Sunday, September 18, 2016

Routine and discipline

Let me start this post off by saying I've been having to write my posts on my phone because my computer is giving me attitude so I need to get it tended to eventually. I say that to attempt to excuse any misspelled (auto-corrected words) that may occur and any huge grammatical errors. You all know I'm a master writer (hahahahaha....I have you all fooled) so if there are a lot of mistakes it's clearly my phones fault! Great, now that we have that settled we can proceed. 

You know what? The scale is a liar sometimes but I'll share what it said anyways. 288. Super frustrating but I'm moving on because I had progress in other areas these last couple weeks. As far as working out is concerned...that is getting easier to be consistent about. A huge part of that is my friends are also wanting to workout and eat better and so instead of just chilling and eating crap food, we're going to the gym, going on bike rides, walking/running/hiking, and making better food choices. I'm a lot more involved and invested in people's lives than I was several years ago when I initially started this journey so learning to incorporate fitness and nutrition into my personal time with my friends has been a huge step in the right direction. Here are a few fun pictures over the last couple weeks:

Post-rain run

Salsa class

Bike ride in the Bosque 

Hike in the Sandia's

Saturday morning run with my sisters

As you can see, working out can actually be fun. It's also a lot easier to do when you have family and friends who are not just willing but happy to do it with you. It's becoming more routine. My sweet friend, Patrice, and I were talking today about how it's just becoming our norm and a part of our daily activity...and honestly we're both happier people when we workout. 

Nutrition is still a struggle. I meal prepped last week and that really helped but there were still days when I ate more chocolate than I should've. It can only be me though who can do it. I'm the only person putting the food in my mouth. So I need to be more disciplined at counting my calories and making better choices. I know I can do it. My goal this week is to just eat more veggies. I'm not going to worry about focusing on decreasing my chocolate intake at the moment (even though that's a definite goal) I just want to eat more veggies.

It's my last week as assistant nurse manager on my current unit and then I'm transferring to critical care as a staff nurse. That means that 1) there's going to be a lot of potlucks and food this week. 2) I'm about to face a lot of change. That's why my main focuses this week are being consistent in my workouts and increasing my veggie intake. 

That's where I'm at. I'll try to post more soon, it's just challenging (and a little frustrating) writing and editing posts on my phone! With that being said, until next time...goodnight! 

Monday, September 5, 2016

Dear Maggie...You are ENOUGH!

This is where I'm at...and it's beautiful!
Well look who we have here: ME! I know, it has been a while. I haven't wanted to write about the struggle. I have felt like a failure and I've been super disappointed with where I'm at. Admitting that sucks. Alas, it's time to stop hiding and get back to the grind. it goes! I weighed in yesterday at 277.6. 2 weeks ago I was back at 280. Seeing that number terrified me. 20 pounds from being back in the three-hundreds. It has been a quick climb back to this the last year I have gained 60 pounds. That's humiliating, frustrating, embarrassing, and dissapointing. I didn't know where to start with this post back so I've decided to just write myself a letter. On a hike today I had this thought and a mentor of mine mentioned just writing something for me...well this post is for me...I'm just letting you in on it:

Dear Maggie, 

I know you're frustrated and disappointed in yourself. I know that you feel like a failure. I know you're angry at yourself for allowing the weight to come right back on. I know you don't think that you can change. I know that you feel like there's no way to recover from this set back and move forward. I know you hate running right now because your physical conditioning is not what it had been. I know you hate getting dressed because all the cute clothes you bought last year don't fit right now. I know you hate working out outside because you're scared/terrified of what people might yell or throw at you. I know when you look in the mirror you feel like a failure...but sweet Maggie, YOU. ARE. ENOUGH! 

You always know how Beks gave you that pendant and that the Holy Spirit told her that necklace was for you because you needed that reminder...well, it's true! You, just as you are right now, are worth being loved, cherished, faught for, encouraged, and held, not because of how much you weigh but because you are YOU! 

