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From High School Jesus to Stolen Jesus: The Struggles of Jami Amerine in Finding True Jesus

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Fifth grade Jesus; high school Jesus; Mormon Jesus, If-Then Jesus; Americanized Jesus; Justin Jesus. These are names that have been used to refer to Jesus in the book, “Stolen Jesus: An Unconventional Search for the Real Savior.” Authored by Jami Amerine, this book is about a girl coming across different versions of Jesus as she grows up. The story that many readers have referred to as super relatable brings into the spotlight her personal experiences. Through her first book, Jami aims to help all those struggling to find the real savior – True Jesus. 

The author of the blog, “Sacred Ground, Sticky Floors,” Jami Amerine, was born into a Mormon family that later joined an Assemblies of God congregation. While her mother was a Mormon, her father was non-religious. The diversity in the beliefs of her family members forced her to search for reality on her own. It was her journey of finding the true Jesus that established so many different versions for her, making it a challenge to have faith. It eventually led Jami to break up with him. The struggle of finding true faith is, indeed, tiring and can astray one from their path, and this is what happened with Avenal, California-born Jami. 

It is the aggressive search for true Jesus that leads one astray…,” Jami further added, “Instead of figuring Jesus out, it is best to believe in his goodness all things will fall into place.” It was after the years-long search that finally led her to the right path. From believing in a variety of different versions of Jesus to breaking up with him, Jami found true faith, and she wishes to spread that message across the masses. There needs to be a guide for all those who, like Jami, are on their journey to discover Jesus. Her book is serving as that guide, something she would have appreciated at a time she was invested in her own struggle. 

Finding Her True Calling

Jami Amerine, an author, speaker, and blogger, did not even know that she was to serve as a guide for the people. She did not even know she was a writer until the world began to acknowledge her for it. She was still on her journey to identify the true Jesus when she was unknowingly pushed into a task to help people find the right path. ‘Life works in mysterious ways’ is not just an empty, meaningless phrase, but something that has been deduced from real-life experiences. A person always meets their true calling and purpose in life if they really look for it. Jami, due to her family background, was desperate to seek the truth. Not only did she find the truth, but also jumped on the bandwagon to assist all those standing at a point where she once stood, desperate for a guiding light. 

Growing up, she moved a lot due to her father’s career. Her family even joined an Assemblies of God congregation when Jami was seven and was also baptized in the Disciples of Christ denomination. When she was in high school, her family moved to Abilene. In 1996, she graduated from Wylie High School and entered the Abilene Christian University (ACU). During this phase, she was staying at a large ranch near Merkel. This was when she met Justin, who also grew up in Merkel. Her marriage with Justin led her to the Highland Church of Christ. After getting married to him, she, along with her husband, moved to Houston in 2017. 

Starting from fifth-grade Jesus, Jami Amerine came across various versions, which made her question her faith. Most of her life was spent “trying to reconcile” all these versions that she had come across during different phases of her life. Also, she “strove to please a Jesus who was far from real … a pattern that continued into her adult life.” 

After she acquired a prominent position as the blogger at “Sacred Ground, Sticky Floors,” she landed an opportunity to become a published author. She signed with Oregon-based Christian publishing house, Harvest House. Jami was offered a two-book contract. This was when she began writing the book, “Stolen Jesus: An Unconventional Search for the Real Savior.” The book that began as an attempt to share her struggles turned into a life-changing experience for her. For the first three chapters, she had broken up with Jesus, but after she came across the story of Grace, things began to unfold. Her book found a direction, and it was during this phase, she understood that the right faith was to believe that Jesus is good, and there is no ‘if-then’ situation. He loves his people without any conditions and is there to protect them from the evils of the world. 

The book gained a global appreciation, and it established Jami as a thoughtful and far-sighted Christian writer. Her first book was published in October 2017, and it was when she realized her true calling. Jami was meant to serve as a guide to all those who are stuck in a similar form of struggle. The fact that Jami herself was struggling with ‘what to believe and what not to believe’ makes her literal piece relatable and worth reading. 

Jami Amerine, mother of six, four biological kids and two adopted, is also a firm advocate of ‘foster care, adoption, and foster care reform.’ While helping the world understand the concept of Jesus through her life experiences, she also works to make things better for the children struggling in this world. Currently living in North Houston with her family, Jami has authored “Sacred Ground, Sticky Floors: How Less-Than-Perfect Parents Can Raise Kids Who are (Kind of),” “Well, Girl: An Inside Out Journey to Wellness,” and Coming November 2021 “Rest, Girl: A Journey from Exhausted and Stressed to Richly Blessed.” For her, this life has been a learning experience which she aims to share with her more than a million followers. She is an expert on women humor, marriage, learning disabilities, homeschooling, chronic illness, and other issues families face, along with Christianity. 

