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It was still storming when I went to bed last night. Big bolts of lightning striking close to the house and huge claps of thunder that shook everything. It was great! I would have liked to have stayed up to watch God’s fireworks but I needed to sleep instead. As it was, I was kind of distracted because my satellite dish might have been hit so I got up in the night to check it and it was okay. Whew! I could see myself having to call for a replacement.

Even though I’m on BES, I’m sticking (for the most part) to my Sabbath routine. One thing that I did, by the book–as much as possible–was breakfast.


I say as much as possible because I was supposed to use raspberries and, when I got them out yesterday (I bought them Wednesday) they were molded. I’m going to complain to the supermarket. I don’t know when I’ll be back where I got them but they are a chain and there’s one close by. I used blackberries instead. This bowl full is a fraction of what the recipe made so I had plenty to keep me satisfied until I got home.

Church was a praise service and there were lots of inspiring testimonies. I sat there and wrestled with myself. I wanted to speak up but I don’t do well talking in front of a crowd. I prayed and asked the Lord to calm my nerves if He wanted me to say anything and, eventually, I plucked up the courage to do it. I was the last one to talk. I started out by saying that a year and a half ago, I was tipping the scales at close to 190 pounds. I was having gallbladder attacks, chest pain radiating into my jaw, shortness of breath, and I was tired of being tired. I was a mess, healthwise, and not a good example for the church’s health message. I knew that there were people praying for me, including one of the ladies in the church and our former pastor. I was praying, too. I went into how I found out about the lifestyle my daughter was going to try–and I thought at first she was insane. After I studied it for awhile, I decided to try it, myself. Five days after I started to transition, the present pastor’s wife and I were serving each other during Communion. She asked me what was new in my life. I told her that I’d started a lifestyle change and she and I had prayer and asked the Lord to help me succeed if it were His will. It must’ve worked because I celebrated my first anniversary on June 24. I’ve lost more than 60 pounds, I have no more chest pain, no more gallbladder attacks, no shortness of breath, and I feel great. I was on four medications, am down to one and that one has been cut by half. I left out the part about my symptoms of diabetes. I finished by saying that I give God all the glory, praise, and honor. And I do! I feel finding this wonderful way of life was because of His leading. At first, I was so confused but I kept praying and I found Roger. From there, I found Frederic Patenaude, and the two of them led me to Dr. Doug Graham. It’s been an amazing journey and it’s far from over!

I wore a dress today that I hadn’t been able to wear comfortably yet. It was one I bought off eBay for a couple of dollars. People told me that it made me look so much younger! I may have to wear it every week…I had intended to take a picture before I changed but, when I got home, I shucked it and was in my grubbies before I thought. Maybe some other time, huh?

Lunch was a banana/peach/celery/spinach smoothie and it was good! It was invented by the daughter of the creator of the Body Enlightenment System. I asked her if they are going to put her on staff.

BTW, here’s where I was this morning:

I went outside and got more than a half hour of sun this afternoon. When I came in, I had a good-sized bowl of watermelon. It wasn’t on the menu but I don’t think I’ll be chastised because of it.

There were a salad, soup, and wraps for the last meal. I knew I couldn’t handle all that so I left off the soup and combined the salad and wraps. It was ‘way big and I ended up picking out the avocado and eating it and tossing the rest. The romaine is the kind of bitter kind and it wasn’t too good. I’d put broccoli in it which isn’t a favorite of mine anyway. I had some cherry tomatoes one of the girls at work had brought in and I could have made a meal on them. They were sweet and good! Oh, the salad was romaine, tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, and broccoli, dressed with tomato/mango/lime dressing.

Well, folks, that was my day. How was yours?

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