You love this commercial as much as I do — don’t you? GUESS WHAT DAY IT IS??? The GEICO ad team is genius on this one. Brilliant.
If you have noticed, I haven’t blogged in, oh, 5 days. You betcha, I have reasons! I have excuses! I have even a few “white” lies. And, I could list them for you, skillfully.
And, I did not know what day it was. I had to count. It is Day 12 of the new initiative, beMERRY. Yes, DAY 12. I had no idea!
So, on DAY 12, I am so busted. As in, I have just fallen off the wagon. I stopped everything productive for my health, including this blog, and indulged in almost every way possible for 5+ days. WOW! How on earth did that happen so quickly and so discretely?
HERE’S WHAT I DID? simply put — I yielded to temptation.
WHY DID I DO IT? I was bored and tired. I let my guard down. I succumbed to “stinking thinking”. I entertained fantasies about what it would be like to eat whatever I wanted again. Then I walked through the door labeled Temptation and sat down at the table with him and indulged. Much and often.
WHAT ARE THE RESULTS? I got sick, literally, a recurring issue came back out of nowhere. I physically felt/feel awful … sluggish, achey, my knees hurt, my back hurts, my hip hurts, my neck hurts and my feet hurt.
AND WHAT ELSE??? Okay, I own it. I gained weight. First gain in 4 months. It’s not unrecoverable, of course, but it is significant.
WHAT DID I LEARN? I learned much.
- Temptation is cunning.
- As soon as I became “less observed”, “less accountable”, “less diligent”, I became vulnerable to temptation. I let down the guard. I let my emotion take over my brain and I acted upon it. (see previous blog where I tout how all that goes down)
- The moment I decided (yes, it was my choice) I DESERVED to enjoy all the events of November and December the way I wanted to — it was a rapid, downhill slide, and just like the ski jumper on the infamous “agony of defeat” opener for the Wide World of Sports series, I wiped out.
Just before Vinko Bogataj took his almost fatal jump he had excelled in his best jump. I wonder what happened between the two jumps in his mind? Do you think he thought he had “arrived”? I wonder if he thought, “piece of cake”. Or, “I was made for this”? Or, if he thought, “I am the greatest”?
You know what I think happened to me, what decision I may have made unconciously? I decided I didn’t need God in this process. Somewhere deep inside I once again (pattern) decided I could do this without God’s help. That the 30 day initiative proved “I got this” and I quickly shoved God out and ME.ME.ME.ME.ME moved back in.
In case you didn’t get it — I am ALLL that and an empty bag of chips!
WHERE DO I GO FROM HERE? Well, I confess my weakness before God. I own it before you, my friends. I request both you and God to forgive me. And, I put God back behind the wheel.
Ugh! And I am embarrassed. But I am learning. I have yet a long way to go. Please do continue to remember me in prayer.
As Carey Underwood sings JESUS, TAKE THE WHEEL…