It’s day 34 of my picture a day weight loss journey and I’m officially back on track – sort of. Tonight we hosted a party for my husband’s work friends and one of them brought the most divine food item I think I have ever tasted: yakisoba hot dogs.
Richard is an artist. I’m a novice foodie so I watched him with bated breath as he dressed his creation with the utmost care and precision.
Everyone was in heaven.
We are in the little years, so all of the families that came over had little ones running around, but when it came time to put them all to bed – oh, lawd, it was stressful!
I absolutely shouldn’t have, but I talked myself into believing I’d earned an extra cupcake and a can of soda. I don’t even like the soda we have in the house, but I was just so frazzled that I could wrap my mind around anything other than the cupcake and soda I wanted.
It’s not the end of the world. Far from it.
If there’s ANYTHING I’ve learned over the past month it’s that I can’t wallow in the guilt of failure for long. In the past, messing up or feeling overwhelmed or going “off plan” would have meant choosing to throw in the towel. But not this time!
It’s a marathon, not a sprint. I’m making LIFE changes, not dieting. I have the rest of my life to get this right and I don’t want to spend one more year loathing the way I feel and look. I want to be healthy and strong. I want my outside to match my inside and I want both of those things to bring glory to God.
I have by NO MEANS arrived, but if I quit just because I have one bad day (or week, in my case), I’ll be stuck in the same rut forever. And that is a failure I WILL NOT live with!
If you’re on the same journey as me, if you’ve experienced a few downs to your ups, if you’ve had a hard day or week or month, if you’ve messed up or gone off plan or gone over your calorie budget….it’s okay.
No, I’m serious. Hear me! It’s OKAY!
The only thing that’s not okay is letting the setback(s) hold you back. You CAN do this! Tomorrow doesn’t have to be determined by today’s mistakes. The ONLY way you can be the person you want to be a year from now is by being faithful for the next 364 days! One day at a time, one victory or set back at a time, just one step at a time in the right direction – even if that step is nothing other than purposing not to nail your own feet to the floor just because you ate one too many cupcakes…that’s what this journey is about.
Progress, not perfection.
I’m right there with you, I love you, and we CAN do this!
Until Next Time My Friends,
The Taylor of All Trades