Today I saw my family practice doc, well his PA. She was happy that I am doing so well this early after the surgery. The nurse I had was also telling me about her brother who had this surgery about 6 months ago and has lost nearly 200 lbs. A.MA.ZING!!! I am so excited at the possibilities. It’s hard to imagine that I could be 100 pounds lighter in just a few more months. I don’t really “feel” any different now. I have noticed though, I am able to sit in some armed chairs and be comfortable and not squished. So cool. I look in the mirror and don’t see a lot of changes yet. But I know it will come.
I had a lot of blood work done today and it all came back good but my iron is still borderline low. So gotta keep on top of that.
I have been trying to stay really positive lately. Keep reminding myself that I am one of God’s children and deserve to feel good. He has done some pretty awesome things in my life in the last year. I have some wonderful and supportive friends. My mom and I are closer than we have ever been. I started back at UNI with classes that are going to be so awesome. (well lots of work but awesome none the less). I have just had lots of opportunities open up to me this year. It’s August and I have so much to be thankful for.
One thing I have learned is Christianity is like this weight loss stuff. It’s a whole lifestyle change. Finding God is an invitation to find life. Just as this surgery is giving me an opportunity to find a different life. Except this invitation is about a relationship with Christ. It’s not religion. It’s a relationship. Christ overcame so much pain in the world. This relationship with Christ is not easy. It doesn’t come without pain and some suffering too. It does give you a purpose and meaning in a world of confusion and darkness. It is real. Christ is real.
God is calling me to do some pretty bold things these days. I am speaking boldly, acting boldly for myself and for Christ. God really does heal the brokenhearted (Psalm 147:3). I was one of those brokenhearted people. He has given me life. A life like I have never know before. Found this quote this morning: Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do. I am not going to let anything stop me from believing and doing what my heart is telling me to do and be.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.