Member Spotlight – Denise R.

How long have you been a member and what keeps you coming back?

I bought the book first and went through the program alone a few times. But my major breakthroughs came when I joined the challenge groups and then became a member about a year ago. I keep coming back because food addiction is a battle for me, and when I feel weak, I know that I am not alone. Helping others helps me stay focused.

What was the turning point in your journey?

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 turning point #1.

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.

When are you projected to achieve your goal weight? 

July 2020. This gives me enough time to enjoy the journey; to make sure that it’s a lifestyle change and not just an overnight change. I am having to change my mindset one step at a time. Each time God reveals something else to me that may cause me to stumble. This is why I’m giving myself over a year to reach my goal.

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.


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Mary Ryan
Mary Ryan

Congratulations Denise! Thanks for sharing your journey.

I like the verses you’ve chosen, especially these 2:

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

I look forward to continuing to get even healthier over this next year with you and our sisters in Christ. With God all things are possible smile

Ena G.
Ena G.

Denise, Thanks for sharing your testimony, your success, and also your hard times with the rest of us! So inspiring! Congratulations on your success, with God’s help, this far, and I look forward to continuing on this journey with you. Ena

Candace W
Candace W

Denise!!! Thank you for sharing your awesome and inspirational journey!! Your wisdom and courage to keep pressing on in the strength of the Lord is so beautiful!!!💗🥰🙌🏻


Transformation…that is all that comes to mind
I see your outward transformation and that is good
Congrats on all the hard choices
Congrats on honoring your body and doing good while no one was around
Congrats on all the small and big sacrifices you made privately
It is now evident

Brenda Fagan
Brenda Fagan

Denise, all I could think of while reading about your journey is so inspiring! Thank you for sharing. I’m looking forward to the day you can see your goal weight on the scale … it’s so exciting!