Weight Loss Wednesday with Arlene Pellicane

Here’s a shout out to the winner of Jessa Anderson’s cds. Rebecca Ann; timestamp January 17 at 4:27 pm Send your home address to me at karen@proverbs31.org right away!


Welcome (& for many of you welcome back!) to Weight Loss Wednesday. :-)

I’ve decided to begin regular posts on all things weight loss again here once a week. For a few reasons.

The success of our Proverbs 31 president Lysa TerKeurst’s book Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God Not Food.

I have a deep connection with that book.

For a few reasons.

Lysa and I have commiserated over the years about weight together as friends.

We’ve both been up and down the scales a few times.

I saw her up-close and personal as she both discovered and lived the principles in this book.

Oh, and I’m in the book.

Now, that might sound all exciting to be featured in a New Your Times bestselling book.

However, in it I share about one of my biggest failures in life and I bare my soul for the world.

Oh well! I’ve been baring my soul here for you all for a few years now, so what’s a few more thousand people?!?!

Which brings me to another reason I’m bringing Weight Loss Wednesdays back.

I need it.

Baring the soul is good.

And, I’ll bet many of you need it too. Don’t you?

Well, let’s get this party started! The first thing I did was invite a special guest to kick it off!

An energetic speaker and writer, my friend Arlene Pellicane has been featured on The Hour of Power, The 700 Club, and Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah.  Her book,  31 Days to a Younger You:  No surgery.  No diets.  No kidding just released from Harvest House publishers.  Arlene is also scheduled to appear as a guest on the TLC show Home Made Simple in early 2011.

Before becoming a stay-at-home mom, Arlene worked as the Associate Producer for Turning Point Television with Dr. David Jeremiah.  She has also been an on-air features producer for The 700 Club.  Arlene earned her BA from Biola University and her Masters in Journalism from Regent University.

Arlene knows the ups and downs of pregnancy (she was pregnant five times in six years in her thirties).  She created a website called Losing Weight After Baby to encourage moms.  There you’ll find her audiobook Losing Weight After Baby: 31 Days to a New You, plus videos, articles, and eBooks.  Arlene miscarried a baby at 26 weeks and is able to relate to moms who have suffered a similar loss.

Arlene loves speaking to women at retreats, moms groups, seminars, and special events.  She lives in San Diego with her husband James and three children, Ethan, Noelle, and Lucy.

Now, for our little cyber chat:

Arlene, tell us a bit about what prompted you to write this new book.

I love to be a cheerleader to others.  I was meeting so many women who were discouraged about their looks, health, relationships, job etc.  I wanted to write a book to say “The best isn’t behind you.  There’s more livin’ to do!”

Why do you feel women today don’t take time to better themselves physically, emotionally, mentally & spiritually.

It’s hard to change our behaviors which become our habits.

For instance, if we’re not used to exercising, it’s really hard to take out the tennis shoes and hit the gym or do a workout DVD.  It’s easier to say “I’m too busy taking care of everyone else.”

Many women don’t give themselves permission to set aside time for themselves whether it’s reading a novel, joining a volleyball team, or attending a spiritual retreat.  Truth is, we need to take time to care for ourselves so we can care for others with renewed love, strength, and creativity.

How do you creatively build time into your busy schedule for yourself?

Hmm, that’s a good one!  Every year I attend a women’s retreat and also a personal growth conference with my husband.  These rituals give me something to look forward to each year.

Just recently a friend and I have decided to do a monthly coffee date because we’re finding if we don’t schedule it in, it never happens.  So I suppose it doesn’t sound very creative, but I put fun times in the calendar.  And then I sneak moments in – like if my girls are napping and my husband is home, I’ll say “Can I run to Ross?”

What is your greatest desire for women who read this wonderful book?

I want women to finish my book and feel hopeful about their future.  Maybe for the first time in a long time, a woman will think “I believe I can lose weight” or “I’m going to go for that job I’ve been dreaming about for years.”

I want my readers to experience life change as God works in their lives.  And I want my readers to feel YOUNG, after all we are KIDS of the King!

You are offering a giveaway to one of our readers. Tell us about it.

I’d love to give one of your readers a copy of my book 31 Days to a Younger You:  No Surgery, No Diets, No Kidding!

