It's not a unique challenge. In two short weeks I'm more resolved than ever to stay on plan though I'm discovering it's not easy. Last week when at a friend's house, they ordered pizza for all the non-dieters. That was a struggle. So much so, I almost went to bed to get away from it.
But I'm discovering how much my health plan is beginning to affect every aspect of my life. In just 14 days I feel better. I haven't need Ibuprofen or Tylenol to cope with pain. I haven't needed or wanted an afternoon "pick-me-up" soda or cup of coffee. But perhaps what is most important, is that the strength I'm finding in managing my diet is also now carrying over to other aspects of my life. I'm accomplishing more in my day.
Perhaps most interesting to me, as a pastor, is my spiritual walk with Jesus is growing stronger. Don't misunderstand, I have studied and prayed all along. But it feels different now. It's almost as though I'm experiencing God's promise to care for me in a new way--the way He wants. One of the things that put me over the top in deciding to take this new journey was Paul's words: "Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit Who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's" (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NKJV).
As for the Olive Garden conundrum: I ordered the spiral zucchini and squash. Took a bite of my wife's salmon, but ate some protein when I got home. Problem solved. Stuck to my plan.
Just a few more of my thoughts as I wrapped up Week 2.
Now on to Week 3.