Nine Ways to Sabotage a Perfectly Good Diet With a Binge
(And I should know because I’ve lived it)
- Start off a hot Thursday morning with a Jack’s bacon and cheese biscuit. That in itself it not so bad, now is it? (After all, I left off fried potatoes and sweet tea, and I did do my walk before I ate.)
- Have a big slice of pizza from Sam’s for lunch. Eat all of it, even though it isn’t the best pizza. (I can’t really say I’ve ever had “bad” pizza.)
- Eat Texas Roadhouse for dinner…complete with rolls and butter and all the peanuts you can eat. Three meals…not necessarily square, but only three.
- On Friday, get up and eat a decent breakfast, but don’t walk.
- Eat Chinese buffet for lunch with friends. Whine about how stuffed you are.
- Eat a decent Subway sandwich for dinner, but also eat Funyuns and red velvet cake.
- On Saturday, admit that you are on a binge and eat thusly, and forget about walking. If you don’t have to, don’t walk anywhere. Drive. Better yet, talk someone else into going for you.
- On Sunday, skip breakfast. Think about getting back on your diet. Go to church and hear the preacher talk about addictions, and give the frightening statistics of Americans with addictions. Try to act nonchalant as he mentions food addition for the third time. Hope no one is casting sly glances your way.
- After church (early service), go eat pancakes with butter and full-leaded (sugar, that is) syrup.
I started a diet on May 24. I have walked most every day since then. I have lost 24 pounds….well, up until this weekend, now I am sure I am at a pound or two less than 24. There is no explanation why I take steps back, but I do. Had I not taken so many steps back since I started I would have lost probably 30 pounds. I sometimes put my name in Bible verses when I am praying….Oh foolish Margaret, who hath bewitched you? (Gal 3) (Usually, I put my name in the blessing verses!) Unfortunately, I have no answers for the questions, but this I know, I won’t give up. My first goal is 60 pounds by October 17. After my latest binge and three steps back, I have made a very doable goal a difficult one.
I write this blog in a lighthearted way, but there is nothing lighthearted about the heartbreak of obesity and the years of trying to overcome. I believe that there is freedom for people like me…and I will plug along day by day, believing and hoping, and knowing that God’s grace is sufficient for me.
I had started a “secret” weight loss blog. If, by chance, you ever landed on that blog, there is no hint of who the author is, because I was hiding like losing weight is something shameful. But that’s a silly approach to what I want to do and who I am. For sure, those who know me know I’m overweight, and my friends (most of them, anyway) are rooting for me to lose the baggage.
I’d need to open a big ol’ can of inclination to keep up with two blogs; therefore, I am going to share my journey here on my regular blog. Besides, I couldn’t find a can of inclination anywhere, and they don’t sell it at Wal*Mart.
Because I started this weekend off bad I’m going to end it bad, too. (translated: I tripped on the top step, so now I’m throwing myself down the whole flight.) Tomorrow morning, I will get up and start again. Next Sunday, I will weigh and hopefully I will have lost more than 24 pounds.