Monday, May 20, 2013
I spent the weekend at a Marriage Retreat in the beautiful mountains of Colorado. My hubby and I got to "get-away" to hear messages about God's plan for marriage and tips on how to make our marriage last, we got to play pool, mini golf, and air hockey, we got to relax in the hot tub, and ... we got to go out to eat ... a lot. Yikes!
So, I come down from this mountain top experience, feeling like I was on top of the world and what am I thinking about? The steak that was oh so good, but that I maybe should have eaten half of. The scrambled eggs that I thought would be a healthy choice with my fruit, that turned out to be much higher in calories than I had anticipated. The fact that I spent time relaxing when I should have been exercising. I'm thinking about how much I hope that my weekend will not have shattered all of the hard work that I have put in so far. I am nervous to step on the scale for my weigh in tomorrow.
But even as I type, I remember some of the tips that I have read in the Spark articles. How I should be careful not to rely only on the scale to tell me how I am doing. That it is ok to have off-days as long as I get back on track right away. That making small changes will lead to long term results. That being my own cheerleader is critical to my success. To look at the positive changes that I have made, rather than focusing and dwelling on the negative slip-ups.
This type of weekend, where I ate more than I should and exercised less than I should, would have created a devastating halt to my efforts in the past. My focus would have remained on the negative and I would have told myself that I shouldn't keep trying. But not this time! This time I remember that I may have gone over my allotted calories for the weekend, but all is not lost. I did make better choices than I ever would have in the past. I can start exercising again regularly tomorrow. This is a life long change for me. I must remember that slow and steady wins the race. The one who gives up, never sees the finish line.
I was made for more than this vicious cycle of dieting. If I continue in my efforts, even through slip-ups, I will succeed.