Another Lesson from the Roses

Talk about a gift that keeps on giving!

Last year for Mother’s Day I asked for some red squares and elbow grease. The landscaping rock around my roses bushes needed to be dug up and redone. The weeds had taken over. Thanks to our hard work in totally starting over, I have had very little upkeep around my rose bush. It gets to bloom, and the weeds are gone.

pink rose bush

no weeds 3

Of course the scenario reminded me of this  inside/out weight loss/get healthy journey we’re on.

There are places in my life where the rocks have been dug up and new landscaping has prevailed.

The complete overhaul has to do with consistently giving my body better nutrition. I daily make a point to take my Body Balance nutritional supplement, eat more fresh foods, and drink more water.

Another overhaul has been in the area of movement. While I don’t exercise like a crazy woman, lifting weights and being a true jock, I do make a point to do something active 3-4 times a week at the minimum. This is life change for me, a total re-landscaping of my priorities.

The only problem with my wonderful Mother’s Day gift is that the original intent was the landscaping on BOTH sides of the driveway. One side took WAY more effort than expected. Since my husband and sons did the most back-breaking parts of this endeavor, I didn’t have the heart to push to get that other side done last summer.

Or this one.

And the rock around THAT rose bush continues to be overrun with weeds.


I finally tackled them last week. Some pulled easily from the roots. Others broke off at the top. In a week or so I’ll have to deal with them again.

Of course that whole scenario ALSO reminded me of our BENew journey.

Much of my journey to better health is more like weeding than new landscaping.

Some weeds I pulled pretty much from the roots–like my monthly trip to McDonald’s. There was something about the female cycle that made me want to sneak off to Micky-D’s, drop almost exactly $3 and have a cheeseburger, fries, and Pepsi. That weed is pretty much gone. I’m not saying I’ll never, ever do that again, but I can easily count on my fingers the few times I’ve had french fries since last October–and not once included my ordering at a McDonald’s drive-through window.

I still have a weed I’ve never once tried to dig up from the roots. It’s called sugar.

weed deeo

It’s been chopped off at the top many times. I don’t allow it to take over my landscaping anymore, but neither have I completely rooted it out.

I love to bake. I enjoy my homemade goodies as well as really yummy stuff like dark chocolate. Before my BENew journey I didn’t pay much attention to my sugar intake. Now I do. It’s my goal to use self-control and wisdom. I think about how often and how much I indulge in foods with sugar. I think about how much movement is need to work off these kinds of treats so they don’t settle into more visceral fat. I keep taking my BENew products to block carbs and break down fat cells. I’m not naive enough to believe I can be healthy and still have all the sugar I want if I just take BENew, but it is part of the way I battle.

I have healthy friends who’ve gone after the root of this weed, but I’m not ready to do that. I know, however, that if I don’t give it careful attention, it will completely sabotage my health journey. For now I choose to live with the maintenance required by this weed in my landscaping.

How about you? What parts of your life need a total digging up and re-landscaping if you’re going to meet your goals? Do you have weeds you’ve eradicated all the way from the root? How about one you keep chopping off at the top? Or should?

Even a little weeding can change the the view . . .

bush orange


Weeding or new landscaping?


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8 thoughts on “Another Lesson from the Roses

  1. mariekeates July 4, 2013 at 6:44 pm Reply

    Chocolate is way too pretty a weed for me to ever dig up. Most of the others are gone but you never quite know if they’re going to pop up again 🙂 nice analogy!

    • Paula Moldenhauer July 4, 2013 at 6:50 pm Reply

      Isn’t it fun having a friend across the pond? I just posted a comment to your recent blog, then my computer dinged letting me know you’d left one here for me. Technology really is a wonderful thing!

      • mariekeates July 4, 2013 at 7:37 pm

        What would we do without it?

    • Paula Moldenhauer July 4, 2013 at 6:53 pm Reply

      And yes, chocolate is that main part of the sugar weed I wrote about. lol Especially the expensive, dark chocolates. Mmmm

      • mariekeates July 4, 2013 at 7:38 pm

        Oh, a girl after my own heart, dark chocolate is my downfall!

  2. Paula Moldenhauer July 4, 2013 at 7:57 pm Reply


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