Two Pounds!! – Cooking With Anna

So…two pounds…the scales at home say that I have gained two pounds! I don’t have a doctor’s appointment to weigh until next Wednesday, but still….TWO POUNDS. How does this happen? I try to stay on the straight and narrow. Do you know how long it’s been since I had a peanut butter sandwich?

These two pounds can go one of two ways:

1. I throw my hands in the air, sit down with a tub of super chocolate ice cream and a bag of potato chips. This option has crossed my mind. I start second guessing my ability to see this through. Do I really have what it takes to go the distance? Will I be able to maintain this new way of eating and thinking of food for the rest of my life?
2. The second option is to keep pressing on…to remind myself that the number on the scale doesn’t always indicate failure. I need the reminder to celebrate “non-scale victories.” The number has gone up two pounds but my clothes are fitting much looser. I LOVE going shopping at thrift stores and went at the beginning of this month. I bought three pairs of pants in the size I’ve grown accustomed to, but much to my surprise, they are all too big! That’s a “non-scale victory” for sure!

I’m going with choice #2. As much as I might like to eat a whole pint of ice cream, what will that gain for me in the long run? What will I gain (besides more than two pounds) by throwing up my hands and walking away from health? Nothing! Taking the easy way and giving in to every little temptation is doing a grave disservice to myself and my family.

By this time next week, those two pounds may be gone. But if they aren’t, I will keep my head held high. I will not self-sabotage and make myself feel less than because of what the scale says. I will keep plowing forward eating well and becoming a much healthier person for myself and my family.

During the summer, we seem to always have delicious yellow squash. Whether we have bought it from the farmer’s market or someone we know has grown it in their garden, we always have some in the refrigerator ready to go. This week’s recipe is a delicious Summer Squash Taco Casserole. It’s a one-dish wonder that is sure to be a hit with your family. Feel free to substitute zucchini or eggplant for the yellow summer squash if you would like; that would be equally delicious!

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9