It's okay to be frustrated and even angry at where you are physically, but that does not make you any more or any less of a person. Yes, you have experienced life at a much lighter weight and know that it's much easier on you when you weigh less, but that doesn't mean you are a failure. You are a masterpiece. You're fearfully and wonderfully made. You are a leader, encourager, fighter, and an advocate. You're a friend, mentor, daughter and sister. You are loved. Did you hear me? You're loved! By your friends, family, church, and by our precious Lord and Savior. You are gifted, called, chosen, free, forgiven. You're a conquerer, an overcomer, and survivor. 

Today as you were hiking there were memories everywhere of who you were a year ago, two years ago, and more. Look at how you have grown. Look at how you have allowed the Holy Spirit to move through you, transform your heart, and use you. Look at how you've overcome sexual abuse and the tidal wave of poor decisions that followed after that. Look at how you've grown in your career and seen God faithfully guide you each step. Look at how you've seen God protect you and how He is teaching you to trust in His timing. 

Mags, you're not a failure. And don't you dare stop this journey. 'Cause you're worth it. Listen up kid, YOU'RE WORTH IT! You won't be worth it when you're 20, 50, 70, or 100 pounds're worth it now. So don't let fear and doubt ruin your life. Don't let the enemy come in and distract you with "what ifs" and the "I can'ts" because you can! So push on you beast. Ask for help when you need it. Run when you don't want to. Lift when it hurts. Push when you feel you have nothing left. Persevere, endure, and you will succeed! 98 and 3/4% guaranteed! 

I love you! And I'm thankful for where you're at. I'm thankful you've seen where you've been and what you're capable of. Im so glad you know what you can do. I'm glad you have loving friends and family who are just waiting to walk through this with you. You're not alone. You are loved. And you're worth this fight! So go kick some butt you sexy beast!


My sweet necklace from Beks:
"You are enough" and the back says,
"You always were"

Saturday, May 14, 2016

A Time For Silence...And a Time To Write

Sometimes I don't have anything to say. Now, for those of you who know me very well may feel that this is a lie...and while I may not always seem to be lacking in the vocabulary department...there are days, weeks, and months where I don't have anything to write about. It has been a time of silence for me. I'm thankful for the silence I've had....because I have learned about myself things that if I had continued to write I may not have discovered. I may not cover everything I've learned in this post (because it would take me days to write and who wants to read a post that long...lets be honest)....but I'll share the main themes I've learned and then I'll touch on them in greater detail in later posts. Today, right now, in this season, in this's time to write!

So what have I learned in this time of silence:

1) Weight is easy to gain :) (last weigh-in I was sitting at 259)
2) The scale and the number it reveals says nothing about my value as an individual
3) Everyone has a matter your age, gender, religion, career...we all struggle and need someone to love us anyways
4) This is not a quick fix...this is a forever earthly battle *SIGH*
5) Homemade food is delicious...but that also requires time...but it's worth the time!
6) People I don't know read my blog...and some of them have reached out to me...and knowing that you reading about my struggle encourages and motivates and helps you...makes the pain and the struggle worth it
7) Binge eating is still very real and such a struggle...especially at night right before I go to bed. 
8) Success needs a new definition

I would say those 8 items are the main themes that I've been learning about and walking through this year. I think the theme I want to walk through with you today is #8....Success needs a new definition. 

According to Merriam-Webster dictionary the definition of success is, "the correct or desired result of an attempt". While ultimately in order to know if you succeeded you have to set a desired goal. For me that was 170 pounds. That's how I would know that I had been successful is when I hit 170...and when I didn't in the amount of time that I would've liked I stopped...because to me I felt like a failure. Sure, I had lost 120 pounds but that wasn't enough for me. I got angry. And from the beginning of the year I've been struggling with this. I've been mean to myself. I've called myself a quitter...a failure...a mess up...a no-good-never-going-to-meet-my-goal girl. Lies, right!? 

