It's Sunday! Sundays are usually a hard day for me. For one thing it's a very busy day. I get up at 6 to be at the church by 7, play the 8:00 service and then go home to wake up Itty Bitty and get her ready for church. Back at the church by 9:15 to teach my 3rd and 4th grade Sunday School class, then play the second service at 10:30! Whew! I'm already exhausted by noon!
The other issue is that I bring donuts for my class each Sunday (this tradition was started before I came and is something that all the classes do). Anyway, it is a struggle every Sunday to resist eating one. A few Sundays I have given in, but then realized that I can't do that, because then the cravings start and my whole day will be off. This morning was particularly difficult, though, because they had just taken the donuts out of the fryer (or whatever they cook them in) and they were still warm and smelled delicious! So, there they were, sitting in the seat next to me in the car, just calling out my name. I decided to have just one, since it is not every Sunday that we get warm ones. After all, this day was unusual. As I reached for it though, I remembered an article that I read the other day and the question that I had decided to ask myself every time I want to eat something. (more about this tomorrow)
This is how my little talk went: (seriously!)
"Oh, wow, this smells good! I have to have one because it is not every Sunday that they are warm. (reaches for donuts) No! Stop it! What are you doing? It will taste good for just a moment and then it will be over and you'll just want more. But they smell so good and I can feel the warm box. But, is this something that will nourish your body? No! Then, no, I'm not going to do it! But. you just had weigh in day yesterday. You have all week to work it off. But is that how you want to start your week? Well, no, but man, they smell good! Is it worth is? No!"
This went on all the way back home to pick up IB for Sunday School. I am happy to report that I finally talked myself out of it! I had a bowl of my kashi cereal with almond milk as soon as I got home and it satisfied me.
After church we met my brother and his family over at my mom's for lunch. This was another challenge in itself, but I had prepared for it. I told my mom ahead of time for her to hold me accountable. I gave her permission to call me out if she saw me eating anything that wasn't healthy. Just knowing she was watching was enough to keep me on track! Now, at this time, I would just like to point out that there was her homemade chocolate sheet cake, ice cream, and chocolate syrup involved, so this was quite a feat on my part! As soon as they started passing out dessert, I popped a piece of gum in my mouth, so I wouldn't even be tempted to sneak a taste, and it worked! So, I know I will have many more battles like these to come, but it nice to have at least won this one to get me started again! Hopefully, I will have many more successes to report to you this week!
I've noticed many of us are struggling right now. Isn't it funny how we all kind of go through similar things at the same time? Since many of us had a bad week this past week, I think we're all about due for a good one this week! What do you think?
Me too! We can do it, friends! Let's make it a good one!