My name is Theresa Borawski and I have been blessed with a miracle! I have lost 275 pounds, without surgery or fad diets, and went from a wheelchair to a treadmill! This is my story! To read more about my miracle, visit my website: www.theresaborawski.net and/or join my Facebook group: WE CAN CHANGE OUR LIVES!
Monday, September 23, 2013
Embrace the season.
Happy First Day of Fall! It’s very early in the morning…around
4:30 am and I’m snuggled under a blanket with a hot cup of coffee, looking out
at the darkness and listening to the sound of the furnace. Yes, it definitely
is no longer summer, although the temps may fool me later this week. The
weatherman says it’s about 30 outside, but I’ve yet to go out there to see how
bad the frost/freeze was.Unlike the few
things in my life that I actually have any control over, the change in weather
and the passing of time is going to happen with or without me. I suppose I might
as well “embrace it” and make the best of it!
When I was much heavier, I used to look forward to the fall….not
because of the gorgeous display of color, or the autumn holidays, or even the
smell of burning leaves and apple cider, but rather because it was an opportunity
to “hide” from the world. The shortening of the days and the cooler temps meant
that I could begin to hibernate and spend more time indoors, by myself, away
from the socialization that summer events often require. It was a time to “escape”
into my own world, where I could eat in private, hide behind heavy sweaters and
coats, go to bed shortly after I got home from work, and just basically “withdraw”
from society. It was in that isolation that I often turned to food to fill the
voids in my life. It was there that I could hide my pain, my size, my inner thoughts
When my professional or family obligations did require my
physical presence, I could “hide” behind big, baggy sweaters and jackets. It
was also the perfect excuse to sit all covered up with a comforter or lap
blanket when visiting friends and family.Those items did their job in chasing away the chill, but they also were
a perfect way to “cover up” so that I could not see…and more importantly…others
could not see how “big” I really was, nor could they see the physical and
emotional pain that was hidden deep in my heart. The clothing and blankets were
just another layer of protection around me, keeping me from looking inward and
coming face to face with the reality of my life.
Today, however, THANKS BE TO GOD, autumn means something
different! Autumn means that I might actually pick up a rake and tackle the
leaves that will soon cover my yard, perhaps even “jumping” in them when nobody
is looking! It means taking brisk walks
on warm, sunny afternoons, and making time to go to the fitness center after
work. It means going for a ride to see
the beautiful display of God’s glory. It means looking forward to seeing
friends and family for the holidays, and enjoying the company of others. It
means enjoying the ‘fruits” of the season, like apples, pumpkins and butternut
squash. Will I need to wear sweaters and coats and cover up with blankets….absolutely,
but now, I will do so to protect my body from the cold, not to hide my “heart”
Autumn also means that “sticking to a weight loss plan” will
become a bit more challenging and will require a more disciplined effort.
Tailgate parties, Halloween, Thanksgiving…..Christmas gatherings….not to
mention time spent indoors reading or watching movies, are all occasions of
temptation. We all tend to eat more during the fall, so be prepared and plan
ahead so that you always have a “back-up plan” and healthy snacks in the house
or on your possession. As the weeks progress, I’ll share some of the ways that
I have been able to get through those situations and still keep on track. I
hope that you all will do the same; after all, we are all in this together and I
learn so much from the sharing that you do.
I just came in from outside and it really is a bit chilly.
The spot on the driveway where my hose drips slightly is frozen but the sky is
clear and the moon is shining brightly. It’s beautiful actually! I went out
there because I wanted to take a picture to mark the first day of autumn. I encourage
you to do the same and post it on this site. It’s important that you take
photos of yourself along the way because on days when you are feeling
discouraged, you can look at some of those pictures and ‘see” that even though
you don’t feel like you are making progress, a picture says something different.
Often times we “can’t see” it in the mirror, but a “picture is worth a thousand
words” and our faces usually show a loss of even 10 or 15 pounds, even when our
bodies don’t necessarily do so. We might even be wearing the same size
clothing, but our faces tell a different story!
The picture I’m posting is in front of the Burning Bush that
I planted in my landscaping adventures this summer. The bush is absolutely
gorgeous right now…a flaming, brilliant red. It’s ironic that this tree is the
most beautiful during this time of year, when we tend to think of it as “dying”
for the winter. Reminded me that “we also truly shine….we display our “true
colors” when we “die to self”. When we allow God to strengthen and transform
our hearts and minds, we reflect goodness, health, and well-being. As you continue on your journey to better
health….and you ‘die to your temptations, whatever they may be’, be assured
that you are the most beautiful. As you shed the “bitterness, anger, jealousy, frustration,
greed….whatever”, you are actually allowing yourself to be more radiant that
you even imagined. LET IT GO….so that
you may be free to be the best person you can….REGARDLESS of size or weight.
BEAUTY and GRACE is not dependent upon numbers; it’s dependent on inner peace,
confidence, and a loving, kind spirit. As you grow in those things, your body
will follow suit. Be kind to yourself this week, treat your body, minds, and
spirits well, and things will fall into place.
Have a good day everyone…and if you had a rough weekend,
start all over today. It’s a new day…It’s a new season….perfect for a new