Saturday, July 6, 2013

The Saturday Skinny ::: Robyn

When I was a little girl my mom would have us memorize and recite scriptures. They were some of her favorite scriptures that she thought we would need throughout our lives. Every once and a while I find myself reciting them in my head. The last couple of weeks I have been reciting 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 Know ye not that ye are the atemple of God, and that thebSpirit of God dwelleth cin you? If any man adefile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is bholy, which temple ye are.

I don’t think my mom’s reasoning for teaching us this scripture is exactly the reason I keep reciting it in my head. But, either way I’m thankful for it. In my college years I had a dear friend who always said “my body is a playground” J I feel like I continually have to adjust and improve my attitude towards myself. If I can think of my body as a temple and treat it accordingly I will have greater success in my pursuit of health and weight loss. I laughed when I saw Hope’s shirt for her 5k last week. Great minds think alike. I have been reminding myself often that my body is a temple.

My mom also taught us a poem as children. I’m not sure where she found it, but when I searched for it I found that it has been quoted several times in the general conference for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (the Mormon church). Our dear prophet Thomas S. Monson has shared it more than once during conference. Which means to me it is scripture. I love this poem and have been reciting it in my mind often. I say it as I’m running on the treadmill, or as I am trying to find something in my closet to wear that helps me feel good about myself, or while I’m finding something healthy yet delicious to eat for lunch. It has become my mantra. J

“Stick to your task ’til it sticks to you;
Beginners are many, but enders are few.
Honor, power, place and praise
Will always come to the one who stays.
“Stick to your task ’til it sticks to you;
Bend at it, sweat at it, smile at it, too;
For out of the bend and the sweat and the smile
Will come life’s victories after a while.”
—Author Unknown

My favorite part is “bend at it, sweat at it, smile at it, too”. That is exactly how I feel. It’s what I say to myself over and over. I’m still learning and growing and struggling. This week I made lots of good choices and some bad too.

I am exactly the same weight as last week. Which means I’m 26.5 pounds down since January.

If I’m being totally honest, I am a little discouraged, it’s true. But, I am also happy that I have lost and that I’m not giving up. I have a million blessings to be thankful for and I had another beautifully blessed week with my little family. I am trusting that my good choices will pay off and that my body will respond. I am reminding myself that my value is not measured in pounds. I am chanting in my head, “booty bling, booty bling” and I am reminding myself to “bend at it, sweat at it, smile at it too” because my body is a temple. I am realizing that smiling at it is just as important and sweating it. 
My daughter Gracie and I on 4th of July, 26.5 pounds down
P.S. I’m going to weigh in on Saturdays for a few weeks. Summer is busy. 

1 comment:

Hope Jeffcoat said...

Love this post and love that poem. Your outlook is awesome! You can DO this!!