One day a couple years ago I found myself indulging in a second, oh alright, let’s be honest, my third helping of a decadent chocolate cappuccino cheesecake with an Oreo cookie crumb crust that I had made. (Are you drooling yet? I wouldn’t blame you if you are because it really is rich and incredibly delicious.) There wasn’t anything unusual about this behavior for me. I admit, I love, love, love food especially desserts! I didn’t just indulge, I usually gorged. Don’t believe me? Ask my husband. He will freely tell you how voracious my appetite is. Eating was an obsession for me. Well, as I said, there wasn’t anything unusual about that behavior for me but what made that specific occasion unusual was that, as I was shoveling huge forkfuls of cheesecake into my mouth, I found myself simultaneously thinking about how much I really despised what I looked like and thinking that I should go on a diet again. What?! Really?! At that moment, I was insane! Yep, I said insane. Albert Einstein once said that the definition of insanity is, “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. One of the definitions in the online dictionary for insane is, “extreme foolishness or irrationality”. That is exactly what I was doing and thinking like in that moment.
Hi my name is Brenda Block and today is all about NEW BEGINNINGS!!! This is the beginning post of my new blog. Honestly, this is the beginning of my having blogged ever, so this is truly a new adventure. Why did I decide to write blog posts? Well, I realized that by writing about my own successes and mistakes along my personal journey of transformation to become a healthier and better person, I may be able to strengthen and encourage others on their own journey of transformation. Maybe I can help make a difference in others’ lives and that is important to me. You can expect to read about things that make you think and consider things that you might not have before, to be challenged to dig deeper, to find who you really are and to make changes for the better in your health and overall. In short, I hope to challenge you to start a new beginning of your own and then to continue on a journey of transformation, to discover what really matters and, in turn, you then make a difference in the lives of those around you!
Today represents yet another new beginning – one of the best beginnings ever in my opinion. I am excited because I have a brand new baby grand daughter!!! How exciting is that? So what could be more appropriate to write about today than new beginnings? Yea, I thought you would agree! How could you not, right? Nothing like a new baby to give you inspiration and hope! I must confess, I am not entirely new to being a Grandma. I had three boys with my first husband. Two are married to the “girls of my dreams” – they couldn’t have chosen better (both the girls and my boys J)! My oldest son has two girls and my youngest is the one who just had the new baby. Congrats to them! So now that makes three girls! My middle son is currently in college. I have discovered that God has a sense of humor and timing. You see, when I was pregnant with the first baby, I prayed for a girl. I really wanted to have a girl because I wanted to have a better relationship with my daughter than I had with my mother. I guess I figured I was going to fix what had previously been broken. Anyway, I reasoned at the time that if I had a girl first, then it wouldn’t matter to me what the next babies were. Crazy thinking I know, but there you have the truth of it. Well, I got a son. So the next time I was pregnant, I prayed for a girl again and I got another son. Third time is the charm, or so they say, so on the third pregnancy, I prayed for a girl and I got yet another son. Three boys! Well, I loved every single one of them and each of them matter more to me than they will ever know or possibly fathom. Fast forward a couple decades and now, I find it rather funny and ironic how my first three biological grandchildren are all girls! God answered my prayers – all three of them – just in his time, in a way that was far better. How awesome is that? Yea, I am laughing at how ironic it is while simultaneously crying in joy over how good God is. My husband (who is 18 yrs my senior) also has a son and a daughter from a prior marriage. Both of them are married and have children so I am technically a step-Grandma to five boys and two girls through them. That’s 10 grandkids. Wow, and I am currently only 49 years young! I am extremely proud of every single one of them!!! Days like today (and there are many, not just because of a new baby), I feel I could almost burst with pride for them. All of my sons are strong men of God with a steadfast faith and I feel so happy that my grand babies will all be raised in a Godly environment.
New beginnings are exhilarating and they bring inspiration and hope. They are a point in time – a snapshot, a picture of that new moment much like the pic here of my son with his new baby – my new grandbaby. However, time continues to move on from that point so new beginnings are a mark of change to come. There was an old and now there is going to be a new. The process of changing is called transformation and that is what I want Vispire Health to be all about. Each of us has the wonderful opportunity to make a decision to change, to transform, and that moment of decision is a new beginning. Deciding that your health will be a priority is a new beginning that marks a wonderful transformation to come for you. Is it always easy? Well we could ask my son and daughter-in-law that in a couple of weeks when they are sleep-deprived, right? You likely already know the answer is, “not so much”. Yet, it is still worth every single moment of it because it represents something much bigger and deeper that takes you so much farther than you could have ever dreamed. Making your health a priority is like that. It is not an easy process to change life-long habits. It takes a lot of persistent hard work to break down barriers that threaten to keep you mired in the old. It is a process that never really ends. You will keep learning just as I keep learning along the way. It is a journey – not a destination! However, I can promise you that the joys along the journey are so very, very worth it just as my son and daughter-in-law will discover as they raise their new little one! Some day you will look back and exclaim, “I wouldn’t trade the journey for anything and I am so glad that I made that decision. It was so worth it!” Are YOU ready for a NEW BEGINNING? Feel free to contact me if you would like some help. I also welcome your comments as we all continue to encourage each other on this journey of transformation. Be Well! Live Well!