Thursday, April 12, 2007

Saying YES to Change

Its a beautiful day... except for the darn wind. I took a step outside and felt like my clothes where going to fly off. LOL. Thank goodness we don't have neighbors on that side of the house , or they would have gotten an eye full!! So this puts a damper on my plan to take my girls to the park and ride the trail. My oldest was sick yesterday, which was why there was no blogging yesterday. She is better today... I think.... but I still don't want her out in this weather.

Tonight is my first night of work. I am super excited ... but also a little nervous. First day jitters, I think! I need HELP though.... since I am working nights I am not sure if I should be eating anything or not. You have to understand, I will be eating my regular meals all day today, then going to work until 6 a.m. tomorrow morning. My idea is to take a big bottle of water and some fruit for snacking on. That way I am not adding a bunch of calories on. Tell me what you think!

As for diet and workout... I am doing fair. Not fantastic, just fair. I keep kicking myself in the butt at the end of the day saying "why did you do that?". I get so close to having a perfect day.. and then that little voice in my head says "there are cookies in the cabinet!". The only good thing I can say about it is that I have been really good about only having two... and not eating the entire package! So I guess that IS improvement. So this is why I chose THIS devotional for today... enjoy!

Saying YES To Change

I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? -Isaiah 43:19

A Spanish proverb says, "Manana is the busiest day of the week." When it comes to nibbling, I admit I often resolve to cut back on snacks tomorrow, after I've already blow it for today. As long as the plan starts tomorrow I can shave off another sliver of leftover birthday cake or filch a few extra cashews. It's afterwards that I quickly adopt a get tough attitude, commanding myself to change manana.

But by noon the next day my resolve dissolves. I finish off the kids' oatmeal, lick the peanut butter knife when I make their lunches, and pour cream instead of milk into my coffee. I feel defeated because I nibbled, so I begin to rationalize: Today's a total loss. I'll try again, tomorrow.

Falling into the trap of procrastination is easy. And climbing out is hard--unless God lends me a hand. As I reach to God, I want to remember that my overeating can stop anytime I want--whether or not I've already blown it for today. Each time I refuse to nibble, I'm getting a jump start on tomorrow.

For Further Reflection

1. If you nibble today do you really have to wait until tomorrow to start over?
2. Are you ready for a change?
3. Will you let God help you start today?


God, help me say YES to change. Amen


Amber said...

Good luck with your first day at work. Working nights would be really tough and I say listen to your body and see if your starving or ok.

Change is so hard but I know you will make it!

de said...

hi tl missed your blog yesterday
hope duffy gets better

Cory said...

Good luck at work! I can't wait to hear about it.
As for the eating, just play with it. Starting with the fruit is a great idea. And if that doesn't work, well you can always try something different!

Natalie C. said...

I saw your blog & knew I had to comment. You sound like you're around the same place that I am. (About the same amount to lose... off & on motivation- maybe mostly on, but it's hard... little kids... busy life...) Anyway, it was fun to read some of your posts. And thank you for the reminder that God will help us with our good desires & goals. Good luck to you- you can do it- set small goals you can achieve & you'll be so proud of yourself!

JOY said...

Good luck with your first day at work!

Am sure you will be great.

I know this will mean a change maybe in your eating habits with working through the night but if you are organise and plan ahead am sure you will be fine! Sounds like you have it all figured out already.

Good going!

Karin said...

I can't wait to hear how your first shift at work went! For eating, I would suggest you take along some protein to have as well as the fruit. Something with a little staying power... lean deli meat or laughing cow cheese wedges can stave off the growlies without adding a lot of calories.

Great devo. It's the "manana" attitude that helped me gain over a hundred pounds. Interestingly, I'm nearing the end of my 9th week of being "good" ('cept Easter Sunday) and the first day of these last 60+ was a day where I'd been making some bad choices up until late afternoon and then decided "it stops now".

Maria said...

It's like I was reading about myself. Thank you for the scripture and for the prayer :-) I'm kind of in denial about the connection between where I'm at now..and my lack of spending time with God. Also submitting this to God in a more serious way than 'help me God, Amen'. I listened again to a Joyce Meyer teaching tape a couple of days ago (about feeding the flesh) and she spoke about how before going out to a restaurant for example, she'd pray. "God help me make right choices, you know what I'm like". Start your day with specific prayer points that relate to your problem-area's..back it up with scripture. See.. I know what to do, I just haven't been applying it. Yet!