100 pound loser ~ a book review & my renewed perspective

I had the usual struggles with weight and health that come with aging. At the age of 33, this 130 pound wife and mom of 2 was in the best shape of my life. Wham! Life hit me from behind. Yes, Literally, I & our then 7 & 9-year-old children were hit from behind by a semi. Yes, they are OK  That was exactly 14 years ago today. Now, our son will be 24 on January 6 and our daughter will be 22 on February 3. Praise \o/ the Lord for His Blessings!

That next year, while learning to live with ‘new normal life’, I ate and drank whatever gave me comfort, however temporary it was. Looking in the mirror one day, I discovered a frowning woman, whom I did not recognize…at first. As I looked closer, I found myself in her eyes and stared in silence, while awful reality seeped deep into my soul.

Soon afterwards, stepping on the scale at the Doctor’s office, I was horrified to learn the number that represented this stranger who looked at me in the mirror. The number confirmed my ‘new reality’. I had doubled my weight…in just. one. year. *long, slow sigh* From there I struggled from 260 pounds to 180 pounds. Victory! But then, life hit again. I was not prepared. I struggled still, yet, I found myself back to 220 pounds. Seems that I’ve been everywhere in between since. Today, my body weight is 195.8 pounds, a BMI of 33.42 (yes, I just weighed myself!), a renewed perspective, a long-term Goal of being a ‘35.8 pound loser’ and Praising God that… 

I found myself this first week of the New Year 2013 sitting down to read this eBook called 100 Pound Loser: How I Ate What I Wanted, Had Four Babies, & Still Took Control Of My Weight – And You Can Too! by a sweet lady that I had kind of ‘met’ online via’ some twitter friends & her blog. I was thinking ‘This sounds like it will be a good book of encouragement. I’ll read this so I can share this encouragement with others. Maybe I’ll learn something new to help me lose a few pounds because the 30+ Pounds I need to lose, just seems out of reach for me now.’

I hear the word, Weight. And Ugh! Just the word brings on sad, frustrated, guilty & depressed feelings.  Do you look in the mirror and Smile? My answer was an un-hesitated “No. Not often”. So, when I read the Dedication of Jessica’s Book, “To every woman who has ever looked in the mirror and frowned: you are loved.” …hmm, I had a strange feeling that I might find more in this little book than just how to lose a few pounds. I was right.

Happy Surprise. Jessica is Not an Expert! I love that she is just. like. me. and I’m sure, just. like. you. She is a woman who wants to have a healthy body. I grew to like her more and more as I read. I felt as if we were having a conversation in my living room, each of us, curled up on either end the couch with mugs of hot coffee, a roaring fire in the fireplace, snow falling outside the window… Ahem…ok so yes, I like winter and I really liked her straightforward, conversational style of writing.

She is honest. She is authentic. She is simply sharing her story and perspective with humor and candidness to encourage us and cheer for us as we reclaim our health. Knowing there is someone else out there who experienced the struggle, has won the battle while still fighting the good fight provides a support. It will be a continued struggle. (I said she’s honest.) However, I can take control of my body. I am not alone in this struggle. When you read this book, you will know that You can take control of your body. You are not alone either.

As I was reading, I found that I could declare as Jessica did, “things had to change.”. I love that Jessica refers to 1 Corinthians 6:19 in her book. She gives great encouragement to all of us who have ever struggled with body image. I must admit that I struggled with body image even when I was at a healthy weight. Her idea of beginning with rejecting was a brilliant move! Nope…you’ll have to read it for yourself to see what I mean. All I will say is that my perspective is now in its proper place again…and will keep it there with the help of her many tips and insights.

I shared a little part of my story  with you so you may understand just how much Jessica’s story means to me. (gulp…those numbers are out there now!) I was taken by surprise at just how God is using Jessica and her book in my life at this moment…His Perfect Timing. Saturday, January 5, 2013 is the 14th Anniversary of the accident. I am posting this review on this date because I am creating a Positive Moment to Remember on January 5ths in the future. I am excited to say . . . I have a Proper Perspective. -35.8 pounds is a ‘do-able’ Goal. I’ll be Celebrating all future January 5ths as a ‘Pound Loser-Health Finder’ Anniversary!

So…What do YOU have to Lose?! Improper perspective? A negative body image? Bad eating habits? Self-control issues? A few pounds or 100 pounds? 

No Matter what Your Goals Are this year, I know you’ll be encouraged by Jessica and her book, 100 Pound Loser: How I Ate What I Wanted, Had Four Babies, & Still Took Control Of My Weight – And You Can Too!

*Grab a Copy of Jessica’s Book HERE.

Jessica’s Blog ~ Muthering Heights and other Senseless Sensibilities

Thank You Note ~ Jessica, I offer my sincere, heart-full ‘Thank You!’ to you. One day this year, I pray that God Blesses you as He is blessing others thru your heart and the work of your hands. Also, that one day, I’ll be able to give you a {HUG} in person. For now…here’s a cyber {HUG}. Love Ya, Susie 🙂

*Jessica gave me a copy of her book for a review.  I am pleased & honored to help her spread the word about her book!

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About Susie Cantrell ~ SusieMM413

Christian. Created Mountain Ministry to Encourage others on the Journey thru various ways. I am a Speaker-Writer-Teacher-Artist who Loves Jesus, my husband & best Friend, John & our 2 Children, Andrew & Martha. I was a HS English & Social Studies Teacher, then 'Life Hit Us from Behind' - literally Kids & I are car-VS-semi-SURVIVORs, *kids at ages 9 & 7 had minor injuries & recovered quickly. *me-Brain Injury SURVIVOR along with multiple soft-tissue damage, head2toe. Now? Praising God for Miracle of Life & Trusting Him as I continue the Journey & climb the 'Ministry Mountain'. I love to meet Sojourners, Share The Word & my Journey Lessons and make new Friends! Love Ya, Susie :)
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1 Response to 100 pound loser ~ a book review & my renewed perspective

  1. Patti says:

    What an encouragement! And praise God for 14 years out. You have been through so much, Susie. I’m so thankful you’ve allowed God to use your suffering for His glory, and in turn you have reached out to bless others with His hope and love. Hugs to you lovely daughter of the King!

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