Day One?

I woke up this morning raring to go and ready to start the G Plan diet. While drinking my avocado and banana smoothie, I spent my usual time in prayer and finished by asking God to help me deal with the caffeine and sugar withdrawal headaches that I knew would be coming my way. I sailed through the morning with no problems and had allowed enough time to make my lunch before meeting a designer to work on some Bible Study material.

There was just one problem!

I had misread the cooking time for the quinoa, and there was no way I could make the meal on the plan and make my appointment on time. I grabbed some homemade soup from the freezer and decided that it wasn’t the end of the world as I could get back on track at dinnertime.

With that, I set off to my first ever meeting with the designer like a proper grown-up small business owner! Eek!

Before arriving at Starbucks, I’d checked what I could have and was determined to avoid my usual skinny cap. No, it’s not okay to just have one, start as you mean to go on!

The designer greeted me and asked if I’d like a drink.

“That would be lovely, I’ll have a Chai Tea please.”

I politely refused his offer of cake and waited for my mug of hot water and a sad looking teabag to arrive.

Instead, a huge chai latte was placed in front of me.

Noooooooooooooooo!

I don’t think I could have ended up with a more sugar-filled drink if I had tried. I don’t know if it’s a British thing but rather than saying that I had the wrong drink, I mentally committed to drinking half of it. That way I had limited the damage to my diet plan while not looking ungrateful at the same time. Just for the record, I could have quite easily polished off the whole thing!

Right, not a problem, I resolved to get back on track at dinner time.

I finished the meeting, whizzed to pick the kids up, pulled onto the drive and realised I didn’t have the chinese five spice that I needed for my “warming broth.” It was at that point that I made an executive decision. Today is not day one! Tomorrow will be day one!

Now, normally this would have sent me into a tailspin. The rest of the day would have been spent eating the things I loved to eat because in my eyes it would have no longer mattered, but today was different. As the rest of the family tucked into their mini magnums, I wasn’t interested. Something had shifted within me. The day didn’t have to be a complete right off. I’d still had a day of healthier eating, I just hadn’t followed the plan perfectly.

For me, this is a small but significant victory. Today didn’t go as I’d planned, but it wasn’t a complete waste of time either. I put aside any condemning thoughts and decided that today was my warm-up for tomorrow, which is now known as the official “Day One.”

Hopefully, things will go a little more smoothly!

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