Day 277 – Randomness that leads to Revelation


Revelation that leads to Disclosure, to Acknowledgment and to Admission,

I have been storing Blog ideas on my iPhone for months now. I’ve been storing different topics and powerful quotes that inspire me all the while thinking that I would write about them someday.  As I sit here today I’m empty.  I want to write something but nothing is coming.  So I’m just going to spill and we’ll see if anything comes out of it.

 The cost of being overweight….
1. Time – I have been watching some really old movies recently.  They’re the movies that I’ve seen a number of times but just really enjoy.  I’ve been looking up their release dates and this really astounds me.    For example A Few Good Men came out in 1992. While You Were Sleeping came out in 1995. Wall Street came out in 1987.   The Pelican Breif came out in 1993.  The list goes on and on.  Where has the time gone?  I even remember the first movie I went to by myself, Dances With Wolves (1990).  This is significant because this began my habit of secluding myself away in a lone dark theatre with an extra-large popcorn, milk duds and diet coke. Oh the joy. Was I there for the movie or the food?  Well let’s see. Hmm? After seeing Kevin Costner in Robin Hood (1991)  four times I’d say I was there for the food.

2. Compensations – Let’s face it there are just some things that I can’t do because of my weight.  I’ve always prided myself of muscling through my weight issues.  I would give it my best shot and put my best effort forward.  I have found that I am creative in my efforts to get my jobs done.   For example before the Mr Clean Magic Reach I was using a broom to scrub the tub. All in an effort to not bend over to clean.  In teaching I follow a number system to collect and pass out papers.  Each student is assigned a number then all I would have to say is “Get in Number Order” and the students move around the room and form a giant circle.  I then collect and pass out papers as they walked pass me. I don’t have to move a muscle. I developed a great teaching technique but really I was just finding a way not to move this body around the room.
      After years of compensating for my weight I have reached a point of ineffectiveness.  I was helping some friends pack a trailer and I was useless.  I couldn’t help.  I was there ready to give a hand but I wasn’t physically fit enough to hop up, move around, haul or grab the items as needed. I couldn’t get into the positions that would help. I knew that if I got on the trailer that it would be difficult for me to get down. I would just be in the way.  Here my friends were struggling with some really heavy equipment and I couldn’t help.  I was useless and incapable. What a horrible feeling.  It makes me think about what others have done to compensate for me?  What allowances have they made for my size? What have they not planned because they knew I was coming?  Whew difficult revelations but it must be said.

3. $$$$$ Finances and Weight $$$$$ There is an actual dollar amount to this size.  I teach a class about basic finance and dealing with credit and budgeting.  I’m perfect for this class because of my life experiences.  I’ve paid down 90% of my consumer debt in the last 3 years.  As Beej stated I have tackled a mountain of debt and now I’m tackling a mountain of weight. The students often ask me what I bought to get into $45,000 of debt.  Well I just slap my thighs.  I go for the laugh but it’s really true.   I have eaten my way out of opportunities.  I have eaten my way out of trips to Europe, fancier cars or just some plain good old home improvements.

    So this leads to my City Slickers (1991) Moment. Remember the scene when Curly, played by Jack Palance, is giving Billy Crystal’s character, Mitch some life advice.

 What’s your one thing?

      Since #LosingIt is constantly on my mind then you would think it would be the one thing that I do better than anything else.  But at the end of the movie Mitch comes to the realization that he is happy with his one thing. It’s just he’s going to do it better.   To do it BETTER!
         If I do my one thing better, then everything else will fall into place. Right?   To do something better I will have to not be stuck in the past.     
Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing….” Isaiah 43:18-19  
      Use-ta-Coulda-Shoulda’s  is not a mind-set for change.    So “Snap Out of it! (MoonStruck 1987).   If I’m stuck in that state of mind then I’m never going to move forward.  Pastor Nick Higgens shared this same message last Sunday.         “God wants to move us from where we are to where he intends for us to be”.  Another friend added that we need to remember to let God move us and desire Him to lead us where He intends for us to be. 
“…. be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2

      So I will focus on my one thing. I will rest in the knowledge that I will do it better.  I will take action as the day unfolds. I will be purposeful and plan moments.  As I focus on this one thing all other things will come into better focus.

        As Loretta says Progress, not perfection.”

Not bad for a little randomness.   😉

  So do you know what my
one thing  is?

What’s your
one thing?


  1. To let God show you how to take action to find His good, pleasing and perfect will just for your life?

    This “random” post was wonderful… it hit me deep and caused me to think. I could relate to so much of it. Very powerful.

    My One Thing has been the same for so long… yet I am still learning how to do it better… and find myself wandering from it at times. Thanks for bringing it back into focus.

    Thank you for touching post.

  2. This is a really thought provoking post Shelli. I find myself in similar situations where I can’t really help without hurting myself or someone else. Weight can really hold you back, but I am ready to keep shaking it off.

    Thanks for this message.

  3. Very thought provoking post. It is so scary where time goes isn’t it?
    I used to think that my weight didn’t hold me back much, but in looking back – it really did in so many ways.

  4. Hi, Shelli! This is such a thoughtful post—and it got me to thinking, too.

    My purpose, of course, is the same as everyone else’s purpose: To be God’s very own, eager to do good. (Titus 2:14).

    Now the specifics of what that “good” is–that’s the tricky part, isn’t it? That answer is quite different for each of us. Fortunately, God knows the answer–and is willing to share it. 😀

    Thanks for turning my thinking in that direction today.


  5. Awesome post, Shelli. Definitely something to think about.

  6. I’m checking in on people who follow/followed my blog and glad to see you are still working on your weight. 🙂

    This was a good and very true post. Keep up your good work! 🙂

  7. Awesome post Shelli. I can relate to so much of what you say here. Especially the parts about not being able to do what you want to do physically. We will get this Shelli. We are young enough to bring it home and have the second half of our lives be fit!

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