Last week, in another blog, a commenter pondered whether or not she could really give up sugar forever. I commented back that of course she could, she can do all things through Christ who gives her strength. And that’s completely true, we can do all those things we need to do when we lean on His strength.
The battle would be what “those things” are that we need to do.
For me, I’ve been straddling the fence on whether or now I can have a little sugar (like cake or pie…or a chocolate chip cookie) every now and then.
Last weekend was my birthday. I am 51 years old. (As I typed that, Ole Boy made the comment “Well, that’s scary.” He wasn’t talking about my age, but it was fitting.) We had Nashville weekend plans, but an ice storm put a stop to that. On Sunday, we went to Huntsville, instead.
At some point, we ended up at the mall. At some other point, I was looking at Ben and Jerry’s. For some reason, I thought that a Cookie Sundae would be a great ruined-birthday-compensation. And I would be sharing it with Ole Boy, so that’s only half giving in…
…and by-golly, it was good. Believe it or not, that was my first time for Ben and Jerry’s.
I didn’t go on a binge. But I did lose my focus. I gave way-yonder too much thought to food, I overate, and I fretted.
A few days later, I ate two nice sized chocolate chip cookies, and the next day, a piece of cake.
By today, I was giving a lot of thought to sugar and more sugar. It was just like old times. Yeah. That pit.
Tomorrow is March 1. I have already committed to giving up Facebook for the month. Now I commit to no sugar. It’s not about the scales, and to make sure that it isn’t, I also refuse to weigh for the month of March. But the more important commitment is to spend quality time in daily communion with God and studying His word.
I also need to work on not complaining, being less negative, and being nicer and more giving to others.
I have, as of today, lost 27 pounds.