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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Good and Bad (05/07/09)

TITLE: No Waffles Today!
By Micheline Murray


I decide upon a hearty bowl of my new weight control oatmeal for breakfast, topped with just a sprinkling of cinnamon and granola. One-half cup of orange juice, and a full glass of water. This will get my day started off on the right foot. After all, “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”*

What about those nice, homemade, fluffy waffles the kids didn’t finish this morning? Hmmmm?

I hesitate for just a moment, then determinedly choose the former, my fingertips begging to drop the hot bowl as I maneuver to the table with it in one hand and the two glasses in the other. Maybe I should add some strawberries…no, I’ll save them for a snack this afternoon, mixed with a banana and some low-fat, vanilla yogurt.

Strawberries are sooooooo delicious on top of waffles! Just think about THAT! Mmmmmm…

I do ponder it, then remember that, “ If you find honey, eat just enough--too much of it and you will vomit.”*

When the mid-morning munchies strike, they do not find me unprepared! A tasty, whole-wheat English muffin with just a touch of peanut butter spread on top, and a steaming cup of tea while I watch the news.

Bo..ring… English muffins aren’t nearly as scrumptious as waffles, now are they? And you always forget they’re in the toaster, so you end up with “English rocks” that have, in the past, actually chipped a tooth.

Very clever, but my teeth practically break even when I chew gum! Besides, “My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods.”*

For lunch….I pull out the amazing, five-star salad that I put together last night. Fresh, romaine lettuce, homegrown beefsteak tomatoes and cucumbers, as well as cubes of leftover barbequed chicken and a topping of shredded cheddar. Adding a McIntosh apple that I just cut up, I toss everything with a squirt of light ranch dressing. My Grammy would have been proud; this gargantuan salad in a mixing bowl reminded me of the ones she ate for years.

Aren’t you tired of all this? Has it really gotten you anywhere, anyway? You weigh the same as you did last week, and those old jeans you dared to try on last night are still too tight.

Yes, I know. But, “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”* I shouldn’t have allowed you to smooth-talk me into trying them on this soon anyway. Besides, it’s not all about the weight. I feel so much better now that I’m exercising and eating healthier. AND, my kids are following my example too!

Hmmm…kids will be home from school soon, and my stomach is rumbling. I spoon my yogurt into a cereal bowl, slice up the one banana that isn’t ready to be made into bread, and add a generous portion of juicy, melt in your mouth strawberries. This is a perfect treat!

That yogurt reminds me of something….let’s see…Ah-ha! Did you forget about the creamy, vanilla-bean ICE-CREAM in the freezer? Now that would be awesome! Wait! What if you took out the waffles, heated them in the microwave, then topped them with both ice-cream AND strawberries? That is what I call a treat!

AAAAGGGHH!!! This is so hard!! I really want those waffles! I haven’t given in all day, what can just ONE indulgence hurt? But then an entire day’s worth of efforts are down the drain. NO…not this time…I can have them anytime I want; maybe tomorrow, or the next day, but not today. Because today, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”*

Bah-humbug! If only you’d slept in a little later this morning. I can always get you when you skip your time with HIM! Don’t worry, I’ll be back. Not today? Maybe tomorrow then…

Settling into bed, I realize that I’d better set my alarm just a little bit earlier…

*Philippians 4:13
*Proverbs 25:16
*Psalms 63:5a
*Philippians 3:14
*2Corinthians 10:5
All scriptures are from the NIV

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Delores McCarter05/15/09
Cute! Cute! Cute!

Very imaginative and visual. You made me HUNGRY reading it and you made me laugh too!

Great job!
Seema Bagai 05/15/09
Well-written and humorous. The MC's voice is realistic and relatable. Good job.
Mona Purvis05/16/09
I think so many of us can relate. Good subject for the topic. Good article.
Betty Castleberry05/18/09
Hilarious! As someone who is trying to eat better and exercise more, I can totally relate to this.

I also like the way you tied scripture in.

Well done.
Marilyn Schnepp 05/18/09
"Been There" and "Done That"...don't know how many times! It isn't easy, but you made a cute story out of the trials and tribulations of "trying" to stick to the diet. Nicely written, and even made hum-drum lettuce salad sound "tasty". Creative entry with scripture references to back you up.
Catrina Bradley 05/19/09
I love how she answers her Tempter with Scriptures (which coincidentally was my kid's Sunday School lesson this past Sunday). The last line made me giggle. So good!
Colin Swann05/20/09
I'm English and you've taught me something: English muffins I've never head of. Very good article on how not to slim i.e. longing for the nicer fattier foods - yum yum. I think most of us have been there. Hope I can do better after my next hols.
Its hols. - slim - hols. - slim etc., since my wife and I retired.
Thanks! Colin.
Patricia Herchenroether05/21/09
Very cute and sooo true!
Lizzy Ainsworth11/10/09
Had to have a look at an article with waffles in the title after all my blog is called the wafflelator!
Loved the description of the food and the persistance which you stuck by using Bible verses to combat temptation. Something we all need to learn.