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Kristine Petralito Testimony
Hello Weigh Down Participants! Oh my, what an exciting path you have chosen. A journey away from being controlled by the food or anything else created and being lead by the Creator, our most merciful and loving God. I can testify that there is nothing you will ever choose that will have more of a positive impact in your life than this.
 
My life changed permanently and for the better starting in July of 2001, that is when I signed up for my first Weigh Down class. From the first week I was encouraged to let go of control of my food decisions, which at 100 lbs overweight were obviously not good, and to wait for God's lead by waiting for my body to feel hunger. Then once I felt hunger I was to further let go over control by only eating the amount that my body called for, which meant, stopping at full. So that is exactly what I did. I concentrated on this every day until I was 90 lbs lighter then when I started. I was so excited! Then I found out I would be expecting my 4th child and I panicked! My weight problems did not start until I started having babies and I was convinced that all that work was forever gone. Little did I realize that what I had been learning was not really about food, or weight loss for that matter; it was about a relationship with God that is permanent and that relationship was now based on my giving up my will and surrendering to His. This was the answer!! A dependent and submissive relationship with God. No longer was food what I ran to as a comfort and friend, but now it was God. What started out as a semi-panic attack, became the most joyful 9 months! My weight stayed perfect throughout the pregnancy and I had a ball! After my baby was born I returned to my pre-pregnancy weight in 12 weeks! Then I proceeded to lose 10 more pounds that I did not expect to lose! I am now at 100 lbs down - wow!
 
Funny thing is, what I realize now, is that the learning of the basic steps in Weigh Down is something that continues to give joy and peace to my life to this day. Gwen Shamblin has taught me the fundamentals of living a life in service to God and Jesus Christ, this is a living and growing relationship with the Almighty God. One that continues to show me daily how to pursue and live without sin - a life that imitates our most beautiful Jesus Christ. This concept, this basic cornerstone of "not my will but Thine be done" is what has changed every area of my life and continues to charge me on towards more holiness and more purity. I can testify that every part of my life is forever changed. Because of this Weigh Down teaching I no longer run to food, overspending, antidepressants or anti-anxiety drugs, illegal drugs, overdrinking of alcohol and anything else for "an escape" or out . I run to and focus on the God of the Universe - and He gives life, joy and peace in return. I learned this only from Weigh Down Ministries and I know this will do the same for you!!!
 
Here is a scripture I have clung to and hope it encourages you as well:
 
Matthew 11:28-30
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
 
Kristine Petralito

*Read More: Kristine featured in Ladies Home Journal!