The journey...

Life is in the journey, not the destination, so do what you can and take it one day at a time. Go slow, do it right, and make your changes permanent — then help out others who are where you were.

~Jillian Michaels

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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Was it worth it?

So, how'd everyone do for Thanksgiving? Was the turkey made just right with all the fixin's?

I am PROUD to say I survived my FIRST Thanksgiving while pursuing my Healthy LIFESTYLE change. One of my BEST friends RANDOMLY came to surprise me from Indiana and spent the weekend with me. I love it because she's someone who I met through facebook back in July who has lost almost the EXACT weight as I have and we literally weigh within 1-2 pounds of each other. She LOVES Jesus and through this journey we've become BEST friends! Over the weekend we got to share Thanksgiving, Black Friday madness, Plaza lights, game night with friends, KC BBQ, house/dog sitting, CHURCH, lunch fellowship...we made it ALLLLL the way until Sunday and she had dropped 4 pounds and I maintained.

...and THEN...this happened! YEP! That's none other than a LIKE IT size cup of "Cookie Doughn't Ya Want Some" ice-cream from COLD STONE CREAMERY! Besides...what's a better way to end a weekend with a friend than a little ice cream...WOW! Um yea, by Tuesday I had gained! (add Cracker Barrel and Chick-fil-a to that equation and you paint a BETTER picture as to why).

Now the question I keep hearing whenever I splurge or make a poor choice is:


You've probably heard people ask the SAME question. I was talking to a friend the other day and I stopped them when I was asked that question. For the first time I REALLLY thought it out!

NO! It's NOT worth it! Why do we ask ourselves this question? We are asking, "Was that FAT LADDEN, CALORIE PACKED, JUNK FOOD ITEM worth your health?" You may label that statement as extreme...but seriously, how do we juggle what IS or isn't worth it? By taste? Food that TASTES good is what got me in this situation to begin with...was being 342 pounds at the age of 23 truthfully WORTH it? How do we deteremine WHEN that fried chicken is NOT worth it...when our bodies have finally shut down and we begin racking up the doctor's bills to prove it?

Here's the deal - I will PREACH moderation on this journey til I am blue in the NOT mistake what I'm saying as you can NEVER eat a french fry or slice of pizza again! All I'm saying is why do we ask ourselves these questions that when you think them out...really are quite foolish? I don't want questions like that to become our greatest deception. How many times in a WEEK can I ask myself: "Was it worth it?" just to JUSTIFY my poor food choice? How often in a DAY can I ask myself this question for it to be acceptable?

I just want us to stop telling ourselves that what TASTES good is MORE worth it than what properly nourishes our bodies. That's all...

Verse(s) of the Day:

Genesis 3:1, 3:13

3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?"
3:13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."


Shauna said...

dude...cold stone and oklahoma joes in one weekend!!! thats aggressive!!hehhehehe! my two favs:) its never worth it, but all we can do is get back on track. miss you.

Frosty said...

Guilty of this scenario myself, guilty of the question/answer "Is it worth it?"...guilty.

However, through it all, doesn't it come down to the determination to get back on the health bandwagon and find strength to continue? My mom has lost 132 lbs since January 16th. She has had a few off days, but she continues (like YOU!) to get back to it and persevere!

As one of my BFF's who is a PT continues to tell me (& I hear it EVERYWHERE else too), "Nothing tastes as good as fit & thin feels!"

Keep on keepin' on!

Magic Brush said...

I actually did ok! I ran a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving (which you totally need to do next year!!!) and I've exercised a bunch since. But... tonight I overdid dinner. And then I totally sit and wonder "why did I do that??????????????" (as I watch Biggest Loser finale!)

Anonymous said...

I love you, and I loved spending time with you.

NEVER worth it. Thank you for sharing this. You have told me this before, but it is so nice to have to come back to whenever I am craving.

LESS THAN 3!!! ;)

Kristen said...

So I wanted to post to say hi and sorry for not commenting for forever. I have been horrible but I am going to try to be up on it now. Life has just gotten CRAZY!