Friday, April 10, 2009

Remember the Cross

Luke and I woke up late this morning, because we both have a day off for Good Friday (I actually have Monday and Tuesday off too!!) I work for a school and he has a government job, so we're lucky to get lots of little holidays off.

We have been wanting to go out to breakfast at Bob Evans for a long time. Today was finally a day that we both had off and didn't have any other obligations! But lets just say I think I might have taken 2 steps forward and 1 step back as far as this diet goes.

Yesterday, after only 48 hours of cutting sugar, most sodium, and most carbs out of my diet, I was already seeing lots of progress:
1. My wedding ring was a little looser
2. The bulge on my stomach that has made me look pregnant for the last few months was greatly reduced in size (although still there! ha!)
3. I had a (very slight) waistline! It had been hiding from me for awhile.
4. My face even looked different - a little less swollen.
5. I WAS ABLE TO ZIP UP MY EASTER DRESS!! Still way too tight, but the zipper made it all the way up.

I was feeling good. Until this morning. We had been wanting to go out to breakfast for a long time, so I decided I'd at least enjoy myself and not worry too much about what I ate. I still tried to stick to a healthy choice: the garden harvest omelette.
(This is actually a picture of the Border Scramble Omelette - mine wasn't piled quite this high, and I think it was a little bit of a healthier choice).

From the menu, the omelette sounded okay - filled with tomatoes, onions, and spinach, topped with chives.

When the waitress brought the meal, my eyes almost popped out of my head. The omelette was absolutely MONSTROUS. I mean, this was a meal for The Hulk. (Can I just say that portion size at restaurants is absolutely out of hand?! Can anyone actually eat THAT MUCH??) Not only that, but there was enough cheese on this thing to feed a third world country. And it came with the most delicious-looking home fries. And 4...count 'em, 4 half slices of toast.

My grandma lived through the Great Depression, and has always taught me never to waste anything. I really hate to waste food. So that's why I ate half the toast and half of the home fries. If I had just stuck to just the omelette, I might have been okay. But with the toast and home fries, I don't even want to know how many carbs and how much sodium I consumed. I was only able to eat about half of the omelette as well.

I just hope I can still fit into that dress! I'm scared to try it on!

Although I'm feeling majorly guilty now, it was great to go out with Luke this morning. It's a rainy day, but I dont' mind today. I'm sitting here on the couch in the living room with the cozy, knit blanket that Luke's mom made us around my shoulders. I'm watching Martha Stewart and I have not a care in the world at this moment. The rain is peaceful, and I like it today :-)

The Indians Home Opener is on later, and I will probably relax and watch it with Luke. Or sleep while he watches it :-P I might head into the library if I feel like it. And I might spend some time with Julie tonight since she will be home from college for the weekend. I love not having an agenda and just being able to do what I want for today :-)

Tomorrow, however, will not be so relaxing because it is moving day for my grandma! I'm excited to have her so close again. She is my dad's mom, but I think she will be joining us on Sunday for Easter Dinner with my mom's side of the family. She lived right down the street until I was 13 years old. She baby-sat and halped to raise my sister and I. It was hard when I was 13 and she moved about an hour away to live with my aunt and uncle. I'm so excited, almost 12 years later, to have her right downstairs!
Changing the subject...I am trying to remember the cross today. It is so important to thank the Lord for what he has done, and recognize how much he sacrificed to save us from our sins. So I thought I'd share some of the lyrics to another one of my favorite Good Friday songs.

"This Man" - Jeremy Camp

He held the weight of impurity
The father would not see
Reasons had finally come to be to show
The depth of His grace
flowed with every sin erased
He knew that this was why He came

Would you take the place of this man?
Would you take the nails from His hands?
Would you take the place of this man?
Would you take the nails from His hands?

Yeah, we just don't know.
The blood and water flowed
And it it all He shows
Just how much He cares

And the veil was torn
So we could have this open door
And all these things have finally been complete

Would you take the place of this man?
Would you take the nails from His hands?


  1. I really like this song too. I love listening to songs like this, especially on Good Friday - it really helps me to refocus.

  2. That breakfast sounded delicious! I haven't heard this song before, so I'll have to look it up!


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