My Crisis Moment

This looks bad, but I was serving ice cream to the whole family.

This looks bad, but I was serving ice cream to the whole family.

After having carried and given birth to 10 children, I had put on a few extra pounds. A few pounds is being generous with myself. I saw 10, 20, 30 and how about 50 extra! But somehow I justified it in my mind. I just tried to not think about it that much. I had 10 children and I was nursing, so there really wasn’t anything I could do about it.

Sometimes we find ourselves in a place in life that we really don’t want to be. It takes a “crisis moment” to reveal the truth and help snap us back into healthy thinking and living.

This was my crisis moment. It was a Saturday and I was sleeping in while Chris was managing the house. He was cooking up a great big breakfast: eggs, pancakes, hash-browns and bacon. I went from bed right to the table and was enjoying the wonderful syrup that was poured over most of my plate.

Then I saw something outside. My brother Tod was walking up my walkway. What?! Tod lives in Wisconsin, and as far as I knew he had never to been to Colorado. What a nice surprise! I jumped up and threw open the door and we wrapped our arms around each other. He gave me a bear hug, you know the kind where your back cracks like a knuckle.

There were all the questions and then he sat down and joined right in with my family. We visited and talked most of the day.  The Lord really had set up the day as we just happened to not have any major plans for that Saturday. We took pictures and we cooked and just had fun.

Tod left after supper and life revved up to the normal pace. About a month later we got all those pictures developed and it was my crisis moment. When I sat down to look at those photos of my brother and I, I was pretty unhappy with who I had become. I really had become someone I did not want to be. My legs were bulging and my face was heavy. This made me sad and embarrassed.

I decided right there that I was going to do something about my physical health. I decided that whatever it would take I would do it. It all started for me with this crisis moment.

Maybe you’re thinking this was not a very big crisis. For me, it was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Perhaps you have been told that you must lose some weight and start exercising because your health is as risk. Whatever the reason is, we all have to start at square one and go from there.

Having that “crisis moment” is the first step in the right direction. I lay out in my book Love in a Diet just how I lost 50 pounds and kept it off,  even while having 6 more children. You can lose weight and keep it off too.

Have you ever had a “crisis moment” in your life that has made you rethink your current physical health? If so I would love to hear from 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!

  • Cheryl

    I read Love in a Diet and was very inspired and grateful that you took the time to share and be honest. I was never really big, only overweight right after having a baby. But I was gaining too much during my pregnancies and then it was a struggle to lose. My “crisis” moment was while carrying my tenth baby. That pregnancy was very hard physically because the varicose veins are so painful now. Since I’ve delivered they are fine. My baby is 4 months old and I still have about 15 pounds to lose. But as much as I love my children, I can’t imagine becoming pregnant again unless I can lose another 20 pounds past my pre-pregnancy weight or else find a way to not gain 40 pounds while pregnant. Painful varicose veins were my crisis moment. Or at least the moment I read that the 2 best solutions for painful varicosity were vascular surgery or losing 20 pounds.
    By the way, I read about a woman who researched successful dieters. That it, dieters who had lost at least 20 pounds and kept it off at least a year. The ONLY thing almost all of them had in common was a sort of crisis moment like you described.

    • http://jeubfamily.com Wendy Jeub

      Thank you Cheryl for sharing your story. I know you can lose that weight. You are on your way to a healthier you. The information on a crisis moment is fascinating.

  • Ressia Lynn

    Wendy, I know how you feel. I am at that crisis moment now. My 6th baby just turned 1 and I asked my husband to take a picture of me sitting on the couch nursing her. Now I knew I needed to shed some weight but I was busy with all the babies, homeschooling and nursing to boot.Well imagine my dismay when he took the picture and I saw my belly spread all over my lap! I was so shocked and upset. Well that is it, no more excuses my blood pressure is high and it is time to act. NOW. with God’s help.

    • http://jeubfamily.com Wendy Jeub

      You can do this. I so understand your crisis moment.

  • Emily

    What are all your children`s middle names?