Oh yes friends, AN ENTIRE WEEKEND OF PURE TEMPTATION.
"What's this a picture of?" you may ask...well let me tell ya.
Do any of you know what an "eClub" is? Basically it's when you sign up online for a businesses promotions and updates and they will send periodic emails containing coupons, specials, new things and such.
WELL...Monday is my 24th birthday and this week my email inbox has been bombarded by "birthday presents." lol
FIRST WATCH - FREE entree
SONIC - FREE Medium drink, tots or blast
PLANET SUB - FREE 6'' sub
SCHLOTSKY'S - FREE 6'' sub
SONIC - $0.99 LIMEADE CHILLER
PAPA JOHNS - FREE Medium pizza
PAPA MURPHY'S - BOGO (Buy One Large, Get One Free)
GOLDEN CORRAL - $5 coupon
RYAN'S - BOGO (Buy One Buffet, Get One Free)
The only coupon I've actually used (as of yet) was the Sonic coupon this morning for a Diet Coke w/ Lime (I paid $0.22 to upgrade to a Route 44)
I will use the First Watch coupon as well - that is my all time favorite breakfast place and they have a great selection of healthy/healthier choices. I heart First Watch.
Now, I need to stay strong friends...as of this morning I am 0.4lbs away from hitting my 75lbs lost mark and I need to hit that by Monday (to win $150) - still far from final goal, but it's definately a milestone I'm looking forward to. :) Here's the dilemma...
BREAKDOWN OF MY BIRTHDAY WEEKEND ADVENTURES:
Friday - Game night w/ group of friends @ BFF's house - everyone is "SUPPOSED" to bring healthy snacks ONLY.
Saturday - morning (still slight possibility of Biggest Loser tryouts @ Nebraska Furniture Mart)
afternoon - My other BFF's wedding shower
evening - family birthday get together @ parents house - taco salads w/ ground turkey and some Wii action.
Sunday - Lunch after church with some more friends
Monday - Dinner (and maybe movie) after work w/ BFF, her husband & roommates
WILL I SUCCEED???
ABOUT THE VERSE BELOW: I seriously pick the verses I use each day for a reason, because I love the word and think these verses are relevant to my blog entry. God's word IS relevant. Although there is SO MUCH more to be learned from the scriptures I choose - I use them as a parallel for this weight loss journey. This verse is talking about how we are "free" - but we shouldn't use our freedom as an excuse to indulge in anything. Our minds are really being changed, renewed and transformed as we continue on this weight loss journey to "freedom." We aren't bound to diets and workouts - we really are FREE, we can enjoy our favorite dish or miss a workout if we choose...but that doesn't mean we INDULGE. In another verse (1 Cor 10:23) Paul quotes the people by saying "everything is permissable" but then responds to that phrase with, "but not everything is beneficial." One thing that bugs me is when people who are at a healthy weight (espeically men) say "but I can eat whatever I want, I don't need to lose weight." My response: "But is it beneficial." Just because you CAN do something and you are free to do it, doesn't mean it's beneficial. I posted several translations because each one says it in a slightly different way, meaning the same thing - yet each kinda hit me with a different light. I don't use The Message translation often but I just love the way it puts it!
Read and be encouraged & challenged...
Verse of the Day:
Galatians 5:13 (NIV)
"You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature"
(NKJV) For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh
(KJV) For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh
(The Message) It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don't use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom