Sunday, October 14, 2007


Well... it happened. I gained a pound at Weight Watchers last week. I have only lost 21.5 lbs. Before that, I had plateaued in my weight loss...but at least I wasn't gaining.

When I left WW on Friday...after I had gained... what did I do? I took Brianna and my niece and nephew to the Apple Orchard where we went through the Corn Maze, picked apples, AND THEN CELEBRATED my fall off the weight watcher wagon with Cider and a cinnamon and sugar pumpkin doughnut!

Today I continued my festivities with two bite size Almond Joys at church, Qdoba's for lunch, and Marilynn's delicious apple crisp when I went to see baby Robert...and I can feel myself slipping into the mode of...
"I JUST WANT TO EAT EVERYTHING! cream... french fries...non-baked potato chips......peach name it... I want to eat it."

I am entertaining those evil thoughts from the Weight Watcher Devil...who, by the way, looks like a devils food cake with whipped cream horns and licorice tail... "JUST GIVE UP...WHO CARES...IT DOESN'T MATTER IF YOU GAIN BACK ALL YOU HAVE LOST AND MORE...YOU DON'T NEED TO BE HEALTHY...OREOS ARE HEALTHY...There is milk and calcium in the cream in the middle (a Ken Martin philosophy)...yada yada yada...You really can't do it anyway! SO JUST FORGET IT!"

I KNOW what I have to do to get back on track... to push through the plateau... to take off the rest of the weight...

I have to work harder, watch what I put in my mouth....exercise in... be faithful to my WW meetings to be encouraged to stay on track...and Get my MIND SET to do it..tell the DEVIL'S FOOD CAKE TEMPTER to GET BEHIND ME...and...........DON'T GIVE UP!

So many times that is like our walk with the Lord. We plateau...we start putting back on those things we thought we had overcome "for the cause of Christ"...

Those are the times we have to press what we are feeding our minds and hearts....get our daily exercise and work out by reading the WORD and praying MORE......being faithful to the House of the LORD where you will be nourished, refreshed, and encouraged to keep on track...fasting....saying NO to the junk food in your life...whatever that is for you...

(I have decided I am going to try a technology fast once a computers or TV...etc. It can be a time waster for me. Since my work is on the computer this will be a challenge.)

...AND we have to get our MIND SET on things above...and NOT GIVE UP!"

My tendency when I feel like I have reverted backwards in an area of my life is to say, "FORGET IT! What's the use of trying again. I have wandered so far off the trail... I haven't read the WORD...I haven't spent time praying..."...AND the enemy of our souls is tempting us with thoughts of..."God doesn't really want you NOW. If you can't do the right things every day...then you may as well GIVE UP. REMEMBER you have struggled with this your WHOLE LIFE! You will NEVER overcome. You are a LOSER!"

To that, you KNOW what you have to do....put on the HELMET OF SALVATION, take up the SWORD OF THE SPIRIT...and Say to that father of lies...GET BEHIND ME!"

We are encouraged in Philippians 3:12-14...
"I have not yet reached my goal, and I am not perfect. But CHRIST has taken hold of me. So I KEEP ON RUNNING and STRUGGLING to take hold of the PRIZE. My friends, I don't feel that I have already arrived. But I FORGET what is behind, and I struggle for what is AHEAD. I RUN toward the goal, so that I can WIN THE PRIZE of being called to heaven. This is the prize that God offers because of what CHRIST JESUS has done."

Press on and on and on my friend. HIS MERCIES are new every morning. NO ONE is perfect except JESUS!



Tami said...

I needed to hear that.
You have no idea how much I needed to hear that.
You are amazing :-)

Steve said...

I believe in you. You will keep growing----SPIRITUALLY! You will lose the weight. Press through this week and then.....two weeks with hubby. We'll exercise everyday.

Of course we will eat like crazy too!

Marg said...

What an encouraging word for all of us to hear!
And regarding your weight,(take it from one who knows), it was only 1 lousy pound!! Today is a new day! Sometimes you have to eat a little treat, so don't condemn yourself. YOU CAN DO IT!
Love you,

Mom said...

What a boost to me spiritually and physically. I am inspired enough to hang this blog on my bathroom mirror. You have done a great job losing the weight although I always thought you looked perfect.

Spiritually, I am challenged to work harder to let God decide what we should do in our "retired" life. You are an inspiration and an encourager.....where do you get those writing "pants"?? Not from me.

Amy F. said...

Thanks for those good reminders, Mary Beth! I love those verses you gave and the encouragement that we should always persevere....never give up! It may mean something differently for everyone, but it's applicable to everyone in some way, shape, or form. God is not finished with any one of us yet! Praise the Lord.

Amy :)

Anonymous said...

Just what I needed to hear as I
pigged out on my itailian sub and chips.


Terri said...

Marybeth, Great word! I know how it feels to gain and lose weight
it's hard. But you have the tools now to achieve success now all you have to do is use them. Same with the Lord ha provides us with the way to do things all we have to do is apply it to our lives.Sounds simple but its not. I made a promise to myself shortly after I was saved and it was no matter how hard it got I was never going to quit on my walk with the Lord. If I didn't feel like it to bad I was always going to try and never stop trying. Of course I haven't gotten there but I'm still plugging along with GOd at my side. What a gift!!!
Great job! Love ya, Terri

Anonymous said...


Found your blog thanks to Steve. I'm so glad Steve wears the pants in the family. I have to say that reading your blog gave me much NEEDED laughs! Thanks, this Pastor's wife was in dire need of a few laughs! :)

You're great at this! Keep it up! My kids love it too.

Bethany Baker

Leah said...

Way to go, Pretty Lady! So proud of you. You inspire me to greatness. Keep it up!

Kathy said...

I understand the whole WW thing. I'm a 4 time WW loser. And I don't mean loser in a positive way. LOL..

But now I'm inspired, once again, to pick up my fat, I mean cross, and start all over again. A new morning!

redheadrev said...

You haven't been blogging! I tagged you! Get to work! ;)

Anonymous said...

I have fallen off of the weightwatchers wagon a couple of times, but I am now back on again! All of us need to keep pressing on in the Lord. Thank you for your encouraging words. Keep up the is a ministry.