I've had the opportunity to have some beautiful and vulnerable conversations with friends and acquaintances and strangers on their struggles and feeling like failures because they're not a certain weight, they can't run a certain pace, they can't this...they can't that...want to know something? I never saw any of them as a failure. I saw them as over-comers, fighters, strong, finishers, courageous...but when I spoke that to them they didn't want to hear it...they had told themselves what failures they were and were not open to seeing that not meeting a certain goal means you're a lost cause. 

It has been through these conversations that I've seen that I have been doing the same thing. When someone asked me about my half marathon I would say, "yeah I finished...but I didn't get the time I wanted..." "sure I've lost weight...but I've gained so much back..." We minimize what we've accomplished and maximize what we feel we failed at. I don't want to do that anymore! Yeah, sometimes on runs I have to walk, yeah, I've gained back weight, sure I'm not a fast swimmer, there are things that I wish were better...but I'm walking through this...and you know what?! It's amazing! 

I don't know yet what I think success for me will look like. In this moment though...success just looks like never quitting. Never giving up. Continuing down this journey. Fighting for fitness, for health, for joy, for peace. I'm not all about giving everyone a participation award...if you came in first place you earned that medal...but I'm also not about beating yourself up when you come in second, fifth, twentieth, or last...because guess what?! You finished! So in this moment success for me is just getting outside and being active. Success is speaking kindly to myself. Success is loving on others. Success is eating a little less chocolate and a little more veggies (because I feel better when I do this). That's success. 

You can agree or disagree...but don't beat yourself up if you don't finish a race in a certain time, if you haven't met your optimal goal today, if you're still struggling with your're walking through it...and that's success enough for this moment. I'll touch more on the other topics at a later time...but thank you for those who have encouraged me in my silence. For speaking truth to me when I was lying to myself. Life is a journey...I'm just taking it one step at a time!

Before I go I have to introduce a new friend of mine. I have never met Raelene before but she is friends with my oldest sisters and I had the pleasure of meeting her...and before we were even introduced she excitedly came running towards me saying, "OH MY GOSH!!! I LOVE YOU!!!!" and embraced me in the sweetest hug! It's moments like this that I'm so thankful for the opportunity to touch the lives of people I haven't even met face to face!'re so sweet, so precious, and so encouraging...thanks for loving on me!!! 

Me and Raelene <3

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Finish Well

"Here they come!" see the two runners coming over the for first place...huffing, puffing, giving everything they have, every last ounce being poured into each step. Finally, one inches past the other and finishes the race claiming victory and first place. Then the other thousand-plus racers trickle in continuously for the next several minutes to hour. The last racer comes in...just as determined looking as the individual who came in first. She's huffing, and puffing, and giving everything she has and pouring out every last ounce to finish. Some may say she didn't finish strong...that she didn't put it all out there...but does strength, speed, and ability define the way you finish? Do these things ascribe value to the way she finished or who she is as a person? Finishing well and finishing strong are not the same thing. While the person who came in first may have felt extremely strong and invincible this last finisher may have felt incredibly weak and exhausted...yet they both finished well. 

The whole concept of finishing well has been on my mind a lot today and in these last few weeks. They say comparison is the thief of joy. I know this to be true. The unfortunate part is I keep comparing myself today to where I was at last year. As those thoughts begin I easily become frustrated, discouraged, angry, and disgusted. I thought I finally had this whole weight-loss thing down. Losing weight is easy. Consume 500 less calories each week in your diet and you'll lose a pound a week. Consume 1000 less calories each week and you'll lose 2 pounds each week. Add exercise to that and you're on a fast track to quick weight loss. That part is easy. Life in addition to all of that, however, is not. 

 When September came around I left labor and delivery, went back to my beloved med-surg floor, and became assistant nurse manager on my unit. While all of this has been exciting and a huge learning curve it has also made my diet and exercise complete chaos. I thought working 4 - 10 hour shifts each week would give me more time to workout and eat better, yet, I feel like it has done the opposite. A lot of it probably just has to do with the stress of learning a new position and making the time to workout and plan meals. I'm just going to be honest has kinda slapped me in the face and knocked me out for a round. 

