God, I love to eat!

2 Corinthians 12:7-9

7 And to keep me from being too elated by the abundance of revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to harass me, to keep me from being too elated.
8 Three times I besought the Lord about this, that it should leave me;
9 but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” I will all the more gladly boast of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Overeating that is out of control is a run away destructive habit. As I help you change that habit I offer to you a way to grow closer to our Lord, Jesus Christ. When you surrender your desire to overeat to Jesus, you are admitting you need a Savior to help you manage this. Some of you have told me you feel powerless over this. That you have never gotten a handle on this. I am here to tell you if you allow me to help you, you will and if you allow Jesus in to save you, He will. Jesus says:

Matthew 11:28-30

28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

We also read in 2 Corinthians 12:9

9 but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” I will all the more gladly boast of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

If you overeat or cling to tightly to food for self soothing and do not manage it. This behavior will lead to unhappiness, negativity, comparison and a great deal of negative self talk. I know you want out of this. Allow this behavior to lead you closer to our Lord.

Prayer is your conversation with God. A heart to heart talk. There are many ways to pray and I share my way of praying with Scripture. It is called Lectio Divina (Divine Reading).

Settle into a quite place and quite time. You may already have a prayer space you like. Sit for a few minutes and bring yourself before God. I like to start with the sign of the Cross and I always invite the Holy Spirit into my prayer time. Have your journal near and your Bible. What is it you want to talk with God about today? What topic, emotion, issue, or situation is on your heart? Look over a few of the Bible passages I have provided and see which one speaks to your heart. Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance as you begin. When praying with Scripture there are many ways to pray. I will share with you several ways I pray with scripture.

  1. I pick my passage. I read it over slowly jotting down any word or phrase that strikes me. I then start to talk with God. I usually ask, God, what are you trying to tell me? How does this passage direct me today? How does this relate to my life today? Then I will read the passage two more times, slowly. I jot down what is placed on my heart. I usually sit with the passage all day. Answers do come through media, music, my Pastors homily, my Mom or one of my clients. Pay attention to what is happening in your day. God never answers you loud.
  2. I pick a passage. I read it over slowly, jotting down a word or phrase that strikes me. I then decide what role or character do I want to be and imagine myself in the story. I then journal my conversation with Jesus. I ask what needs to change? What do You wish of me today?
  3. I pick a passage. I read it over slowly and the Holy Spirit takes over. I really love when this happens.
    When you give your prayer time over to the Holy Spirit, stand back!
    Always end your prayer time with a colloquy. A colloquy is your conversation with God. It is usually what you will do, praise and thanks or whatever is on your heart as you bring your prayer time to a close. I end with the sign of the Cross.

Revelation 3:20

20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.

Suggested passages

2 Corinthians 12: 7-10
2 Corinthians 4:7-18
Romans 7: 14-25
John 8: 31-36
John 8:1-11
Luke 23:39-43
Luke 12: 13-21
Mark 10:46-52
Ezekiel 37:1-14
1 Kings 11

I know prayer works. If you have never prayed with Scripture before give it a try. Start with 15 mins. Pick a time of day that you will pray each day. If you need help send me an email, text, or private message me.

God Bless!

Heather’s Story

SamanthaSharesHeather describes herself as someone who was “fat her whole life”. She was always the third wheel, the funny friend, the one with the great personality. She was never described as anything else.

That all changed when she saw a friend have success with Mind Body and Soul Fitness. She asked her friend about the program. Was it pills and shakes and pre-packaged food? Heather had done that all before and was not looking to ride that roller coaster again. Her friend assured her it was not like anything else out there. This plan used real food. No gimmicks. Just the right food in the right amounts at the right time of day.

That was all Heather needed to hear. She called and made an appointment that day.

That was back in May. In six months, she has lost 72 pounds. She went from a size 20 to a 14. She feels terrific. She looks terrific. She can almost fit back into her wedding dress from 17 years ago! Just one more size to go and then it will fit.