Thanks so much Arlene! And thanks for dropping by Weight Loss Wednesdays!

You are so welcome! Thanks for the opportunity!

Okay everyone. To be entered in the drawing leave a comment in the comment box below.

~You may tell us why you’d like Arlene’s book for you or a friend.

~You may tell us why you need Weight Loss Wednesdays.

~You may tell us your weight loss and or fitness goals and hopes.

~Or, you may just say, “I’m in!”

Oh….this feels good to be back in this struggle together!

Girlfriends….we are going down!!!

The scale, that is! :-)

Back-at-it Blessings,


  1. Stephanie L says

    I’m in! I just had my 2nd baby 6 months ago. After a loss 3 years ago, I developed secondary infertility and had to go on all kinds of meds to get pregnant. The upside (waaaaaaaay upside) is that I have a precious little boy now. The downside is that it caused me to gain a lot of weight. I still have 15 lbs. to loose, which isn’t bad, but it’s hard! It seems like it just refuses to budge! Blah. Weight loss is hard. I need some good encouragement. :)

  2. says

    I am so ready to have a little help and support on my quest to be healthier. I have been eating MOSTLY vegetarian for almost a year now and have seen some results as well as ALMOST 20 pounds of weight loss. However, I have put about 5 back on and know I need to get back on track. When I first began, it was for me…but as I have felt the benefits, I want to get my whole family involved in a healthier life style. I am also struggling, a little bit, with my desire to lose weight, look good, etc. balanced with a huge wake up call after reading the book Radical. Other people don’t seem to struggle as much, maybe it is my out of control guilt complex, but I am really struggling between what many “good” christians say is a natural, God given desire to look and feel beautiful and this feeling that I am being really shallow and my obsession should be on sharing the beauty of the gospel. I hope that makes sense. Anyway, I look forward to this journey together…thanks.

  3. Sharon says

    Karen, you have been such an encouragement to me through all your blogs. Thank you for allowing God to use you in so many lives. I’ve read many diet books and been on many diets yet still have felt defeated until reading Made to Crave. Now I am realizing it is not what I do but who I am that’s going to work with losing weight. The “who I am” is a beloved daughter of the King who is empowered to make better choices. I consider you a cyber-friend and hope to meet you in person one day. Blessings on you!

  4. AnnMarie says

    I am in because I need all the help I can get. My goal is to be closer to God so this book will be a God sent. I struggle everyday spiritually, mentally/emotionally, physically, financially and relationally so I need to lose the “weight”.

  5. Kathy Mc says

    I’m in!! Am nearing that half century mark and feeling old today!!! That’s not to mention my weight issues. So glad to have found this site…….thanks to “Made to Crave.!!

  6. Susan says

    I’m in!! My goals for this year are to be more healthy and fit. I wouldn’t mind losing a few pounds – but that’s not my goal. My goal is to schedule exercise for my health just like I schedule everything for everybody else and to become more physically fit and healthy. Thanks!!

  7. Lisa Buchanan says

    I am so excited about Weight Loss Wednesdays and am looking forward to every blog – but those will be the ones that I look forward to the most. I am about 100 pounds overweight and have just joined WW’s for the final time! :) I am exercising more and eating “cleaner” and healthier and that in itself has given me more energy to keep up with my 3 year old and my 8 year old!

  8. LindaAnn says

    I’m in!! You are such an encouragement Karen. With the help of your WLW and Lysa’s MTC I hope to become “overweight spiritually and underweight physically”. Now with the opporturnity to win Arlene’s book, well thats just an added bonus.
    Have a super low-cal day!

  9. Crystal says

    I’m in. I’ve been feeling a lot of yuck stuff lately – feeling old (finding out that my friends are all significantly younger than I am and realizing that my pastor, doctor, etc are all younger, too! AND my youngest just turned six so I’m an old mom). Feeling the winter doldrums – an annual event that is so hard for me. Feeling heavy (Would love to lose only ten pounds but that last ten seems to be firmly stuck for the last eight months or so). Feeling like I’ve lost some of my zeal towards my personal goals. Feeling like everything I put my hand to fails. Mentally, I realize that I’m overgeneralizing and some of this is not really that awful (note the part about annual winter doldrums); but I need something. HELP.

