I’m LaDonna Rae and NuLife2Me is my reflections, reactions and the raw realities of a very personal (and often very painful) metamorphosis of healing and becoming healthy.
I had weight loss surgery in 2007—I knew was that I was considered not just obese, but morbidly obese. Something had to change. My life depended on it. Initially, surgery was simply a personal choice that I felt I had to make in order to become healthy (aka smaller, less weight on the scales). What I never expected, thought, imagined or dreamed was how this once choice would overwhelm every aspect of my life and catapult me into a NuLife.
Weight loss surgery was a tool that stripped me of everything I held most dear and everything that held me. As I shed pounds, I began to shed toxic layers. I realized my God given passion, talent and love of food had become a love for food…food was one of the things that I held dear, my crutch, my undisclosed addiction.
When I could no longer feed my addiction by numbing out on food, sugar and the simple pleasure of eating— I was bombarded with emotions that I had long suppressed. I felt lost, terrified and completely alone. God began to show me that He is my friend—that He loves me, REALLY loves me, HE LOVES me unconditionally, just as I was…just where I was. God has made me/us to crave Him—with our whole being. That longing to be filled was as natural as breathing—but we have a broken, distorted and just plain messed up point of view.
He has proved, and continues to prove, to me that no matter what happens in my life, He is more than enough. He wants us to fully rely on Him. In today’s world—where everyone is addicted to something I choose to be addicted to Jesus. He is the only thing that will completely satisfy the CRAVING each of us has
I am a passionate advocate for people who must have a NULIFE. I have been told all of my life that I am too loud, too honest and too bold. My commitment to you is to be all of those things. I’m committed to a transparency and a “real-ness” that few people would be willing or audacious enough to try. I will be raw, uncensored and speak boldly with full disclosure.
My deepest desire is that you have a healthy NuLife—body, mind & soul. I pray that you learn that you can have a NuLife. That you realize that your addiction(s) is not a forever—you can change. I pray that we do not continue to define ourselves by our failures & mistakes but that our lives’ will be completely recalibrated and that we define our lives by God’s definitions.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and I will bring you back from captivity.” Jeremiah 29:11-14 NIV
NuLife2Me—Let’s Get Real, Let’s Get Healthy