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.”
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.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.