As I mentioned in a previous post titled, "I Like It! I Really Like It!", I was actively involved in band, vocal music, and theatre throughout high school and college, and even majored in Music Education when I attended college (the first go around) right out of high school. I have always had a great love of performing. There is something about telling a story, be it through word or music, that has always been dear to me. The conveyance of thought and emotion via the arts is simply a part of who I am. With that in mind, I just love how God brings the pieces of our lives together! I have been very blessed to have served for the last 20 years in the arena of church drama ministry, and have worked as the Creative Arts pastor for my church the last several years. It has been one of my greatest joys to share the Gospel in this manner. My passion for sharing the thruths of God's Word has been blended beautifully with my love of the arts, and I am so thankful for that!
Recently, an opportunity came up that has returned me to my traditional theatre roots! I had heard that a local theatre was holding auditions for one of my all-time favorite shows, "The Music Man", and after some prayer and discussion, my family decided that my oldest son and I would both audition. I am happy to say that we were both cast! This is proving to be a great time for me to sharpen my skills and learn from others, as well as to expand my network of friends who are locally involved in the arts. Plus, I love that I'm getting to share this experence with my son! We've only had a few rehearsals so far, but we're already having a blast with it!
As I think about actually performing in this type of show again, I cannot help but realize that 146 pounds ago, I would have never even considered auditioning. Oh, I would have wanted to very much, but my physical condition would have kept me from it. I wasn't sick or battling any illness, but there is no way I could have stood on my feet through the long rehearsals or had the endurance to make it through 15 performances over three weeks. Not to mention, there is a good amount of dance that is involved in this show as well. Just the small section we learned at auditions would have been enough to do me in back in the days before I started losing weight. Now, I'm actually finding myself looking forward to starting the choreography work in the coming rehearsals! I'm thinking I need to wear my HRM to dance rehearsals so I can track how many calories I burn!
Day after day, I am realizing how much better my life is becoming as the extra pounds fade away. Don't misunderstand, I'm not saying that losing weight is making me into a better person or changing who I truly am. I'm still the same person, with the same heart as before. But what it is doing however, is allowing who I really am to come out of hiding. Each pound lost represents a restriction that I break through. I can psycially do more than I have in years, and I'm loving every minute of it! Even though two years ago I would have argued that my weight was not holding me back from living and enjoying my life, I was wrong, but I couldn't see it until I started making changes. I am able to do things and actively participate fully in life in ways I didn't realize I had been missing out on until now!
If I feel this good now, I can hadly wait to see what life is like when I reach my goal!
(Just a reminder/disclosure…I am not a medical professional or certified trainer, so anything I write in this blog is not intended to be taken as advice, guidance, or recommendations. It is simply a journal of my own personal experiences. Thanks!)