Coleen's Story: This journey officially started for me as I was looking at pictures of myself from my daughter's wedding last summer. I was amazed at how large I had become! It saddened me to look at myself and realize that I had been gaining steadily over the last 20 years with a sharp jump of 30 pounds in the last three years! How could this happen? I realized that the majority of the clothing I had purchased only three years ago no longer fit!!!
I grew up as the proverbial skinny girl --- so much so that I was referred to as Olive Oyl most of my life! I was 40+ years old when I began struggling with weight issues. As a mom, wife and full time account executive my full efforts in life were spent taking care of everyone around me every day. From my 4 kids (my youngest having several major health issues), my work, my spouse as well as my friends and church family, I always found myself too tired to take care of me at the end of the day.
Food was my comfort except, it did not comfort me. My journey with Grace and Strength began early January 2016. I had put on 45 pounds since the death of my 43 year old daughter in a tragic motorcycle accident. Food was my comfort except it did not comfort me. I had been on a program similar to this 2 or 3 years ago but I was looking for something more. The spiritual part was missing in my previous weight loss and I knew that the spiritual was all a part of the whole.
My sister-in-law and best friend told me about a health coach she knew and how great she looked and that she had kept her weight off for four years. She then told me that she was going to meet with her and discuss the program and she would let me know what she thought. As this was going on, my husband let me know that he had been praying for two years for God to give him the wife of his youth...
I have struggled with the extra weight for about 5-6 years. Constantly dieting, watching everything I ate and trying to exercise all the time, with no lasting results. The numbers just seemed to continue going up. My career is very hard on me. I work a lot of long days (working 12, 14 & 16 hrs) which are physically and mentally demanding. Most weeks I work 55-60 hrs a week (Mon-Fri).
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