Dads on a Diet

Left: Mother of 16 children. Right: 42-year-old holding in gut for the picture.

Wendy is quite a model mom. She has delivered 16 children. She weighs less than she did when we were married. She gets to the gym nearly every day (thanks to the tremendous sacrifice of her husband who stays home with the kids). She has a following of ladies on Facebook, all encouraging one another to get into shape and lose weight.

When Wendy published Love in a Diet in 2010, I teased her. “The pressure’s on, Wendy,” I remember saying. “If you don’t lose weight and keep it off, you’ll be in the spotlight.”

I know. That wasn’t very nice. Today, I’m incredibly proud of Wendy. She not only lost her weight a good nine years ago, inspiring her to write the most encouraging Love in a Diet, but she’s kept it off. What a testimony!

I’m running out of excuses. I’ll turn 42 this year. I don’t drink beer, but I definitely have a beer belly. I walk the dog everyday, but I struggle up the hill from the creek. Hardly in shape. I sit in a desk chair way long, sometimes with an unhealthy snack at my side.

That’s it. I’m sick of my gut. I’m tired of being tired. I’m at least 15 pounds overweight, and I’m gonna lose it this year. Huzzah! [tweet this]

Here’s what I’m doing in 2012. I’m going to read my wife’s book and I’m going to lose 15 pounds! I’m going to be one of the ladies and follow my wife’s Facebook page! And I’m going public about it!

I showed this post to Wendy this morning. You know her response? “Pressure’s on, Chris.” You’ve got to be cruel to be kind.

Here I come, 2012! Any guys out there ready to join Wendy’s following? I’m laying my masculinity on the line and jumping on board. I’m going on a diet! Post below if you’re with me!


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About Chris Jeub

Chris is the father of 16 children, busily running the family businesses and learning the depths of love along the way.

  • http://comptines.over-blog.com/ Nicole Snitselaar

    I’m starting tomorrow!
    I have always been skinny but I have had Chiméo and lots of cortisone (from 60 mg I am now down at 9,) So for the first time in my life I am putting on weight….. Snifffffffffffff
    Seems as I put on 1 KG just by breathing!!!!
    I can’t exercise but I can eat less sugary stuff and no salt…
    Now at 55 I realise how hard it is to keep up with a diet !
    I will follow you the best I can!
    Bon courage!

  • Sheila

    Hi Chris,
    Happy New Year from the UK!
    Don’t worry,my husband is 50 in three weeks time and is feeling the same as you about his weight.He needs to lose 28lbs which is mainly on his middle.Like you he does not drink beer but years of sitting at a desk have taken their toll.He started to go to the gym but since being made redundant in November cannot afford to keep going.He has been given a bike though so that will be his exercise for the time being!
    He is also keeping busy painting the house which he didn’t have time to do when he was working so that will help as well.
                                        Keep us posted on your progress.I’m sure that Wendy will have some useful tips as she looks great!

    • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris Jeub

      Tell your husband to do it with me! You have Wendy’s book, right? I’m going to be reading it myself and blogging on it in the next couple of months.

  • http://thepassionatehomeschooler.blogspot.com/ Pam

    Bravo Wendy. Good luck to the guy next to you holding in his gut for the picture! lol! They only get off for so long while we do the hard stuff…then it’s their turn. Not that I’m laughing–well not on the outside anyways!
    ps. My Fitness Pal is a great way to keep accountable. Just saying.

  • Jane

    “Wendy is quite a model mom. She has delivered 16 children. She weighs
    less than she did when we were married.”

    I don’t think being a good mom has anything to do with weight.

    • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris Jeub

      What I meant was that she LOOKED like a model, not that is the MODEL MOM.

      But now that you mention it, she’s both! =)

  • jenny

    I just bought an elliptical machine today!   I am so excited to be able work out and still see what the kids are doing out of the corner of my eye!   I have Wendy’s book and I gave it a excellent rating on amazon.
    BTW Chris, You sure don’t look fat on the pictures, very trim! 

    • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris Jeub

      Thank for the complement, Jenny, but I have to be honest. I’ve become an expert in hiding the gut. I’m at 209 right now and want to be at 194. When I reach that weight, I may consider to keep on going. For starters, I’m losing 15 pounds!

      • jenny

        Make sure you do before and after pictures so people believe that you actually did lose some weight by following your wife’s book!
        BTW-I like the adds on the side, I hope it does you all well too!  Do you get paid if people click on the add or buy from the seller?   If you would put a link to buy through amazon on here, I would use it.

  • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris Jeub

    One week later: A bunch of women commented. Not one guy is joining me. And I signed up in a Facebook dieting group with my three sisters. 

    But I don’t care! I lost 1 pound already…14 to go. And I’m feeling great!