Leaving My Comfort Zone


I actually made a blog last summer hoping to share weight loss and nutrition facts and articles with anyone willing to read. It didn’t last long and other things came up and it basically failed. With several in my college group at church starting their own blog, it has inspired me to try again. Hopefully this time it will actually last and maybe someone will get something out of it.

My first blog was to just share health news because that’s what I find interesting and it’s also my college major. What most of you don’t know about me is that 2 ½ years ago, I joined Weight Watchers online and reached my goal weight last April and lost a total of 66 pounds. I’ve been able to keep it off for the most part for about a year now, but it’s something I still have to watch carefully and make sure I keep under control. I was a completely different person back then and I have come a long way since then too.  As you can imagine, this is a HUGE reason why I decided to be a nutrition major and become a dietitian. I want to help people, like me, reach their own weight loss goals or maintain their current weight and live healthier lives. I feel that I can reach out to more people because I struggled with my own weight most of my life and I can personally relate to the patients I’ll be working with. I feel they will be more likely to work with me and go through the whole process knowing that someone has experienced some of the same things they have been going through.

To be honest, that story was something I had not planned on sharing with anyone when I made the move to Tuscaloosa. I was excited to start over and be around people who didn’t know that about me. I was embarrassed and thought that I would be judged because of it. But recently, my sister was looking through old pictures to use for her senior slideshow which will be shown before our fellowship meal at church this Sunday to honor the high school graduates. I look completely different now compared to how I look in those pictures and part of me still didn’t want anyone to see those old pictures of me. My sister said something I will never forget that has made me want to now share this story with others. She said that no one even remembers me that way anymore; they only see the person I’ve become. She said I shouldn’t look at the past with regret, but see it as a reminder of how far I have come.

My hopes for this blog are to be more than just about health and nutrition, but encouraging others and being an inspiration to those who really need it. I’ve often thought about how I could relate my future career to our spiritual life, but I’ve never been sure how I could relate the two. What I can do is compare the person I used to be to the person I am today using biblical examples that helped change my way of thinking, because I didn’t just change physically after losing weight, but my whole perspective on myself changed as well. Hopefully this will turn out better than my previous blog and help someone else’s life. There is a verse I would like to share to close this first post out and that ties this all together, “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).