The 12 Pounds of Christmas


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December 9, 2019

I have found that my emotional, mental, and spiritual health tends to mirror my physical health.

This morning I stepped on the scale to get a reading on where I am physically in this post-Thanksgiving-pre-Christmas time of mid-December. I’m not one to obsess over the number on the scale, but I do appreciate the way it gives me a benchmark on where I am. 

I know that I have a tendency to emotionally eat. Bad day? Pizza. Stress? Treats. Busy and running out the door? Something quick (and likely unhealthy). 

I know that’s my default setting. As a pastor, the Christmas season is the second busiest time of my year.  There also tends to be an overabundance of goodies that accompanies any meeting, party, or event. If I’m not careful then the 12 Days of Christmas can easily turn into the 12 pounds of Christmas without even trying. So I need a plan for how I will eat that is healthier and kinder to my body in the midst of busy schedules and high expectations.

I have found that my emotional, mental, and spiritual health tends to mirror my physical health. When I am disciplined in one area then I am most often disciplined in the others. When I care for my body, I also seem to be more intentional in caring for my spiritual health.

If the 12 pounds of Christmas is a possibility, then I know that I may also move toward unhealthy patterns in other parts of my life. In that way, my stepping on the scale is also a reminder to get a reading on the rest of my life.

Q: How do you measure the health in the various areas of your life?

Q: How do you ensure that you are making space for healthy practices in your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual life during this month?

Spiritual Direction is a great way to stop and make an assessment of where you are in your spiritual life. Message me, or book a session, and we’ll “step on the scale” together to assess where you are, and to make a plan on moving forward in health.

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