This whole gallbladder thing is turning out to be a watershed event in my life. For one thing, it stopped me dead in my tracks and forced me to evaluate what was going on in my life. And for another, getting rid of the pesky thing seems to have unlocked the gate to more weight loss! Since coming home from the hospital last week, my weight has gone down almost five pounds. I'm finally in some new territory and feel like I'm back on track with the overall health program.
My past was resigned to hopelessly being fat and miserable for the rest of my life. But now...hope! I truly do not feel weighed down by that old me. This makes me think of a favorite Bible verse:
- "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will." Romans 12:2 NIV
I feel like I am being transformed. I pray that I am being transformed into someone who will not want to go back to those old ways which were so oppressive and miserable. Every person who loses weight worries about that going back part. Can we truly move beyond our old selves? With God's help, I believe we can.