  10. says

    I have struggled with weight my whole life. I really want to lose it, but have not fully committed to it and I’m really good at finding excuses. I could use all the encouragement I can get! Thanks for your posts Karen!

  11. says

    I’m in! I lack motivation and consistency with everything. I’ll get all geared up and do well for a month, only to let everything slide right back downhill. Praying for consistency this time!

  12. Amy V. says

    I’m pregnant and due on Thursday (!!!!) so my goal is to continue eating healthy while nursing and my hope is to not get stressed out wanting to lose the weight I gained during the pregnancy. I didn’t gain a huge amount and I know that since it took 9 mo to put it on, it will take at least that long to take it off! So I’m hoping to eat nutritious foods and exercise after the baby is born-according to dr recommendations.

  13. says

    I’m in! I have always been so encouraged by your Weight Loss Wednesdays…glad to have you back!

    This Saturday I will begin leading the Made to Crave Bible Study for the women of our church…can’t wait to see what the Lord does in each of us! While I am not in the book I am in the DVD…I am one of the women sitting at the tables listening to Lysa teach! Seeing myself onscreen is a big motivation to lose the weight!

    Also, I began Weight Watchers just after Thanksgiving, and I am finding help there with portion control and making healthy choices…I have lost my first 10 pounds!

    My weight loss goal is peace…just as Lysa said…that concept has been so freeing to me.

  14. Amy P. says

    I would love to read this book! I had 3 kids in 3 years and 7 years later I am still carrying an extra 30 pounds around with me.

  15. Kim says

    I’m in. I struggle so much with my weight. Consistency is a big problem for me. And planning – not so good at planning my meals

  16. Crystal says

    I’m in. I’ve started taking time to exercise again, which is great, but I definitely need encouragement. But the thought of taking time for myself to read a novel is frankly intimidating. I’m doing good to read an article or two. I know I need to be more rounded so God can work through me which is my ultimate goal :)

  17. Barb says

    So glad that you are back with your Weight Loss Wednesdays. I am following the Made to Crave webcasts and reading the book. Both are extremely motivational physically and spiritually. I have been part of Weight Watchers for 8 years now, I even have the little orange mascot on my refrigerator. He sits above the Made to Crave magnet and my weekly word. I am looking forward to receiving the spiritual nourishment that I seem to be lacking in this area of weight management.

  18. Terri Lynn says

    I’m in! Glad to be a part of weight loss wednesdays – there is no such thing as too much encouragement! This book is quite appealing as I continue the steps to a healthier me!

    I’m reading Made to Crave (and doing the Bible study with Lysa and Melissa – and my gf and I will be doing the DVD’s and companion guide after Lysa’s 6 week study) and have been working on my spiritual and physical weight for some time now. I’ve lost 22 lbs and I’m still at it, but oh so differently this time!

  19. kimberlee says

    Yay! WLW is BACK! And I’m back too! I never thought that when I started WLW in Oct 09 that one year later I’d give birth to my 3rd child, only to have to say goodbye as soon as we said hello.
    So now, I struggle with food in the worse ways. Satan is distracting me and when I feel the hurt, I try to stuff it down by stuffing my face with chocolate! I have never been a comfort eater before. I am aware that I’m doing it and I am going to break its bondage! When I am not armored up with His truths, I am weak and a target of Satan’s and he knows how to attack. It’s exhausting.
    I love how Arlene mentioned, “experience life change as God works in our lives.” Yes! That describes my past year fully. :) Grief has so much in it that is a learning process and it cannot be rushed.

  20. Connie Johnson says

    Love Weight Loss Wednesdays!! Always helps to have friends to support you especially in the tough times. And trying to lose weight is definitely a “tough” time! I’ve lost 5 pound since Jan. 1. Have 11 1/2 to go. Doing it with healthy eating and regular exercise. Feeling much better about myself lately. Although I would feel even better if I would get my butt off the couch to get my workout in today. Okay, okay, I’m going!

  21. Denise A says

    I am being empowered by Lisa’s book, “Made to Crave” and am looking forward to your Weight Loss Wednesdays as an additional encouragement each week! Thanks, Karen!

  22. Danette says

    Me and my BFF have been doing this weight rollercoaster deal a very long time. I am doing MTC and it is awesome! I would just like to get as much help as possible to make this the final time I go down this road. The rut is huge!


