Congratulations Rachel! In today's video interview, we're celebrating one of our younger clients as she reaches her goal weight* and begins a life-long journey of healthy living. When you think about how many of our clients talk about the beginning of their struggle with weight happening around this age, it's really profound to think about the future difficulties Rachel is very likely saving herself from by developing a balanced relationship with food at such an early age.
Where to start and what to include or not include, there is so much. When I started this program it was to lose weight. I was introduced to Grace and Strength through a friend who was on the program. She had actually been on for quite some time before finally, through much prayer and deliberation; I gave in to her prompting to give it a try. I figured I could at least do it for a few months and see what happens, after all it is bible based and I did need to lose some weight.
I felt hopeless; I was the heaviest I had ever been. I went to the doctor to find out what was wrong with me…it had to be something. What I found out was that from a medical perspective there was nothing wrong with me other than being overweight. My doctor told me it was a math problem; calories in/calories out…and as an accountant that made sense to my brain. However I didn't know how to fix it. I had tried many things in my life but had always regained the weight ...
In 2014, I was a very broken woman, wandering, lost in a spiritual desert. I obsessed about my weight. I focused on this rather that the real issues disturbing me. As with other woman in the Grace and Strength community I tried multiple diets, fasts, even gastric bypass surgery. I would lose, then regain as is the pattern. The question to myself was why do I keep doing the same thing? I had been in Weight Watchers for about a year and just was not getting anywhere. I found Grace and Strength.
"It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person...what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person." What was coming out of my heart a year ago was bitterness, anger, resentment, and a deep discontentment. This heart condition manifested itself in fear of failure, shame, and comforting myself with the temporal things of this world, such as material possessions, worldly success, and especially food.
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