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  1. Congratulations to you and your family!!! Before I read the entire blog, I too thought your daughter didn’t look all that happy. (That was cute) I’m sure she’ll be rejoicing as the little gets to your house.

    May the Lord bless and keep you!

  2. Congratulations, Arlene! Much love to you, James and family –

    The Cooks

  3. Hi Arlene,

    I’ve read a couple of the articles you’ve contributed to Fresh Brew, and I’ve perused your blog. I think you have some encouraging and useful strategies to assist moms in losing weight. But, I just listened to the advertisement for your 31 day coaching tapes and, I have to say, I was disappointed. It read just like a secular weight-loss infomercial and it’s clear you’re producing these tapes to make money. If you really want to help moms with this tool out of your genuine passion for encouraging women to be healthy, wouldn’t you offer it for a price that is closer to that of production?

    You focus a great deal on appearance and send the clear message that slim is most attractive, which is in line with what our popular culture tells us. Have you considered how discouraging it might be to overweight Christian women to hear this message from a fellow Christian sister? You shouldn’t be ashamed of your thighs and belly that are growing with pregnancy – why wear a sarong to the beach? A pregnant woman’s body was designed by God, and is beautiful. The way you write some of your posts conveys the message that you are ashamed of your growing body, and that other women should feel the same way.

    You are in a position of power and influence with your popular blog, and I hope that you think and pray about what you write, realizing that this is your chance for God to speak through you.


  4. Betsy,
    Thank you very much for taking the time to let me know your opinion about the blog. I’m sorry if it has offended you. I am not ashamed of growing bigger with baby – that is how God intended – and I’m especially sorry if my posts seemed to show otherwise. I try to make light of gaining weight during pregnancy since it’s kind of humorous that the “losing weight after baby” blogger will have to do it all over again herself.

    Being a certain size (like a too-skinny model) is not our goal, but being a healthy body weight (according to one’s BMI, body mass index) is. I think being a good steward of our bodies includes being a healthy weight and that is something that glorifies our Creator.

    About the 31 day program, it is an audio program for moms to subscribe to. They receive a daily 5 minute audio message to encourage them and give them an action step. The program is $19.95 for the month. I am a stay home mom who is trying to make an income and stay with my family, so I suppose you are correct in your assessment that the promo sounded like a weight-loss infomercial. That doesn’t bother me because I believe I am bringing a valuable product to the marketplace. I have plenty of free items from my podcasts, free eBook, articles, blog, etc. for moms who don’t want to buy anything.

    Thank you again Betsy for your helpful comments!

  5. Hi Arlene!

    Just wanted to say Congratulations on your gorgeous new baby and THANK YOU for all of the help you probably didn’t even know you’ve been giving me! Thanks to the support of the people I love & resources like yours,I am losing the baby weight from my second child (now 8 months). I am REALLY enjoying your audio course and I listen to your podcast while I walk to and from work most days. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wondered whether you are a mind reader or have been following me around because you have such a knack for addressing the topics I need to know about the most!

    I am so glad to learn that you are in SD like me! Aren’t we having perfect walking weather? Thanks for entertaining me on my fall walks & teaching me valuable skills at the same time.


  6. Margo,

    I’m so happy you are enjoying the course! Your comment made my day! I’m honored to keep you company as you walk to work (good for you!). Nice to know we are both in San Diego and hope you and your family have a wonderful November. We’ll stay in touch!


  7. Thank you so much for the fantastic podcasts (and website of resources). I was a faithful listener who lost all of my baby weight from my first child within the first year. Now (3 years later) I am almost due with baby #2 and I’ve started listening again for inspiration (as I am quite uninspired by my tent-like wardrobe right now)! I see you haven’t posted a new podcast since last December and wondered if you would be podcasting again or if you were changing directions and just blogging now? I know you are a busy mom, as well, but I do hope you continue podcasting as you really were a tremendous help for me (and I’m sure other moms out there) to help encourage and inspire us to lose the weight after baby.
    Thank you again,

  8. Beth,

    Of course I remember you! Congrats on your kids, and yes, I can relate to that tent like wardrobe. I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed the podcasts. I am working on a book that’s coming out in December, “31 Days to a Younger You” so that has consumed my time, thus the lack of new podcasts. I sincerely wish I could do it all! Most likely, I will start a new podcast to coincide with the books theme of looking and feeling younger, which I think will still be encouraging to you after baby. i’ll keep you posted!

  9. Hi! My name is Michael Hare and I am the owner of Finish Well Fitness (, a new home-workout and nutrition site.

    I am contacting you because I have read through your website and found that is has educational, updated content and is extremely relevant to the fitness site I am building. I also notice by your site’s Page Rank that you have established yourself as an authority website in the fitness/nutrition realm.

    Based on your relevancy to Finish Well Fitness, I am writing to ask if you would consider placing a text link to our page from your blogroll as a means of networking. I have a CONSTANTLY updated blog at that could very well give supplemental help to your readers. Please let me know your thoughts on this.

    Just a quick side note.we have established ourselves in the search engines with a Page Rank of 3, have constantly updated, educational blogging going on, and retain great loyalty among our present customer base. I just really want to assure you of the legitimacy and quality of our website.

    Thanks for your time – look forward to hearing from you!

    By the way…my wife had a baby 10 days ago – little girl named Leah. She plans on doing P90X in 6 weeks! I told her about your blog.

  10. Thanks so much for visiting my blog Michael and congrats on your sweet baby girl Leah! Finish Well Fitness looks great and I will think about putting up a link on my site for you. Tell you wife congrats from me. I have a podcast and more articles, and an audio book I think she’ll like “Losing Weight After Baby: 31 Days to a New You.” She can find it on my website All the best to you!

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