Here’s a little history to my story:
This photo shows me in 2013 holding my youngest grandson, who I love dearly. I have no idea how much I weighed then; I didn’t dare step on the scale. This photo was taken during a fairly stressful time in my life. Not that this was the only stressful period in my life, but it was definitely one of them: our youngest daughter became pregnant at age 15 and gave birth out-of-wedlock at age 16. Like a lot of people I tend to overeat during stressful times, and even though I’m a Christian and know that God is in control, I’m still human. I know that no human being is ever conceived outside God’s will or ever conceived apart from His image. Unplanned pregnancies may surprise us, but God is never surprised. Ironically, she was actually our surprise baby; she was born when I was 42. I believe this with all of my heart and I told her that the God who allowed her to be born when I was 42 is the same God who allowed her to give birth at age 16. God is good. He is for us, not against us.
For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
This photo was also taken in 2013, on my 59th birthday:
For the most part, I deleted tons of photos of me during this time in my life just because I didn’t like seeing myself looking heavy. This one escaped my deleting it because it was taken with my oldest daughter on my birthday and it was actually a good photo of the two of us together.
Fast forward to February 2016, I weighed 173 pounds and was taking a BP medicine and an acid reflux medicine daily. I tried to loose weight on my own but it wasn’t working. I knew I had to do something to change the way I looked and to improve my health:
I was tired of deleting photos and tired of being overweight; I was ready to take control of my weight. Up until that time I’d been telling myself that I looked “OK” for my age, (61) and that gaining weight and taking medicine was all part of “getting older.” But I decided that I didn’t want to just look “Ok for my age.” I decided I wanted to be the best I can be, both inside and out. I started using Nutrisystem on February 21, 2016 and started walking 2 or 3 times a week for around 30 – 60 minutes each time. When I walk, it’s my time to listen to my favorite pastors/biblical teachers on my iPhone. For my shorter walks I’d listen to Greg Laurie, Charles Stanley, Jack Graham, Ravi Zacharias or Alistair Begg. For my longer walks I’d listen to John MacArthur or a combination of the above. It energizes me to work on both mind and body at the same time.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:1-2
By end of the first week I’d lost 7 pounds using Nutrisystem and just 2 months later in April I’d lost 21 pounds so I entered Nutrisystem’s Success Story contest. In August I was asked to be a call-in guest for two QVC/Nutrisystem TV shows. It was a fun experience!
By September of 2016 I had lost 40 lbs using Nutrisystem and was asked by Nutrisystem to come to Tampa, Florida for a 5-day photo shoot with 14 other people who had also lost weight. It was a great experience! I always wanted to be a model when I was young, and even though I had gotten to do some modeling in my teens and twenties, I’m only 5’6″ so I was never a good candidate for being a model. In Tampa, I was pampered and treated like a model, with wardrobe, make-up and hair stylists! I was photographed against a white screen and did some short promotional video monologues on a green screen. It was nothing short of super-fun for this 62 year old mother of 3, grandmother of 10! (5 step)
Me and my oldest daughter in Tampa after the photo shoot:
After I returned home from the Tampa photo shoot I found the same dress that Nutrisystem wardrobe had put on me, except in a better size. The dress that they had put on me was a little big on me and had to be pinned in the back for the photo shoot. I was a little uneasy wearing it, but this one fits me perfect:
And I actually have a waist that’s smaller than my hips now!
And since losing 40 pounds my doctor gave me the OK to stop taking both my blood pressure medicine and acid reflux medicine. My blood pressure continues to be normal everyday since, without meds. Praise God! I’m so very thankful for my good health and don’t take it for granted! Life (on earth) is short; I believe we should live it out being as healthy as we can be, both physically and spiritually. God has determined our length of days here on earth, and He tells in His Word that we are to take care of our bodies. I feel so much younger and healthier than when I was carrying around all that extra weight and having to take medicine.
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
I now walk at least 30 minutes EVERYDAY and yes, I still listen to my favorite pastors and biblical teachers. In fact, I look forward to my walks every day. Loosing weight, making healthy food choices, drinking water instead of sodas, and exercising every day has really made a difference in my health and in my life. I switched my Nutrisystem auto-ship program to an A la Carte maintenance program so I still enjoy some of my favorite Nutrisystem foods on a daily basis. My favs are: Cinnamon Raisin Baked Bar, Double Chocolate Muffin, Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar, the frozen Hamburger, and the Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Nut Bar!
I thank God for allowing me to wake up each morning to live another day for Him and for my family, and in good health as long as He allows, and thanks to Nutrisystem for helping me be the best I can be. I work at maintaining my 40 pound weight loss everyday by exercising and eating a healthy, portion controlled diet. Here I am with our three daughters, Mother’s Day 2017: