Where to begin?

Me holding our 6th child, following the gestational diabetes pregnancy.

I’ve totally been there.  Angry, frustrated, in denial…

I feel terrible.

I’m so tired.

I don’t feel like it.

I don’t want to.

You can’t make me!

The fact of the matter is, how we feel inside and out affects everything we do, or don’t do.

My big wake up call was gestational diabetes with my 6th pregnancy.  I had always been a “stringbean” all through school, maintaining my small frame at 5 ft 9 inches was never an issue.  I enjoyed being “naturally” thin.  I worked out when I wanted, I ate what I wanted…

And then – I started having children…  and I realized how much I liked to EAT with no boundaries.  (Brownies, cookies, ice cream and carbolicious things in particular!)  I enjoyed that, for the first time in my life, people encouraged you to get BIG and eat a lot!  I took “eating for two” to it’s fullest measures and ignored any goals of gaining a certain amount.  Sure I watched the main things for the first 4 pregnancies, no caffeine, no hot dogs, warm up your cold meat sandwiches and the like… and things began to slip further, and further away from my ideals and the post pregnancy weight kept adding another 5lbs to the bottom line.

Over the next 10 years I gained and lost 50-70 lbs on a regular basis, as I carried and and gave birth to our 8 children.  I would get down to around 140-150,  soon enough, with little to no work and then – I would be pregnant again and back up to 190-200+.  People often told me, “you look good …. for having X number of children.”  I know they meant well, but after a while – I started realizing that *I* was beginning to settle for looking a certain way, vs. how I felt and more importantly my worship to God IN the flesh.

Don’t get me wrong – we are SO thankful for our children, and the blessing of being able to have each special one… but being healthy, wasn’t ever my main focus during pregnancy – until it had to be.

If you’re a mom who thinks – “this is good as it gets, I’ve had 1,2,3… or more children” or if you’re just sick and tired, of feeling SICK and TIRED.  Then join us on an adventure of being encouraged to become healthy for HIM! 🙂

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” – Colossians 3:17

Posted on June 20, 2011, in Introductions, Start Here and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I HEAR YA on this one 🙂

  2. You do such a great job of inspiring others Jen and making that time to exercise! Keep up the great work!

  3. Even though I’ve been on this path for a few months now I am looking forward to the continued encouragement!

  4. Thank you for honest encouraging posts! Cant wait to read more!

  5. Hi all!
    Sara already knows how much I love this blog concept and the truths that God is sharing through her, and like you all, I’m in the same boat. I had a brief setback (called winter) to my fitness and healthy eating journey, but have been back at it for about 3 wks and feel GREAT!

  6. Woo hoo! Keep up the great encouragement Sara. Putting this on my favorites bar now. I ride such a roller coaster when it comes to excercising and eating healthy. I realize now that it’s my focus that’s wrong. I’m ready to feel good again, because when Mom feels good, the family feels good, and God can be glorified!

  7. Amen Traci – AMEN! 🙂 A lot of it is our perspective!

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