Zechariah 13:9

And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried; they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God. Zechariah 13:9

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Down The Wrong Alley!

So, I was speeding right along on Highway Diet 101 towards Better Health when some distractions caught my attention out the side window.  I slowed down and realized I was at the intersection of Birthday Party Alley and Highway Diet 101! I so stupidly decided to take a detour down the alley, which was lined with shops called Birthday Cake, Tortilla Shop (stuffed with apple filling), and Chips Galore! (we did have fresh veggies and fruit, also).  As I passed each one, I just had to stop in and taste test their products!  One bite led to another and another.  Uuuhhhh!  Why, oh why didn't I have the strength to squeal my tires in haste to get away from that intersection and keep heading for my destination.  Well, the detour lasted all weekend into Monday!  I got lost on Homemade Pierogi Ave., Chocolate Fountain St., and ended up on Nibble Interstate where it became clear that I was paying the price for my curiostiy.  By Monday evening, I was feeling defeated, but my dear hubby and sons encouraged me that "tomorrow is a new day, just start again."  Over the last 2 weeks, I had become lazy in doing my trackers (a sheet that I write down everything I eat and the times I do so).  Tuesday morning arrived with new grace (and self forgiveness) and a new tracker got put on fridge and blinders strapped to my head :) heehee!  Today went much better and I feel like I am back on track.  The whole incident made me realize that I CANNOT cheat.  My body reacts to the sugar and wheat and self control flys right out the back window.  I also realize that I am not as strong  fighting temptations as much as I wish I was.  It reminds me of how sin can enter into our lives - oh, just one little sentence of gossip, just one little peek at the immoral picture, oh, thats not really cheating is it and it's only a white lie!  Surely just alittle won't hurt!  And before you know you are sucked into the racecar traveling pellmell down avenues you thought you would never travel!  May we find strength to not become distracted by the luring shops that seem to line the streets we travel each day.

On a good note, I am still walking and becoming physically stronger!  Not 7 days a week, but most days.  The weather has been so nice that we have been able to walk outside.  Thought I would share the view that we (the boys go with me) have when we walk on the street.  Much better than here's a cow, there's a cow, everywhere's a cow cow - 42 times around the barn!

Starting at house, we truck up this long hill.....

Down this side..                                                                                                                                         

Up to town.... turn around, go back up hill (above pic)                                                                    
and back down this hill......                                                                                                                    
past our house to neighbors lane and back to house again ...                                                                       
This is our farm from on top of the hill....                                                                                                   

As far as weight and inches lost? I didn't lose any more in the last 2 weeks and will not measure until 2 more weeks.  This journey has gotten harder here lately, but I will keep my goals and do my best.  What more can I do? 

Until next time. . . . .  .


Gail Purath said...

Dear Brenda,
What a lovely farm! It looks so peaceful.
I share your experiences with having great plans but not as great follow through. I pray for you today that you will reach your goals, and I'd love your prayers for me as well.
Thanks so much for joining Bless a Blogger!
May your writing continue to bless others.

Amanda said...

Hi, Brenda! Visiting you from Bless a Blogger Friday on Bible Love Notes. I, too, am on a journey to better health and weight loss. I have been stuggling with it myself lately as well. We just need to remember that God has a purpose for us in this journey and that He will give us the strength and will power to get through it. We also need to remember that there are times when we'll take a detour, but just use moderation and get back on the right path. Thanks for your encouragement today. It helps to know I'm not alone on this journey. God bless you!

Laura Hodges Poole said...

What a beautiful farm, Brenda! I'm visiting from Bless a Blogger. I can relate to your angst with watching what you eat. If I don't write down what I eat, it is too easy to convince myself I'm doing okay, but the scale doesn't lie. Thanks for sharing.

Dave ~ Brenda said...

Welcome, ladies! It is nice to meet you! And thanks for your encouragement. It does help to know that others are on this "trip" with me. I also enjoyed browsing your blogs, as well.