Will my Sugar-Free Resolution Stick?

I read the words and felt a sting of doubt.

Next, I felt the gut-level-check stirrings of ‘did I really hear what I thought I had heard at the start of the year?’

A wave of discouragement washed over me. I considered the author’s stance that beginning something new at the start of year was overblown. After all, how many New Year’s resolutions are realized?

According to a recent article from US News and World Report, only 20% of those who set goals at the start of the New Year are still engaged with them in February.

February!

That’s just 28 days away!

That means that 80% of resolution makers fail to achieve their goals before the second month of the year. And unfortunately, the statistics only decline after that! Only eight percent of those who set resolutions in January, see them to fruition.

Ouch.

resolutions

The top resolution goals center upon losing weight, developing greater organizational capacity, saving money, reducing debt, staying fit and healthy, educational pursuits, love and marriage, and spending time with family.

Did you consider making one of these resolutions this year? A different one?

After four days into the New Year, how are you doing?

For me, I decided to go sugar-free in 2017. Actually, it’s something I’ve been considering for a while, and the New Year seemed like as good a time as any to go for it.

So, I did. I committed.

Then, I read an article that challenged all that. I confess it made me think about the reasons behind my decision to go sugar-free at this particular time. Why did I set this course of action, now? Especially at a time when statistical trends show that New Year Resolution failures abound?

Well, as is my particular custom, I took my lament to my God.

Had I heard Him correctly?

Did He really care if I went sugar-free in 2017?

Had He really prompted me or was I doing this based upon just a feeling?

Guess what happened?

For those of you who are Bible readers and believers, you’ll follow this and say, “Well, there you go!”

However, if you are someone who doesn’t necessarily rely upon the Bible for guidance or believe it is inspired by God, you may think something differently – like coincidence – or may think that I am reaching – that’s okay.

I’ll let you decide.

However, when I asked for some confirmation that my God had indeed asked me to go sugar-free in 2017, He led me to read Psalm 63.

How did He lead me to this particular Psalm on this particular day of inquiry?

I asked and then heard the direction; Psalm 63.

So, here we go!

Here is how Psalm 63 begins:

You, God, are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
where there is no water.

I have seen you in the sanctuary
and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.

I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.
I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
  Psalm 63: 1-5 (NIV)

Did you catch the intent of these verses?

Even though David experienced many difficulties and challenges at the time, with enemies in pursuit, his life’s purpose was to remain close to his God and experience His Presence. He thirsted and longed for his God. He placed his confidence in Him and reveled in His nearness. David’s soul was at rest – knowing that in his God – David would be fully satisfied.

And it is in verse five that I see God’s specific, encouraging word for me.

In Christ, my soul is fully satisfied.

David compares this contentment with the delightful afterglow upon eating the richest of foods – say for instance, a rich and decadent chocolate wonder.

For David, and yes, for me, soul satisfaction is reached and fulfilled in Christ without needing to succumb to sugar-rich food.

I began this sugar-free journey with the desire to grow closer to my God and cease from depending upon chocolate and other sugar-rich delicacies for my quick, now now reward.

Today, I asked for an affirmation that my sugar-free resolution for 2017 was founded upon my God’s leading and not my own impulse or inclination.

Psalm 63:5 supports my sugar-free resolution for 2017.

I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
  Psalm 63: 5 (NIV)

I commit myself to allowing my God to integrate Himself and His purposes into this deeply personal space of my life – a space of vulnerability, hurt, rejection and fear.  This is the area where I am most susceptible to using chocolate to address any issue of woundedness in my life.

So for me, for my God to say that I will be fully satisfied in Him as with the richest of foods – wow! He’s telling me that I don’t need chocolate this year!

Why?

Because I have Him!

This sugar-free journey in 2017 is not just a resolution, it’s both an invitation and a response. I am inviting my God and my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to go long and deep with me this year. In response, I choose to give up sugar for that end.

So, will I be one of the 20% still making gains on my sugar-free goal in February?

Will I be one of the eight percent going strong at the end of 2017?

Stand by. Time will tell.

I’m four days in – and that’s good enough for me – I choose to be hopeful, no matter what others may say.

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  1. I cut carbs which is also cutting sugar way down. The doctor wants no more than 50 – 75 carbs per day. I stuck to that for months. I admit over Christmas I have fallen off the low carb wagon. I did discover that when I was doing it pretty faithfully if I got too much sugar or too many carbs I would feel awful the next day. A friend who has gluten intolerance says it sounded like I felt as she does when she would accidently eat something with gluten. So just beware – the body gets used to the no sugar/low sugar and likes it to the point of acting out if you do “fall off the wagon.” I am trying now to get back on the wagon, do my fitness pal logging so I keep up with carbs again.

    • Hi Sondra,

      Thank you so much for the encouragement! Having a doctor’s exhortation to stay to 50 -75 carbs a day must be a helpful motivation. I have gone off of sugar for six months or so in the past and remember the uggh feeling of going back. I’m not sure if this is going to be a permanent lifestyle change for me or not yet. However, I know that I’m going to give it my best shot in 2017. Thanks so much for caring for me and being supportive. I hope you are able to act upon your goals again soon as well.

      With love,
      heather

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