I will be scrolling through my Facebook feed, or going to Pinterest to pin something and see these pictures of food that set me to drooling. I saw one today from a friend’s website (it is her recipe) and it made me want to make it and have it for supper. Her recipes taste DIVINE, but they are not too healthy. I went to the ingredient list of the recipe I saw today. It had Cheese-It crumbs in it. That right there was a big NO for me. I LOVE Cheese-Its, but they are not good for me. Plus, if I bought them to make the recipe, the rest of that box would call my name until they were gone. I know people on the GAPS diet and others who are trying so hard to lose weight and have cut way back on carbs. Then I see them post something to their blog or Facebook page that looks scrumptious, but is totally out of bounds for what they are trying to do.
We set ourselves up for failure. Why do we do that? I will admit that sometimes you can take those recipes and use real food in place of some of the “other items”. For some of the recipes, the “other items” are what calls my name. What can you do about it? Stay away! Scroll past those recipe pictures without stopping. Don’t go perusing the websites that are full of those recipes. Another way to help is to have a menu and make sure there are some delicious whole food dishes on there. Try some new things. There are a whole host of REAL FOOD bloggers that have recipes on their page all the time. Do you eat grain free? There are bunches of those types of bloggers. Do you eat Paleo? Find the Paleo bloggers. You can look at their pictures and know that there is a 99% chance it is healthy real food that is good for you.
This same set up for failure carries over into other areas of our life as well. How many times have you gone into a store, a thrift shop, or stopped at a garage sale and found that item that you NEEDED, that you never knew existed before you just saw it. Come on… be honest… Fess up! I have. I LOVE to go in thrift shops and I love to go to garage sales. I rarely go though because I take home things I do not need because they were a good deal.
We are going to be having a garage sale this next weekend. So, I am going through things. I have found so many things that got used once or were never used. They were cute, I thought I would use them, but I didn’t and now they are going in a garage sale. Some of these items I have had for years. I have held on to them through other purges. I am praying as I go through things that the Lord will help me let go of lots of things.
I am not a minimalist, nor do I want one of those tiny houses that are all the rage right now. I want to have space to have people over and not feel like we are on top of one another. I want to have things around me that I use and love. I would like to decorate with items that I will be using. I have my colanders hung on my wall. I love how they look and they are handy for me to grab and use. I have gone through half of my books. I have the other half to do yet. (See our For Sale page – tab is above) I just have TOO MUCH stuff and I need to pare way down. We are hoping to move in the near future and we are trying to be ready!