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The Role of Medicine in Achieving and Sustaining a Healthy Body Mass

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The CDC’s latest numbers classify approximately 42 percent of Americans as obese, and over two-thirds of American adults qualify as either obese or overweight. Living with excess weight heightens people’s risk for debilitating and chronic but otherwise preventable conditions like stroke, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers.

With new weight-loss drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy on the rise, many are wondering if these medications live up to their hype and can even help end the obesity epidemic. Sergio Padron, founder and CEO of online healthcare and weight-loss support company MD Exam, believes they can — up to a point.

“It’s important to approach these medications with a thorough understanding of what they can and can’t do,” Padron says. “Magic pills for weight loss don’t exist.”

The importance of achieving a healthy body mass

According to Padron, achieving and sustaining a healthy body mass is key to good health. To obtain your body mass index (BMI), online calculators like this one from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute ask for your height and weight, run them through the standard formula, and generate your score. The last step is to find this number in the standardized ranges considered underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese.

“Many healthcare professionals use the body mass index (BMI) for a quick approximation of most people’s health,” he explains. “All you need is the patient’s weight and height, and you can calculate this number.”

There are exceptions, however. “In particular, bodybuilders and other athletes can generate results that make it seem like they aren’t healthy, when in fact they’re in excellent condition,” Padron explains. “That’s because BMI doesn’t consider muscle mass, and muscle is more dense than fat. In addition, BMI doesn’t account for visceral fat being more dangerous than fat deposits elsewhere in the body.”

That’s why Padron cautions people not to make snap judgments based on BMI alone and to seek a more comprehensive view from healthcare professionals. “Factors like body composition, blood markers, and lifestyle need to be considered,” he explains, “which is one of the many reasons why we only offer individualized care at MD Exam.”

If your BMI falls in the overweight or obese categories, then it’s time to make a change. “Unfortunately, excess body weight means you could be developing major health problems that you otherwise wouldn’t,” Padron says. “Being overweight has also been associated with depression. In my experience, it can have a negative impact on self-esteem and even lead to the development of eating disorders.”

Luckily, groundbreaking new drugs have become available to help people recover their quality of life.

How Ozempic and Wegovy can help

According to Padron, pharmaceutical solutions like Ozempic and Wegovy can help most people achieve and sustain a healthy body mass. These medications reduce appetite and increase feelings of fullness, thereby enabling people to regulate their consumption better.

“One of the most important things our patients report is that they’re no longer tormented by cravings,” Padron says. “They find it easier to avoid overeating in the first place.”

In addition, Ozempic and Wegovy have been shown to decrease visceral fat — the dangerous kind of fat deposits. “The idea is to optimize health and well-being, not just lose weight,” Padron says. “We want to make sure you lose the right pounds. When you lose visceral fat and keep muscle, you are heading in the right direction and your body composition improves.”

In some rare cases, however, Ozempic and Wegovy aren’t effective. “Luckily, other interventions can be effective in those cases, such as Tirzepatide or classic weight-loss drugs,” Padron says.

Yet Padron emphasizes that weight-loss drugs alone are insufficient to achieve and sustain a healthy body mass.

Personalized, comprehensive support

“Just taking a pill won’t make pounds disappear,” Padron says. “To lose weight, it’s necessary to get real about your lifestyle and actually change your habits. If you haven’t been exercising, for instance, then it’s time to start getting up a little earlier and going for a morning walk. If you haven’t been eating well, then it’s time to stop buying soda and junk food.”

Easier said than done? “We know it’s hard,” Padron says. “That’s why our program takes support seriously. Our medical staff works with patients one-on-one to develop treatment plans that will work for them. We also provide coaching and connect patients to each other for mutual support and accountability. MD Exam is a community. People make friends for life on our platform.”

Lose weight, feel great

Obtaining a healthy body mass often leads to increased energy levels, improved mobility, and reduced joint pain. It can also help control chronic conditions like high blood pressure and sleep apnea, as well as forestall the development of preventable diseases. If that isn’t already enough, it can also boost patients’ self-confidence and mental health.

“Our patients experience an incredible feeling of accomplishment and empowerment,” Padron says. “Losing weight can be truly transformative. I can’t tell you how many people have told me their whole outlook on life has become more positive.”

For Padron, helping people lose weight is its own reward. “I love watching people shed their depression and come back to life,” he says. “This is the most rewarding work I can imagine.”

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