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The Secret of Losing Weight

From Tammy: I am excited to have my friend Sundi Jo guest posting today. She has an amazing story, and is using it to help other people change their lives. She has been an inspiration to me, and I am happy to have her share her encouragement with all of you!


There is a secret to getting healthy. It’s a well-kept secret, really. People from all walks of life wake up every day desiring to know the secret.

Women look in the mirror, see a person they don’t want to know, and desperately seek the answer to the secret. Teenage girls get laughed at, only to go home later and journal about their desire to know the secret. Men want to know the secret too.

I’m letting you in on the secret.

There is no secret!

There is no diet that will cure you. There is no quick fix that lasts. There’s no magic pill that transforms you overnight. Sure, the television and magazine ads say so, but they’re wrong. There are thousands of ways to lose weight. But what about truly getting healthy?

This isn’t about dieting and exercising really. Of course you can’t get healthy without the physical aspects, but today I want to talk to you about something more important.

The Heart.

The majority of my life was spent running to the refrigerator for comfort. When depression hit, food was there. When something great happened, I celebrated with food. The problem was I avoided life. I avoided pain. I avoided truth and used eating as a way to do it.

In 2008, I weighed 330 lbs. I wore size 30 pants. I was angry, bitter, and broken-hearted. I chose Mountain Dew and cheeseburgers to comfort my pain vs. dealing with it. It was working out well. Until it stopped working.

All of a sudden, the refrigerator wasn’t hiding these feelings. The despair was overtaking my ability to hide behind pizza. People were confronting me. God was changing me. I could only resist it for so long. I finally caved in.

The result?

God changed my heart.

I started feeling for the first time in my life. I won’t lie. It hurt. I hated every minute of it. I wanted to run and I couldn’t anymore. I had to deal with emotions head on. I wanted my addiction back, but too many people loved me too much to allow that to happen.

Slowly, day-by-day, step-by-step, my heart was changed. My sadness was filled with joy. My mind was renewed with the confirmation of Who I Was in Christ.

I started allowing others to love me for the first time in my life.

With the heart change came the physical change. I shed pounds, shed pain, and shed a whole lot of emotional baggage. Most importantly, my relationship with God came first and all parts of me were restored.

I lost 145 lbs. I gained confidence. I traded desperation for a new wardrobe. Laughter took the place of my inability to walk up the stairs.

Sundi Jo now

I found freedom.

Change your heart and watch the rest follow. I promise you will see the difference.

Sundi Jo is an author, speaker, and small business owner, making her home in Branson, Missouri. You can get her eBook,Step Away from that Diet: Ten Steps to Losing Weight and Gaining the Confidence You’ve Been Searching for free. You’ll find her engulfed in the social media world, spending time with friends and family, hanging out in a pair of jeans, t-shirt, and flip fops, or writing. Find Sundi Jo on Facebook or Twitter.


  1. Wow, Sundi. Beautiful truth. Talk about a Godincidence. I just finished writing a guest post on this subject. The most powerful prayer I have ever prayed was “Lord, change my heart” Everything stems from this.

  2. I love this!!! Such truth that it all starts in the heart. I can see your heart and I love it!

  3. Wow… so I guess this is my problem. I have put on the pounds, and I seem to go to a bowl of pasta to soothe myself. I have gone up and down in my weight for years. I am the highest I’ve ever been since my pregnancy. It all started when I couldn’t run anymore due to herniated disks on my lower back and sciatica. It was all down hill from there. Food has always been at the center of existence since I was a child. I come from a foodie family. My father is a chef and owned a restaurant for 37 years until he had to close after his third bout with cancer. Both my mom and dad have issues with their health due to eating too much. So I guess I picked up that learned behavior watching them. Anyway, thanks for sharing this poignant post Sundi, it especially spoke to me.

  4. I absolutely agree with you Sundi Jo. I developed a long term illness a few years ago and one of the difficulties it has brought with it is an inability to do aerobic exercise. i used to do aerobic exercise a lot before getting ill, it was my way of relaxing and turning off my head, but now that I’m not able to keep my weight down in that way, I can see that I have always used food as a means to numb out, it was just masked by the fact that my weight didn’t go up due to exercising a lot. Now my weight has risen and with it so has my awareness that I need to change my heart about some things. Actually that i need to let go of my pain and resentments. i am not finding that an easy thing to do. I’ve been asking God to help me with this as I can’t do it on my own. I’ve already lost 21 lbs through will power, and would like to lose another 21 lbs to put me within a healthy weight range, but I’m finding it more and more emotionally painful to lose weight the more weight I lose. I feel like I’m shedding my armour and that leaves me feeling vulnerable. I eat junk food to numb out my feelings. When my stomach feels full, I can pretend that my heart isn’t hurting. I think you are very, very brave to have faced your pain and shared your truth. Thank you. Em ♥

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