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Rhonna Rickman Testimony

Rhonna Rickman

In 2006, I weighed 267 pounds, I ruled the house, I was mean to my husband, mean to the kids, I yelled a lot and really only wanted to do things that would help ME. It was so sick, especially when God had given me a sweet, sweet, wonderful husband and 4 beautiful healthy children. Our house was crazy. It looked beautiful (as beautiful as 267 can look) and happy on the outside - we were a highly educated family, my husband had an incredible job, I got to stay at home with the kids and our children were beautiful and so smart. I was on anti-depressants; I paid someone to clean our house, I always wanted more and more and more! The saddest part was that our finances were a mess as well! So in 2006, I looked up Weigh Down. I had done Weigh Down in 1999 and lost 60 pounds and kept it off for about a year, but had drifted away and thought I could control it and do it on my own and 3 pregnancies more and 2 miscarriages, it was apparent, I was not in control and I gained back the weight and so much more. 
 
My husband kept asking me to do Weigh Down again, it was the only thing that had worked for me to actually lose the weight and was certainly the only thing that had made me happy. So I looked up the website and signed up for a class online. The idea behind Weigh Down is simply to love God first, more than the food, or the clothes, or the house, or the kids or my yucky control. In my first 8-week class, I lost 24 pounds and quit my anti-depressants and began to find happiness again. I continued in classes and have now lost over 115 pounds and I'm still going down.  I have not been this weight since I graduated High School! I've let go of having to control the house, my husband, I've learned to sweetly just like God does with us with mercy and love, correct my kids and show them to be sweet and loving and not have to yell at them and act crazy. What a joy to watch my 4 children love each other and help each other and serve one another first before themselves. We were married in July 1994 and I know we would have still been married now,(I would have made sure of that), but we would have been miserable. It is truly amazing to just wait for God to show you what you need. 
 
Through Weigh Down, I was taught to wait for my stomach to growl, just like God had designed our bodies and then to eat what your body is calling for but not too much. I eat candy bars, ice cream, chicken fried steak and all the wonderful foods now, and I just wait until my stomach actually growls. It is freeing. One of the biggest things was seeing how much time I had on my hands. I had time to clean and mow and read with the kids because I wasn't busy worrying and thinking about the food. It is total freedom, freedom to just wait on God and serve your family. I use to think it was all about me, now I get to live serving others instead of myself. I've never been happier or healthier. I sleep easily and sweetly and I only take an antihistamine for allergies, no other medicines! It has saved us so much money in food and fat people clothes and me trying to shop to fill up and be happy! God is truly amazing! I am changed forever for the better!! I’m so thankful to Weigh Down and most importantly to God for giving me total peace and letting me live “on earth, as it is in Heaven”!

Rhonna Rickman