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Jen encourages women to embrace both the beauty and bedlam of their everyday lives at BeautyandBedlam.com. A popular speaker, worship leader, and author of Just Open the Door: How One Invitation Can Change a Generation, Jen lives in North Carolina with her husband, five children, and a sofa for anyone...

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  1. I shake my head in wonder everyday. God is so good to me! I too am overweight. I blame it on my medications as I am disabled but I am learning it is also due to poor eating habits and not moving.

    I have COPD (Chronic Obstructed Pulmonary Disease ~ a lung disease) along with emphysema. Don’t feel sorry for me as I am so very happy!! God has removed cigarettes from my life and just this month put exercise in!

    My lung doctor has been after me for years to get into pulmonary therapy. I thought it was just classes to teach me how to live. And I thought I was smart enough to know on my own.

    I finally broke down and joined and just love it! Yes we are taught (many things that I did not know) but they also get us on exercise machines! I am loving it and look forward to it.

    Now…. I only go two days a week. Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. I go slow and only move up to something harder when I feel like I am able. When I graduate the class on Oct 14th I am going to ‘Next Step’ which is more hours on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. I am to learn do it on my own when I am not there. Maybe with you all I will be able to remember.

    God bless you all!
    I love you!
    Grandma Patty Ann

  2. I feel you. I never had to worry with weight or fitness until my 10 lb. 7 oz. bundle of joy arrived when I was 38 years old. (He was our third and last!) Since then I’ve struggled. I used to think I was fat when I wasn’t. How I’ve gotten to this point (8 years later) I’ll never know. Anyway, I’m tired of the self-loathing. So I had decided to start walking. Something doable and easy to get me back into the swing of things. Your challenge sounds like something I’d love to do. If I can get my hands on a copy of The Shred I will be joining you soon! Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. I just ordered The Shred on Amazon, so I’ll be joining you in 2-6 business days! 🙂 My second son was born two and a half months ago and I want to lose the rest of this baby weight! But more than that, my husband and I both want to live a more healthful lifestyle. Neither of us are overweight, yet we are still not treating our bodies like the temples they are. We want to set a good example for our boys and be an active, healthy family for a very long time!

    My husband also wants me to do P90X, but I just don’t feel like I can successfully commit to an hour a day of that intensity…having two boys under two is intense enough! But 20 minutes a day I CAN do. I WILL do!

    Thanks for the encouragement! I think I’ll post the challenge on my blog, too, once I start for the added accountability and to hopefully motivate a few more to make a positive change toward health!

  4. I had to smile as I read this post. This morning I began the 30-Day Shred…again. The soreness is already beginning. I’m trying to tell myself the pain is only those little fat cells dieing. 🙂 Good luck to all of us!