She Believe She Could… Kinda

I love the R.S. Grey quote from the book Scoring Wilder:

She believed she could, so she did. 

Despite the book’s controversial content, the quote has taken on a life of its own inspiring women everywhere. 

After the past few years with weight loss surgery, losing a lot of weight, trying new and adventurous things like flying trapeze, and culminating in finishing the NYC Marathon People often share this quote with me and I love it. But there’s an element to that statement that isn’t true at all. 

I never believed I could do it. I tried and tried and tried to lose weight. Thirty years of being obsessed over my weight with countless attempts and ultimate failures. I was actually the last person on Earth who thought I could! 

In my video on how I lost 250lbs I spoke about the importance of faith in my weight loss. As a Christian, it was easy for me to turn so many things over to God but my weight and food issues I held in a tightly closed fist that I wouldn’t let God enter. After a setback in my process for weight loss surgery, I heard Him loud and clear: 

Try again, Regina, this time with Me. 

In that moment I felt something switch. It all seemed to click into place. I opened my hands from that fist and relaxed into Him. I gave my weight, my issues with food, my shame, and my fear of failing again to Him. 

What happened next was like driving down a road with a ton of red lights and just like the movie Bruce Almighty they all just turn green and stay green. I was able to take on whatever came my way because it wasn’t me at the helm anymore! 

This week in church our pastor spoke of Philippians 4:13



That is the ultimate truth. God provides the strength! I may have the WILL but the POWER is His. 

It took many years before I truly embraced the power and the promises of God. There are many more mysteries of Him that I’ll probably never unravel. What I do know for a fact is that my life has been infinitely better since I opened my heart and accepted Him,  breathed in grace, and exhaled praise. 

The quote should really be: 

Jesus believed she could, so she did! 

Author: Regina Bartlett

Regina Bartlett is a blogger and speaker from the gorgeous Rhode Island coastline where she spends her days with her amazing husband Jeff and their combined family of six adult children and two very tiny adorable chihuahuas. She’s active in her church, sings on the praise team, and is amazed every single day at how God has totally changed her life. Formerly 425 lbs she’s battled her weight for 30 years until RNY Gastric Bypass surgery in December 2014 where she lost 250 lbs and gained a new lease on life. She wants to share with anyone who thinks that they MIGHT be interested in surgery and knowing the real truth behind the surgery since there are a lot of misconceptions and fears. Deciding that she needed a challenge to continue with her weight maintenance she decided to embark on running the NYC Marathon in 2016 on Fred’s Team for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Like so many people, her life has been touched by people affected by cancer. Discovering that her friend of over 25 years was diagnosed with breast cancer she had even more inspiration to run. On November 6, 2016, she completed the grueling 26.2 miles through all five boroughs of New York City and realized her 20 year dream of completing the largest marathon in the world. This blog will travel with Regina as she laces up her shoes and continues to challenge herself while sharing stories of her life and the people who have been an influence on her over the years. You’ll find stories, recipes, crafts, photographs of the wonder that is Little Rhody and countless photos of her tiny pups Sid Vicious and Taxi Fitzgerald. TL;DR: Wife, mother, writer, avid crafter, lover of Jesus and tiny dogs everywhere with a story to tell. FOR BOOKING INFORMATION please use the contact form below or email navigatingweightloss@gmail.com. Thank you!

2 thoughts on “She Believe She Could… Kinda”

  1. I have found that putting my faith in God has helped me through so many things. Once you replace your fear with faith, it sets your mind at ease because you know God has your back. Great post!

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