Wednesday, February 01, 2012
The year 2012 now has 11 months left. The first one is gone and hopefully many of us have something to celebrate. I lost 7 pounds in January. It is less than I had hoped to lose, and I did not always focus on my goals as I should, yet I am proud of my accomplishment.
When I wrote my last blog, I promised myself to take slow but deliberate steps to achieve my goal, and I did just that. I decided to enjoy every day regardless of any challenges that I might encounter. I treated myself gently, and I looked for at least one accomplishment, regardless of how small, to thank God for at the end of the day. Some days were easier than others, but I was determined to find something in my life that was worth celebrating.
My biggest accomplishment was to wean myself off fast food. I remember arriving at the Burger King drive-thru on New Years Day. I felt like such a traitor to myself as I sat in my car wondering why I was there. I was not hungry, but it had become my regular stop on my way home after visiting my grandchildren. In the past I might have decided to buy something since I was already on the premises, but not this time. I drove away without placing an order, embarrassed that I was even there. At the same time, I thanked God for the strength to not succumb to temptation. That was my last fast food stop, and I have abstained since then.
I don't take much credit for this. I believe that the hand of God is guiding me through this journey, but first, I had to learn to take comfort in His presence and not in junk food. I had to realize that with His help I could overcome temptation. I had to make the decision that my past actions would not mar the beautiful possibilities that awaited me once I decided to walk in faith towards my goal.
And so I make the decision everyday, that from here onward I will work diligently towards my goal. Life is not a plain; there are mountains and valleys, and some days are better than others. However, everyday we can make a commitment that from here onward we will do what it takes to achieve our goals.
Everyday God gives us a new palette on which to paint beauty into our lives. January is gone. Some of us did well; some of us could have done better; some of us did not do what we had set out to do. But it's not too late. As long as we have faith that things can be better from here onward, we have opportunity to find success.