Friday, November 21, 2008


i celebrate an anniversary today. 365 days - one year - 3 meals a day, 0 snacks, 1 day at a time. writing every night in my journal - for 365 days i have done it. this past year has been the most rich and rewarding time i have ever experienced in my 43 years on this planet.

something deep inside me has shifted. it is truly beautiful.

back in october i celebrated 9 years without chocolate, sexual addiction and evening readings. this past year has been more powerful than the previous 8 combined - but together they have changed everything.

the promises are coming/have come true in so many ways.

i have found myself, and i really, truly like who i am today.

10 sizes, lots of weight - i am as compulsive about weighing myself and being tempted to diet as i am compulsive about over eating, so that is a part of life i abstain from too, i have no idea how much weight i have lost, but usually 10 lbs. is a size for me, so it could be as much as 100 lbs. i have no idea. the temptation to weigh has been there far too often, but i know deep in my heart that the number will drill it's way into my little brain and torture me. i track my weight by the way my clothes fit. it's working for me, so i think i'll keep doing it.

for once in my life i truly feel comfortable in my own skin. i am happier with my body and myself today than i was in high school or college. i literally can't remember the last time i had a 34" waist. 7th grade? i really don't know. and the best thing about it is that the weight is a side effect of what is happening deep inside of me. it is not the goal, it is just a happy coincidence. my physical, spiritual and emotional life truly gives me such joy.

it's not perfect by any stretch, and i have not arrived, but i am thrilled with today and will awaken tomorrow to keep taking it one day at a time. thanks for journeying with me, i know that my blogging has been affected by my journaling. but i have gotten in touch with my voice in a very different way.

yay me. i am so proud of myself. i shared this with my group tonight and it says so beautifully a lot of what this year has encompassed for me. i was so surprised to find it in the psalms. it has recovery written all over it:

Psalm 18:20-24
GOD made my life complete
when I placed all the pieces before him.
When I got my act together,
he gave me a fresh start.
Now I'm alert to GOD's ways;
I don't take God for granted.
Every day I review the ways he works;
I try not to miss a trick.
I feel put back together,
and I'm watching my step.
GOD rewrote the text of my life
when I opened the book of my heart to his eyes.


Hope said...

There is something so precious about being comfortable in one's own skin. Congratulations on doing such good self care, one day at a time!

Tim said...

I am so glad you can say you like who you are.

Patchouli said...

Here's what is so precious to me about your journey--it wasn't all stardust and rainbows...and you didn't hide behind a smile and a prayer. And still, like the woman who held onto Jesus KNOWING her healing was imminent, you HELD ON.
I posted another reply on my blog--LOVE YOU!!

wilsonian said...

Yay you!! :)

~m2~ said...

oh, my!! i am so, so proud of you!!

(two addictions down for me, this one - the BIGGIE - to starting to babystep my way are inspiring me!)

Deb said...

Wow Bobbie! I'm so happy for you. You're an inspiration for sure...

Togenberg said...

"the promises are coming/have come true in so many ways.

i have found myself, and i really, truly like who i am today."

That is so beautiful, so hope-ful. Oh wow.

I am dreaming of that as well. Our situations and paths are so different but sometimes you'll say something that really hits me.

Thanks and God bless you

Togenberg said...

And congratulations!!!

Chris said...

I know this is a really old post... but I am intrigued. "9 years without chocolate, sexual addiction and evening readings."
was reading an addiction for you? (it is for me...)

bobbie said...

hey chris - sorry i missed seeing this - i was addicted to reading romance novels - but general reading of fiction/non-fiction is healthy for me - i can use it to escape - but have never neglected life to read (yet) :p