Sunday, August 21, 2011

65 pounds, bikes, and joy found

The title says it all. I have lost 65 pounds since surgery and a total of 75 pounds since this time last year. What I have found though is life. Life fulfilled and joy unspeakable. Now don't get me wrong. My life and joy is not found in weight loss but in who I am. Most importantly who I am in Christ. I have come to understand that I am worth so much more than just what I look like or what the scale says. I have recently told people very often that the best part of this process to me is not how much I've lost but how great I feel. God is good.....I am good. God made me that way. He created me for a purpose and I am holding on to that dream of making a difference in the lives of children by providing them the best education possible and by equipping the teachers I work with to do the same.

This journey has brought me to a place where I feel confident enough to do things I haven't done in years. One of which was going to buy a bike and riding with my beautiful little girl. Just hearing her giggle because mama was riding bikes with her was worth every painful step of this journey. Don't get me wrong, I still have a LONG way to go. BUT, I am very quickly approaching "ONEDERLAND" and I can't wait to bust the 200's wide open.

Signing off for now. Until next time, find your dream and chase it. Don't let ANYTHING get in your way. (Thanks Pastor Mike for reminding us of this). It may be painful and frustrating and we may encounter "dream killers" or "dream thieves" along the way. But stand up for yourself, take confidence in who you are, and let NOTHING affect the dream God has placed inside of you!

Highest Weight: 285 (July 2010)
Current Weight: 210 (August 2011)

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations on your tremendous success, Sandy! I've also started bike riding with my 8 year old and the first time we rode together, I almost cried seeing how happy he was. We rode today and it was a blast. Keep up the great work!