It has been years since I have suffered with migraine headaches. And though I have not had the intensity of those dark days, lately I have been noticing a shift toward the dark side again. I am pleased that these new headaches seem to lack the intensity and uselessness when I would lose an entire day and night. I was told they were due to hormonal and chemical changes in my body while going through “the change”. And just as was predicted – they eventually went completely away.
But headaches, like everything pesky in this life – have a way of revisiting during times of allergies, stress and even now – weight loss.
Greg and I have been on a strict program now for about 2 months and have both lost almost 20 pounds on our way to better health and fitness. It has been a process and a new discipline for us, especially the snacking out in the evening while watching TV. Instead of paying those high costs for weight loss programs, real or hype – I read up on what to do on a budget and found that by counting calories and recording things like excercise (how much, how long, what kind etc.) and by making better choices about food and portion control (thanks Lean Cruisine) we have seen significant change.
But with any change, comes adjustment and sometimes discomfort. “No pain, No gain” (or loss) rings plainly in my ear night and day. I'm not complaining – just being honest. Losing weight sometimes isn't comfortable. In fact it's downright uncomfortable when going without a lot of extra calories throws me into major headaches!
The other day I had one so bad and was on a road trip with Greg. We still had an hour to drive home and I was so sick – headache and stomach ache combined. I do not like being car sick – and had to have a plastic bag on my lap the whole way home – just in case. It was all I could do to get home, run upstairs and try not to throw up while the room was spinning around me. I ended up in bed for the rest of the evening. I don't like road trips too much anymore because of this. And yet – I know that this too, is probably temporary and my body will have to adjust.
Life is full of minor and major adjustments as we navigate forward toward a goal, or toward something richer and better for us.
We were watching Joel Osteen on Sunday morning and he reminded us of how the winds of change are blowing in our favor. I have heard this before – but it was so nice to hear again! Sometimes we forget to just stop and marvel at the Lord's great provision for us! We are all one phone call or one person away from that big breakthrough moment. As we live in the favor and purpose of God there will be a shift from the impossible to the possible. I believe that and have witnessed that in my own life over the years. God has always taken care of us, even when we stopped believing it for ourselves. Working behind the scenes, bringing people and events into our lives to teach or prepare us for something bigger and better.
I also believe that every discomfort either major or very minor is a learning experience. That is, if we allow it to be. If we can stop our whining and complaining long enough to see the lesson in pain. And I know there are many things I will never understand. Why a Mom has to die and leave behind two girls who need her. Why everyone is not healed that prays for healing. Why families seem to have more than their share of sorrow and tragedy. There are always those who have it far worse than we do. Than I do. It is in the remembering and choosing to focus on that fact that brings simple humble thankfulness.
Do you have pain in your body? In your emotions? Your relationships? The winds of change are shifting. It is right around the corner and often manifests itself when forgetting about yourself and seeing others in need. It is in counting your blessings for the small things in life you have been blessed with and the people who mean so very much. And though I don't like pain of any kind and especially these stupid headaches as I try to navigate to a “new normal” – I am grateful for so much. I've had the really bad ones and am so grateful for these much smaller and “doable” ones – that I can still think, move and navigate. It is just a minor discomfort.