Here’s My Story

 Written by Paula S


Thin Within and I go way back to the year 2008. Wow!  Can’t believe it’s been that long. At that time, I read Thin Within and began applying the principles within, but eventually found myself circling around the diet mountain. I’ve spent most of the last 7 years circling around and round the weight loss mountain.


I have managed to lose and maintain 30 pounds of weight loss, but kinda feel in bondage to calorie counting and chasing after a number on the weight loss scale.

Lately, I have felt a strong leading to stop bowing down to the skinny idol and lay down calorie counting. I’ve begun to see just how futile calorie counting can be and have felt led to begin trusting my God given hunger and fullness signals.

Yesterday, a couple of events led to me deleting my calorie counting app off my iPhone. First off, my 14 year old daughter voiced her frustration over me measuring 2 cups of watermelon to eat. “Quit measuring your food mom,” she said.

Later, on the way home from her marching band/colorguard practice, she saw a notification pop up on my phone from the myfitnesspal app and said, “You need to stop counting calories mom, just eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full. That’s what I do.  Remember our friend Jessica counted calories with that app and she gained weight. That because that app can’t tell you what your body needs on a given day.”

“You’re right, I’m deleting the app off my phone tonight,” I replied, and later removed the calorie counting app from my phone.  Pretty wise advice from a 14 year old, right?



Well, she got this great advice from me after I read Thin Within and the Fit Kids In A Fat World book pictured below. Heidi sent me the “kids” book when my daughter was only 8 years old.

I read it and always told her that if she ate when she was hungry and stopped when she was full, she wouldn’t have a problem with weight or dieting. Unfortunately, I hadn’t been practicing what I had preached to her all these years. She is fit, eats intuitively and doesn’t have a problem with her weight.

I have come to realize that calorie counting felt safe and refusing to quit doing so showed a lack of trust. A lack of trust in God and this marvelous body He created with its ability to know hunger and fullness. I have trust issues, but that’s another story. From here on out, I’m going to start trusting God with my Thin Within journey. With my eyes off myself and focused on Him, I know I’ll be just fine.

How about you? Have you been struggling lately with counting or weighing your food? Can you relate to how Paula wanted more freedom? What do you sense God is saying to you today? Will it mean giving up something? Are you willing?

paula and hubby pic
Paula lives in metro Atlanta, Georgia with her loving husband, children and chihuahua.  She’s a full-time homemaker who is actively involved in her local church, where she teaches high school girls on Sundays. When she’s not spending time with family, she enjoys coffee, long walks and reading.
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6 Responses to Here’s My Story

  1. Molly Wells August 12, 2015 at 5:07 am #


    I love your story and I love you too! You know I’ve been praying that you would be able to move away from that calorie counting. Your daughter is very wise. She was listening to your advice about eating when hungry and stopping when full all those years and God used her many years later to get your attention!

    • Paula August 12, 2015 at 7:00 am #

      Thanks Molly! I’m thankful for your influence in my life.

    • Paula August 12, 2015 at 7:09 am #

      Love you Molly!!

  2. Debi August 12, 2015 at 6:38 am #

    I am on the calorie merry-go-round. Thank you for posting this!

    • Paula August 12, 2015 at 2:21 pm #

      It’s a hard ride to get off and stay off for sure.

  3. Carrie August 20, 2015 at 5:40 am #

    Hi!! Thank you for sharing your story! I have lost 50lbs counting calories, and now that I’m maintaining I really feel God leading me away from my fitness pal and toward TW. It is such a scary step, to let go of the control. You are right, it is trust. Trusting God and his design.

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