“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” Lou Holtz.
We are all born with certain abilities. God in his wisdom gave us all different abilities and talents. It is up to us to develop those talents further. I started taking piano lessons when I was in the second grade. My mother made sure I practiced every day for at least 30 minutes. I’m not going to sugar coat it; it was a struggle. I fought it hard! But, with my mother’s persistence, I continued to practice and learn all I could. I continued to take piano lessons all through high school and was even invited to audition for the Alabama School of Fine Arts. My love of music began from my motivation to continue to learn.
In college, I was a vocal performance major. I love to sing; I love all things music related. Part of being a vocal performance major included taking piano every semester. My piano teacher in college was a completely different animal than my teacher all through elementary and high school. She lived and breathed piano. I have never meet someone so talented. She knew everything! I soaked up her knowledge like a sponge. But I was a vocal major and spent most of my time focusing on vocal exercises. My teacher would get so frustrated because I didn’t fully apply myself to piano. On many occasions she would even hit my hands with a pencil when I didn’t play up to her standards. She would tell me on numerous occasions that I had wasted my talent in piano by focusing on my vocal performance. I had the ability to play piano, I was motivated because I had to take a piano class every semester, but I had an attitude of indifference towards piano. That attitude is what drove my teacher crazy.
I have the ability to lose weight. I am motivated to lose weight. But lately, my attitude stinks! I mean a smelly, stinks-to-the-high-heavens, rotten attitude! I just want to lay on the couch, eat pizza, drink soda, and eat ice cream right out of the tub, all while a bag of chips sits on my chest. For most people, this time of year is easy to eat healthy. Most everyone is focusing on eating healthy. I need an attitude adjustment, and guess what is giving me the adjustment? It’s my knees y’all! I am 40 and my joints are killing me! They are letting me know quickly that I am going to have to give them a break. Stop putting bad foods in my mouth, drop some pounds, and give my knees some relief. So, I am adjusting my attitude. I want to be able to get out and still do things; and if I continue abusing my body, that will not happen. So, new attitude and hopefully new knees soon. Y’all pray I can keep this good attitude going!
Next Tuesday, February 9, is National Pizza Day. Let’s just face it, pizza is amazing, it’s delicious, it’s cheesy, it’s a favorite among pretty much everyone. However, as much as we love it, it does not love us back. It’s heavy, it’s greasy, it’s loaded with sodium and fatty ingredients, and it is for sure to give you indigestion. So how can something so good be so bad?
Eating healthy and living a better lifestyle doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy pizza. You just have to make a few adjustments to make it fit into your new way of eating. Instead of the carb-heavy crust, this delicious pizza swap has a base that is gluten free, crazy low carb and diabetic friendly. This pizza swap is so good that you can make this for the big Super Bowl game this Sunday, and everyone will want to enjoy this instead of the traditional store-bought pizza. My husband and I have still been able to enjoy pizza with this recipe, and I hope your family loves it as well. Be sure to add the toppings that you love the most! Make healthy food fun; trust me, if you do, you will stick with this new way of eating longer and it will become your way of eating!
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10