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How Making Music Keeps Me From Junk Food

I’m several days into my no junk food challenge (even though we didn’t start officially until Wednesday.) I have to confess that I’ve had two pieces of King cake (on different days) since we started. It was pretty easily justified in my mind because King cake is only available between now and Mardi Gras, but the thing is…i don’t even really like Mardi Gras or King cake. Seriously, I just don’t care about it…until I tell myself that I can’t have it.

I did Body Combat yesterday, and my weight was still down a bit this morning. I feel so awesome all day after I do a workout the intimidates me at least a little. I just know that it would be easier to control my weight if I controlled my cravings. (Um, is any of it easy? No, but that’s why we continue seeking self-discipline, right?)

The same goes for doughnuts and other obscenely, sugar-laden foods. I’ve had 3 or 4 doughnuts in the last year and a half, which is a far cry from the days in which I allowed myself to fall into a daily habit. I’m doing well so far today, and I’m paying close attention to things that keep my cravings at bay.

In a recent post I talked about food having an emotional connection in my mind, so it makes sense that music might alleviate my cravings, right? Um, music moves me, and when I’m singing I forget about everything else around me. (Sorry, neighbors! Just kidding…kind of.)

I cannot stop singing this song, so I spent a few minutes recording it. It’s as though Natalie Grant cracked my heart open with a hammer and poured out this song. She hit me at my core with this song, so I had to record it. I seriously wish I could sing as loudly as I want to in my apartment. (Actually, if I’m wishing for things I should probably wish for a microphone or some recording time in a studio.)

 

When I’m singing I can’t be bothered with mindless eating. Th same thing applies to knitting. I have a few other hobbies, but those two are the best when I’m trying to get my mind off of junk food — or food, in general.

I don’t know how to explain it, but life-giving, love songs seem to quench my desire for snacks. This is a new development, so I hope it proves true in the long run.

Until next time…Keep singing, err, at least I will.

 

 

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Betty Adams
    January 15, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    What a beautiful voice. Use it!

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      Kenlie
      January 28, 2016 at 2:00 am

      Thank you, Betty. I do. 🙂

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    Jamie
    January 15, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Lovely voice. Anointed!

    • Reply
      Kenlie
      January 28, 2016 at 2:00 am

      Thank you, Jamie!

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    Ann
    January 16, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    You’re definitely right, anytime you’re busy doing something, it’s easier not to think about eating junk. I’m really liking the challenge because I’m not tempted because I just think, it’s on the list & I shouldn’t have any…easy peasy!

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      Kenlie
      January 28, 2016 at 2:01 am

      It’s definitely easier to stay occupied.

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    David
    January 20, 2016 at 12:11 am

    Drawing is a great way for me to occupy my mind, so it doesn’t wander towards food. And I end up with some awesome mazes!

    • Reply
      Kenlie
      January 28, 2016 at 2:02 am

      That’s really cool, David. I love your mazes!

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    LJ
    January 22, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    Your voice is beautiful. I thought I was listening to Eva Cassidy, one of my very favorite singers who recorded much too little music. You really should record. You’re that good.

    • Reply
      Kenlie
      January 28, 2016 at 2:02 am

      Wow, LJ, Thanks for the amazing compliment.

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    Vanessa
    January 26, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    Beautiful!

    • Reply
      Kenlie
      January 28, 2016 at 2:03 am

      Thank you, Vanessa.

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