Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Is Food Your Focus?

This weekend my hubby and were given the opportunity to sneak away for a few days. It wasn’t something we were originally planning to do, but sometimes God has other ideas in mind. What a blessing it was to get away, not think about the stresses in life or anything back home, and just be together. Alone. In the wilderness with God. My husband is passionate about being in the outdoors and has said for years that there is something he loves about being in the woods. About hiking. About backpacking. It’s something very spiritual, and it's a place where he feels very connected to God and His spirit. 

Now with any type of trip or vacation, what is one thing you most look forward to? Well, I can tell you what I used to look forward to, like it was usually at the top of my list - FOOD! I used to not have to be on vacation even. Just knowing I was going to a BBQ or to a function at a good restaurant got me excited. What was I going to bring to share or what was I going to order? These were things that often times would go through my head before I’d even get there. I wasn’t usually one of those food lovers who before they’re done eating one meal are already thinking of the next, but I know of plenty of these people. These types of behaviors and thinking is all just a trap. A trap to get you on the road to fat! 

I knew my life had changed when it came to a trip or vacation, when all I could think about was what exciting adventures we were going to take next. What trail are we going to hike? Which mountain will we explore? And really food wasn’t an issue in the least bit. Now that my body is different and it is somewhat of a machine, it operates in a whole new way. It hungers for the things that are active and require movement and activity, not sedentary and food enriched. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy food and an occasional treat, but it’s not my focus in life anymore.

It was great to spend a weekend with my husband and not have food be at the top of the list of things to do or experience. This is what life is all about. Learning to find joy in the journey. 

Here are a few pictures from the weekend:

Our little hiding place.

Hiking Goose Creek Falls

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  1. That is great! Looks like an awesome place! I know exactly what you mean when you say that you look forward to food or what to order at certain places, I'm still on the learning curve but I can't wait to be only focused on the experience I will get to have instead of what to eat next or what will be on the plate. :) Thanks for all the insight and encouragement you give!

  2. Great pics. I know exactly what you mean about getting excited about food. There was a time in my life when I planned my day our week around food. Now I plan my week around when I'm going to run. Food is just fuel so I can run. I never thought is be able to thunk about food like this. I love, love, love the cabin:-)

  3. I'm such a planner that when it comes to trips and vacay's I plan the menu, prep the food, and bring along all we can to save a few $$...we're going on 7 kiddos so we kind of have to be frugal and bringing food is so much cheaper than eating out every time. Before, I use to want to eat out every single meal! Can't do that now!

    Now I do my research before we go as to the one or two places I want to eat and the rest is prepped food we bring or buy and prepare there. Healthier, too! If we're hoteling it we try to find a place with breakfast included and it is required that we have a place with a fridge and preferably a microwave. We, also, camp a lot and we have so much fun hiking and exploring that I need to be uber organized to feed us well!

  4. Looks like a wonderful weekend!