Relax — but DON’T be lax

 I have been doing really well following my diet plan and exercising.  We have gone away twice this summer, and I planned ahead by packing healthy snacks.  I used my fitbit and would log on to my account to check my stats — if I was close to 10,000 steps, I would find a walking trail and go for another 20-30 minute walk. 

 Last week we came back from a 5 day DC trip.  When I weighed in the next morning — I FREAKED because I was 5 pounds heavier!! I could NOT imagine why — I had brought healthy snacks, I chose healthy menu options at the restaurants we ate at, I drank plenty of water, and I walked A LOT (one day over 15,000 steps according to my fitbit).

 I really, really looked back at what I ate and sadly remembered: the 3 bites of cheesecake that I didn’t count (or maybe it was 4 or 5?), the roll with butter that I didn’t write down (wait, I ate 2!), the handful(s) of my husband’s peanuts that I failed to add to myfitnesspal, the piece of my daughter’s chocolate bar that I forgot about, and the handfuls of her gluten free granola I neglected to add either!!  Ugh….and what about that small double chocolate gelato I ate after we had toured DC all day?  How did I do this?

When we go on vacation, we relax and get lax.
The bottom line is that I let my guard down.

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I am very happy to report that I was able to get back on my diet.
I exercised and lost that 5 pounds plus .4 more in a week.

 By letting my guard down I ate things I shouldn’t have.  When we let our spiritual guard down, there are far worse effects than just gaining 5 pounds:  we become apathetic to the things going on around us, our prayer life suffers, we stop going to church, we cuss, we start looking at our coworkers of the opposite sex, we watch shows we shouldn’t, etc.

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 Heavenly Father, thank You for the beautiful season of summer.  Thank You for allowing us time to relax and time to spend with our families.  Thank You for the beauty of this planet!  Holy Spirit, please remind us to not let our guards down while we’re relaxing and enjoying our vacation times.  Please convict us when we get lax in our spiritual disciplines and encourage us to stay firm in our faith.  Thank You for forgiving us when we fail You and thank You for pointing us back in the right direction.  In Jesus’ Name I pray.  Amen.

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