Patience & Perspective

Love is patient, but I’m not.

Oh, I can patiently wait in a grocery line. I patiently listen when my son discusses the latest video game. I’m patient while I hold the door for an elderly person who walks at a snail’s pace.

But I’m not patient with myself when it comes to losing weight.

That’s because if I’m going to “suffer” (the meaning of the Latin word patient) during a diet, I want to see immediate results. And I don’t want to suffer long. So it makes sense that long suffering is another word for patience.

Last week I had two options: Lose weight or buy bigger pants. Only the thought of counting points, calculating calories, and avoiding certain foods left me nauseous. I decided to try…..

Thin Within which is a grace-based approach to losing/maintaining weight. Don’t eat until you’re truly hungry and then stop eating when you’re satisfied based on a 0-10 scale. Zero is true hunger, five is a satisfied tummy. Ten is stuffed.

I didn’t expect Thin Within to focus on Bible study questions and knowing God’s character. However, if that’s the secret to losing weight, sign me up for the twelve-week ride.

Day One: I patted myself on the back for answering the workbook questions, and waiting for an empty stomach before I ate. I even did leg lifts and sit ups for good measure.


(No, those aren’t my legs in the photo).

Day Two: I gulped water to appease false hunger pains and chewed my bottom lip instead of consenting to a snack. May I recommend strawberry lip gloss?

Day Three: I bit my white knuckles. “Are we there yet?” Twelve weeks might as well be twelve months.

I also stepped on the scale—although it’s verboten—and groaned. I hadn’t lost an ounce. Doubts crept in. Does Thin Within work? Or is the Bible Study designed to get my mind off the size of my derrière?

I decided to burn calories to make things happen faster. I walked for three miles in the heat of the day. When I stepped on the scale, I’d lost a pound in one hour. Thanks to sweating profusely!

You see, Thin Within isn’t something to try on for size and discard if there aren’t immediate results. It’s a life-long journey that requires patience and a new perspective. That’s because weight loss and toning muscles is a process.

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And that process doesn’t happen overnight any more than spiritual sanctification.

Years ago, I became tired of being a performance-oriented Christian. I wanted to know God more intimately. I wanted Him to use every circumstances in my life as an opportunity to transform me into the image of Christ. (Romans 8:29)

Suffering succotash! Talk about a slow, painful process. But that’s a different story.

Thin Within is designed to help people lose weight by renewing the mind with God’s truth. Total transformation from the inside out by God’s grace. 

In less than a week, I’ve had to re-examine my expectations and long-term goals.

Thin Within can be a twelve-week sprint where I arrive breathless, red-faced, and a few pounds lighter.

Or this can be the starting point of a life-long journey where I learn to cope with disappointment and stress without depending on food as my ally. Or having an edible idol that enslaves me.

May sound like a tall order, but if I can be patient—suffer and show self-restraint without getting upset—then I can shed pounds naturally, AND grow more in love with God in the process.





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5 Responses to Patience & Perspective

  1. Debi July 29, 2016 at 3:25 pm #

    Love this.

  2. Heidi Bylsma July 30, 2016 at 7:26 am #

    Karen, it is a thrill to, after knowing you for…what…25 years?…to be able to “partner” with you. Thank you for sharing your thoughts as a beginner on this journey. I look forward to your weekly installments! (For those reading, it will be on Wednesdays each week.) I am blessed by what you shared! Thank you.

    • Karen Foster July 30, 2016 at 7:23 pm #


      Thank you for asking me to share my journey. But what was I thinking to agree? Does this mean I have to finish the twelve-week class and be consistent? Well, fry me some bacon and have an apple. This journey just got harder. LOL

  3. Karon July 31, 2016 at 1:36 pm #

    This lifted my Sunday! Thank you for such “spunky” writing that brought smiles of agreement to your journey. I reached a similar day of reckoning and I just couldn’t bring myself into going to the next size. Hoping for that miracle of a transformed life through God’s love and believing what He says as I enter into a new season of TW. Thanks for your transparency. Hugs!

    • Karen Foster August 2, 2016 at 6:41 pm #

      Thank you,Karon,for lifting my spirits with your kind words. Here’s hoping we both can both wear a smaller-size pair of jeans in twelve weeks. However, God transforming my heart is far more promising than me being able to wear skinny jeans.:)

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