Something Changed

Bread was always my downfall.  I always loved bread.  My father was a bread man for Rainbo, Earth Grains and Sara Lee.  He always had the freshest bread and I loved spending time with him on his bread routes because you would smell like fresh-baked bread all day.  Bread was the most challenging temptation for me while on the Atkins diet…well, bread, and chocolate…and ice cream…pizza.

Recently a friend was eating fresh-baked, braided bread from a local pizza place.  It smelled delicious.  But it looked like a thousand calories to me.  I could see the oil or butter that was on top of the bread.  I could envision the sugar and oil in the sauce.  It did not appeal to me in the same way it had in the past. I was able to walk away from the treat.

The next day I was invited by friends to the same pizza place. I was able to enjoy a slice of cheese pizza and stay within my diet goals for the day. It was delicious.

Something changed.

I used to think, if I had a few hundred dollars I could buy a decent television for me and Rhaylee. Now I think, if I had a few hundred dollars, I could buy us bicycles with safety gears and tools to maintain them and we can ride them together around our neighborhood.


A few months ago, I had to hire a housekeeper to maintain my home and a neighbor to mow my yard.  Now I do those things myself.

A few months ago, I had to buy a grab tool so I could pick up stuff around the house. Now I can easily bend over or squat to pick things up, weed the yard, clean up spills, whatever.

A few months ago, I had to park in ADA parking spaces to be as close to the door as possible.  Now I park far away on purpose.

A few months ago, I had only one chair in my home I could sit in because it was the only one rated up to 500 pounds.  It now sits in storage while I use any other chair, recliner or sofa I want.

A few months ago, I was reluctant to keep my daughter overnight because I was afraid of having a heart attack, a diabetic episode or some other health crisis.  Today, I have no fear of her staying with me at all.

I have changed.  And…oh man does it feel good!

This change is not just physical; it is also mental and spiritual.  My whole being is going through transformation.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

-Romans 12:2 NIV

Image: Author on stage in Marlow Opera House for a play at over 480 pounds from September 2017, next to an image of the author in September 2018 at 307 pounds. Courtesy of Duncan Little Theatre and Robert Jones.

One Comment Add yours

  1. Anonymous says:

    Ken I admire your courage and dedication. May God continue to bless you. You are looking great!!!
    Your friend
    Jimmie C Smith


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