I started a tradition over at my other site (where I talk about the bible and money), where I would post a devotional thought on most Sundays. I then continued that practice on Fat Guy Skinny Wallet, and I hope to keep posting devotion messages here.

They will either be based on my own personal study, or from another source.

Today we are reminded of the importance of putting sin to death immediately, by Charles Spurgeon (courtesy of Grace Gems):

Serpent Egg

(Charles Spurgeon, “Flowers from a Puritan’s Garden” 1883) 

“It is easier to crush the egg–than to kill the serpent!”

It is prudent to break up all the eggs we can find, before the reptiles are hatched!

Just so, far greater wisdom will be shown in early dealing with a temptation, than in allowing it time to make headway. It is best to correct ourselves early and unhesitatingly to stamp out the first sparks of evil desire, before passion rises to a flame! 

A child can crush a serpent’s egg–but who will contend with the venomous creature which may be hatched from it, if it is left unbroken? 

So is it with that vice which stings like a viper! The first glass can readily be refused; it is quite another matter to stop when the wine has entered the brain. The first lust we may readily avoid; but when unchaste desires are fully aroused, who shall bridle them?

O Lord, teach me to crush sin early, lest it should gather strength and crush me!

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I told you guys last week that I was recommitting to my weight loss and fitness goals. The first step was to go and buy and bunch of healthy groceries, then we had to do a bulk cooking session in order to prepare our meals ahead of time.

As you can see in the previous post, we prepared lunch, dinner, and snacks. This helped me so much throughout the week. Sometimes the urge to binge can come even when I have prepared foods, so this was only part of the battle…

Week 1 Weigh In

I had to make sure that I kept my goals in front of me all of the time, and that I was very strict on myself. I also needed to set up measures to keep myself accountable, without overloading those of you who support me. So I choose to use Instagram for this purpose. I posted a collage of my meals after each day, a screenshot of either my macros or the finished log from my tracking software, and a picture of the scale each morning.

While I know that 1 day can’t make or break your weight loss journey, I also know that I have the tendency to let one meal lead to a series of bad decisions/days very easily. So I have to watch my step constantly! Here is the video that I recording going over my week in better detail (click through to the site if you are reading via email):

My Week 1 Weigh In (Again):

I started out this new chapter weighing 274.4, and this week I weighed in at 272.4. That means I lost 2lbs in my first week. I think the lack of real exercise (walking doesn’t do much for me) was the reason why I didn’t lose more weight. Yes, I know that 2lbs in a week is fine, but for the first week back at it, the loss should have been larger.

Overall, I am very pleased with how the week turned out, and once we can hit the gym consistently, expect big things!!

If you want to support me in my weight loss efforts to that degree, connect with me on Instagram – since I will be posting several times a day there. The rest of my social media links can be found at the top left of the page, so be sure to connect with me wherever you are!

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