Heather and her husband recently went to Las Vegas to renew their wedding vows. She bought a new dress for the new celebration and loved the way she felt and looked in it. Her goal to fit into her original dress is still strong, though. She knows she can do it!

Heather thought she had it all figured out in the past. She would have a shake for breakfast and then a salad for lunch. Her salad would have chick peas, pepperoni and pasta. She thought that was ok because somehow, she never learned otherwise.

At Mind Body and Soul Fitness, they teach you the “otherwise”. You have a personal weight loss coach who is there for you every step of that way. That coach makes all the difference in the world because she makes sure you are not alone.

Last year, Heather used to drink a gallon of ice tea every two days. She would use 12 teabags and 24 Equal packets. This year, Heather drinks water. She drinks the water at red lights. She drinks it when she is home in the mornings and evenings. She drinks when she can all day long. She no longer drinks tea or any caffeine for that matter.

There have been some hardships, too. Heather had no idea how to shop for “regular” clothes. She had been in the Plus section for so long that she almost forgot how to shop anywhere else!

Over the summer, Heather went to get changed and realized that she took her shorts off without unbuttoning them or using the zipper. She just pulled them straight off!

If you want to lose weight the healthy way, cook your own foods, have the support of a private coach in your corner every step of the way, then you are in the right place. If you want to avoid crowded meetings and pre-packaged foods, look no further. If you want to be like Heather, then contact Mind Body and Soul Fitness today. Yes you can!20 Weeks on plan-Sept 2015 IMG_2184-1

Sue’s Story

SamanthaSharesSue was just like so many of us. She had weight to lose but did not know how to go about it. She had tried different types of diets in the past and was frustrated.

Sue had a friend who had joined Mind Body and Soul Fitness and said it really worked. The personal recommendation was all she needed to hear. She joined right away.

20 pounds later, Sue is happier than ever. She had learned how to eat and how her body responds to food. She had learned how to recover from setbacks and how to make the plan work for her.

Sue’s children are grown and she and her husband frequently enjoy going out to eat. She has learned to be specific when she orders, asks the server to hold the salt, and speak up for what she needs. Not once has anyone ever looked at her funny or judged her. She was and is amazed at how flexible and accommodating people can be.

For Sue, having a personal weight loss coach was vital to her being so successful. She learned the value of accountability and learned to explore the choices that her coach gave her. They worked as a team to determine what worked best for her and she even found herself being able to open up to her coach and explore some of the reasons why she had made poor choices in the past.

The hardest thing about the plan was being honest. Sue knew she could cheat here and there and that she might be the only one to know. Then she realized that she would only be cheating herself. That is not why she signed up for this plan so full disclosure for her was the only way to go!

Her advice? Give it a shot. It works. Even if you think you can’t do it, you can. This plan is designed for people to succeed. Drink your water. Utilize your coach. Be honest. And watch the weight disappear.

Sue’s husband recently had a cholesterol check. He went down 20 points and he is not even on the plan! He does, however, see how his wife cooks and eats and follows her lead. Now he is healthier because of her quest to be healthier! Talk about a win-win.

Sue exercised before and she still exercises now. While certainly not mandatory, she likes the way it feels both physically and emotionally.

The cost of the plan was totally worth it once Sue saw the woman that she was meant to become. The whole experience of her weight loss was such a positive one for her.

If you want to lose weight the healthy way, cook your own foods, have the support of a private coach in your corner every step of the way, then you are in the right place. If you want to avoid crowded meetings and pre-packaged foods, look no further. If you want to be like Sue, then contact Mind Body and Soul Fitness today. Yes you can!

Sue Moyer 20 week photo

Nancy D’s Story

SamanthaSharesThis is the story of Nancy. Nancy was a size 16 and steadily gaining weight. There was a history of diabetes in her family and her A1C numbers were starting to creep up. She knew something had to be done about her situation, but she was worried. She was worried about what it would cost to lose weight. She was worried she would fail if she fell into the same old habits. She was just plain worried about everything!

