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Weight Loss, Confidence and Working From Home



Some of you may have heard that my new book, Do Life Different, just released on February 1st. (If you somehow missed my excited raving about it, check it out here).

The book is based on some of the video devotions that I have recorded for CWAHM over the years. As I was putting together the list of videos that correspond to the book, I was amazed at the change that I saw in myself.

I recorded that first video devotion in August of 2010 – nearly four years ago. I was nearly 50 pounds heavier and totally insecure behind the camera. I had to force myself to do that video because I had promised a friend and mentor that I would put myself out there and say what God had laid on my heart. I think I must have recorded it ten times before I just gave up and went with what I had. 🙂

And so the videos began. I was very careful in the beginning to show just head and shoulders – I didn’t want anyone to see the real me, the “heavy,” insecure, vulnerable lady behind the scenes. I had gained a lot of weight with each of my pregnancies and then was diagnosed with a thyroid disease which added even more pounds. I was so heavy that I couldn’t even walk up and down the stairs in our house without huffing and puffing.

I was uncomfortable and unhappy with myself.

DLD coverI worked on losing weight from 2008 – 2012 and had taken off about 30-40 pounds from my scale-topping highest. In 2012 my husband (who also had a few pounds to shed and heart problems plaguing him) and I decided that we had had enough and were ready to make a change.

We began a c25k (couch to 5k) running program.  Just typing the word “running” and thinking back to my beginning makes me laugh because at that time I literally could not run from one light post to the next in our neighborhood without stopping. I couldn’t walk up the big hill to our house without numerous breaks to catch my breath.

Together my husband and I kept at it and I took off another 45 pounds (he lost nearly 100!). We then joined up with a Run For God chapter meeting at our church and are now getting ready to co-teach a 10k running Bible Study this spring.

As I lost weight and spent more time in front of the camera recording video devotions, I began to see my confidence level climb. I’m more outgoing, more outspoken (much to some people’s chagrin, I’m sure) and I have so much more energy.

Until I lost the weight I didn’t fully realize how limited I had become as far as doing activities with my kids, having energy and motivation to run CWAHM, and even just having the desire to get up off the couch and fully live life. I had also become limited in what I was willing to try. I had lost confidence and wasn’t as willing to take risks or try new things as I had been in the past.

I share this story not to guilt you – not at all – I know firsthand how hard it is to lose weight. And it can be even harder if you have other health problems compounding the situation.

I share my story to be vulnerable and share with you what God has done in my life.

I still have some weight to lose. I’m still a very slow runner. I still have a LOT of things in my life to work on.

But I’m more confident and comfortable with where God has placed me and with doing the things that He has called me to do.

As we were chatting about my journey recently, a good friend made the comment, “If your business is healthy but your physical health is failing, what good will it do you?”

Isn’t that so true?

So, if you happen to be watching the videos linked to in Do Life Different, take note of how far God has brought me. Giggle with me as I fidget and stumble over words in those first videos. Celebrate with me as you see the weight slowly disappear over the course of the videos.

Maybe He is nudging you to take action in some area of your. Maybe it’s your physical health or maybe it’s your spiritual or emotional health that needs attention. Take the plunge, friend. Do the work. I know it’s hard. I know it’s scary. But it will be so worth it at the other end.

I’ve been on quite a journey, friends, and I’m happy to share it with you warts and all.

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
3 John 1:2



  1. When we are vulnerable about the journey, others can relate and then share where they are on the road. It makes such a difference to know we’re not alone!

  2. CWAHM says:

    You’re so right, Sally. I always hesitate to be vulnerable, but I’m learning that we must share our lives – the good, the bad the ugly – if we really want to make an impact in the lives of others. (It’s still scary, though!)

    Thanks for your kind words. 🙂

  3. Joy Poulsen says:

    So true! The more we share our struggles the more others can relate to our victories <3 Thank you so much for sharing this and I am so proud of your weight loss journey! Joy

  4. CWAHM says:

    Thank you, Joy! ((hug))

  5. Wow! I am in tears Jill. This is so very inspiring. I can’t begin to tell you just what you did for my spirit at this moment. I have over 100 pounds to lose and it gets REALLY hard sometimes to look in the mirror and admit that WOW I really got that big. I am elated with where I am today but still some days I just want to quit. I have to push daily and reading this helped me to push more.

    Crying and goodness I did not want to do that today!

  6. CWAHM says:

    Oh, my friend, I have been there! I keep waiting for that day when I look in the mirror and am satisified … maybe that will never happen? Trying to remind myself daily to celebrate how far I have come and keeping pushing onward.

    Keep at it, girl!

  7. Kim says:

    I did the journey once before, losing 60 pounds and keeping it off for almost 2 years. But then, like the Israelites, I turned my eyes from God and sought comfort from my former idols.
    Thanks for this blog. I’ve been struggling to find the motivation to start exercising and know the Holy Spirit moved you to share your story to help me get refocused.

  8. CWAHM says:

    Oh Kim, I pray I can stay on this path. I end up like the Israelites much more often than I care to admit. Come run with me anytime! 🙂

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