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30 lbs of sugar. I can’t believe I used to lug this much weight every day.

I’ve been posting about my weight loss journey, sharing journal entries from about two months ago so I can offer you guys a daily chronicle of the weight loss journey, but I decided to slip an extra post based on where I am real time. It was just too impacting on me to wait 60 days to share.

Jerry and I were at Sam’s Club. He pointed to the sugar and asked me to pick up three 10 lb bags. I couldn’t believe how heavy they were, how much they weighed me down. I know the weight I lost was more evenly distributed, but still!

I can hardly process how I lugged that much weight around every day for so many years. No wonder I move with much more ease. No wonder I feel so much lighter, inside and out.

I’m so grateful to God who is leading this journey, to my husband who told me I could do it, to my prayer group who prays for my victory, to Ben M. who was convinced I needed to be a beta tester, and the people at Life Force who invited me in. And of course to BeNew.

There are obviously hard days on a journey like this. Days when emotions or party food or plateaus threaten my forward progress. But from where I stand right now, I am shocked at how much easier it has been than I expected. The good nutrition in Body Balance and BeNew has curbed the cravings and made me stronger. People all around me have been sick this winter, but I feel a sniffle, then it goes away. I have energy that sometimes shocks me. And I have fallen in love with movement.

When you’re thin you take the ability to move for granted. With most people the weight creeps on slowly, and you don’t even realize how much joy of moving you’ve sacrificed. I could cry when I think about how much effort it took to even get out of a chair sometimes, and how light I feel now. I treasure my meandering walks through the neighborhood. I feel like giggling when I can’t help but actually run a while. The other night I dreamed I ran, effortlessly, for miles, not blocks.

Spiritually there is change, too. It’s like I’d given God access to everything but my body. There’s a new connection between us, and I sense His pleasure as He watching me living more of the life He created me to live. We take walks together, and my heart bubbles forth as I listen to the bird sing or feel His prompting to pray something unexpected.

If you’re on the fence about facing your need to lose weight, please don’t delay. If you’re trying shed the pounds but ready to give up, don’t! It’s not only about looking better (that just wasn’t enough for me), it’s about living better. Fuller. Stronger. With more joy.

I still have at least 20, maybe 30 more to go. It’s coming off more slowly now, and on some days that’s frustrating. But I’m not stopping. Where I am is so different than where I was, and I can’t wait to see what it will be like where I’m going.


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8 thoughts on “REAL TIME UPDATE

  1. Paulette L. Harris January 20, 2013 at 12:05 am Reply

    Keep the faith and keep up the good work. God is with you every step sweet sister and I know you will be a success. Love…Paulette

  2. Paula Moldenhauer January 20, 2013 at 1:38 am Reply

    Thank you for your encouragement sweet lady!

  3. Martha Rogers January 21, 2013 at 4:21 am Reply

    You look wonderful, Paula. Our weight loss journeys are not easy, but then anything worth really working for is not easy…like writing a book. 🙂 Keep up the good work because you have the right attitude and the right partner…our Lord. Depend on Him and He won’t let you fail.

    • Paula Moldenhauer January 21, 2013 at 5:36 pm Reply

      Thank you, Martha! Your words are timely as I’ve hit a plateau. This is the second one. The first took two weeks, then I lost 7 pounds quickly. I expected this to do the same, but so far, no break . . . so the reminder to look to Jesus and stick with it is perfect.

  4. Carrie Turansky January 21, 2013 at 12:11 pm Reply

    That is a great visual to hold on to those bags of sugar. I’m right there with you . . . I’ve lost 30 pounds, but I have been stuck at this plateau for quite a while. That is hard. Even my doctor is saying I may not get past this plateau because I have been very overweight ever since I was a young child and have a ton of greedy fat cells, but I am pressing on and praying and asking the Lord to help me break through and get moving again. Thanks so much for sharing your journey. It is inspiring, and I appreciate you very much!

    • Paula Moldenhauer January 21, 2013 at 5:38 pm Reply

      I’m going to pray specifically for your break-through, Carrie! I’m sorry this has been so hard. I am in a plateau right now, too. Spent the morning researching ways to break out. I have a few ideas, so I’m going to pray for wisdom and keep pressing on! And I’m going to ask Him for victory over our present plateaus!

  5. […] You can read more about my sugar bag picture (or view it) here. I’ve thought about taking a new sugar picture. Now I could hold FOUR ten pound bags. I love feeling normal again. If you’re on this weight loss journey, too, don’t get discouraged. It’s so WORTH the effort. […]

  6. […] to think I’ve been carrying it around in large quantities, that’s just WORSE than the sugar picture I took a while […]

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