In case you don't know me...
I'm a slightly plump, middle-aged, Catholic radio host. I actually chuckled as I re-read the first things that come to mind when I consider words to introduce myself. I am so many other things... a mom, loving but not always super domestic wife, a writer, and lately I've been a little squirrel obsessed (find me on Facebook for more on that). I am so much more that my weight, age and job - though of course, as I thought more about it, I can see why the Holy Spirit might have me starting my new blog series on that note ...
I am embarking on a journey - and I am looking for some passengers to come along for the ride. As we look at these three characteristics - maybe they will help you decide if you are willing to jump in for what I feel is going to be a JOY-FILLED ride!
First what do I mean by slightly plump. Since I was about 9 years old, I have swayed up and down the scale, mostly up. My favorite food as a kid was Sweet Bread (one of my favorites from my Portuguese heritage). I would eat whole loaves if left to my own devices - the texture, the taste, the comfort!! ahhhh, who can't relate to the comfort of a favorite food!! There were some family meals it was ALL I WOULD eat (I can so debate the scripture that states "man cannot live on bread alone" - ha ha!) Ice Cream used to be in that same category, until my body decided to reject that love! Before I slip even FURTHER into TMI -- I will admit I am presently just .7 % away from an obese BMI - I'd have been doing slightly better number if I hadn't shrunk an inch over the last few years! To enter into a "normal" BMI range, I need to lose 25 lbs. A weight I've not seen since I was married over 25 years ago. HOWEVER, I want to be very clear -- I do not want this journey to be about numbers or my outward appearance. I've been there, done that... time for something different!
Next, I'm middle-aged ... that is if I am blessed to live into my 90s ... as I am just 4 months shy of my 47 birthday. That still amazes me -that number... RIGHT this isn't about numbers but whoa, that one is crazy to really contemplate. I am not sure what 47 is suppose to feel like?? Mature? Pulled Together? Wise? I still feel confused about my life and purpose - most days, holding onto confidence by my finger-tips - but always hopeful since coming into relationship with Jesus back in 2005 -- even with Him, I still struggle, it scares me to think where I'd be without my Catholic Faith (especially my love and dedication to the Sacraments, Scripture and prayer!)
Lastly, I am a Catholic Radio host - my show is called A Seeking Heart with Allison Gingras on Real Life Radio. WHAT on earth does that have to do with getting healthy? The format of my show is all about BOOKS!! I discovered very early in my own spiritual journey that opening the right book can CHANGE YOUR LIFE! My personal reversion story has been paved with books -- LOTS AND LOTS of books!! I have a degree in English, so my obsession with books started fairly young (though I am a terribly slow reader - I think my Ad/hd has a lot to do with that...those darned squirrel moments!) The more time I spend reading Catholic books the more I realize the amazing way God uses ordinary, everyday people to help each other through the power of the word ... makes sense that books would play such a pivotal role in spirituality! The same God that inspired the Catholic writers is the same God who used the WORD made Flesh to conquer sin and death.
Words are powerful -- so that is why I prayed for a book to help me with this 35+ year battle ... and I believe I have found it with Mary DeTurris Poust's Cravings: A Catholic Wrestles with Food, Self-Image, and God (Ave Maria Press) ... here are three thoughts I am mulling about after finishing reading the Prologue: