Singlemindedness VS mindlessness
Saturday, May 23, 2015
It's been a week of ups and downs. I weighed last week and was at a new low...had lost two more pounds. Then. Well I got cocky....and every single day of the week there was some kind of diversion from the straight and narrow. I did not re-weigh because I know I will just be really discouraged. Instead I'm working hard to put a perfect day together...and then one more....and then one more. Today was almost perfect except I had a little of the brown sauce on my steamed veggies from the Chinese food restaurant. I don't know what's in that brown sauce but at the very least, it's full of sodium.
Dinner was a huge salad with homemade dressing from an ETL recipe. I was just looking at my Spark Goal which is to reach 200 lb by June 30th. Assuming I didn't gain any weight last week I would have 8 lbs to lose by then. In these first 6 weeks of ETL (Eat to Live), it is no uncommon to lose up to a pound a day. So if that were to hold true, my goal. is eminently obtainable. However my track record has been less than stellar. Even if I only lose two pounds a week, I can make my goal. i just need to keep my eyes on the goal rather than being lured from the path by white floured breads and what have you.
Singlemindedness is a quality that the Bible stresses. And it really is so important not to allow intruders of desire to lure us from the path to our goal. I have to really think it over before putting something in my mouth that I shouldn't. Does it taste good in spite of the defeat? No. NOthing tastes so good that it is worth the let down I will have after cheating. Mindlessness is the opposite of singlemindedness. It's the "eat fiirst and think second" manner of temptation that is killing me. Maybe if I accept a temptation as a threat and tell myself I will wait ten minutes before I eat such and such. And then in that ten minutes drag out all the stops....all the reasons why I do NOT want to eat this thing. And I know that if I were to do that, I would change my mind about eating it.
Remember, how hard it is to lose a pound....and how EASY it is to gain one. So it is a hard path I am walking....and it really shouldn't be as the food is DELICIOUS on this food plan...there are even guilt free delicious desserts...I really am not deprived. I am enjoying the food. I just can't listen to the lies my brain and my desires tell me.