31 and on on the topic of  marriage and male/female differences. For fun, (and to kick-off an entire week of Valentines Day giveaways—including lots of books), I’ll offer a couples marriage giveaway centered on friends’ Bill and Pam Farrel’s book Men are Like Waffles;Women are Like Spaghetti. Plan to hop on and leave a comment!

Another Wednesday with our Weight Loss Wednesday gals! (If you haven’t joined our little cyber group of girlfriends, don’t fret! Newcomers are always welcome. You can get caught up by clicking on Weight Loss Wednesdays in the side bar.)

Well— It is all set! We will be holding our WLW girlfriends conference call next Tuesday, February 9th, from 9:00-9:55 pm EST. If you’ve never been part of a call like this, you are in for a treat! (calorie-free, of course!) I hope you’ll want to participate. (and remember, you can be a part of the call and just listen, that is fine too!) And the call will be recorded so if you miss it, you can go on-line and listen to it the week or two following as well.

I need to have you email me at BEFORE 9:00 pm Monday EST. I will email you back with the call-in instructions. There is no cost for this girlfreinds’ get-together other than the phone call (and many of you have free nights and weekends on your cell phone, so have that all charged up and ready to go!) PLEASE put WLW Phone Call in the subject line or I might miss you due to the volume of emails I get. Oh, I can’t wait to chat with you all!

Speaking of chatting, ever talk to yourself? No, I don’t mean audibly, mumbling so others can hear you and wonder if you are actually speaking to them.

I mean in your head.

In your heart.

Whispering to your very soul.

I do this all the time about many topics. When I mess up with my kids, I say to myself, “You are a terrible parent.”

When I let loose my frustration with my oh-so-different-from me husband, letting loathsome words spew out, I say to myself, “What a great marriage role model you are!”

When my home office desk starts to sport a few piles of “attention needed asap” piles of papers, I say to myself, “And you speak and write on how to get organized! Ya’ big fake.”

When for the umpteenth time in my post-baby adult life I am trying to drop pounds and lose inches and get back to a healthy weight, I scream to myself, “Idiot! Can’t keep from shoveling the stupid food in your mouth. You failure! You’ll NEVER be thin. You are destined to be fat. Just give up and eat some cookies—lots of cookies–then polish off the last half of the bag of ranch Doritos followed by a little–no a lot— of Moosetracks ice cream. Why keep trying? You ALWAYS fail!”

Ever been there?

Last week, I challenged you to memorize 1 Corinthians 10:13. Did you? Did you at least read it?

We must start swapping out these episodes of destructive self-talk, exchanging them for sanitizing words instead; words that are true and chock-full of scripture.

So when you begin to mumble or whisper something damaging to your heart about how you NEVER can resist temptation. Stop. Quote the above verse to yourself. (or others you find. is a great place to search for scripture verses on specific topics)

And it doesn’t always have to be scripture that stops our injurious words pointed straight at our soul. Memorize a few phrases to help you sanitize your mental slate, wiping it clean. Here are a few I am using:

  • Nothing tastes as good as being fit feels.
  • Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t….you are right.
  • Satan wants me to focus on food; God wants me to focus on Him.
  • This  junk food is NOT my friend. It is the enemy wrapped in a tasty package. WALK AWAY!!!!

How about you? Any other ones you can come up with?

Or, if you memorized 1 Corinthians 10:13, type it out in the comment box below (no cheating and don’t worry if it isn’t totally word perfect!) I’ll give a fun, funky, and colorful set of recipe cards, along with matching measuring cups and spoons, to one gal who does.

Or, just check in and let us know how your week went. Mine was much better. Really watched those BLT’s (bites, licks and tastes) and kicked it up a bit on the exercise. I’m down 2.4 this week.

How about you? Please comment and don’t forget to email me with WLW phone call in the subject line so we can chat it up next Tuesday night. I can’t wait!!!!


Congrats to the winner of yesterday’s book giveaway with Mary Demuth. Please email me your home address at so I can give it to Mary.

The gal receiving a copy of Thin Places is:


Timestamp: February 2, 2010 at 2:45 pm

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  • No temptation has overtaken you except such is as common to man, but God is faithful who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with temptation will make the way of escape, that you will be able to bear it.
    1 Corinthians 10:13
    For a few days I have been feeling a bit discouraged because I haven’t been motivated to exercise for a few weeks and I feel like I eat too much. I stay so hungry at night and just keep eating. Like food is going out of style. I’ve been craving chocolate! I got on the scale this afternoon and it said 129.8 lbs. Around three weeks ago it said 133.6 lbs so I guess that’s something. I still don’t see fat loss in my hips and thighs like I want.
    I hav a few Scriptures for dealing with temptation.
    Romans 8:37; Romans 13:14; 1 Corinthians 9:27; Hebrews 2:18; James 4:7

  • Kimberlee – you feel like you are running on empty because of this phase of your pregnancy – that very tired first trimester. Yes, listen to your body. God made it to know how to grow that little life. The fact that you are doing something is wonderful. I was a complete couch potato during my pregnancies. :)

    Hmmm…batteries. Wonder what changing them out will do. I just might get around to trying that.

  • It’s good to hear from all of you! I forgot to post too, it has been crazy at my house. Do you relate? Well, Praise God, I am at the maintenance phase. I actually lost another #l.4 anyway and that is fine, but I was wondering if anyone out there has some good tips for success in maintaining. So far I haven’t differed much in my eating as when I was wanting to lose. I know that it really doesn’t take many calories between loss and staying the same. I’m keeping up with the exercising as well, and have really seen the benefits!

  • Whoops-forgot to post yesterday. Stayed the same this week but I’m dealing with some totally frustrating ‘female issues’ that are simply not helping the cause… I didn’t memorize that particular verse but I do have a few others that I keep in my head….

  • Hi all
    I am up 500grams this week. I was so discouraged. It has been that time of the month but its usually a down week! I don’t know what has gone wrong. My self talk has been screwing with me lately and I can’t seem to see God for all the other stuff thats in my head. The last few days have been an improvement though. I really want to get under 70 kilos but have been yoyoing up and down for two months!! Now, to make things worse, I hurt my back when I took up running and can’t run and don’t want to risk going to the gym til I have seen the doc tomorrow, so its just walking at the moment and not particularly fast too.
    I believe that this is what God wants me to be doing and that he has plans for me once I get to my goal weight but this last 11kilos is going to be harder than the last 37, I think.
    Have a great week.