I knew the 4-5 pounds per week pace wouldn't last forever, but I certainly didn't expect it to be over already!! Geez.
I'm down only 0.4 this week, bringing my total in the last two weeks to an even 8 lbs, and in this current Sisterhood challenge to 3.8 lbs. I was really hoping for a cutie li'l 5# "sticker." But I know there were a few things working against me this last week ~ both within and without of my control.
Within my control being, of course, the excessive snacking I've done this past week!
Do any of you have this same problem: for the first two weeks or so of a new plan/regimen/whatever, you're all gung-ho, but after that it kinda fizzles out? That's the stage I was in this past week. I still didn't eat anything during the day on liquid and fasting days, but my suppers were larger and often included second helpings. My "half" days ~ the most annoying of all!! ~ were probably closer to what would be considered "normal" days, and also included snacking in the evenings. So basically, any ounces I may have lost during the day, I went and gobbled them right back up again in the evenings.
And beyond my control, well... it's that time of the month. And we all know how THAT works for weight loss.
So all things considered, it's amazing I'm down at all.
So I'm thankful. But I know I've been over-indulgent and I intend to correct that. I'm going to push through the proverbial runner's "wall" and get back into the ZONE. I want more victories. I want more holy fireworks.
And we shall have them.
Yesterday's lesson points out, "Today many believers, while condemning sexual immorality or materialistic greed, would not condemn gluttony. They pile their plates high at potluck suppers, jesting about their appetite. They graze between meals and overeat at meals with little conviction of heart. While it is true that we are free to eat anything that does not also mean that we are free to walk the path of indulgence."
I am guilty of this. Of walking the path of one kind of indulgence while condemning those who walk a different path of indulgence.
So this week, I will allow Paul to nag me a little. I won't like it (who likes a nag?!), but this week I will allow it. Because he knows what he's talking about and I need to hear it:
Everything is permissible for me" -- but not everything is beneficial.
"Everything is permissible for me" -- but I will not be mastered by anything.
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.
~ I Corinthians 6:12, 19-20
How was your week? Are you still going strong or have you lost some enthusiasm for your lifestyle change? Power though it, my friend.
We will not be mastered by anything!
No, in all these things we are
MORE THAN CONQUERORS
through him who loved us.
~ Romans 8:37