Faye Bryant

Getting through the holidays

It’s been a minute since I shared an update on my health journey. Let’s rectify that.

We’ve just come through the marathon eating season. By the time we finish Thanksgiving leftovers we’re stress eating as we shop for Christmas right up until the parties and gatherings of the holiday. It’s very easy to gain weight!

I confess. On Thanksgiving I had a bite of the cherry pie my daughter-in-love made. I had a bite of dressing, too. Both were about the size of a dime.

At the church gathering, I had a tiny bite of chess cake after enjoying some turkey.

For Christmas dinner, I had a smidge of mashed potatoes.

My weight didn’t go up, but it hasn’t been falling like it was before the holidays. However, upon the advice of my surgeon’s nurse practitioner, I didn’t utterly deprive myself, so I felt included and sated.

Now to get back to being super diligent about what I eat and getting more exercise. Currently down 88 pounds.

And my latest NSVs?
I can now use the stalls in public restrooms that are not the handicap size. This is a big one to me, because doing this means I’m recognizing that I’m not the size I was.

I walked all over Biltmore House and the grounds without having my heart pounding so hard and fast it felt like an attack. I didn’t have to sit down to rest every 20 minutes. I walked up steps and hills, and I felt good!

Oh! And one last NSV: I tried on my mother’s garnet ring. It only ever fit my pinky finger and for years, not even that. I also tried on her wedding set. THEY FIT!!! I believe Mom would be very happy, because she wanted me to have those and not to just leave them in the safe.

I am so grateful to God for this tool to move me to good health so I can better serve Him.