Thursday, May 02, 2013

Time to Talk 'Tude

I need to talk about attitude because mine is bad today.  Very very bad.

Yesterday was the end of the first week of our 8 Lbs in 2 Weeks Challenge.  I lost 2.6 pounds!  This morning I was back up .8 pounds.  I know the scale can fluctuate, but it just ruined my good attitude!  So, here's my pep-talk to myself.  I'll let you watch.

Attitude Adjustment #1: 

I keep thinking of the words written by Candace Cameron Bure in her book, Reshaping it All.
"God calls us to be content.  Stop hoping and be content with what you have."
Here's what I have: the ability to exercise, enough to eat, the intelligence to make healthy choices, the support of friends and family, and good health that I can choose to keep by taking care of my body.
I do have a lot to be content with.  I'm a work in progress.  I cannot make a decision, say my prayers, and make it so.  But I can make a decision, say my prayers, and allow God to mold me.

Attitude Adjustment #2:

This journey isn't about the food I'm eating (or NOT eating) or the exercise I might have to be forced to do today.  It is about my attitude.  I need an attitude of self-control and discipline.  Submission to the spirit.
I would really love to make a batch of biscuits and eat them all myself with melty butter and honey.  Then I would like a cheeseburger for lunch with peanut butter pie for dessert.  Maybe some pasta and lemon cake for dinner.  And in between all of those meals, I'd like to lounge on the couch and watch chick-flicks.  But, that is indulgent and unhealthy and I have more respect for my body than that.
So it isn't about the food or my time, really.  It's about the fact that I am allowing the Spirit to fill me with all of His goodness!

Attitude Adjustment #3:

I'm not hideous or gross...even though I feel like it.
I'm made in His image.
He see me as beautiful.
He finds me interesting.
He loves me.
He accepts me.
There I can find contentment in who I am right now.  And I know that who I will be tomorrow will still be beautiful, interesting, loved, and accepted.

Attitude Adjustment #4:

Is it just me or do all of the skinny people in the world eat junk food and don't exercise?
How many times have I asked myself, "Why can't I be like them?"
Well, because I'm not. That's why.
But who am I and what am I called to do?
You are the salt of the earth.  You are the light of the world.  Matthew 5:13, 14
How can I be salt of the earth if I've lost my saltiness?
How can I be light when I am trying so hard to blend in.

I gotta be me!
And me is a person who must make healthy choices in diet and exercise.
And my display of self-control and discipline may be the salt and light that somebody else needs.

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