Day 26 – November 26, 2018




The Thanksgiving holiday came upon us.  And, in light of the fact that I had been working so hard and had not slipped up once in 3 weeks, I decided to declare a diet holiday.


The first day of diet amnesty occurred on Thanksgiving day itself.  My annual tradition is to go to Thanksgiving at the Cracker Barrel (unless I travel home to see my family), and this year one of my friends went with me.  Thanksgiving is a crazy time at the Cracker Barrel, and you have to wait quite a long time for a table.  This time, I put my name on the wait list before I left home, which meant that I was only waiting about 30 minutes after arriving.


But when it came time for dinner, I ate!  I ordered the Thanksgiving menu, which features turkey, stuffing, and ham, to which I added hashbrown casserole and macaroni and cheese.  I also had lemonade to drink.  But the first thing that came out were the biscuits.  The regular plain yeast roll with butter was the most wonderful thing I have had in weeks.  The rest of the dinner was also fantastic, and I ate it all.

And then came the pumpkin pie.  I started to eat it, but I noticed that there was a bit of salt when I got to the crust.  The more I ate, the saltier it became.  My friend noticed it too.  It quickly became too salty to eat at all.  It was like eating a salt-lick.  I tasted salt all the way home and for a couple hours afterward.


But a couple of hours afterward, it was time to pay the piper!  I was set upon by my new friend diarrhea, but in the middle of that experience, I needed to vomit as well.  It was awful, but hey, at least it got the taste of salt out of my mouth!  In the words of Dolly Parton, “If you think that God won’t get you, well you’re wrong!”


But that was just the beginning.  Once I opened the door to cheating, the rest of the weekend became one long marathon of excuses and poor self control.  I had purchased a pumpkin cheesecake from Costco, which I shared with my friend the evening of Cheatsgiving.  I ate only one piece, but the problem with buying anything from Costco is that you have leftovers for quite a while.  I proceeded to sample the cheesecake all weekend long.  And I also had several snacks of plain yogurt with honey.  And then on Sunday I threw caution to the wind and ate some of the candy I brought for the kids at church.  To top it all off, I even allowed myself some spicy fried mushrooms from Zaxby’s on Saturday night, and another friend who was spending the weekend decided to cook some Estonian potato cake – and I ate almost the whole thing.


In terms of dieting and self control, I get a big F this weekend.


But that’s okay, I believe in repentance.  I am back on the wagon as of this morning.  No more excuses and no more cheating.  I am back to plain, simple vegetables, probably mostly potatoes again.


The result of my binge is that I gained a little weight.  Not as much as my bad behavior deserved – about 1 pound and a half total since my last weigh-in.  But that’s definitely not the direction I want to be going.


If anything, though, this small setback has strengthened my resolve.  I am not going to open the door to cheating again, because I enjoy it too much.  I need to be strong and not make allowances right now.  I am renewing my commitment and I will be back on track starting now.

As we see in the Doctrine & Covenants 58:43:

“By this ye may know if a man repenteth of his sins — behold, he will confess them and forsake them.”

Consider this my confession – now let’s get to forsaking!


Date November 20, 2018 November 21, 2018 November 22, 2018 November 23, 2018 November 24, 2018 November 25, 2018 November 25, 2018
Day 20 21 22 23 24 25 26
Weight 270 270 269 269.4 269 270.2 271.6
To Go 70 70 69 69.4 69 70.2 71.6
Body Fat 33.4% 33.3% 33.2% 33.1% 33.1% 33.4% 33.7%
Muscle Mass 33.4% 33.3% 33.2% 33.1% 33.1% 33.4% 33.7%
Water Weight 49.7% 49.9% 50% 50% 50% 49.8% 49.5%
BMI 34.7 34.7 34.5 34.6 34.5 34.7 34.9


In the Scriptures, I continue to read through the war chapters.  I read Alma 51-57 over the long weekend.  The most interesting thing to me was how Helaman and the 2,000 stripling warriors really had no real battle experience or training.  It is at times when we find ourselves the most outmatched that we rely the most heavily on the Lord.  Of course, God does not want us to be foolish or ignore aide, but when we find ourselves up against a force we cannot repel, then falling back on faith can yield miraculous results.


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