  23. Kacy H. says

    I would love a copy of this book! My 2 friends and I are trying to lose weight and improve our (daily) personal relationships with God. Between the 3 of us, we have 150 pounds to lose! We started January 3rd and we’ve already lost 32 lbs! Most important though, we are supporting and encouraging each other (many times through texting throughout the day) and holding each other accountable… with eating, exercising, and reading our bible/doing devotions! We want to make life-long habits that will benefit us physically, mentally, and spiritually!

    Lookin’ forward to Wednesdays now! =)

  24. Emily B says

    I’m in! As always, I know I need to be healthier, and weight loss is included. I need to lose, so that when I do get pregnant, I’ll be healthier for myself and my child, and less complications (Lord willing) during the pregnancy….

    That was good to admit!

  25. Lisa R. says

    I am so glad you’ve added Weight Loss Wednesdays back! They are a source of encouragement and motivation to stay healthy. Thanks!

  26. Joanne says

    God is so convicting me to give this area to Him! It is so easy to put others needs first. We are His temple and we need to take care of it!!!! Thank you!!!

  27. natalie says

    Thank you, your blog has been a blessing! I plan on checking back for weigh in Wed. anything to help!!

    God Bless

  28. Amber J. says


    Thanks for sharing so much of yourself with us. I appreciate reading and hearing from you. You always draw us closer to God. Weigh-in Wednesdays are an encouragement.

    I would like to have an opportunity to win this book. I have gained 60# over my 12 years of marriage and 3 kids. It is not just a weight issue, but also a health concern to lose some weight and lower cholesterol. I have such a strong family history of heart disease, cancer and diabetes that I need to try to prevent this from happening as much as I am able.

    I am again looking forward to Hearts At Home Conf. Hope you will be there.

  29. Marla Y says

    I need Weight Loss Wednesdays because I can use all the encouragment and accountibility I can get to help me in my weightloss journey. Arlene’s book sounds like a book I would really enjoy reading and I’m going to add it to my year’s list of books to read. Thank you for the chance to win a copy. God bless


  30. Donna C says

    Of course, I’m in, but I want to say I need the mid-week encouragement offered by Weight Loss Wednesdays. I do all my “planning” on the weekend, but by Wednesday I’m starting to run out of enthusiasm; and it helps to have a little cheerleading to get through the week.

  31. Nancy says

    I’m in for SURE! I had 3 pregnancies in my 40’s and am now 46 and needing to feel younger in 31 days (actually I need to feel it in 3.1 minutes, but I can be patient!:) I’m now chasing around 2 boys (3 and 5)….and i’m feeling the need/desire to get “with it” and see less of me and more of God!

  32. Liz says

    I would love to win this book!! I have heard Arlene Pellicane speak at a MOPS group and she was fabulous!! I have quite a bit of weigh to lose from my 2 boys and feel that her book would be very valuable in achieving the weight loss!

  33. Monica says

    Since 1/1 I am on a new eating plan and weight loss journey. Excited yes – hitting some roadblocks, so I keep seeking encouragement to run the race! God bless!

  34. says

    I’m in…because for the last 2 years I have been cut, burned and poisened to rid myself of an aggressive breast cancer. This year finds me wanting to be kind and gentle to my body through healthy living.

  35. Rebecca says

    Hi Karen,

    I’m glad WLW is back too. It was really helpful for me to have this place for accountability. Since we haven’t been doing this, I’ve gained a few pounds and need to get back on track.

    Rebecca Ann

  36. Deb V says

    I’m in. I started changing my eating and exercise habits on Dec 27, 2010. I am also joining in with the Made to Crave bible study. I am so glad Weight Loss Wednesdays are back.

  37. Ruth says

    This book sounds great! I think I would read it and pass it along to a couple of friends. Weight is such a compelling subject as we live in a society that promotes an image of what our bodies should look like that just doesn’t fit with the processed and fatty foods that society also promotes. Then we forget that as Christians our highest priority is the glory of God–not the health of our bodies. Exercise profits a little, but godliness is so much more profitable. Lots to consider and meditate on.

  38. Robin K says

    I need the weight loss Wednesday just as added encouragement in a world where so many things are unhealthy and not encouraging toward dieters,

  39. Renee says

    I’ve never been part of Weight Loss Wednesdays but I can use all the help I can get. Last year I lost 25 lbs and this year I’d like to lose the rest – another 30. It’s all about being healthy and glorifying God! I’m in!

