Sunday, November 30, 2014

An Attitude of Gratitude & Hope for The Future

Today I was looking at this blog I started over a year ago when I actually had time to blog. I need to get better at updating and sharing my thoughts as some people actually seem to read them and care. I have since changed jobs and I now use some of my knowledge for the betterment of the public in my job.

I am now pursuing a Master's Degree in Public Administration. I have considered a focus on Health Administration and have been looking at jobs in that field. I work for the State of Alabama now and I love the benefits they offer so I have looked at jobs through them and others in the area.

My DH and I have started a health and wellness journey of our own. I have lost from 237 lbs to 210 lbs. I started in a size 22 pants and I am now back in a size 16. I even lost weight on Thanksgiving day. Now how I made that happen I will never know. My husband has lost from his start weight of 307 lbs to 284 lbs in 3 months. He started pushing a size 46 pants and is now back in 40 - 42 depending on the cut. We seem to have hit a plateau on the scale; however, we have been weight lifting and working out. We are still losing inches and I can see muscle definition beginning. People are starting to notice. I ran into a friend that I haven't seen in months a few days ago in Walmart and she looked me up and down and looked DH up and down and said "Wait, where is the rest of you?!?!?!?" That made me feel so amazing and made me want to work that much harder.

My DH's family has been through a lot over the past year death seems to have really hit them hard. If a car accident doesn't take them out a heart issue will. As people close to our family know my husband is "fluffy" and both of his parents have had battles with heart disease. His mother was a special lady to those that knew her but unfortunately heart disease took her away from us all too early at the age of 50. His father had a heart attack in 2005 and in the last two years has had to have a stent placed to prevent another attack. Heart disease has recently attacked my husband's family like a bad virus and has caused three family members since September to have open heart surgery. His aunt did not survive the operation. His uncle has been back and forth to the hospital with irregular blood pressure and fluid on his lungs. His cousin made it through the surgery and is doing well. Not only is heart disease an issue, but also diabetes. The mix of the two can be devastating.

The moment we knew we must do something about our health was in August when the doctor informed my husband that his A1C level was too high and markers for heart disease were beginning to be an issue. The doctor advised a well controlled diabetic diet and to eliminate as much sugar as possible unless it is naturally found in foods such as fruits. I am very proud of all the weight we have lost together. We are not done by any means!

In October, I found a lump in my breast while performing a self breast exam (SBE). I was so scared as both paternal and maternal sides of my family have history of breast cancer. I visited my doctor who believed it was a cyst. My doctor sent me for ultrasound to confirm and Thank God it was only a cyst! I now know that I have fibrocystic breasts and have learned how to determine if a lump is a serious concern. I am a fighter and had it been cancer I would have fought but I praise God that I didn't have to go through that! For all the women and men that do fight for your lives due to cancer; I speak life, healing, and total restoration over you daily. Remember, SBE can save your life as it is your first line of defense against cancer of the breast. In addition Breast Cancer affects men too!  

I daily speak against these disease processes. I declare and decree that according to the Word of God that sickness and disease are not allowed in our lives and the lives of our family members any longer. We have started each morning with a Confession of Health Over Our Minds and Bodies, a healthy breakfast, and at least 16 oz of water. I feel better than I have in years, but I know that I can do more!

Please, friends, pray earnestly for my family. Loss and grieving is not a fun process and dealing with disease at the same time is not easy. We have been through so much this year. We have so much to be thankful for!
 We are overcomers! We will be victorious! Go ahead Satan! Bring it On! MAKE MY DAY! I'm armed and ready for you and all that you may throw at me! I know Thanksgiving has passed but the scriptures say "Give thanks in everything, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" (1 Thessalonians 5:18). 
What are you thankful for this year?