Running my 5k today I just wanted to quit. I wanted to be done and throw in the towel. Thankfully I had a cheering squad by my side running at my pace encouraging me each step of the way. Nearing the finish line Erika, Elise, and Tracy were all waiting to finish with me! I'm not a tough love kinda girl. I'm a sensitive girl who is easily discouraged by the thoughts and voices that say, "you can't do this!" So, when David took the time on the run today to share how the past couple months have been hard for him when it comes to running...when on his last half marathon there were times when he too wanted to quit and throw in the towel, when he felt discouraged that he had taken steps back from where he had been (due to an injury) it was encouraging. When my group of family and friends sprinted to the finish line with encouraged me and reminded me that I'm not alone on my journey. It's easy to get stuck inside of a box and remember that you're not the only one who struggles. We all have areas that need improvement...some manifest themselves in physical terms: weight, temper, etc...others show in ways that are invisible to the eye: depression, anxiety, etc. One thing we all have in common, however, is that we will all finish one day. Our time on this earth is short and what matters is how we finish.

I feel like Jesus keeps bringing to my mind the reminder that He finished well. Beaten, bleeding, bruised, and mocked he didn't have much strength...He even asked for a sip of wine before taking his last breath to moisten His lips so he could speak. After taking that last sip He yielded up His spirit. He finished well. I think the reason He is reminding me of this is because finishing well doesn't always look like strength. It sometimes looks like sorrow, defeat, death...but what makes the finish one that can be described as being "well" is the time between the first and the last breath. I think Acts 20:24 shows us what finishing well looks like, "But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God."

So I guess the long story short is I'm being shown that finishing well has to do with walking through each moment. Walking through the ups and the downs. Enjoying the moments when there seems to be endless time and energy to focus on diet and exercising. Persevering when there seems to be no time at all. Asking for help when you become overwhelmed and feel like you're drowning. Allowing yourself to feel emotions, to laugh, to cry, to hurt, to wonder. Walk through it. Life never stops happening. I'm frustrated with where I'm at with my weight...but I'm walking through this season and I'm going to finish well! I will persist, endure, and press on...I will finish well!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Get It!

The last few days have been very good! I'm so sore. My body aches, my bones throb, my joints are stiff...and I'm moving about as fast as a snail running through peanut butter...but I'm up and moving and that's all that really matters! I've had some good workouts these last few days. I forget how good I feel when I workout. Getting out the door is definitely the hardest part...and sometimes the first 10 minutes of the workout...but once you're going it's best to just enjoy it as much as possible. Erika joined me in a late night workout Thursday! We went to the gym and rode bikes, I used the row machine for a while, then we did some circuit training...using the large rope that you see them use on the biggest loser (dang is that a good workout), did ab work, jumped rope...made Erika stick her hand in a super sweaty boxing glove (sorry about that sis!) and then used the kettle ball! It was so much fun to be working out like that again...and with my sister. Workouts are so much better with someone! 

I went home then, had dinner and went to bed! The only chocolate that I had Thursday was from a pre-planned luna bar...nutty over chocolate is what the bar is called. When I got home Thursday night I remember looking in the mirror and saying, "Maggie, you are beautiful!" It feels good to speak kindly to myself. There are times that I look in the mirror and roll my eyes...but I'm trying to stop myself when that happens and make myself find something that I like about whatever I'm groaning about! It's a process...and it's slow and harder than one would think to be kind to ones self...but it feels good!

YOU! Are Beautiful!

Yesterday I got to go on my was slow and I had to walk a bit because I am so stiff...but I got my 4 miles in...I even got to go swimming in the evening with Erika and her family! I'm such an awkward swimmer. I wish I could watch myself swim...I'm sure it must be entertaining...but Erika reminded me it was my workout and it didn't matter what it looked like! So we both swam 1,000 meters and then played with Andrik and Ander for a while! I almost died laughing when we walked into the shower room on base and I saw the most fantastic sign. I'm thinking there must be a high rate of MRSA occurring on base because there are signs everywhere about MRSA prevention...I told Erika I had to take a picture with the sign...

