Love in a Tortilla Shell

by Julie Wilson on November 25, 2012

in Family

Always remember to stop and smell the eggs…I mean the roses.

Sunday mornings are always crazy in our house. I have to get myself ready, along with two babies. Todd has to get himself ready and go pick up the boys from their mom’s house to take them to church. We even have to drive separate vehicles to church just so we can get the things done that we need to. It’s always the day that I can’t find the one piece of clothing that I planned to wear, or I put something on and I hate how it looks.

Sunday mornings are also the one day that I never get breakfast. I don’t have time to make anything and I am often so busy getting ready that I remember to grab a granola bar right as I’m pulling out of the driveway. I can’t go back inside because it will make us late for church. We’re usually running right on time without a second to spare.

A few weeks ago, there was an exception. I actually got to eat breakfast and I didn’t have to make it or rush to eat it.

It was 7:00 am and I had just opened my eyes to the bright sunlight shining through our bedroom window. In walks Todd with a cookie sheet holding plates of food for two. He carries it over to his side of the bed and sits next to me. He hands me my plate and so many thoughts run through my head:


“How many calories is that?”

“A breakfast burrito?!”

“Eggs are ok, but not potatoes and cheese.”

“Maybe I can eat half of it.”

“I’m going to have to cut back on something later today.”

You get the idea. I was overlooking something so important just because I was so worried about my food. I didn’t acknowledge that my husband was being so sweet and sincere. I didn’t think about how generous it was for him to spend his Sunday morning time making me breakfast. He didn’t even drop it off to me; he wanted to sit next to me and enjoy breakfast with me.

Time was of the essence, so I had to come to terms with myself.

“Julie, you are being ridiculous. Your husband is showing you this act of love and you are ruining it because you’re worried about calories. He doesn’t get the chance to do this very often.”

This whole experience reminded me that sometimes you have to enjoy the moment and not the potential consequences. It is important for me to be diligent with my food logging, working out, and making good choices. On the other hand, it is not more important than a genuine act of love. I almost missed out on a huge blessing because I had my priorities out of order.

I ate that breakfast burrito and enjoyed the entire thing. I ate slow and savored each bite thinking about how much love went into this breakfast. Eating more calories than I wanted is not the memory that I have. I remember enjoying a delicious breakfast in bed next to my loving husband, an experience that offered a little peace and relaxation before our chaotic Sunday morning.

We can’t get so focused on ourselves that we dismiss the wonderful blessings that are right in front of us, sometimes in the form of a high calorie breakfast burrito.

photo credit: Swift Benjamin

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Money Beagle November 26, 2012 at 9:35 am

Many times the high calorie items we consume are ‘bad’ because the calories simply aren’t worth it. In this case, I think they absolutely were!

Julie Wilson November 26, 2012 at 11:17 am

Thank you so much! I love the way you put this!!! I will remember this! <3Jules

Rob Reno November 26, 2012 at 11:36 am

Grace – I love this article so much and I am so glad in the end that you got the true message out tof he whole thing. Todd is a wonderful husband and father and I am so glad that you are working on changing your mind enough to see the true blessing of the gesture. I think it is normal for someone that is on a weight loss journey like you are or in my case a food addict to think about all those things,that went through your mind in the beginning but in the end your lessons learned during this journey so far helped you see what was truly important. I know that I will never be able to cure my food addiction, because I do NOT believe there is a cure, but I am dedicated to learning to change the mind so I can change the body for a life time and build a healthy respectful relationship with food. Thank you for writing these articles and sharing your life with me and everyone else, YOU have truly changed my life forever. Love you Rob Reno

Tina Crim November 26, 2012 at 11:38 am

I loved this so much.. i remember u telling about this and it was so awesome of Todd to do that for you. Very great message to all of us.. tha burrito and act of love means so much more than a weigh in etc. You are learning so much on your jouurnry and are sharing it with all of us . I love you my sweet BEST FRIEND. Another great article. Tina

Jessica @ Budget for Health November 27, 2012 at 8:24 am

It’s easy to let food become an idol when pursuing good health. I loved this article and love how you responded. I know many people can relate!

Crystal @ Prairie Ecothrifter November 27, 2012 at 6:44 pm

I am soooooo glad that you remembered the important part – you are loved and your hubby wanted to show you. :-) I’m so happy that the story ended with you enjoying it with him. Eating well is super important, but family and love and relationships trump all. :-)

Zenmaiden1 November 28, 2012 at 12:37 am

Brilliant article and how true it is .. we sometimes have a one track mind, with all the commotion and craziness in our lives. It is sure easy to do.. I loved how it dawned on you what was really important in that moment before it slipped away, as those are beautiful moments to be enjoyed, and appreciated.
Sometimes it takes a second to regain focus of what is really important to make the most of the message even if disguised as a burrito..


ProfitsOn November 28, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Sharing our goals with others is a very important step in achieving them.

Great job!

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