lori1I can’t remember a time when I did not weigh more than I should have. Even as a small child, I remember not quite being like the other kids, and as I got older I began to realize that my place in the world took up more space than most.

I was a happy kid. I had parents who loved me very much but as with most families not everything was as it seemed from the outside. The things that propelled my weight into severe morbid obesity by the age of 15 still lurk in the dark corners like a ghost you are sure you will see if you just stand still long enough. No one gets to be over 600lbs and can really say they are shocked about it. If they are, they are lying.  The weight is always there, tapping at my shoulder, poking at my side, that repetitive flick on the arm, a constant reminder that food and weight rule my world. I managed to lose over 250lbs about 10 years ago and for the most part have kept it off. While it was life changing, I still walk through life as a morbidly obese person.

As I go through the next year with hope, excitement, and fear of embracing the challenge to lose more weight I will be sharing the stories both in humor and devastation that have led me to where I am today.  I’m in a place I refuse to stand in any longer. I want desperately to move forward. I do that for myself foremost but also for the dogs who mean so much to me that I hope to help on this journey.

You will hear a lot about the dogs: who they are, how they found me and the impact they have had on my life. I hope they will inspire you as much as they have inspired me.

My challenge to you if you are so inclined, inspired, or feel at all connected to this project is that you will consider donating one dollar (or any amount you wish) to Recycled Doggies for each pound I lose. I will blog often. I will be accountable to the blog, the dogs, and to myself each day good or bad for the choices I make. I will fail at times, but that too will be part of my path to find a way to do things differently than I have in the past.

The dogs and my work with “Recycled Doggies” have inspired me to be the change I want to see in myself and the world around me.  I am hopeful that this journey will inspire you to make changes for the things that mean the most to you in big or small ways.

Lori Hiltenbeitel


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  1. Laura says:

    Hey Lori! You are going (when you really didn’t want to, you went in and saw the pool was full of people and you still went in. You are making changes in you body as well as you mindset! Changes are hard, but keep knocking them down one at a time and you will be amazed with the new Lori that is coming out. Theme song for you Diana Ross,,,,”I’m Coming Out” You go girl and keep it up, you inspire me! Laura

    • dogl2324 says:

      Lol…I love it, I can hear it in my head! 🙂 Thank you for this note, and for your encouraging words, support and for taking the time to follow my journey and posting it means so much! You are right the changes are hard but nothing feels as good as succeeding on big levels and small ones too! – L

  2. Bay says:

    I wanted to pop in and THANK YOU for saving Tristan! I follow RD obsessively from Seattle, and he was one who touched my heart. Remember that you are beautiful no matter what you weigh, and that I am a stranger who supports you, and thinks you are AMAZING!


    • dogl2324 says:

      Hi Bay!

      Thank you for popping in, for supporting RD and for caring about Tristan and about me. 🙂 I really appreciate the kind, kind words!


  3. Dd says:

    have you heardof Dr Robert Young, the pH Miracle? it will show youhow being HEALTHY ( avoiding all that makes you ill, therefore overweight) is about. You never have to go hungry , only learn that certain ingredients are REALLY bad and you will avoid them, not “diet” from them.
    I´m sure you´ll find it interesting
    take care

  4. Melissa says:

    I came across your story today and I just want to say that what you are doing is awesome and I wish you all the luck in the world. I am a dog lover as well I have 3 of my own, one of which is a rescue and I also foster for our local shelter to give dogs time to be placed so they are not put down. I currently have 2 fosters now. I have 2 passions one is saving dogs and my second is helping people to change their health. I made a decision 17 months ago to start a health and wellness business to be able to increase my chances to make significant income to be able to open a no kill shelter. You should check out my website it will help you on your journey..Go check it out and feel free to email me and give me your thoughts.

  5. Linda says:

    Well begun is 1/2 done. The hardest part of loosing weight is just starting. You have the will,a plan & loads of support here to help you on your journey. You can do it! Kudos.

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