When I first discovered Weigh Down in 1997, I was extremely overweight and miserable. My weight had reached an all-time-high of 286 pounds. I was outgrowing the largest size in the plus size store. I was on anti-depressants, my cholesterol was high and I often dealt with acid reflux. My joints ached. I was angry and unhappy. I was frustrated with my husband and my children and our finances were a mess. I felt trapped and hopeless, with no way out. I had tried all the popular weight loss programs, with no success. I called myself a Christian, but I was confused. I knew something was wrong. My heart was broken! I had destroyed God’s temple, as described in 1 Corinthians 3:16-17: Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him; for God's temple is sacred, and you are that temple. I cried out to Him for an answer, and he heard me. God directed me to The Weigh Down Diet book, by Gwen Shamblin. I started reading the book and DOING what it said. The first week I lost 7 pounds. This was working, so I kept practicing the principles and I lost 147 pounds. God had answered my cry for help and removed the excess weight, setting me free from the bondage of food! But that was just the beginning. As my relationship with God and his Son Jesus Christ grew deeper, he changed my heart and that changed EVERYTHING about me. I have learned that whole-hearted obedience to God Almighty brings happiness, life and peace. He has restored our finances and made my marriage sweeter. My children are obedient which makes for a happy and peaceful home. He has blessed me with the fruits of the Spirit. I am a new creation, a changed person. All praise to our God! We have been highly blessed by this message.