My battle with weight started at a very young age, at the time I was only 3 and had just been molested, my young mind suppressed the real details until I was much older but my emotional eating started at this tender age and so from a wiry thin little girl who lived with great fear, (see link below) I became very chubby and was always feeling hungry and with also being abused both physically and emotionally at that time and later, it increased, food is a natural tranquilizer and we feel better but only for a short time, so we top up again and then get into bad eating habits, food becomes something we desperately need and want but also fear.
Early years – https://freedomborn.wordpress.com/2011/09/27/the-early-years-a-little-lost-girl/
As a young Teenager I starved myself to get thin, In my Twenties after loosing my babies and living with a very hurting abusive husband who later left me and married a woman who could give him a child, I used appetite suppressants. These were found to be very dangerous and were later black listed, they acted like speed on the brain. I became hooked and hardly slept and then couldn’t sleep, so I needed Hospitalization. I than tried many diets, Yuk! for a long time I couldn’t eat bananas, finally I went back to starving myself and became Bulimic.
After Marrying Ron and being part of a Christian Church, God delivered me from the Addiction of Bulimia but the damage to my body because of bad Nutrition continues today with Osteoporosis in my neck, arm and shoulder, although with God’s Balm the pain is controlled well and also in my feet when needed. This was one of the reasons I wanted to help others with weight control so they wouldn’t make the same mistakes I did.
After I found I could not conceive a baby with Ron, I decided to get a job, I did market research for a few months and than I was trained with the Health Department in Nutrition, weight problems and in running their Share weight control groups. After finishing their training and with their consent, through the encouragement of Elisabeth a dear friend and Neighbour, I started my own groups and made them available to Christians for a minimal cost for the Health Department material provided by them at a reduced price , which most could afford, if they couldn’t there was no cost.
Elizabeth will share her amazing Testimony at another time but Joy another friend who came to one of my groups and than became one of my Leaders for many years, shares all about them on the Link below.
Joy – https://freedomborn.wordpress.com/2013/10/18/a-friend-in-need-is-a-friend-indeed/
I put on weight again in Sydney for a few years when I was addicted to Gambling, which I shared about before in one of my Posts and why it happened, later having been delivered of the Gambling Addiction after heart repentance and healed Miraculously of two life threatening conditions, Ron and I helped others and started a group called Gambling and Addiction Free in our Church, which we continued when we came to Queensland.
I also lost the excess weight and once again started my Groups but changed their name from Christian Weight Control Workshops, to Heavenly Lights, I use to also do One to One for those who couldn’t come to the Groups and phone support for those who lived in N.S.W.
This picture record of my weight loss above is not complete, but these do show the changes even in our features as we loose weight.
There is no Magic wand but with God’s leading and empowering we can be very successful with loosing weight and maintaining it for the right reasons.
One of the big helps with the problem of boring food, when loosing weight were good low fat balanced Cook books, I discovered they where a great help.
Ron shares below that they helped him too as he often cooks a meal for me, which I really appreciate, he is also a very good cook …….
All the recent cook books I have tried, the food has been so healthy but tasted so good too! The recipes have so much flavour and are very filling, they are so unlike many diet recipes I have tried before over the years, which were mostly bland and tasteless, I’m happy to use them anytime, I’m not into experimenting like Anne does when motivated. Thanks Ron.
I maintained well until about 5 years ago when my disability started to limit me greatly and with no exercise or controlled eating, I started putting on some weight again but now that God has healed me, I’m seeking to loose with His leading and empowering, I also feel the motivation from Him to start my Heavenly Lights Weight Groups again, please pray for these, as there is a great need for God’s balance in this area but it may not be the right time for me to do so.
I would like to share some important Truths that I have learnt from our Teacher Jesus Christ in reference to food, appearance and weight misconceptions.
1. Regardless of how we look on the outside or our weaknesses, shortcomings, faults and disabilities, God sees our heart and if we Love Him and others and willingly show we do by our actions, our worth to God is without earthly value and this is what is really important, not what fleshy man or woman thinks about us.
2 . Food does not bring us close to God or cause us to be separated from Him, unless we use it to worship a Pagan god, which is idolatry and sin or we wrongly think that it Saves us or stops us from loosing our Salvation, we don’t have Salvation unless we ask for it with repentance and heart conviction and this is all about Faith not works and we can’t loose it if we really have it and we will show we have it.
3. I would like to share now some important Truths straight from God written word……..
Romans 14:16-18 Therefore do not let your good be spoken of as evil; for the Kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but Righteousness and Peace and Joy in the Holy Spirit. For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men.
Corinthians 8:8 But food does not commend us to God; for neither if we eat are we the better, nor if we do not eat are we the worse.
1 Timothy 4:4 -6 For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed.
Thank you for listening – Christian Love from both of us – Anne
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Inspiring details of how you lost weight Anne. You are a real inspiration for us all. Thanks for sharing such touching details of your life and the struggles you faced but your faith brought you out as a winner each time. It is incredible. Take care and keep inspiring my friend.
Thank you again Samina for your uplifting words, I would very much like to save others again from going through what I did and help them to find the right path, dieting is bondage.
Yes God has intervened in my life many times and not because I deserved it but because He is Love and Loves me greatly as He does all His Children.
Thanks again – Christian Love -Anne
thank you for sharing your story and also what you have learned on your journey. I had to find a converter to figure our the weights you listed because we use pounds in the USA wow you lost a lot! I really liked numbers 1, 2 and 3 very good points to remember! God bless you Anne!
The most I lost T was 50kg but I did feel it was too much , the weight charts are OK for a guide but we are all different, what suits one doesn’t another, we are all meant to be different shapes and sizes and this is the same with weight.
I’m pleased T you were blessed by the points.
Christian Love and Joy in knowing you – Anne
You are such a dear, sweet, special woman Anne! So strong! How happy I am that you found my blog because you continually inspire me. You are the epitome of overcoming adversity and a shining example of what God can do with a heart willing to trust and obey Him no matter what. You allowed Him to touch your life so that you can touch others. “Well done, my gracious and loyal servant,” is waiting for you to hear when you reach heaven – but hopefully not for years and years! Blessings my friend,
Thank you for your kind words Ellie, I believe you too seek to reach out to others with compassion and help, what you see in me Ellie is a also reflection of yourself, we recognize in others, our own strengths or weaknesses.
Yes my life has been a long hard road but even when I was told Jesus was just made up and that I came from an Ape and that I had been lied to at Sunday School, and I messed up real big, as I look back I can see Jesus was never far, His footprints are there. I let God down even after calling myself a Christian but He interceded for me and I was rescued… How great is our God of Love, Mercy, Compassion and Grace, can we ever stop thanking Him.
When I read your comment Ellie I cried , for someone to think all those beautiful things about me is indeed God’s healing balm, I believe that our Love shared in honesty and encouragement, brings very good fruit that lasts.
Christian Love – Anne.
P.S Ellie is the Like button working above, you are the second one who has commented in agreement and not left a like, I have had this problem before on my Blogs and with other peoples, I’m begining to think the Firefox browser has just as many problems as the others, it was also very hard to Post with what I wrote being deleted all the time, which one do you use Ellie ?
Well said Anne! That’s quite a testimony! God is with us in, before and after the battle, isn’t He? Blessings to you and Ron! Marie
HI Marie, you have changed where are those pink cheeks, your black and white now or is it grey? but you still have that wonderful smile.
Thank you for your uplifting words Marie and yes God knows us in The Spirit before we are even conceived and in the flesh when we are and He knows every hair on our head and He constantly thinks about us.
And regardless of what Satan throws at us or how much we mess up, we will be all we are meant to be in Christ Jesus, when we willingly allow Him to lead and mold us in Love. He tells us He will do what we can’t , He is God of the impossible…. as Ron and I apparently both say…….. How good is that!
Christian Love Always – Anne
P.S What Browser do you use Marie? I’m having problems with the Firefox Browser, the same as my first one.
Well we know , that your story Anne is an example of Gods never letting us go . He is with us through all our life trials, whether losing or putting on weight or whatever our battle is, as the psalmist says .’He places our tears in a bottle,’ How good is that !
How good is that !….. Now did you get that from me Love or is it the other way around Hmmmm we do bled don’t we or as God tells us we become one flesh 🙂
Yes I also agree God never gives up on us, when I was first leading the Groups I thought I was complete in The Lord but later I found out what this really meant. We are saved and being Saved.
Christian Love Always dear- Anne
Hoping u get this as I’m on my mobile, which I’ve had trouble sending stuff from. I enjoyed ur post and rejoice at all God has done in ur life.
You did well Deborah, I don’t use my Mobile to text , just imagine if they were as long as my comments are sometimes Wow what a bill.
I’m pleased you liked my message it was one I found hard to write because it brought back memories which reminded me how foolish I once was with dieting , no wonder it’s spelt DIE – T
Thanks for taking the time to comment.
Christian Love – Anne