I have battled weight loss for many years. I’ve tried everything from diet plans to ‘magic’ weight loss pills with no success.
And no matter which one I began, I was never able to stick with the plan very long. I felt like a failure.
I came to a point where I just wanted to give up. I had almost no fight left in me. After years of struggling and fighting the battle in my own strength, I got on my knees and cried out to the Lord. I told Him I was done. I can’t do this anymore. And when I was done, He was able to step in.
As I was looking for new books to read, I ran across a book by Cathy Morenzie called Healthy by Design: Weight Loss, God’s Way. This was my #1 turning point.
I read the book and started to see some changes. I had never thought about weight loss in the way Cathy brought it to light. I thought, if I am seeing changes just reading the book, I wonder what changes could be found in joining in a group of like-minded people all striving for the same goal of becoming a healthier version of themselves for God’s glory. So I joined the online group and started the 21-Day Challenge again. Seeing and hearing what others are going through lifted my spirit. This is when I began to have more changes—mostly in the way I was thinking, not just physical. Days 12-14 kicked me in the gut during the group challenge and that was a huge turning point for me.
What is your theme Scripture that ministers to you on this journey?
1 Corinthians 10:31. “So, whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything to the glory of God.”
1 Timothy 4:8. “For physical exercise has some value, but godliness is valuable in every way. It holds promise for the present life and for the life to come.”
Philippians 4:13. “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
Psalms 28:7. “The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.”
What’s the most profound principle you’ve learned in the Weight Loss, God’s Way program?
I refuse to trade my inheritance (the life God gave me) for a bowl of soup (all the junk I eat that does my body no good).
What advice/tips/suggestions could you offer to your fellow sisters on this journey?
One suggestion that I have is to take your time and really meditate on the questions. Ask the Lord to reveal things to you that you may not have seen before. Also, find some accountability people to join you in your journey. Get the MyFitnessPal app and have members join you to help you with food and with workouts. But, most of all, be honest with yourself. I’ve waisted too much time lying to myself—thinking that I was doing better than I really was when the whole time I was sneaking junk food and not doing the things that I was telling others I was doing just because I wanted to look or sound better to others. You can’t lie to God nor can you truly lie to yourself for long and not realize it.
– Updated from July 2019 –
If you’re at the end of your rope, get started with the 21 Day Challenge. It will help you move from where you are now to where you want to be– happy, healthy and whole, trusting in the Lord as your strength.