On Wednesday, I received an email from Merianne telling us that we are in for a “surprise weigh in” on Friday. Well, much to my delight, my initial thought was “Nice! I can’t wait to see if I maintained or maybe even lost another pound or 2!”
So this morning, I stepped on that scale and I actually GAINED almost 4 pounds! Not the news I was hoping to get! What happened?
I think a few things could contribute to this…those “few things” being the number of Christmas parties and pot lucks I’ve attended over the last couple of weeks! More importantly though, I think I experienced the downside of success…complacency. I took my eyes off the target of maintaining my weight and healthy eating habits and thought that I could now just coast. Thankfully, the scale can be a painful reminder that in order to have continued success, you need to stay focused on your goal which for me was staying and eating healthy. It’s time to refocus and not let this small setback derail all the work I’ve done up to this point!
As I look forward to 2013, this little year end lesson made me think about other areas in my life where I’ve enjoyed some success and maybe have given in to some complacency:
- MY FAITH – my relationship with God is stronger than ever but still requires full commitment from me to live it out every day
- MY MARRIAGE – Julianne and I will celebrate 14 years in August next year. We’ve had our ups and downs but our relationship is the glue that holds our family together and I want make sure that she knows how much I love her and admire her
- MY KIDS – These 4 little ones always bring a smile to my face and I take being their father seriously. There are things I can (and will) do better next year. In addition to spending more time with them individually, I want to provide them with their own targets / goals to achieve and hold them accountable.
- MY JOB – MRM Detroit has been great to me and it really is hard to believe I’ve been here for over 2 years now. The leadership here has been very supportive especially when the account I came here for was closed. They reassured me they would find a place for me, they did and now I have a reason to be even more appreciative with the recent promotion I received
So there you have it. Along with my health, the 4 things I listed above need my continued focus and that means staying true to the goals I’ve laid out for myself in each of them.
Don’t take your eyes off the target or you might get stuck with an extra 4 pounds you don’t want.
Merry Christmas everyone!
“But the Pharisees and experts in religious law rejected God’s plan for them, for they had refused John’s baptism.” (Luke 7:30 NLT)
Reading this passage today, I began to think about some of the things I’ve been experiencing with fellow Christians lately. It saddens me when these believers become so focused on a particular issue and begin to question the character of one of their brothers or sisters in Christ.
I’m not sure what the future holds with what is going on but I can only hope my family and I follow in the wise words that are on the bracelet Joshua is currently wearing, “WWJD”…what would Jesus do?
We all know about the story of Jesus Christ and his birth…but do we really? As we all prepare Christmas, take a look at this fun video that really gets at the truth and the real reason for the season. Merry Christmas everyone!
Video courtesy of Igniter Media.