Controlling My Weight

I hope you enjoy celebrating the coming of 2011! New Year’s Resolutions will quickly follow, and if I were to poll all the moms in the world and ask them what they’re resolved to do, I bet at the top of the list is “lose weight.”

Wendy Cooking

Weight is a heartfelt issue for most moms, which is why I wrote about it.

Being a mom of 15 children — expecting my 16th — gives me a lot to say about this subject. My book drills down deep into issues that matter to moms like me. Here are the first couple pages, just to give you an idea…

Why did you pick up this diet book? Yet another diet book. It’s all right. This one is real. I know, all the diet books claim to be real, but this one is written by a real person with a real jean size. I’m a mom, simply a mom. Not a diet specialist with diet food or pills to sell.

I do have this unique claim: I am the mother of 15 children. No, none of them were adopted. I delivered 15 human beings into the world. For the past 18 years I have been either pregnant or nursing, sometimes both.

And today I weigh less than I did when I got married.

But it hasn’t always been that way. For quite a while, I gained a bit more weight every pregnancy. After my 10th child in 2002, I weighed 50 pounds more than I do now, and was five sizes bigger.

“Self,” I would say, “you can’t really do anything about it. You are the mother of 10 children. You are supposed to be overweight.”

You have to admit, my excuse was pretty dandy. Few people would argue with a mother of so many children. What does a mother of 10 look like in your mind? Plump? Pudgy? Overweight would be too kind, I imagine. Borderline obese is probably closer to the truth. I was that mother of 10 and I had the same picture in my mind.

But I was wrong, wrong, wrong! I had fallen for an image of myself that I didn’t like nor deserve. I was overweight and unhealthy in my mind and, therefore, exactly what I thought of myself.

I wish I had a book like this to encourage and teach me principles that would correct this body of mine. I learned through trial-and-error. I know there are thousands of moms out there like me, wanting to be good moms who are in good shape and are encouragers to their husbands and children. They think, as I did, “If I could just get this weight thing figured out.”

I’ve figured it out. I love the image of myself. I love being able to share these dieting principles with other moms. I’ve found “Love in a Diet,” which is a reflection of love of family and love of life.

Love in a Diet

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So if you’re overweight or have trouble staying at a comfortable, healthy size, you’re in for an encouraging read.

If kicking the weight problem in your life is a New Year’s resolution, I applaud you! I hope my book encourages you.

About Wendy Jeub

Yes, Wendy Jeub has brought 16 children into the world, and loves each and every one of them. So much so, she'd welcome more!

  • http://www, Vicki

    It really is a great book!

  • tereza

    When I first read the book, I hated it!! Much like you hate to hear the truth when you know it’s the truth but you don’t want to face it. I was really mad at Wendy for making it look so easy.

    A few months later I picked up the book again, and this time I was ready for the message. It’s not easy but it is DOABLE. and that is the main message of the book: if you want to lose weight and be fit it is POSSIBLE. It takes work, takes knowing oneself and one step at a time.

    Every person is different so you have to adapt and use what works for you – which is another one of the messages of the book. I have lost 20 pounds in 6 weeks doing just that. I am planning on losing more weight but for now I am just maintaining it.

    I recommend Wendy’s book to anyone who thinks that there is Only one way to lose weight or it is TOO HARD! The book is great because she shares step by step of her journey.

    thanks Wendy for sticking to the Truth!! :) happy New Year!!

    Question: how much weight, on average, do you put on with each pregnancy after you lost all that initial weight and became fit??

    • Wendy Jeub

      Tereza, Every pregnancy is different and I still eat good and I exercise but I gain about 35 or so with each one and I take it back off.

  • tereza

    Happy New Year!!!

    Thanks Wendy for answering my question. That’s about the same amount I put on too.. the difference is that I have been keeping about 10 pounds on with each pregnancy (my 4th baby is 10 months old now).

    The good news is that I am on the path of controlling my weight and I have already lost 20 pounds. Your book was key to triggering the change. :) thanks so much,


    • Wendy Jeub

      Tereza, I have to tell you that I LOVED your honest response that “You hated the book for being real!” LOL! What a great review!

      Congratulations for the 20! You can do this. ((HUGS))

  • Gini Walker

    I received the book a month ago and started reading it yesterday, almost done..It is an easy read and I love it..I am very inspired and ready to climb the climb..Thanks for being so real..The difference compared to other books or “diets” I’ve tried are the little/long lasting changes that I can make for such a big impact. It’s not a regime it’s just living life. Every page had something I could take a run with. I don’t have to wait for a package or go to a meeting. I can just get started. It is so doable!! Blessings to you and your family this New Year!!

  • Thepeach

    I spy a Saladmaster pot!