Bare Buns Pass MRSA...well, there go
my plans for the night!
I made it through yesterday without any chocolate. I did dream however about my subconscious is definitely struggling! I woke up and my mouth was watering...but I survived. I'd say my average calorie intake for this week is around 1500! That is really the perfect amount. It allots for a decent breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and a couple of snacks! My favorite snack lately has been a tablespoon of peanut butter...not the norm for me...but I'm enjoying it while it taste good. 

This morning I went on a run with Erika and our dear friend, Erin. I got to meet Erin initially while Erika and Drew were stationed in Florida. Erin and her family are here at Kirtland for a little while as well before they go back to Florida. Erin will be running the Dallas Rock 'N Roll Half Marathon with has been so much fun to run with her. She's such a joy, so real, so honest, so kinda gal. I can fart on my runs with her, spit, cough up's a beautiful friendship. She and Erika have been so encouraging and loving to me on this journey. A couple weeks ago after one of our runs they both could tell I was struggling. When asked what was wrong I told them how frustrated I was with myself and how tired I am of fighting my weight. They held me, let me cry, prayed for me, and then spoke life and truth into me. I can't begin to say how thankful I am to have these two amazing women in my life. They love me...mess and all...and haven't left yet...until the Air Force tells them otherwise! 

Me, Erin, and Erika...Kindred Spirits <3
Todays run was a little rough. I've been hit with intestinal distress the last couple days...and so with 1.25 miles left I had to make a pitstop at a gas station to expel my insides. The struggle is real folks. Don't try and pretend that you don't know what diarrhea is. When the goosebumps and abdominal cramps've got to make a dash for the closest bathroom! I'm still getting over this darn cold as well...this run helped me expel more than my also helped me clear my lungs...As David told me when I first started running, "Mags, when you run...if you have to fart, fart! If you have to burp, burp! If you have to blow a snot rocket, blow a snot rocket!" My brother is a wise man and today I more than headed his advice. My sleeve looked like a kleenex by the time I was done running!

Got snot?!
A girl has got to do what a girl has got to do! Well, I've got to to get this weekend started. My run is in, I'm going to go have breakfast with the women at my church and then see what other kinds of shenanigans I can get into! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The journey continues...

Tonight I am tired. Yet, I managed to get my workout in...and I had another successful nutrition day, so long as after this post I just eat my dinner and then go to bed. I didn't have any candy today and the only chocolate that I had was in my Luna bar that I brought for my late afternoon snack! It was perfect. Drinking more water again today...It's hard for me to drink water at work so I use crystal light as well to help make it easier. It really does help my cravings when I'm staying hydrated. Wow, you mean to tell me, that all those times they said we mistake hunger for thirst...they may have been right!?! Who would've thunk! ;)

My workout today was a cardio circuit. One of my friends told me about  and this website has a ton of different workouts. You can choose the equipment you have available, how long you want to workout, what area you want to work. Tonight I did their apartment workout...which is quieter cardio workouts...not less intense, however. I have some lovely neighbors beneath me who don't appreciate it whenever I workout. They have gotten some kind of tool, I imagine a broom, that they use to bang on their ceiling whenever I workout...tonight was a success banging of the broom!! Yay! 

There are times I still don't like to go to the gym...I just want to workout in private, no stares, no thoughts of what people are thinking, just me, panting, sweating, and red faced; enjoying my workout! 

Yesterday I got a great surprise in the mail from my brother, David and my darling sister, Elise:

I'm really excited for the recipes in the book. They all look fairly simple and easy...I was going to make salmon tonight...but I forgot to defrost tuna salad it is.

Well, I am exhausted and have to be at work bright and early so I'm going to go make dinner, scrub my teeth, and head off to bed! Thank you all for the encouragement that you've given me! It makes this journey a lot I said, it's not pretty, I'm just being honest with where I'm at...but I see the's a ways off...but at least I'm headed in the right direction now! 

