Almost 4 months ago I embarked on what has become a life-changing journey when our church did a Hungry For Change campaign. For 5 days, the challenge was to eat roughly the same quantity and type of food that much of the world lives on daily. So for those days I, and many others at the church, had a 1/2 cup rolled oats (oat meal) for breakfast, 1 serving of rice and beans for lunch, another serving of rice and beans for dinner, and water. And that's it. You could argue that even the clean drinking water was a luxury.
Not only did it give me a picture of what much of the world faces where many populations live on less than $2/day and eat very little, it brought to the forefront my own unhealthy eating habits. I was snacking all the time, eating things I shouldn't be eating, and eating way too much in portion sizes. I was living to eat instead of eating to live.
I knew I needed to change some things long before the Hungry for Change challenge, but God used that time as a catalyst for change in me. Once the challenge ended, I made pretty significant changes in the way and things I ate, and although I knew I was losing weight and feeling better, it didn't really hit me until I was going through some images and noticed the difference between the 2 below.
36 lbs so far, which I realized the other morning is about a Saige and a half. I'd still like to ideally drop another 5-7 lbs and also start working out a bit, but I'm excited about the journey ahead now, one that no longer seems overwhelming.