Day 2 – Good decisions begin with breakfast.


     I don’t know what it is but I must leave my house as soon as possible in the morning. The idea of sitting down and eating a relaxing meal before the day when there are things to be done is ludicrous. Usually I leave home and grab a Mickey D’s breakfast on the way in. I’ll either scarf it down before I get to school and score 2 points as I toss the bag out the window into a dumpster at a near by apartment complex or I  sneak on campus with my prize.   I’ve walked into my classroom more times than I can count with a Mickey D’s diet coke.  That Mickey D’s diet coke is the only evidence that serves as a reminder that I didn’t start the day off right once again. I can only imagine what my students think as they see what I’ve been up to once again.


     I was running late and I almost justified going to Mickey D’s to get a breakfast but I decided to head for the store instead.  I decided that since I have the need to be at my desk in the morning as soon as possible that I should have breakfast there. So I got some non fat milk and cereal and ate breakfast in my classroom. This one decision set me up for the rest of the day.  I have made great food choices ever since.  

     I spoke about this Blog for the first time to a friend at lunch duty.  One of the reasons why I wanted to start this Blog is because I just can’t continue to bore my friends with this “Diet Talk” and then never follow through.  I receive their encouraging words, prayers and advice only to have no results to account for their kindness.  I just can’t talk to them again about this subject and then disappoint.   So I decided to talk to the WORLD. Go figure? I know it seems funny but my friends will probably be my strongest supporters but this is the time to just put it out there.  I’m actually offering this Blog up as a prayer for He is the one who truly can answer this cry of my heart.  Once again this year is going to go by so why not keep track of this extraordinary progress.  I’m reminded of a quote from the 1994 movie The Shawshank Redemption “hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things and no good thing ever dies.” This is a good thing that is going to be supported with effort, discipline, prayer, tears, sweat, reflection, discovery, truth and joy.

“… for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin …” Zechariah 4:10


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  1. Welcome Shelli!
    I follow Seans blog, too, and saw that you were just starting on your great adventure! I only recently started myself.

    One of my favorite verses is from Jer 29:For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

    You are starting out now with hope, and creating a healthy future. When I started this journey, I felt like God promised that He would be with me, be my shade and my water…

    You will have ups and downs like any human…but if you never quit, you WILL get there. Success breeds success…just like you proved with your good breakfast choice.

    Big welcome hugs,

  2. Good going sis! I know you can do it! 333

  3. good going sis! I know you can do it! 🙂

  4. Way to go Shelli! I’m with you on this. Don’t forget some exercise also. 🙂

  5. You’ll be amazed at what a year can do when you’re consistent. This is your time Shelli, this is it…don’t let any emotion, circumstance, person, place, or thing steal it away from you. Be 100% self-honest about your choices, make this the most important thing—an importance level that can’t be compromised…and remember, take some advice from me: Keep it simple. Calories in, calories out. Don’t complicate this road. If you want to get fancy with your daily consumption, do it after you’ve been along awhile…It will come naturally for you!

    Thank you for reading my blog, seriously—It’s been a real blessing to me.

    My best always
    p.s.–Irene is looking at your blog with me—she loves it too—we’ll be reading!!

    • Hi Sean and Irene,
      Thank you both for being such an inspiration to me. Its working already. I am so much more hopeful for the future because I’m in it. I’ve put myself as a priority and it feels great! You both are the BEST.

      Hey folks go check out Sean and Irene’s Blog’s my friends understand what I’m doing when they see their pictures. It can be done!

  6. Way to start the journey on the right foot! One thing I’ve found helpful (yeah, like I should be the one giving the advice!!) is to have a consistent meal plan for while I’m at work. I eat the same thing every day. This helps me to put food in its proper place: nourishment (good-tasting nourishment, true, but nourishment first).

    Keep up the good work!

    • Thank you! Keeping it simple is the way to go.

  7. Hey Shelli,
    Tammy told me all about your blog while we were bike riding today! Good for you! I will try to read your blogs and see how it is going! I told Tammy you better get it under control before you turn 50! Because it is sure hard to loose weight over 50. I am 53 and work real hard to maintain my weight!
    God Bless!
    A fellow teacher, carol

  8. Hey Carol
    Isn’t this the craziest thing? I’m off to a great start. Keeping coming back it’s a journey. Doing what I already now to be right really can feel so empowering. Who knew?

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