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. Deb Morgan says:

    Lori, I commend you on your personal goal of losing 100 pounds, and also for the clever way you have set up this blog and related it to helping dogs in pounds! Hopefully there will be MANY victories to celebrate throughout the coming year…your weight loss and dogs being saved! I admire you, Lori!

  2. Jane says:

    On the same quest, but for my health vs for the critters!!! Have lost about 60 so far…..YOU CAN DO THIS, and you will feel soooo much better as a result!!! Good luck, and thanks for helping out our four legged friends!!!!

  3. Deb Shafarzek says:

    As rottie foster parent, I thank you for your efforts and kindness to help save these wonderful furbabies, who don’t deserve what life hands them. As a woman who has been battling the bulge most of my adult life, I applaud you and wish you all the best on this journey. I am sure that you will have all kinds of moral support along the way. Congratulations on taking the first step…making the commitment.

  4. DORIS HILTON says:

    I too have had a lifelong battle with my weight and the lack of self-esteem that goes with it . You will be in my prayers and I wish you all the luck in the world !!!!

  5. Amy says:

    Congratulations on the first step of what will surely be an amazing journey! I am behind you 100% and am so very proud of you. You can count on my support, whatever you need. You are going to do great!

    Love you!

    • dogl2324 says:

      Thanks love, your support, unconditional love and friendship is amazing! So blessed to have you, Greg and the kids in my life! xoxo

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