Sunday, March 27, 2011
As I was reading the paper this morning, I noticed all of the ads. What's this?? Wal-Mart has Ben and Jerry on sale for even less than it was last week when I succumbed to the temptation.? My first thought was, I guess I will stop there on the way home from church and buy some. But then I gave it some serious thought and decided that Ben and Jerry is only a temporary pleasure. Very temporary, actually, because the pleasure is only there as you are eating it. But as the last bite slithers down your throat, the pleasure is all gone and the despair starts!!
And it isn’t just about food that I am finally learning!! Looking at the other ads I see all kinds of neat things that it would be fun to have. Then I hear the voices of two people~~~~~my pastor and Dave Ramsey. Those are just ‘stuff’ and life goes on much better without ‘stuff’.
I’m not saying I don’t still struggle with the many temptations I am faced with every day, both food and ‘stuff’. And I know I keep saying I am finally back on track. I know I will slip now and again. But now I have finally learned that when that happens I can pick myself up, brush myself off and start all over again.
I will soon celebrate my second Spark anniversary, at the end of April. As I look back over that time, I see I had met my goal and then slipped. I have been battling with the same ten pounds since November; up, then down, then up again, then down again. But then I realized that, hey, I have learned something over this time. It is just that ten pounds that I am fighting. In the past, several times in fact, I have lost a lot of weight in about three months time, (Not the way to do it!!) and within a few months I had gained it all back plus a few extra pounds.
So this tells me, except for this stubborn ten pounds that I will conquer, I have indeed learned that I don’t have to ever gain it all back again.
So it is true that you can teach an old dog new tricks!!