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Saturday, April 13, 2013

404 days

FOUR HUNDRED AND FOUR DAYS have passed since my last post.
Holy Cannoli.
Speaking of cannoli's, unfortunately, I have consumed far too many recently.
So here's the low-down, and I'll keep it brief-

In 404 days, I have -

Gained 40 pounds back
Lost roughly 20 again
Gained 20 back
Lost 20 again

My husband got a new job.
No more self employment struggles.
He went to Spain for 8 weeks.
Things were beyond stressful while my husband was touring Europe.
Taking care of my children and my elderly father in law was almost unbearable on
some days.  But, it is behind us now, and we are extremely grateful for his job.

My father in law passed away on March 10, 2013. He had been sick for quite some time
with Congestive Heart Failure.  He started a steady decline in his health about 6 months before
he passed. So many emotions were felt when he died. Sadness. Relief. Guilt that we felt relief.
Joy that he accepted Jesus as his Savior one week before passing. Thankful for his incredible
generosity even in death.

A few months ago I started having some gallbladder pain. I've had some issues in recent years but nothing like this.  I am not experiencing any severe pain, but enough discomfort that has forced me to change my eating habits. Again. For a few weeks I have been eating completely "clean" again.  Not a drop of sugar. Fruits, veggies, fish, and small amounts of whole grains is all I can tolerate. I am able to use olive oil freely, so I am very thankful for that!  My clothes are loose again, but it's strange because I literally am just trying to stay healthy.  I rarely think about cravings. I have been scared to death of high fat, sugary junk foods.
Do I dare say..hallelujah?!

Feeling great,  and it always amazes me how quickly my body responds to real food.  I have decided not to get my gallbladder removed unless I am in a life threatening situation. If I am responding so well to this diet change, it is evident that choosing the right foods will allow me to keep my gall bladder, for now anyways.

The Lord keeps reminding me of this verse-

It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn your statutes.
Psalm 119:71

Sometimes a little discomfort forces change.  I have been struggling with my weight for years, and maybe this is what it's going to take for me to get serious.  Pray for me, friends.  I am feeling wonderful, but my tendency is to go strong for a little while and then the cannoli's begin to scream my name.

Pressing on..