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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Bloated by Biology (a/k/a Clean Slate) - 2/20/14

Well, I made it through yesterday! Praise God! I didn’t snap on anyone or give them any mean eyes (well, not any more frequently than I give mean eyes!). This morning, I woke up feeling alright, having just directly finished dreaming about my coworkers (again!). This time, my boss was referring to the new guy as his login instead of his name and we were all joking him about it – oh it will take her awhile to remember your name, and you know typical hazing of the newbie. Considering I’ve been talking about anti-hazing every day since Monday, how interesting is it that I dreamed about it occurring at work? Okay, um,  I  lied to you because I just remembered that I did snap on someone yesterday. But in my defense, I wasted my lunch driving to Best Buy for NO REASON and while I understood that it wasn’t the Geek Squad rep’s fault entirely, I felt the need to rage against their corporate machine who needs to incorporate a policy regarding how they handle replacement devices for VZW. Because of them, I had only just finished eating my mashed potatoes before my 3pm conference call. No Bueno L

Now you may already know that I’m in a weight loss challenge with my sorority and it’s been a great motivator in helping me to track what I’m eating and how I’m exercising. I have lost a total of 12 lbs, and while some of my success  is due to me dropping some of the bad eating habits (Bad Carbs! Including carbonated drinks), a lot was due to all the walking that I had to do while I was car-less. I also was eating less fast food because I would have had to walk further to get to any fast food places. Now that I’m back in a car (PTL!!!), I have to make sure that I keep up with my exercise and my good eating choices. Oh but yesterday…. I’m always susceptible, and I think I was already planning on having at least 1 cheat item yesterday, but the debacle at Best Buy probably led into the carb party that I ended up having, which included cornbread, mashed potatoes, a ciabatta bun, and 3 servings of diet coke! Oh, the horror!
So, today on Day 2, my body is still trying to digest the crap from yesterday and I feel bloated. L

So, how do I get myself back on track? How do I not continue on this path of self-destruction by carb? When you fall down, you have to get back up. Today is a new day and I can always start fresh with a clementine, because that’s what I eat almost every morning. I can also go and buy some more string cheese because it’s my new favorite snack. I can make better choices today than I did yesterday and not let biology get the best of me. The concept of starting fresh every morning is not only applicable to “dieting”, but it’s also applicable to walking with the Lord. Every day we wake up with fresh grace and mercy on our proverbial plates and God says good morning wonderful children and He sees us as good and blameless. Then we take a breath and we’re back to sinning again (LOL), but the point is we start off brand new and on track. Regardless of the mess we got ourselves into yesterday, the strife we caused, the negative words we said or thought in our heads, today is brand new and we can make better choices and maybe sin just a little less (maybe!).
·         Maybe I can smile more today…
·         Maybe I can pray for someone today, not because they asked me to, but because I’m led to..
·         Maybe I can be less distracted and hear God’s voice today…

The possibilities are endless!  And let’s get some Word in shall we?

Psalm 103:1-5; 8-14
“Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name. Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits – who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s… The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will He harbor His anger forever; He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heaves are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for He knows how we are formed, He remembers that we are dust…”

Lamentations 3:19-26
“I remember my affliction and my wandering…I well remember them… Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him.’ The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.”

As I wrote this post, here are the songs that came to mind, in the order they came

Michael Bublé – Feelin' Good (because I love Michael Bublé and I’m not here for JHud’s version or her Weight Watchers commercial!)

New Season - Israel Houghton ft. Martha Munizzi

Great is Thy Faithfulness – Vickie Winans (if only I had a video of my pastor singing it... but Vickie will have to do! Singing starts at 2:45 by the way!) 

Here’s to a good start on a brand new day!


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