  40. Brenda S. says

    My goal this year is to lose 10 pounds. My daughter just turned a year old, and I at first lost almost all my baby weight, but I am gaining a little bit now. If I lost 10 pounds, I would be extremely happy, and back around my pre-pregnancy weight!

  41. Kylie says

    I am so glad that WLW are back. I have been really struggling with my weight, after having lost so much over the last 2.5 years and have been putting it back on since May. I always struggle, as I have said in the past, with freedom and legalism, and thought that I had it all sorted but it doesn’t seem to be working scales wise. I believe that it was God’s idea for me to lose weight but I can’t seem to get any further!
    Looking forward to Wednesdays. :-)

  42. Leigh F. says

    After having 4 children, I am about 15 pounds overweight and never take time for myself! I want to get down to a healthy weight for myself and learn to take time for myself!

  43. Brenda says

    I too, am thrilled that you are bring back Weight Loss Wednesdays. I am hoping to lose my baby weight. (My kids are 7 & 8) It has been a jouney…

  44. says

    This book sounds like it would be so much fun to read. I would love to win this. I love your blog, Karen. You are one of the first ones I read. What women does not want to feel better about herself?

  45. says

    This book sounds like it would be so much fun to read. I would love to win this. I love your blog, Karen. You are one of the first ones I read. What women does not want to feel better about herself?

  46. Lori N. says

    Thank you for Weight Loss Wed. It’s nice to have some mid-week support and I find these words from the P31 ministry team so helpful and uplifting. I think Arlene’s book sounds very interesting so please count me in!

  47. Susan says

    I think throughout all of this, the main thing for me is learning more about myself and definitely strengthening my relationship with God, so much so that I am completely in awe! This book intrigues me in the same way that Made To Crave has!

  48. ElaineDavis says

    I’m starting small…just trying to cut back on the amount of sugar I eat…I LOVE candy, cookies, desserts of all kinds,…
    Thanks for the opportunity!

  49. Ann says

    I’m in….I definietly need all the encouragement I can get. Have been on this journey many times and want to make it this time.

  50. says

    Hurray for WLW!! Glad they are back! I’ve REALLY missed it. I was doing so well, then kind of fell off the wagon when I didn’t have the accountability any more. I’ve just started Made to Crave and am loving it so far. Thanks for your ministry Karen. You make a difference in my life.

  51. Kat Clayton says

    I have roller coasted with my weight for years, gradually going up in the past two years to 200. I am only 5’6″ so I look I am perpetually pregnant (all the extra weight goes to my stomach). Now I have been told I have HypoThyroidism. Great! I thought that graduating college finally (I’m 41) would solve all my problems. I would like a new job near my ex-husband so our children don’t have to fly back and forth for visits (he’s in FL, I’m in Tx). I have been incredibly tired lately and feel drained all the time. I would love to find a new outlook on life that will give me more energy and my old zest for life back so I can get back into gear and be healthy and happier again.

  52. Patsy says

    I’m starting once again, but I know this time will be better. I’m participating in the Made to Crave online bible study with Melissa Taylor. I’ve been getting good info and the greatest encouragement. Lysa T. passed your website on, and I’ll be reading it frequently. Thanks!

  53. Julie says

    I would just love to read your encouraging words because you sound like a delightful and fun person. I loved your comment on being a Kid in the Kingdom. I feel so young at 46…. after all eternity is a long time!

  54. Charity says

    I’m looking forward to visiting your blog everyday, now that I have found you! :) I would love to win Arlene’s book. I approached 2 ladies at my church and we are going to go through Made To Crave together-3 women, 3 different addictions.

    Thank you for being a part of P31 Ministries

  55. Rosanne says

    I’m in. I would like to feel better about myself and look better for my wedding in August of this year. I have a strong connection with the Made to Crave book. I just purchased it yesterday and while reading the introduction found my eyes tearing. This book is touching my soul in places that have never been touched before. My prayer word for this year is HEAL. I want to be healed and help others heal this year to bring the Glory to God that He deserves. I believe this book will help me continue down the path that God is leading me to. I am very thankful to have found this ministry. Thank you for all that you do! I’m in!!

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