Welcome to my little corner of the blogosphere!

In this blog you can follow the progress of my personal Happiness Project.  Inspired by author Gretchen Rubin, each month I will tackle a new area of my life and work on improving it – hopefully becoming more joyful along the way.

One major theme within my Happiness Project will be my struggles with weight and self-acceptance.  I have been fat my entire life.  Sometimes I joke that losing weight has been my second full-time job!

In 2007 I made the decision to undergo weight loss surgery, and had RNY gastric bypass in 2008.  It has been a difficult, but worthwhile process.  As of this writing, I’ve lost 115 pounds and kept that weight off for four years.  I weigh less in my 40s than I did as a teenager.

The one thing that haunts me though, is the fact that I’ve never made it to a healthy Body Mass Index (or BMI).  I’ve gone from clinically super-morbidly-obese to overweight.  A great accomplishment, but I feel unfinished.  One of the goals of this life-improvement project is to lose 41 pounds – enough to be considered healthy.

A second major theme of this blog will be a “One Perfect Word” Project.  This project, inspired by author Debbie MacComber, is a spiritual one.  For the next twelve months, I will study, pray and reflect on one word, learning all that I can about the word and trying to apply it to my daily life.  The word I’ve chosen is “trust.”

Those are the basics!  I hope you will visit often and we can learn from each other.


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