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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Abundance (06/08/06)

TITLE: Trudy, Happy at Last!
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06/12/06


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Trudy had an abundance of talent, happiness and purpose in her life. She was an excellent writer, had two degrees she was proud of and a husband she loved, dearly. With all of this abundance, you’d think that Trudy would be happy, wouldn’t you?

But, Trudy was very unhappy. You see, she had an abundance of something else that was killing her—and there didn’t seem to be anything that she could do to stop it….You see, Trudy was vastly overweight…

Most of her life she carried around about forty pounds too much. She had been made fun of, had difficulty finding and keeping a job, her friends and family had given up on her and so she consoled herself everyday with even more food, staying inside most of the time, reading a lot and thinking of her past successes of writing and school.

She still wrote but often the depression was so bad, that she couldn’t think of anything positive and encouraging to write.

And then, something wonderful happened that changed everything!

She found an online Christian Group called Christians for Friendship and found some great Christian people that she could share with. Many of the emails were uplifting and encouraging and it wasn’t long before some of the writers were helping with her weight problem. A “buddy system” was developed where several of the writers wrote to her daily and asked how she was doing. She began keeping a journal of what she ate and took up walking on a daily basis.

It wasn’t long before Trudy was finding the motivation to do some of the things she hadn’t done in years –such as going back to church, doing some volunteer work at a local hospital, going out with her husband on the weekends and visiting friends and family. She found to her surprise that food was no longer a top priority.

Several months later, around Halloween, she got on the scales as she usually did the first part of the week, and found to her great surprise, that had reached her goal! Instead of weighing 190 pounds, she now weighed in at 145!

Needless to say, she was abundantly happy, her husband was proud of her accomplishment and life was just beginning!


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Stefanie Noonan06/15/06
An interesting approach to "abundance". Hopefully you are Trudy. If so, congrats. I'm working on becoming "ubundant free" myself. Stef.
Helen Paynter06/16/06
A neat turn-around of the abundance theme. Good job.
Phyllis Inniss 06/20/06
Good story. Sometimes we need that Christian help to bring us to what we would like to be.