Who’s To Blame?

I could blame ‘that-time-of-the-month.’ Blame it for its intense cravings, for its water retention, for its malaise.

Maybe that’s why I’m only down half a pound this week.

I could also blame my grumpiness on my kids, my anger on my husband, my forgetfulness on too many responsibilities, my lack of sympathy on my personality.

But blame is powerless to solve my problems.

Blame comes from excuses, and excuses come from pride. My pride tells me I should be able to eat whatever I desire and not pay the consequences. It is baffled when the laws of science (calories in vs. calories out) dare apply to me! Yet, when the truth sinks in, pride tries to console me with laments of  ‘it’s not fair.’

It stings to admit that. But I will never know true victory until that sting leads to a changed mind.

Half a pound down. In light of my eating this week, I’m thankful I didn’t gain a pound instead! A wedding, going out to eat with my husband, and making cookies with my kids – all were serious temptations. I splurged some, but in retrospect, I also made a few wise choices. Like not eating after dinner, stopping after one cookie, and filling my plate with lots of veggies.

I guess I’ll call this week a semi-success. But I’m aware I need to proceed with caution!!

My husband and I leave for Japan on April 7th. My goal is to break the 150 lb. barrier by then. Right now I’m at 153.3. So close. I think it’s an attainable goal if I stay the course of responsibility instead of blame.


 

 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

(Galatians 5:22-23)

This week I want to hone in on applying love (choosing to love God more than my flesh and its unhealthy desires) and gentleness. Gentleness might not make sense at first, but let me fill you in. The Greek word for gentleness actually implies humility. It’s humility that leads us to  admit our weakness and ask for help. I need God’s help on this journey and I want to be humble enough to ask for it.

I’d love to hear from you – how has your healthy lifestyle journey been going? what are some of your struggles and victories?

 

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