Starting Over for the First Time

Be sure to read to the end for a chance to win a copy of Made to Crave!!!


How often have you (and I!) vowed to lose weight, started out of the chutes with gusto, only to fizzle within the first weeks (or days!)? Yes, I know, sometimes even by noon of the FIRST day!

Regular readers know this has & will always be a battle for me. And for many of my close friends.

After all, we gals bond over food, don’t we?

When we’re eating it.

Or trying desperately NOT to eat it?

A sister loses weight and we want to know the secret.

So we share and struggle; sometimes seeing success. Most times not, which leaves us back where we started.

Starting over AGAIN!!

Four years ago when I lost over 100 pounds, I was securing endorsements for a book I was writing and for my website. My friend & Proverbs 31 President Lysa TerKuerst wrote this:

“……Karen encouraged me to finally get serious about losing my baby weight. Twenty-five pounds later…I’m healthier and happier than ever.”

I thought, “Oh how sweet, I was an encouragement to her.”

Yes, Lysa & I bonded over tiny little pre-packaged, calorie restricted cakes & air-popped salty treats. We  lost weight by working from the outside in; being a food Nazi about every morsel that went into our mouths.

It worked.

For a while.

Then, within less than two years, Lysa gained back all that weight.

A year after that, I gained back over a third of what I lost.

Then, Lysa, at her wits end, tried a very different approach.

An approach from the inside out.

And it worked.

I won’t go into the long story as you can read it for yourself, but the result was Made to Crave.

It is a book.

And a website.

And weekly webcasts.

No….it is a movement!!!

I encourage all of you who are also tired of starting over to check it out.

And, if you want to study this fabulous book (I’ve already read it!) with a group of over 1000 gals, check out our other P31 sister Melissa Taylor’s online study of Made to Crave.

Melissa is a fellow struggler. She and I have commiserated over the years as both our weights have meandered up and down the scale. She is such a shot in the arm with her sweet demeanor and warm, encouraging (yet often zany) ways. You will LOVE her!!!!

The study starts January 16th. You can sign up in the right sidebar of Melissa’s site here.

I’ll be there too. :-)

I want to start over again….for the first time.

How about you?

After checking out Made to Crave & Melissa’s online study, be sure to come back here and leave a comment. One gal will be chosen to win a free copy of Lysa’s Made to Crave book!!! Winner announced Friday. :-)



  1. I think this is just what I need. My friends and I are always talking how it’s a dependence issue. We all know what to do, but do what is wrong, because we are giving it to the Lord. Thanks for this information. Love what you are doing.

  2. This is great! I would love to read this book, and would love to pass it to a very dear friend of mine that struggles with her weight quite a bit! So, I would love to win it, but if I don’t I’ll be buying it!

  3. I read the book, signed up for the Bible Study, encouraged some friends to do it and I have not craved food for FIVE WHOLE DAYS….CAN YOU BELIEVE IT???? The book really did something to me, though I admit reading it at first wanting Lysa to just tell me what to do. When I got to chapter 8, The Curse of the Skinny Jeans, it all started to come together for me. I think I may actually do it this time, because I am doing it for obedience to God and nothing else.
    Good luck to all on this journey.

  4. Karen,
    I’m ready to start over for the very first time as well. I ordered the complete study package and can’t wait to get started. If I win the book I have a very dear sister In Christ that will get it as a gift. Have a blessed New Year.
    Joyce O

  5. If I win I will give it to my daughter because I’ve already got mine on order, have signed up for the online Bible study, and have the webcast marked on my calendar! I am SO ready!

  6. Would love a copy of Lysa’s book. Great concept-inside out! I’m starting over again-for the first time too!

  7. This would be a great book to win since my news years resolution is to use my new tread mill every day & so far so good but could always use some inspirational help!

  8. Hello,
    I know entirely too well the struggle and ups and downs with losing (and gaining!) weight. I’ve come to realize that I should focus on each day-not the total end result. Yes, it’s important to have an end result, but it can also seem way too overwhelming. I like smaller, more attainable goals to encourage me along the way.

    This sounds like a great book!


  9. My mom is reading it now & I want to, too. Thinking about doing the web-study starting Monday.
    I have currently been walking 7 -11 miles a week with my husband (a great bonding time for us) and journaling & sticking to my calories. I’ve lost 3lbs & almost 3 inches over the holidays!

  10. I am excited about this book! I have personally taken on the task of becoming healthy since my second child was born, and it is about time that I made God the biggest part of the equation.

  11. I am definitely interested in a copy of Lysa’s book. I will buy one soon, but could share a copy with someone else. We plan to start her training DVD with a church discipleship group very soon.

  12. I would love a copy of Lysa’s book! I’ve been following her blog for a while and I know it will be great!

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