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Life After 25

Well, it has been 4 days since the end of 25 in change. What is different?? I often forget that I can eat whenever I want! On Friday afternoon, I was feeling hungry–it took me a couple of minutes to remember that I could eat whenever I wanted that day! Food has never tasted as good as it has since the end of 25 in change, and I appreciate it so, so much more now than I ever have. My GI system is still in an uproar. Friday and Saturday were pretty good, but I think I overdid it Saturday, because yesterday I felt awful. Today I feel better, but my GI system is still unhappy. I think it will just take time to get back to normal!

We had the most amazing celebration dinner on Friday night! We gathered together as a group and had an amazing meal of spaghetti and homemade sauce, salad with a variety of toppings, fruit salad and cupcakes. 🙂 It was such a blessing to share that meal together and to marvel at all of the wonderful tastes we had so missed! It was a wonderful night of encouragement and celebration with the group I will have a special connection with forever!

I was worried during the midst of 25inchange that maybe I wasn’t getting enough out of it, that I was missing some huge lessons that others were experiencing. My wonderful, wise husband told me that I probably wouldn’t even see the lessons until it was over and I could reflect back–and he was so right! On Friday and over the weekend, I had so many thoughts about the things I learned through this experience. I learned to appreciate food and all the many blessings we have in our nation. I learned that food that I find to be gross and boring is all that many people have–and they find tremendous blessing and comfort in food that we would throw out here. I have so much more appreciate of everything I have–my food, my family, my home, my job. I have learned so much.

And I was so incredibly blessed by the other 24 advocates–we came in as a group of strangers and ended the best of friends! At Pathways, we often talk about “doing life together,” and I am honored and excited to do life with these amazing people!

I have told many people that 25inchange was one of the hardest things I have ever done, but also one of the most rewarding. I am amazed at how God changed my life, and can’t wait to see what he is going to do through this ministry! Part of me is fearful that I will once again become too comfortable, that I will go back to the “norm” and forget all that I have learned through this amazing experience. It is my prayer that I never, ever forget.

Thank you all for joining me on this journey! I could have never done it without your prayers and your support!


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