Before I share some thoughts for today, I wanted to mention that my friend Melissa Taylor is leading an online Bible study using my book, “I Used to Be So Organized.” It starts May 27th so there’s plenty of time to sign up. I was just on her site and realized she’s doing a give-away of my book today too! There are some requirements to win, including leaving a comment here. So I’d encourage you to open a new tab and visit www.MelissaTaylor.org.
Now some thoughts for anyone who struggles with weight loss like me.
After a few months of consistent weight loss, I hit a plateau. Let me just say that at this season of life, my plateaus aren’t even flat anymore. It’s more a boomerang affect when it comes to weight loss, with the threat to be right back where I was five months ago looming big.
I’ve been thinking about ways to get motivated again. One thing is to get back into the habit of making a menu plan for the week, including lunches. When I don’t have a plan I scrounge … and all those extra bites add up fast.
I’ve also dropped a lot of carb-loaded side dishes from my menu. The really hard thing about getting “more mature in years” is that the amount of food I used to eat to maintain my weight, now makes me gain! It’s completely unfair.
The other thought that hit me this week is I’m never tempted by good things.
French fries, donuts, cheese crisps, and brownies tempt me. Bites of my kids’ Chipotle burritos and Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supremes tempt me. Sitting on the couch vegging (not with veggies) tempts me.
I’ve never found myself just about to eat a cheeseburger and onion rings and think “Boy howdie, I wish I had a salad with low-fat dressing!”
No! I’m tempted by what’s not healthy for me. That’s the nature of temptation.
So this week I’ve repeated a Bible verse when I want to give in. 1 Corinthians 10:13:
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” (NIV)
Yesterday when I bought my daughter and her friends McDonald’s food before a dance practice (yes, I know there are all kinds of things wrong with that!) But, (happy thoughts!) I did not eat one french fry as I recited that verse in my head. I also wrote it on a 3×5 card and taped it to my refrigerator.
I know God’s Word is powerful. My problem is I depend too much on my own strength.
Temptation to do what’s not best for me happens every day. It happens when I choose to avoid working on a difficult task and choose something mindless. It happens when I short-cut putting away clothes and pile them on the counter.
The temptation to do the easy thing happens daily. But no temptation has overtaken me … God is faithful … He provides a way …
I’m looking for some inspiration to get back on track. If you’ve got an idea, please post a comment. If you are here from Melissa’s blog, you can just let me know you are doing the online study. Either way, I’d love to hear from you today.
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Grace & Peace,