this giveaway is now closed & the winners have been notified. Thank you all so much for your amazing comments!
Can I be honest? I feel really vulnerable about writing this post, and just so very excited at the same time. The vulnerability comes from admitting that something I thought was long gone was actually just very well disguised as something else. The excitement though? Is from the realization that it’s never too late for healing.
If you’ve read this blog from the beginning you know that I struggled for a very long time with disordered eating habits – too much, too little, excessive exercise, binging & purging, etc – and have also found some freedom from it in the past few years. However, what I hadn’t realized is that the existing preoccupation with food is just another facet of those issues rooted in my desire to have control over something. In my world of motherhood it’s becoming increasingly clear that I have very little control over a lot of things, and for a while I’ve been micromanaging and then over-splurging with food.
The world says it’s OK to be preoccupied with weight and diets and excessive thoughts about food. But the world doesn’t know what is best for our hearts and souls, and an obsession with food – even the healthy stuff – won’t cure a terminal preoccupation with what we ingest.
When I read that Monica had written her e-book, The Secret of Your Naturally Skinny Friends, I was at a point where I just didn’t want to read another book about food. I was fine waltzing along, obsessing about my daily food intake, and thinking that if maybe I just thought hard enough about it then maybe that would help with the weight loss.
About two weeks ago, I was scanning through my blog feed and saw Monica’s announcement that her book was now available for Kindle and in paperback too! My first feeling was pride because she has been such a sweet blogging friend and I love seeing her be successful in something that she’s passionate about. My second feeling was a tugging at my heart that I should go ahead and buy the book. After a month of Whole30 in August I honestly have been battling a lot of heart stuff with my weight and what I “should” and “should not” be eating. A diet that was supposed to be freeing me made me feel even more trapped, even months after it was over.
I’m telling you it was serendipitous that I bought Monica’s book that day. I devoured it in a few hours, and went back to re-read it again a few days later. It’s conversational, light, easy reading that is jam-packed with truth and encouragement. It’s not a diet book, but rather a book about thought processes and how changing those can change our actions drastically. The entire “thin cycle” that Monica talks about makes perfect sense, and encourages me to make healthier choices because I want to, not because I “have” to.
You guys, I really can’t say enough good stuff about this book; it’s really something that anyone can read and apply to any area of resistance in life. Monica, I’m so proud of you and so thankful that you fulfilled that promise you made so many years ago to write this. It’s changing my life, and God is using your words to free my heart from a lot of yuck – and I’m so thankful for that!
So friends? Monica has generously offered to give away 2 Kindle copies of her book to you guys!!! We’re just going to make this simple: leave a comment below telling me if you:
A. Never struggled with food/exercise/body image.
B. Used to struggle, but got over it.
C. Still struggle anywhere from a little, to a lot.
D. Have already read Monica’s book!? And if it encouraged you, helped you, spoke to you?
I’ll pick two winners on Sunday morning and notify you both that afternoon!