Today I am choosing to embrace this quote and not only acknowledge but applaud the small victories I am making, the small changes that I have been trying to maintain. So I was trying to do a 14 day elimination diet where you cut out, well, basically everything except for fruits, vegetables, and nuts and then after 14 days slowly reintroduce groups back like gluten, dairy, and fried food. Well, I made it 4 days and when we were having my husbands parents over for dinner it became all too much and I caved and had dairy and gluten. 😦
BUT…I am proud to say I am closing in on day 7 of no soda of any kind and limited sugar and caffeine (with the exception of the flavoring I use for my water which has some caffeine and a trip to Dunkin Donuts for a small coffee). So while my stamina wasn’t strong enough to cut out everything I have successfully eliminated soda from my diet even when I am not at home, which is the hardest thing for me when going out to eat to not order soda. Small Victory #1
Speaking of going out to eat, today we went to Harbor Inn which is a seafood restaurant where I would ordinarily eat my weight in hush puppies, have Dr. Pepper, and eat some yummy fried shrimp and fries. Instead I had water, a couple hush puppies, a salad with some ranch dressing, baked chicken, and a baked potato. Small Victory #2
I had to stop the elimination diet due to it being so restrictive, but I have decided to try and stick to a diet consisting of 1 to 2 veggies each meal, limited carbs, and as much protein as I can. Small Victory #3
Even though I am no where close to where I would like to be, and so far from reaching my goal there are victories to be found and I choose to rejoice and embrace these small victories. Right now, these small victories are all I have and they are the only thing that is keeping me from binge eating the junk food we have in the house and downing a liter of soda all in one sitting! Every last one of us has a vice, has something we struggle with, it is just so hard when your vice happens to be something that is done 3 times a day and is required for sustaining a life.
1 Corinthians 10:31
“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.“
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.“
While my desire to lose 50+ lbs was initially to gain back my health and get to where becoming pregnant would be ideal there has always been a deeper reason for why losing weight needs to happen for me. The Lord wants us to treat our bodies as a temple and He wants us to honor and glorify Him in all things, and that is not limited to our health. This is another reason why I know that I can not just flippantly quit and start back with these health changes anymore. I need to honor the Lord with my body right here and right now and I pray that He will give me the will power, endurance and dedication needed to continue on this journey.
Who ever you are, whatever your weakness is or the change you are trying to make please remember that you are not alone and that small victories are greater than you think! Instead of putting down your small victories use them to encourage yourself along the way and try to see that small change is still change!