Weigh Down has changed my life forever! I was always fat, even as a young child. I started dieting in elementary school, but I still managed to put on weight every year. By the time I married at 20, I was over 200 lbs and rapidly reached 302 lbs within a few years. I had tried every diet you could imagine from doctors to mainstream nutrition programs to magazine plans. I did it all. I finally reached the point that I was hopeless. I thought God designed me to be fat. I read every article I could find on why it was impossible to loose weight, and I tried to convince my family and friends that it was genetic. I was also diagnosed with poly-cystic ovarian disease during this time, and I was told this would make it almost impossible for me to lose weight.
One day in 1997, a co-worker asked me to come to her Weigh Down class. I had heard about it before but did not believe that God had anything to do with my weight. I thought I was a good Christian and that it was medical problems that made me obese. However, I couldn’t say no to her, so I signed up.
I praise God from the bottom of my heart for that opportunity! I learned through the classes and tapes that I was filling up my heart with food. I had no idea that I was doing that! I learned how to make that transfer from a focus on food with my thoughts and energy to a true and deep love for God. I quickly lost weight and was finally able to get pregnant after nine years of trying! We had our first child about one year after starting the class. I gained 35 lbs with pregnancy and lost all of that within 2 weeks.
God has mercifully allowed me to lose over 170 lbs with Weigh Down and even have another child. All I ever wanted was to be able to wear a size 18. I never, ever, ever thought I would be anything approaching normal, let alone thin! I now wear a size 4! I didn’t even know that existed before this! Oh, and the poly-cystic ovarian disease symptoms are completely gone! I have great blood pressure and great health! No more aching joints or bad back! This is a dream life and a joy. No where else can you find this freedom and peace and true life! I love God, and I love His plans and His day and His way of eating! I love that He made it so simple and easy, and I am SO grateful to Gwen Shamblin and the Weigh Down Ministries for continuing to pour out materials and resources to help us all on this path!
I am often asked which class if my favorite one. I love them all! I would watch them all again and again! They are amazing and encouraging and so very instructive. I really love the books as well. I think my favorite one of those is the Weigh Down Diet book. This priceless book has completely changed my life and was an early favorite! It goes with me everywhere!
It is not just the weight and health that have changed. My marriage is sweet and joyful. I used to be so angry and frustrated, but now I am at peace and truly happy. I used to be depressed all the time, but that has not been an issue for me at all for years! You truly can be free from all that pain and hurt and sadness!