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'The Divine Diet'

The Divine Diet

Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Regal Books
Released: January 2005
ISBN: 0830736271

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Jessica Myers

'The Divine Diet': Jessica Myers

New Holland, Pennsylvania I was obese for most of my childhood and all of my adult life. In March 2003, during a time of personal crisis, I was faced with the reality that at 312 pounds, I was putting myself at risk for some serious health problems. I also realized that, if I stayed at this weight, I might not be around to take care of my daughter—there are not many 70-year-old women who weigh as much as I did! Most important, I was not being a good steward of the body that God has given me.

Do you not know that your body is a temple 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 body (1 Cor. 6:19-20).

As a Christian, I knew that by not taking care of my body, I was sinning, because I was not able to be all that I could be for God. I began to pray for direction. We all know how to lose weight—it is just a matter of making up our mind to do it. Eating right and exercising are the keys to success. When we are done looking for the quick fix and the easy way to accomplish our goal, we must decide either to change or to continue in the misery of disobedience.

I began researching the First Place program online and read the First Place book Health 4 Life. As a result, I started making small changes, such as eliminating soda and adding water to my daily diet. I began the full program on my own (as opposed to being in a group) on June 27, 2003. I also joined a gym that day. Step by step, I went through the First Place program by myself until I was able to join a group in September. I had already lost 33 pounds when I met the sweet ladies of Grace Baptist Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Being part of a group makes a huge difference in motivation and it helps with success. It has been an amazing year. Time has seemed to fly by and I have had consistent success. I have truly been changed from the inside out. Although I have at times given in to temptation, I have never had a moment that I wanted to throw in the towel. That is miraculous!

To date, I have lost a total of 102 pounds! I can hardly believe it. I love telling people how I’ve done it—God gets all the glory. Although I am rejoicing in my physical appearance, in my higher energy level and in my nearness to God, I am eager to keep moving toward my goal of losing a total of 150 pounds. Now, I have only 48 more to go.


From The Divine Diet, © 2005 by Carole Lewis. Published by Regal Books, Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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