I am tempted to sit down and write about how I’ve finally had my breakthrough and now I am a full fledged member of the flax seed eating, plank-doing, fitness ninja club. I should tell you how much better I feel now that I have cut out all refined flour and sugar. I should let you know how good it feels to have no worries about life because my faith in God will carry me through.
But the truth is that over these past two weeks I have had McDonalds twice. I’ve had Chinese food twice. Two candy bars have been eaten. I have gotten second helpings at dinner when I didn’t need them and I have eaten late night snacks when I wasn’t hungry. I have only exercised five times. I still drink about 32 ounces of Diet Coke a day. I have yelled at my son when he didn’t deserve it at least twice and once I worried myself into an almost panic over a situation beyond my control.
But it’s all about perspective.
The truth is also that I have ONLY had McDonalds and Chinese food twice over the past two weeks. For 12 of the last 14 days, I didn’t eat chocolate. I have added tons of fruits and vegetables to my diet. I have cut back dramatically on pastas and breads. I have exercised five times - twice with my son (who once thanked God in his prayers at night for our bike ride). I have increased the amount of water I drink by at least double, and I have since released the above mentioned situation over into God’s hands and am actually at peace with it.
The facts are the same. The delivery and mental outlook are different. I shared both sides of the same coin and I will leave it up to you to determine how it is going. That is the choice we all have to make every day. We can choose to dwell in the negative and just marinate in our own failures OR we can focus on the positive and inspire ourselves to do better.
Today my task is to keep shaking off my defeatist attitude and embrace the mindset of someone who knows how to succeed.
“I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13