It has been a while since I've shown off the guns!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Pressing On!

Why hello again, I know, back so soon! Get used to it. So I'll give you a quick rundown since my last post. Sunday I didn't really count my calories, however, when Monday came around I decided I was going to add everything in regardless of how many calories I ate. I was shocked when, after eating a handful (and then some) of chocolates, that it added up to 545 calories. Just in chocolate! I'm really embarrassed by that, yet, I'm just happy that I finally added up the calories. It's making more and more sense how I've gained back weight so quickly and easily. I don't have just a sweet tooth...I have a freaking sweet rack of teeth, jaw, tongue, lips, you name it...if I have it it wants sweets. I managed a 30 minutes elliptical workout last night...and I think I was able to just about break even as far as my calories were concerned. Monday I weighed in at 239.8. I'll weigh-in again next Monday!

Last night I had to destroy a bag of captain crunch cereal. It was calling my name and I panicked! As I have shared before, motivation is but a fleeting moment and must be seized right I took my bag of captain crunch, went to my kitchen sink, ran water into the bag so that even after it was thrown away I couldn't go back and reclaim it later. Yeah, I'm not ashamed...I will 100% go dumpster diving in my own trash can. Hence the need to literally destroy the food so that it could not be consumed at a later time when my determination was not so strong and I reached for it out of the trash can! It felt good to do that!

Today was a great day (I have to make sure to go straight to bed after writing this to ensure I don't spoil it by doing something stupid). Today I did not eat a single piece of chocolate at work!! I had 2 german nougats from a coworker...but that is it. There were multiple times where I went to reach for a chocolate and had to slap my hand away, say to myself, "don't panic, breath, take a slow deep breath, you don't need that, drink water." Staying hydrated is great; it's also a real inconvenience! I had to pee (like a normal person) 8 times today! I know this certainly helped me in avoiding chocolates.

I realized today how habitual my chocolate eating has become. I will literally grab for it like clock work.I told one of my coworkers today at work that I felt like an alcoholic in a bar or liquor store. "Hi, my name is Maggie, and I'm a chocoholic." Everything chocolate screamed my name today: chocolate covered raisins, twix, milky way, 3 musketeers...there were cupcakes, bagels, chips and dip, all was calling my precious nickname: "Magelicious you know you want me!" To which I replied, "Heck yes I want you, but my thighs don't, my stomach doesn't, and you're not going to satisfy start stepping...bye!" (I hope you ready that in a valley girl accent)

It's going to take a while to break this habit but I know that it will be completely worth it in the long run. This doesn't mean I won't ever eat chocolate. It's all about portion control...however, at this exact moment, I don't have portion control! Until that time comes I'm going to try to continue to say no to the sweets. If it is planned and accounted for in my calories then I'm okay with me having it...but this constant grabbing and snacking has got to stop.

I'm exhausted...but I feel good. I'm pressing on! Its these little decisions that add up in the long run. I know I will have the same temptations in front of me tomorrow and it will be just as much of a struggle. They're always going to be there. I know it'll get easier...but I also anticipate it getting harder before it gets easier...and that's okay. It's where I'm at....but not where I'm going to stay. With that being said...I shall bid you all a goodnight and leave you with a post-workout selfie! 

Just finished my post-workout snack:
Broccoli salad & Almonds w/ dried cranberries

Saturday, January 30, 2016


Why hello, it's been a's not you, it's me! I have allowed life to get in the way of many things...and I've been disappointed and frustrated, especially lately. Y'all know silence from me is never a good thing. I've been struggling with my diet, I've been running...but my feet can only go so fast and so far. My mouth can out run my feet, both figuratively and literally! 

I've been eating a diet rich in dark and milk chocolate (hey, it's calcium) and high in saturated fats (and not the good fat...sorry avocados) and of course you can't forget those irresistible carbohydrates (hello pasta and bread)! I'm well balanced...If you consider balance reaching for a chocolate between conversations and meetings at work; well then, in that case: when it comes to balance, I'm a pro!

