Sunday, February 17, 2013
I had a really bad day at work yesterday, and then had an argument with my oldest daughter when I got home. How did I cope with those things? By eating a big piece of chocolate cake and three chocolate cookies. I spent the next few hours angrier than I was before...but this time with myself.
I had been nursing the naive idea that after these past few months of making mostly the right food choices and exercising regularly that I wouldn't make that type of bad decision anymore, but when the going got tough, I fell right back into the arms of an old friend: sugar.
An hour or so after eating all of that, my stomach started to hurt really bad. I ended up going to bed, doubled over in pain; physically and mentally.
When I awoke this morning, I realized a couple things.
First, it is a good sign that I had a bad reaction to the excessive amount of sugar. That means that I have been enjoying in moderation and that my body no longer needs all of that junk to feel happy and healthy.
Second, I am going to slip up. I am going to occasionally overeat or indulge in a not-so-healthy food. The real problem comes along when I allow that mistake to define the rest of my day, my week, or my life. As long as I get back on track with my food and exercise plan, one foul-up won't affect much in the long run.
Third, I didn't even enjoy the cookies or the cake as much as I did the idea of them. I would have enjoyed a cup of sugar-free hot cocoa or a banana just as much. Remembering that, I hope, will help me make a better decision next time.
And that is what it is all about, right? Making a better decision today than I did yesterday, and a better decision tomorrow than I did today. Looking forward at who I can become, not backwards at who I've been. With God's help, I will continue to grow spiritually and physically into the being He had in mind all along.