Weighin’ In at 49

In this place I’m better at 49 than I was at 39.


Desert heat. High altitude. Steep terrain.

This post was birthed in my mind a couple of months ago, but I’m glad I didn’t get around to writing it until now. It seems the perfect birthday post as I enter my last year of this decade.


One of my best friends and I went on an adventure the first week of September. It was an amazing unfolding of unplanned wandering into uncharted terrain.


Pictures don’t do justice to the challenge we faced with steep trails and long, windy stone staircases in these hot, dusty places. But thanks to stronger bodies, we didn’t cower.

We sweated. We ached. And we conquered.

Day after day, trail after trail, we found new heights to climb. There’s no way my body could have handled the heat or the repeated assault on lungs and burning muscles before.



The journey to health and weight loss gave me a new lease on life.



In 365 days I’ll enter my 50’s. Who could have dreamed I’d have more stamina and thirst for adventure than I did when I entered my 40’s?

My weight loss journey continues to have its shares of triumphs and frustrations. The fight to drop the weight took plain ole hard work. Maintenance isn’t a cake walk. (Yes, I chose that old saying on purpose.) But here is the victory: Hiking. Climbing. Rafting. Even strolls through the park with my honey.

Reclaiming my love of movement, my love of adventure.

Reclaiming a piece of me, long lost.

If you’re struggling along the journey to better health, may I encourage you with this thought?

It’s worth it.

Stick to it, and find your own adventurous self!

Until Next Time,

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7 thoughts on “Weighin’ In at 49

  1. Julie Harris October 29, 2014 at 11:23 am Reply

    What an inspiring post! Congrats on your success!

  2. realchange4u October 29, 2014 at 11:36 am Reply

    Amen, Amen, Amen For me or was like a revelation from God. It was his temple and I was not receiving the best he had for his temple. Now I am a more confident and powerful testimony for Christ. I love my new body. Thank you Lord. Paula I am so proud of what you have accomplished with the help of God. Now you have what you deserve. It’s truly amazing that God wants us to have the best. You know with everything around us pulling us towards destruction. God has overcomed the world. Enjoy your new self, laugh, love and share that with others. Many blessings to you and your family.

    Much love Tom

  3. Paula Moldenhauer October 29, 2014 at 3:56 pm Reply

    Back atcha, Tom. So thankful you, too, are enjoying new freedoms!

  4. Marie Keates November 4, 2014 at 7:20 am Reply

    Happy birthday. A little late because I’m behind in my reading but I hope it was a good day.

    • Paula Moldenhauer November 4, 2014 at 2:55 pm Reply

      It was a wonderful, relaxing day. I’m working on an editing project right now, and the man I’m working for gave me freedom to take the day off and enjoy. Had tea with friends, relaxed, shopped a little, then my daughter surprised me by inviting a bunch of my friends to bring a dish and show up unexpectedly for a meal and visiting, so the day ended with my living room full of several of my closest friends. Over the weekend my son and his girlfriend drove down from college so we could all go out to eat for my birthday. It was practically perfect–the only thing that could have been better is if my other son wasn’t so far away and could have joined us.

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