Quick House Update

Thought I would update everyone on the house.   We now have cabinets, flooring and our appliance.  Robert and I are starting to get excited about the house.   We are getting very close to it being finished!!  I can’t believe it has been almost two years since we had our own place to live.   Our journey to having a place of our own is almost at a close, then we start a new journey!

Robert and I have been blessed beyond words and measure the past few months with words of encouragement and support while we are in our final weeks of house building.  These words have meant so much to us.   Those of you who have provided these words just don’t understand how much it has helped.  It has been a long summer waiting on our house to be finished so we can move in.   While we are not in our house yet it is getting so close we can feel and smell it.

Thank you to our readers who have been part of our journey to a new house.  I can’t wait to share with you our house when it is finished!   I look forward to many more journeys with the readers over the next few years.

For those of you who are wondering about my weightloss journey. Well,  after getting caught up and finding myself upset for not being selected for Biggest Loser, I am hoping to get back on the straight and narrow to finish losing my weight.  Thank you for the kind remarks I have received about this journey..  I will be writing a new post in the next few days addressing this entire situation!

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Wow! When started this blog a year and a half ago I never realized the number of people I could and would reach.  Looking at my results today, after my last entry, I am totally amazed.  I did not write to have you feel sorry for me, I simply want my story heard, and if in the process I can help change someone else’s life then I will have completed my mission in life.

The support you have all given me through this blog and social media has left me speechless.  I wish I could say thank you in person to each of you.  While Robert and I may not have received the phone call we were waiting for but  I  believe, deep inside of me, that there is something greater waiting on us.  Does this mean if given the opportunity I wouldn’t jump at it? No!  I would, given the chance take it, not for the money or fame but for the opportunity! I believe  I could learn so much more about myself, also I would be able to share what I learn with those in my community and  that my friends would make it worth it.

Now, that I have dealt with the disappointment of not being called back, I have to begin to develop a plan to overcome these years of weight struggles I have had.  My wonderful husband has been racking his brain, reaching out to people and trying to convince me of a plan he has in mind. He has truly demonstrated how much he loves, cares and wants me to be successful in this area of my life. So as we develop a plan, look for help and begin this journey I know I have the support of so many and can’t wait to share the experience.

By the way,  if you have been wondering about our house … we have about three to four weeks left before it Is finished.

“I Am Proud of You”

Many of you are aware, Robert and I set out on a journey yesterday.  This journey was very out of character for me!  It put me in a place of exposure, a place I wasn’t sure I was ready to be.   Yes, you know we auditioned for The Biggest Loser! Robert and I woke up yesterday morning around 3:00 and headed to Atlanta where we stood in line for over 5 hours in the heat and humidity.  The line for the audition wrapped a city block, which in Atlanta is gigantic!  While we were waiting for hours on end we were able to talk with individuals around us, hear their stories, and simply people watch.  The people watching was so much fun, LOL!   I realized while standing in line that no matter how rough our past 2 years have been with our up and down struggles there were people out there who had worse struggles!

I know and believe there was a reason we went to Atlanta.  There were too many details which had to fall right into place.  Then when we were praying and seeking God the hardest about if we needed to go or not, we received a phone call!   The phone call came from California and it was the producers of the show asking us to attend auditions! Looking around at all the people in line, I began to wonder if all of this was for nothing BUT then I reminded myself that God had opened a door for us and only He could close it.  Now, looking back, I wonder why did God open the door for us, what is He trying to teach us?

Finally after FIVE long hours in the sun and heat we made it to our interview!   Our interview with ten other individuals, WHAT?!?!?!?!   Surely this had to be  a mistake, nope, no mistake!   I found myself in a daze, here we had stood in line all this time to have an interview with The Biggest Loser and we had to share our time with ten other people!  The biggest shocker was we only had seventy seconds to tell our story!   Seriously!  Seventy seconds is not enough time and was not enough time to tell our story, to show our personality and to persuade them we were the next Biggest Loser!   So, after sitting down, hearing others stories, it was time to share my story.  What should I say, what would I say, what did I say?!?  I simply told the truth, the simple truth!  This was my story, my shortened story (I had more to tell but in less a minute what all can you say):

I have been overweight my entire life.   I actually weigh now what I weighed as a freshman in high school.   All of this extra weight leads to one thing in school and that is what I seemed to get a lot.   From being slapped in the face every afternoon on the bus , to always being picked on by students and teachers — much of it was hidden and not visible to everyone.  Many times I felt as though I was invisible and worth very little.  Now, I find myself teaching in the county and school district I escaped from after graduation, the one I swore I would never come back to.  I want to be a role model for the students I teach, after all I teach in the unhealthiest  county in Florida.  I want to show these little ones I teach, that you can overcome your circumstances of growing up in a low income community and an unhealthy community and be SO much more!

I wondered from the time I left the interview room  if I said enough BUT I mean I only had a few seconds to talk — actually less than the seventy seconds, I was told I would have.  I pondered if my story of wanting to give back was enough!   Robert had assured me it had to be!   He said I was the only one who even mentioned giving back — everyone else simply mentioned their struggles!

 So when I went to bed at 1:00 A.M. this morning, waiting on a phone call back from the producers, to which I am still waiting on (we were told they would be making call backs between Saturday and Monday) I felt a peace that no matter what happens I placed myself out there.  I did something, I normally wouldn’t do — I made myself vulnerable!   I did what I knew I was supposed to do — I went through the door God opened for me.

But to make sure I understood He was pleased with me and I did what I was supposed to do, this morning – early, very early – I heard these words directly from God, ” I Am Proud of You!

Robert and I.  Our second anniversary picture.

Robert and I. Our second anniversary picture.