Saturday, January 2, 2010

Just how much does a doughnut weigh?

Okay, something is just not right here. I read that on New Year's Day you were supposed to eat something "round or ring shaped" for good luck. I, of course, made the wisest decision I could think of and ate a doughnut. Okay, so I ate three, but the "They're hot" sign was flashing!
My point is, that doughnut couldn't have weighed more than 38 grams (I googled it) and that translates to 0.083775 lb (I also google this.) So how in the world did those 3 doughnuts which together only weighed about 0.25 of a pound cause my weight to go up 1 1/2 pounds this morning? They didn't even have sprinkles! That's a half pound per doughnut for crying out loud! This is NOT the kind of luck I needed. Maybe I should have checked on the countries that think round food is good luck. Perhaps in those countries, being pleasantly plump is considered a good thing!

The point is, I only slipped up a little...but I'm going to have to fess up and deal with the consequences. Getting mad at the injustice of it all isn't going to make the pounds go away. Yelling at my scale will not make the numbers go down....I know; I tired that already. The only thing that is going to make a difference is different choices.

Sometimes I make right choices, sometimes I don't choose quite so well. I really can't blame anyone one held a gun to my head and made me pull in to that doughnut place. I have to take responsibility for my actions, not blame whatever is going on around me...not even the "they're hot" sign. The choices we make in life do make a difference, and they are far more important than whether or not to eat a doughnut. We are each given the same number of hours in each day, but it is up to us how we spend them. I can try to blame circumstances all day long, but ultimately it is my choice. The hard part is seeing past all the "flashing signs" that would try and distract us to what is really important.

We've all heard the analogy of putting the sand into a jar, then the pebbles, then the big rocks....they just won't fit that way. If, however, we put the rocks in first, then the pebbles, then the sand, somehow they all fit just fine. The rocks are the things that are most important in my life - God and my family, next come the pebbles - my job, my friends, my church (yes, I know that some may think these are more than just pebbles...I didn't say how BIG the pebbles were, they just aren't as huge as the rocks!) Finally comes the sand - all the other "stuff" that we fill our days with. The key is making sure we put the important "rocks" in first.

How did I get from doughnuts to choices and putting first things first? I'm not sure; it's just the way random thoughts work. Now if you'll excuse me, I've got to take responsibility for my choices, and I've also got some doughnut pounds to run off!

1 comment:

Teamarcia said...

I love your analogies! Now I'm trying to think if I ate something ring-shaped yesterday...
You are braver than I to even go near the scale so soon after the holidays.
Happy New Year!