Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Conscientious Clare Continues to Combat Calories

Today, I weighed in. It has been three weeks since my last weigh in. As some of you may recall I has some problems keeping food down and had to go to the ER about 3 weeks ago. A Cat Scan was done and it was found the the tissue around the band had become inflamed. The surgeon removed all the saline solution. I was instructed to stay on a liquid diet for a few days to let the inflammation go down. On May 16th, I hit my 8 month mark. It has been 8 months since my surgery. I was down 5 pounds since my last weigh in. I have lost a total of 97 pounds. I have a total of 44.5 inches. I think that I will reach triple digits by the end of the month. I am really encouraged by how I've done so far. Two weeks ago, I celebrated my 43rd birthday. It is hard to believe that I am 43 years old. I feel a lot younger. For my birthday, I asked for gift cards from Target so I could buy a new bike. I am very excited. I have enough to get my bike, plus a helmet and maybe a bike pump. Physically, I learned to listen to my body's cues. That has been a really plus in my weigh-loss. This has been one of the key things in my journey. In Philippians 4:13 (New International Version)it says, "I can do everything through him who gives me strength." This is so true. I could not walk literally or figuratively this journey without Jesus Christ. I feel like the more weight that comes off the more confidence in Jesus to work in and through me. I praise God for what He has done in my life. One of the ways God has worked in my life is he has given me the courage to do things that I have wanted to do for a long time. In February,I took the Basic Skills Test which is a teaching test that anyone who wants to be a teacher they have to take this test. I am planning to take Spanish at College of Dupage this summer to solidify my Spanish skills. Please pray that I follow through on this. Someone has offered to help me pay for the class. That is such a blessing.