7 Weeks to the Finish Line

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While completing the 31 Day Writing Challege in October, I stumbled upon another exciting opportunity. I had been praying about my next step in reaching my yearly goals, and I have found the answer as you will read about here. Come join the fun.

Dr Sharon3“Bill, nice to see you, Is it time for your yearly check-up, already?” Dr. Sharon asked as she warmly shook Bill’s hand and motioned for him to sit on the end of the examining table.

“No, Dr. Sharon, it’s not time yet, but I came to see you about this!” Bill carefully pulled something out of his pocket and hesitantly opened his hand for her to see.”

“It looks like you had a nice time on your vacation.”

“Look closer, Doc! Don’t you see it? Surely you would be able to guess why I am here after looking at that!”

“I’m sorry, Bill. You seem distressed. What am I missing here?” the doctor asked.

big man“50 pounds!” Bill shouted. “Don’t you see it! It’s right there! I’ve got to get rid of it, and I’ve got to get rid of it right now! You’ve got to help me, Doc. I’ve got to get rid of 50 pounds!”

Dr. Sharon soberly shook her head, “Bill, I hear what you are saying, but you know I deal in matters of the heart. I was able to help you when you were feeling hopeless, and I helped you when you were in fear. I even helped you when you felt so good you had thankfulness flowing through your veins, but losing weight? I don’t know about that. That’s not my specialty. In fact, I could stand to lose a few pounds myself.”

Bill looked alarmed, then he looked solemnly down at the picture as she returned it to him. “Dr. Sharon, you’ve been my friend and doctor through all of my trials and joys for the last two years.  I thought you would be here for me in the hour of my greatest need. I guess I was wrong.” He sadly turned toward the door.

“Wait, Bill,” Dr. Sharon reached out and touched his arm. “I may know someone who can help us.” She went over to her desk as Bill cautiously tilted his head toward her with a glint of hope in his eyes. She sat down and began moving her fingers agilely over the keyboard. “Here it is,” she yelled jubilantly as she turned her laptop to show Bill the screen. “Here’s the answer for us, Bill!”

Faithful Fitness

Faithful Finish LInes

Bill looked at Dr. Sharon suspiciously. He had never seen her so excited, so unprofessionally excited. “Uh, Doc, what do you mean? What are you talking about?”

“I’ll tell you what I mean, Bill. You and I are going to get fit and lose weight. We are going to have our picture taken at the beach, and not only are we going to look awesome, we are going to feel awesome! Bill, we are going to feel better than we have ever felt. We are going to have more energy, more youthfulness, and better health. Did I mention that we are going to look awesome, too, Bill. What do you think of that? No more being embarrassed when we see ourselves in a picture. No more deleting selfies because we look overweight, no more unbuttoning our pants at the dinner table because we are uncomfortable. We are on to something big here, Bill, and our friend Sara is going to help us every step of the way, and I do mean step!”

on the beach

“I don’t know about this, Doc. I haven’t exercised in years, and I’m used to eating whatever I want whenever I want.There’s no way this will work for me. It’s just not something I do. It will be painful, and you know I don’t do pain. Why, I’ve been in here whining about every little thing; you surely don’t think I could go through a rigorous training program and start counting every milligram I put in my mouth, do you? Well, do you?”

man exercising

“No, Bill, now that I think about it, I really don’t think you could do that, or would do that, and I wouldn’t ask either of us to do that. But look what she says right here:

“I promise this won’t be a strict, harsh program, but fun, invigorating, and exciting. You will feel successful and motivated as you head into 2015.”

Bill brightened somewhat. “Fun, invigorating, exciting. Now you are talking my language. Okay, if you think she can help us, I’m in. Let’s do it! What’s the first step?”

Check in with us next week to see how Bill and Dr. Sharon take the first steps toward the Finish Line. You might also enjoy reading Sara’s 31 Days of Weird Faithful Fitness.


I’d sure love to hear your experience with weight loss and/or exercise. What’s one tip or word of encouragement you have for us? As you can guess, we need all we can get! Have a great week and keep moving!


And here’s a word of encouragement for you:

Whatsoever things you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them. Mark 11:24

Consider this:The way to control what you believe is to control what you think.

I’m also linking up with Coffee for Your Heart with Holly Gerth.


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6 Responses

  1. Neat way to write it up! Looking forward to this journey with you.

  2. I completely love how you write! This is going to be a good journey.

    • I’ve enjoyed seeing your comments on the page today. I have been looking for your blog. We are all in this together!

  3. Wonderful post! My tip? Do something to keep yourself active every day. Easier said than done, I know. I’ll be back to visit again! Great subject and blog! Following you at Coffee For Your Heart.

    • Thanks Julie for coming by land for your tip. Keeping active is the name of the game! It’s a game I haven’t played in a while, but I’m up for it. Got new running shoes tonight!

  4. LOVE this! It’s going to be a great 7 weeks!

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