October 17, 2014 by Beth Hess
I used to be a coupon clipper.
No, not clipper. Sorter and hoarder. I bought two Sunday papers to get an extra set. The Raleigh paper that was only sold at Barnes and Noble; not the Fayetteville one sold everywhere. The local coupon section was smaller.
I even subscribed to a service that would match weekly specials to the coupons, so I could get items for nearly nothing. Sometimes free.
That list posted online at midnight each Saturday. I sometimes stayed up late, or got up early, to see it. To discover what deals I would be getting this week.
I used to be a Pampered Chef consultant. It helped supplement our income — and build our kitchen — when we were newly married.
I studied every description of every product. Nearly memorized every recipe. Managed to insert something about the company or its products into conversations having nothing to do with cooking.
More than 10 years later, I think I can still recite the warranty terms on most items. (Stoneware is 3 years, FYI.)
I used to exercise religiously. When I worked from home and the gym offered childcare services, it was the perfect way to start my mornings. I followed the couch to 5K jogging program. Rarely missed a Wednesday kick-boxing class.
I kept a journal of my activity and regularly checked it throughout the day, even though I already knew the numbers. I measured and weighed myself often. Including the decimal points.
Yes. I have an obsessive personality.
I can be quickly hooked on a new habit. And fall deeply in no time at all.
I am an addict, after all.
I have given food control over me by consuming more of it than I should. But I also have given food control by restricting it. Studying it. Measuring it. Calorie-counting it. Journaling it. Weighing it. Juicing it…
I have taken the energy and brain power once dedicated to sugar and handed it over to exercise. To kitchen products. To coupons.
So I am careful, this time around, while I am pursing full freedom from the power of food over me, not to just fill my needs with something else.
Not even something “healthy.” Not even this blog. Not even you, my dear and precious friends.
No, I do not want to trade one addiction for another.
I’d rather press into the kind of trading the Scriptures promise.
“I will turn their mourning into gladness;
I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.
I will satisfy the priests with abundance,
and my people will be filled with my bounty,”
declares the Lord. (Jeremiah 31:13-14)
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