Monday, August 31, 2009

Living a Changed Life

I wanted to let you all know about the website I created. It's called, Living a Changed Life at http://livingachangedlife.weebly.com/. I have created it for anyone who wants to know my weight loss story. Because I have come so far in my weight loss I have had many people ask me, "How did you do it?". Well this is the easiest way to share that with them. It focuses on things that interest me, but I hope and pray that it proves to be helpful to others. I have learned so much and I am continuing to learn so much about healthy living that I want to be able to share it with others. I hope that you think it is as great as I do!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

A Healthy Weight Range!!

That’s right…I am finally in a healthy weight range!! Praise the Lord!! As of August 3, 2009 I had lost 70 pounds and I now weigh 155!! I am in a healthy weight range according to Weight Watchers for my height (125-155). It is really very exciting. This is the main goal that I have been working towards since mid-October. Now, according to the doctor and Weight Watchers I can keep losing weight until I am comfortable in my own skin. The lowest I can go is 125 pounds, but I don’t want to go that low. Right now I have set my goal at 145, but I might work towards 135. I will just have to see what I feel like when I get to 145.

This has been such a long road that it is really amazing to reach such an important milestone like this one. I never thought that I would actually lose all my weight. I hoped that I would, I longed for it, but I was never confident in my ability to change my life. Please don’t be impressed with me, I have not done this on my own and it is only by God’s grace that I am able to say that I am healthy. He is the one who has changed my life and continues to do so on a daily basis.

Here are some things that have changed about me in the last 70 pounds:

1. I went from a size 18 to a size 8! As a result I have had to get rid of my wardrobe, because everything I own is too big for me. This is not a bad problem to have, but it means that I wear the same things over and over again. I can’t wait to be at goal and be able to build up a new wardrobe!

2. Over this process that is something else I have really come to love and that is running. Can you believe it? I was told that after my 5K I would become addicted to running races…well they were right! I am not signed up for another race yet, I think that there is a half-marathon in my future. I will bring you more details on the half-marathon when I have more information about it. For now I run on a regular basis so that I can lose the last 8 to 18 pounds that I have left before I reach my goal weight.

3. I am much more honest and open about my weight. I am sure that now-a-days I am too honest about my weight. I have become much more aware of my body and where I am at. When I have a bad week and don’t exercise, I can feel it.

4. People are jealous of me. This is very weird for me to have people call me skinny, tiny, and some even say I have model legs.

I look forward to the day when I can post that I have reached my goal. That day is not today, but I can’t wait for it to come. My perspective has changed, because now I know that I will reach my goal!


Change is good.

“I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” – 1 Corinthians 9:23-27

The Calm Before the Storm

On Tuesday, August 25, 2009, Jon begins his final year of school!! This is such an exciting time. LeTourneau University has moved all of the aviation classes out to their new airport building. It is cool that Jon will actually get to us this building that they have been talking about for some time now. It will be different this year, because he will have classes out at the airport and here at the main campus.

I am so proud of Jon. He worked so hard for what he has done so far that I know that he will continue to work just as hard this final year. I can't wait for May 8, 2010 to come so that Jon will actually see the work of his hands rewarded with his Bachelor's degree.

PLEASE PRAY FOR US!! Please pray specifically that God will provide Jon with a flying job after he finishes school. Also pray that God would make it VERY clear to us (like there is a brick wall in front of you kind of obvious) where we are supposed to be after graduation.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

More Pictures...

Like I said it has been a crazy month, but we have taken a lot of pictures. I know that sometimes blogs go a long time without new pictures, like ours did. So now I am giving them to you in a huge dose.

The first few are from my 5K race. I ran my first 5K in McKinney, TX. I ran the race in 38:40! I couldn't believe it!! That is about a 12 and a half minute mile. I ran with my Weight Watchers leader Amanda, which was fun. It was a great race. I was so excited that I can't wait to do another one.

The other pictures are from the short trip we made to New Mexico to see Jon's family before they leave to go overseas. It was so good to see them. I wish that we would have had more time with them, but we will take what we got.

5K and New Mexico Pictures

Finally posting again...

After a long sabbatical, because we have been so busy. I have finally had a chance to post pictures from my trip to Portland. It was so good to see friends and family. I think that it was hotter in Portland then it was in Texas, but I survived. I will post more pictures soon from the recent 5K I ran in and from our weekend trip to see Jon's family.

Love you!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

The Gospel

We never want there to be any confusion about why we blog. We want to be honest with you. This is the point where we tell you that God designed you to be in relationship with Him, to love God with your whole heart and to worship and trust Him. Because of our nature, we are separated from God; we disobey God and go our own way. We fail at loving God with our whole heart. But, the good news is that God sent Jesus Christ to pay the punishment for our crime and raised Him from the dead so that we could be reconciled to God. In Jesus we have the free gift of God's grace, we're set free from slavery to sin, and we're given a new heart to love God like we should. We joyfully await the return of our King Jesus, when we will finally live in His presence face to face. Why the wait? Because God is patient and kind and wants many to come to salvation.

We must repent and trust Jesus. How do you Receive Jesus Christ?
1. Admit your need for forgiveness and peace.
2. Be willing to turn from your sins, believing that Jesus Christ died for you on the cross and rose from the grave.
3. Through prayer, invite Jesus Christ to forgive your sins & be your Savior.

If you're already trusting in Him, that’s awesome!! Do not waste your life, go out and live each moment on mission to spread the good news of His grace and His soon coming return.

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