But happy news, the diet is going really well for Joshy and me! We are using the MyFitnessPal app and we have logged in for 36 days now and we have both some lost weight! Yay! I love working on goals. I think I am more proud of that fact that we are being consistent. It’s much more challenging, but being consistent is much more rewarding. It feels great! Josh said something about dieting I really like, “Dieting is simple, but it’s really hard.” I think most things in life we want are pretty simple in concept, but it can be really hard obtaining them. #Life101
As I am writing about dieting and consistency, I remember part of discourse written by Elder David A. Bednar that I really like and has stuck with me since he wrote it. I’ll let him take the stage for a minute (maybe two or three):
“As our sons were growing up, our family did what you have done and what you now do. We had regular family prayer, scripture study, and family home evening. Now, I am sure what I am about to describe has never occurred in your home, but it did in ours. Sometimes Sister Bednar and I wondered if our efforts to do these spiritually essential things were worthwhile. Now and then verses of scripture were read amid outbursts such as “He’s touching me!” “Make him stop looking at me!” “Mom, he’s breathing my air!” Sincere prayers occasionally were interrupted with giggling and poking. And with active, rambunctious boys, family home evening lessons did not always produce high levels of edification. At times Sister Bednar and I were exasperated because the righteous habits we worked so hard to foster did not seem to yield immediately the spiritual results we wanted and expected.
Today if you could ask our adult sons what they remember about family prayer, scripture study, and family home evening, I believe I know how they would answer. They likely would not identify a particular prayer or a specific instance of scripture study or an especially meaningful family home evening lesson as the defining moment in their spiritual development. What they would say they remember is that as a family we were consistent. Sister Bednar and I thought helping our sons understand the content of a particular lesson or a specific scripture was the ultimate outcome. But such a result does not occur each time we study or pray or learn together. The consistency of our intent and work was perhaps the greatest lesson—a lesson we did not fully appreciate at the time.
In my office is a beautiful painting of a wheat field. The painting is a vast collection of individual brushstrokes—none of which in isolation is very interesting or impressive. In fact, if you stand close to the canvas, all you can see is a mass of seemingly unrelated and unattractive streaks of yellow and gold and brown paint. However, as you gradually move away from the canvas, all of the individual brushstrokes combine together and produce a magnificent landscape of a wheat field. Many ordinary, individual brushstrokes work together to create a captivating and beautiful painting.
Each family prayer, each episode of family scripture study, and each family home evening is a brushstroke on the canvas of our souls. No one event may appear to be very impressive or memorable. But just as the yellow and gold and brown strokes of paint complement each other and produce an impressive masterpiece, so our consistency in doing seemingly small things can lead to significant spiritual results. “Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great” (D&C 64:33). Consistency is a key principle as we lay the foundation of a great work in our individual lives and as we become more diligent and concerned in our own homes.” –Elder David A. Bednar
Great message! I really liked his analogy. It’s nice to know that plain, old consistency makes the canvas of life a beautiful masterpiece.
So that would be the upside of dieting, the downside of dieting, besides heavily craving pizza and fries, was being asked the taboo question yesterday, “Are you pregnant?” It was really random and caught me off guard. It was asked by a really sweet lady I work with, who afterwards felt awful for asking me that question and told me she never asks that question (which didn’t help much). I went back to my desk and then texted Josh what happened. He laughed in that texting sort of way, but assured I didn’t look pregnant. After some slight moping and making some fat jokes about myself to Josh. I told him maybe we should bag it all if this is the response I’m going to get. He didn’t agree and of course made me feel beautiful. I love that man!