Meals planned. Thoroughly. FINALLY! I have been neglecting this daily discipline...and I'm ready to make it a priority again.
My pink sweatshirt fits! Amazingly well! FINALLY! I felt so cute and small (for a fat girl!) today when I put it on. I bought it in August while I was in Nashville and I can FINALLY wear it!
It's been a rough 3 weeks and few days. I was beginning to feel like I may never lose another pound since I started this blog. But, this weekend was somewhat of a personal, spiritual turning point for me, and I realized that I had not been as diligent as I was beforehand in following the menu plan God led me to for lent. I also had not been tracking calories with as much fervor, nor had I been planning my meals in advance, which always helped me succeed. I had also been "cheating" on my diet...and quite a bit. *hanging my head in embarrassment*
So, I am using today's little successes as a springboard for the rest of this week. I'm kind of low on grocery money (don't feel bad for me...I knew I was using grocery money for a recent purchase that I didn't *have to have*), so I'm going to be practicing creative obedience! I'm planning on spending all kinds of time in God's word. I'm going to be memorizing these four verses (1 John 4:4, Rev 12:11, James 4:7, 1 John 5:5) that I have been putting off...FINALLY! I plan on walking at least a little every single day. Today, I'm doing things that are good for me...spiritually, physically, emotionally!!!
But, after having said all those things, I have to share that I am feeling a little weak this morning. If I didn't have that springboard of success this morning, I probably would not be able to move forward. That's why I think it is so important to claim victory whenever we have the chance. It gives us strength. Right now, I need all the strength I can get, and even moving my fingers to type or moving my lips to praise the Lord seems like so much work on a Monday morning, when my baby girl is whiny (not much new there!) and the sky is a bit cloudy and I have a full day of housework (at two homes) ahead of me. I think that is why the Psalms talk so often about God being our strength. Our provider. Our portion. Our Father. Our encouragement.
I can move forward with my day knowing that God will supply me everything I need, that he gives me victories at just the right moments, and that because of all those things, I can move forward with my goals...and FINALLY succeed!