While I have tried many diets over the last 30 years, I always went back to my old way of eating and gained all my weight back once the diet ended. In February 2016, I was discouraged about where my weight was and knew I wanted to make a lifestyle change, but had tried so many other things, I wasn't interested in yet another diet. As I was reading my Bible one morning, Psalm 107:13-14 jumped out at me.
In summer of 2015 I watched a lady in our church lose weight and I was struck by her posts on Facebook that talked about her growth in her relationship with Christ while losing weight. Wanting to know more about the Grace and Strength Lifestyle I poured myself into reading, researching, and talking with Grace and Strength staff.
Christine's Story: Months ago, I was being distracted by diets that weren't working, overweight and still gaining, having increasing health concerns, and saddest of all – a complete focus on self and continual thoughts about food. Food and eating food was how I was spending my time; celebrating with food, consoling with food, enduring boredom with food, getting through the day with food. Food had become my constant companion and was what I turned to during the day.
Little did I know what freedom would come from what I knew as a "weight loss" program. Of course, I was the typical dieter. If I saw a new infomercial, I would convince myself, this must be the one that works and I would "try" it for a month and fail. Or, I would commit to eating healthy for the week and reward my efforts on the weekend only to gain back my progress from the week, hence the yo, yo dieting.
Shay's Story: Before Grace and Strength, I can honestly say that my relationship with food was very unhealthy. I would call myself a "foodie" who loved to go out to eat and try new foods and drinks! That is what I would look forward to every day. The idea of food became an idol in my life that consumed my every thought. All day I would be thinking about places I wanted to try and recipes I wanted to cook at home.
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