Nancy talked to a coworker who had joined Mind Body and Soul Fitness and had a lot of success. Her friend encouraged her to take the leap. Fortunately for Nancy, she listened.

35 pounds later, Nancy is a new person! She is now a size 10/12. She started running. She is so much healthier than she ever thought she could be.

Keeping up with all the groceries was hard! She was constantly running out of fruit. However, those were good problems to have. They were much better than the constant worry.

Nancy began to learn what triggers her to eat. With the help of her food coach, she learned how to control her portions and her cravings. She learned the importance of drinking the water and emptied all the junk food from her house.

Her journey began this past July. She reached her goal by late September and is now dealing with stabilization and maintenance.

Most of the people in Nancy’s life were supportive of her quest to become a healthier person. There was no negativity or doubt and that really helped to keep her going.

Nancy had times where she slipped up. Instead of quitting like she always had in the past, she got right back on track. She did this after vacations and other celebrations.

Buying new clothes has been such a rush for her! All her old clothes are packed away. When she reaches the one-year anniversary of her weight loss, she will donate it all.

There are many factors that led to Nancy becoming overweight. Some she could control and some she could not. She used to work 12 hour shifts and be on her feet the whole time. Then her job switched to a desk job. That alone wreaked havoc on her system.

Learning how her body works has been such a good thing for Nancy. She is super proud of herself (as well she should be!).

If you want to lose weight the healthy way, cook your own foods, have the support of a private coach in your corner every step of the way, then you are in the right place. If you want to avoid crowded meetings and pre-packaged foods, look no further. If you want to be like Nancy, then contact Mind Body and Soul Fitness today. Yes you can!

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Jackie’s Story

SamanthaSharesJackie always struggled with her weight. She tried Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem, Jenny Craig…you name it. They were all successful at first, but never for the long haul.

At 61 years old, she thought she was too old to lose weight. Then she heard of Mind Body and Soul Fitness through some friends.

Jackie had her appointment set. She was ready to begin. Then the unthinkable happened. She broke her leg! It was a bad break and it required surgery. She would be out of commission for weeks and weeks.

The owner of Mind Body and Soul Fitness said she could still do the plan. They talked over the phone about what Jackie would need to do. She began the week after her leg surgery.

Jackie lost 19 pounds in 8 weeks. While not being able to move! In the past, she did high impact aerobics up to four times a week and still was not losing. Sometimes she even gained. Now, without being able to exercise, or even walk for that matter, she lost weight! And she lost it fast. She was shocked.

The water helped the inches melt away. Her face, her waist, her shoulders – all reduced in size.

She looks younger and she feels younger.

Jackie followed the plan to the letter. She did not cheat. She was strict, especially since she could not exercise.

People find it hard to believe that diet alone can shed the inches and pounds. Jackie is proof that with the right diet, it can be.

There were other factors, too. Having a personalized weight loss coach was very helpful. Her coach offered guidance and help with losing the weight and now with keeping the weight off. Knowing that someone was watching and paying attention made her strive to be extra good! Also, writing down her foods and sending in her scale pictures really kept her in check, too.

Jackie was never hungry while on plan. She credits that to the right foods and the eating that was spread throughout the day.

She was a tight size 10. She is now a comfortable size 8. Her stubborn belly fat is gone. Before the plan, she was on two medications for high blood pressure. After the plan, her pressure was so low that her doctor eliminated one of the medications!

The plan works at any age. The plan works for any fitness level – or in Jackie’s case – no fitness level! Jackie plans to add some exercise into her life once the doctor gives her the ok. It’s nice to know, though, that she can work out now on her terms.

Instead of being in a full leg brace and sitting home and gaining weight and feeling depressed, Jackie took back control of her life and health. She has never been happier.

If you want to lose weight the healthy way, cook your own foods, have the support of a private coach in your corner every step of the way, then you are in the right place. If you want to avoid crowded meetings and pre-packaged foods, look no further. If you want to be like Jackie, then contact Mind Body and Soul Fitness today. Yes you can!

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