Fat Chance: Losing the Weight, Gaining My Worth

When I think about how my life has changed over the past couple of years it makes my head spin.

Flash back to the Spring of 2006…I was a stay-at-home mom who had come to a place of desperation in my own life. I had always struggled with my weight but it had become an all-consuming force in my life by that time that I could no longer ignore. It was affecting everything in my life.

I cried out to God for help. And He answered in a most usual way, as many of you already know: through reality TV.

Being cast on Season 4 of The Biggest Loser was a life-changing experience to say the least. I was taken from all the comforts of home: my husband, my child, my family, my church…my FOOD. And I was thrust into a crazy world I had never known, in California, on the set of a TV show with a bunch of strangers; none of whom I knew or (at the time) trusted.

And to make things worse, I was morbidly obese and being expected to exercise for hours and hours a day. I was attempting physical things I never thought I could do. And every part of my body hurt as a result of it. I was beat down physical, emotionally and spiritually.

My progress was slow at first. As I have shared before, I only lost two pounds my first week on the show. Others were dropping 10, 20, 30 pounds…and me? Two. I was so discouraged. I questioned God and His plan. I felt alone and hopeless and still desperate.

Then God began to work.

I realized that He—in His perfect wisdom—had removed me from the place of my distractions and placed me in a “foreign land” (or so it felt) so that He had my complete attention. There’s no way to convey in a short blog the lessons He taught me. But if I could sum it up it would be that all the failures and all the condemnation I placed upon myself throughout my lifetime was weighing me down. Yes, my physical weight was excessive and out of control. But it was a manifestation of a much deeper problem.

When I began to catch a glimpse of how God truly saw me—the Julie He had created—instead of the Julie I had created, everything began to change.

As the physical weight began to fall away, so did the emotional and spiritual weight of failure and insecurity. I reemerged from the process a new person—the one I believe God intended me to be all along.

Among the amazing opportunities I’ve received over the past year or so was the chance to write a book sharing my story. The REAL story of the transforming work God has done in my life. My story is so simple. I was given the chance of a lifetime. A chance to face my fears, fight my demons and change my life.

Some people called it a “fat chance” that I would ever even be cast on a reality show with over 250,000 other people vying for a spot. They said it was a “fat chance” that I could compete with 300- and 400-pound men who had a far greater likelihood of success through their weight-loss percentages. They said it was a “fat chance” that I’d ever lose the weight and change my life. But—with God’s strength—that’s exactly what I did.

So with that in mind, my book is entitled Fat Chance: Losing the Weight, Gaining My Worth and it was just released by GuidepostsBooks this week. I hope you’ll have the opportunity to read it. Not because of anything extraordinary about me. But because I serve an amazing God who is ready and able to do transforming work in your life too!

Your weight may not even be physical. It may be a financial weight, or the weight of feeling insignificant in your own life. Or it may be a weight that someone else has placed on you. But whatever it is—I am here to say that you CAN lose that weight and gain your worth—the invaluable worth placed on you by God.

Don’t listen when people tell you living the life of your dreams is a “fat chance.” Let it be your second chance.

About Julie Hadden

I'm Julie Hadden and for the past few years I've been on quite journey. My experience on Season 4 of "The Biggest Loser" resulted in a total transfomation in my life. What started out being about what I could "lose" turned more into what I "gained." God revealed great truths to me about the infinite WORTH we all possess in His eyes and I'm passionate about sharing what I learned through this process. View all posts by Julie Hadden

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