Excuses.

A couple days ago, I shared why “today is the day” to make a change, and I did. Day 2 of being back on track with real food eating is in the books and successful! Yes, it’s only 2 days, but as they say…every journey has to start somewhere.

But it almost wasn’t so.

I almost failed at supper time. You see, right before I decided to do this real food only challenge, I had purchased 3 loaves of our favorite garlic bread because it was on sale for a rock bottom $1.50 a loaf. It was one of the things I decided to keep and eat eventually rather than throwing it out. In the scheme of things, if that was the only processed food I eat, I’d be doing pretty good.

So today when I was dreaming about sweets and junkfood (keepin’ it real here), I remembered that garlic bread. I could almost taste it. By suppertime, I was ready for some spaghetti with a big helping of ooey, gooey, cheesy garlic bread.

I told myself that I saved it for this purpose, and that one piece of off-plan garlic bread was no big deal.

But for me, in that moment. It would have been a big deal.

no excuses

I read a quote recently, one that I’ve read before and it convicts me every single time.

If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way;
If not, you’ll find an excuse.

This is so true!

But, y’all, I’m really good at excuses.  I am persuasive and convincing at telling myself that I just can’t do any better. There is always a reason that I need to do that thing that I shouldn’t do.

For me, it’s the whole sugar addiction and junk food thing.  I’m tired of looking back and wishing I’d gotten my health under control earlier. I can’t do that. But what I can do is start now, so that I won’t be in the same position a year from now. It’s a good plan.

It’s also really, really hard.

There is always a reason to fail. So many reasons that sometimes I just give up the fight. I completely stop fighting. Because, seriously, it’s hard to live a life where every minute of the day is a battle for something. I’ve gone through that for years with depression, lack of energy, this food struggle. It’s draining, wearying. And sometimes it feels easier to give up and give in. But giving up is not an option. 

All day yesterday, this quote about finding excuses was in my head.

Excuses are the easy way out, but they offer no reward. It’s so much harder to find a way to power through. But that’s the only way to reach the victory. There are no shortcuts.

So every time I was tempted over the past couple of days–and it was pretty much all day long–I reminded myself, that’s an excuse. 

I’m done with excuses. It’s time to find a way.

And that quote reminds me of another. Except this one is a verse from God’s word:

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)

God is faithful and “with the temptation, will also make the way of escape.”

The  quote I mentioned says that if we really want something we’ll find a way. When it comes to resisting temptation, there is always a way. God’s word tells us that. He is faithful to provide it, and I trust in Him to do what His word promises.

There is always a way.

It’s just so much easier to fall back on excuses instead. We don’t even have to look for those, just fall into it. But it’s still a choice. We always have a choice.

Maybe you don’t struggle with food or weight. Maybe your struggle is overspending, or who knows what. Regardless of the struggle, the answer is the same–find a way or find an excuse.

And God will always provide you with the way to resist the temptation.

For me, it was the strength I needed to fix myself broccoli w/ cauliflower, chicken, and mashed potatoes, with a side of tomato slices from our garden. Take that ooey, gooey, garlic bread!

 

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