I saw her come through the door and I couldn’t believe my eyes. So many thoughts ran through my mind, I was sidetracked for a few moments just looking at her and thinking; how did she do it, she looks GREAT, I am so jealous, I want what she has! She was radiant! She was beautiful! She was THIN! Mind you, I have known her for many years and I have always thought she was beautiful. But today, something was very different. Suddenly I was caught up in my own thoughts of how to approach her and find out her secret.
Kim and I met many years ago and I was drawn to her then by her positive attitude, beautiful smile, intelligence and her quiet demeanor. We hit it off because of our faith in God and we both did not mind sharing as sisters in Christ. Kim had one of the same struggles I had had most of my life; weight gain and yo-yo dieting. We had even shared the struggles with each other at times. I could relate to Kim. She was easy to talk to and she was like me to a degree, overweight and stuck! I had seen the changes in her from time to time; she would lose weight and after a while gain it back. It was just like my life, ups and downs, lose and gain. I finally made the decision that for me, weight was a problem caused by MENOPAUSE! That was my story and I was sticking to it. Kim heard me “complain” about my age-specific problem and that NOTHING worked! Now, I was not being honest at the time but it was my way of dealing with a problem that has caused me to despise myself and hate the thought of looking in the mirror and seeing how disgusting I really was. I loathed myself, but I used menopause as a scapegoat. So I just gave in to the fact that I was going to be overweight the rest of my life and there was nothing I could do about it. I convinced myself that even if I starved myself, I would maybe lose 10 pounds and that was it.
That day I could not believe my eyes when Kim walked in! I wanted to know what she had done to lose so much weight and look so radiant! I made myself ask her what she had done and she handed me a business card. In Perfect Unity. She told me she was starting a website and a ministry about her journey to a healthier lifestyle with God at the center. Right!? I expected to hear of a new “diet fad” that just melted the pounds off! No such story. I told her I was interested and I wanted to hear more. Deep inside, I was still in disbelief that even God could not help me. I tucked her card in my purse and cast the thoughts of ever achieving what she had out of my mind. But I could not get her shining spirit out of my mind.
The next day Kim calls me out of the blue! She confided that I had been on her heart and mind since we had talked the day before. She had prayed about it and felt God leading her to call me and tell me about the ministry. We talked for a couple hours. I “unloaded” my heart to her and she offered to help me through personal lifestyle coaching. I could not stop crying. I was so happy, I felt the hand of God just reach down to me and grab some of the burden of that moment and lift me up to where I actually believed there was HOPE for ME. The only way I can describe it is that it was a miracle.
We set a meeting date and time. The first time was scary. I remember trembling because I was so scared. I cried more and confided in her all my detestable, destructive and debilitating behaviors with my eating and my depression. I just knew she would think, “Oh boy did I get a basket case!” I just knew I was beyond help and that she would see what a mistake she made trying to reach out to me, of all people! She was never appalled by anything I told her. In fact, she could relate and give me stories of her “failures” over the years. I never felt like she was judging me or looking at me and feeling like I was a mistake. In fact, she seemed eager to share with me her struggles and her successes. By the end of our first session, I was so happy but exhausted at the same time. She gave me “homework” and my journey began. She spoke to me about my spirituality and that this journey would be impossible without God’s help. We are His Temple and we need to get healthy in order to be His Temple. We discussed how to start the cleansing and that it was not going to be an overnight success plan. It had to be a lifestyle change. I knew I needed to start with a Spiritual cleansing. I started keeping a daily journal of what I ate and blessings of each day. God started working by showing me scriptures that just spoke to me! He kept putting songs on the radio and devotions in my path to help me. Then, He did another miracle. I was asked to be a leader for a wellness walking program. Me, a leader to encourage people to walk for their health! What a wonderful God! This was a challenge I jumped at because I knew, without a doubt God sent it to me! I called Kim and we just praised the Lord, cried for joy and agreed it was a miracle from God!
To date, I have lost weight, feel great and am closer to God than ever before. It is difficult to believe how God has used Kim to bring me through trials. I am walking for exercise and keeping track of my daily steps and my sleep. God, exercise, sleep, coaching and healthy eating are what it is all about. It is that simple. I have not yet reached my weight goal, but being held accountable to God first and to Kim second keeps me on track.
I have had to call or text Kim during my weak periods and she has always, always come to my aid with advice, inspiration and prayer. I don’t think I could have made it past those times without Kim instantly responding to me. Her prayers and her words of encouragement pushed me to overcome the battle of the moment.
I am so thankful God brought us together all those years ago to lead us to this ministry. Kim has educated herself about nutrition, diet, exercise and trust in Almighty God to get her to this point of being very able to be a lifestyle coach. I am so inspired by her and her personal journey. I have never felt the compassion she has for me from anyone before. She really cares about me and my journey. She has cheered me on every week and given me so much support. I am so happy and I do not loathe myself anymore. How can I, I am God’s Temple and His Holy Spirit lives within me. I want this, I need this, I CAN do this!