I've also done a great job at looking in the mirror and being a bully to myself. 

I'm letting that sentence stand alone intentionally. I've told stories to you all about people yelling and throwing things at me as I run along the street. I've written about how hurtful it is when you hear those snide comments, when someone blatantly bullies you and tells you that you're inadequate, that you're not good enough, that you're fat, ugly, a bitch, and disgusting. It's one thing to hear that from someone else. It hurts. Yet, I do it to myself on a daily basis and don't bat an eye. 

I didn't realize how mean I can be to myself until this evening as I was talking to my beautiful, gorgeous, giving, loving, and gracious oldest sister. I was listening as she talked about some of her frustrations and struggles and said she wasn't happy where she was at with her weight....and all I could see was my beautiful sister, a woman worth being loved, a woman worth fighting for, a sister worth taking a bullet for, a mother who cares desperately for her amazing children. I wish she could see what I see...and then I realized...that's me. I'm so busy being frustrated and angry with my weight and struggle that I've allowed it to blind me to who I really am. I've been a bully to myself for far too long. I've never been good enough for me. I've always wanted to be smarter, thinner, faster, funnier etc. 

I keep looking at where I used to be a year ago and just feeling disappointment in myself for not being at my goal weight by now. I've been frustrated that I've gained back 20 pounds since September. This morning I weighed in at 238.6. I cried when I saw that number. I then looked in the mirror and said, "you're so fat and disgusting...when will you pull it together? Seriously, don't you know how to put down the fork!?" Now, would I ever say that or feel that way about anyone else, especially someone I love? No! Yet, I spoke that way to me. Well...this evening I've been smacked in the forehead and I'm so thankful. 

238.6 is how much I weigh. It is not my worth. My weight, my height, my size, my hair, my teeth, my skin, my freckles, these are all a part of what make me me...but they are not what make me beautiful, it's not what makes me worth being loved, it's not why I should speak kindly to myself. What makes me worth being loved is that I am a human being, created in the image of God, with a soul that will live on for eternal life. I was created for a purpose. I'm not saying that it's not good to desire better health, to desire a healthy weight, but when you start to speak ill of yourself because of where you're at...that's just hateful! I'm guilty of being hateful towards myself. I'm just being honest...but in my honesty I know I need to also get some perspective. So here are some things that I know to be true regardless of my weight, regardless of how beautiful I may or may not feel, regardless of who I'm in a relationship with or not, despite what people tell me or don't tell me...all of this I know to be true:

- I am created in the image of God, I am blessed by God, and when God created me he didn't just say that I was good...He said I am very good! Genesis 1:26-31 "Then God said, 'Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.' So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God sad to them, 'Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on earth.' And God said, 'Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. And to every best of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.' And it was so. And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day."

- I am set apart and distinctly and wonderfully made! Psalm 139:13-14 "For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well."

- The Lord looks not on my outward appearance but rather the health of my heart and spirit. 1 Samuel 16:7 "But the Lord said to Samuel, 'Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart." 

- I am pursued by the Creator of the Universe!! Psalm 23:6 "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever."

- The Lord has plans for me and if I pursue Him I will find Him! Jeremiah 29:11-13 "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart."

- And my favorite truth that I heard this week while studying Revelation in Bible Study Fellowship, the notes that I got on Revelation 12 shared this, "John presents this woman in glorious fashion, with luminous clothing and a starry crown. We know Jesus' face was like the sun, so the woman beautifully reflects her Lord. The moon under her feed perhaps signifies her permanence. The crown on her head points to her elect status, for Jesus had promised a crown of life to the one who conquers." That is a quote from my notes. The passage it is talking about is Revelation 12:1, "And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars." I love this...the woman beautifully reflects her Lord! Christ in me makes me beautiful!

- I am radiant! Psalm 34:5 "Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed."

So, I'm not where I'm at...but that's okay. I've come a long way, and I will continue to struggle. I will continue on this journey. It's exhausting, it's frustrating, and it's a daily (sometimes hourly and minutely) battle. And that is okay. So ready or not, here I go!