Everyone has a story; I’m only sharing mine in hopes that it will help someone going through similar struggles with their weight, faith and starting a family.
So here is my family now, that I truly thank God for everyday, but it took a while for us to all get here…..
Here are my before and after pictures, but once again, I am a work in progress and it took battling through a few road blocks to get here…..
You could say my life started being surrounded by food. My dad ran a restaurant with his brother that my Great Grandparents started back in the late 1940’s that served good “Old Fashioned” Pennsylvania Dutch food. When I hit the teenage years, I was always concerned about my weight; I played sports and was always active, but was never thin. When I went off to college I had no idea what I wanted to do and being that I “LOVED” food, grew up in the restaurant business and was always trying to figure out how to lose weight, I thought that majoring in Nutrition would finally help me get on track. After 4 years at WVU I graduated with a BS in Human Nutrition & Food! Wow you would have thought, that after studying the human body and how food affects it, I would have been able to figure out how to lose weight, but unfortunately it didn’t happen. After college I spent 6 crazy years working at my family’s restaurant. While making work my main priority it completely put my life out of balance. I now weighed close to 175lbs and was struggling with food, exercise and my faith was non-existent.
My mom was the most amazing Christian women you could ever imagine. She made “God” a huge part of our lives. When we were younger, I remember vividly reciting bible verses with her from memory in our kitchen. Although I always considered myself a “Christian” I relied on my mom’s faith and didn’t have my own relationship with God.
Over the next couple of years I continued to struggle with my weight. I went on and off diets, I would start to exercise and lose some weight, but it always came back. Fast forward several years, I got married to my college sweetheart at 26 and after 5 years of marriage we welcomed our first daughter into the world. Eight months after the birth of my first daughter I developed random hives, severe joint pain and swelling and found out that I had a positive ANA. After several trips to different specialists, no one could figure out why I had hives. The only suggestion that each physician had was to take a daily allergy medication and if the hives were really bad, steroids.
For the next year or so, I just lived with the hives and joint pain and accepted it for what it was. However, when we started trying for our second child, things changed. I became pregnant right away, only to find out at 14 weeks, the baby did not have a heartbeat. This is when God began to work on me, one of many times in my life but now I was “almost” ready to listen. About 8 months after my first miscarriage, we were so excited to find out we were pregnant again, only to have another miscarriage at 7 weeks. OK, I knew the saying that “God is never going to give you more than you can handle”, but this was truly devastating. I continued to pray and trust that God did have a plan for us, but it was difficult.
I needed to know what was going on so I started doing some research on-line in regards to my diet and ended up going to a holistic nutritionist. She gave me amazing nutrition advice that helped me tremendously. I completely changed my diet, cut out all of the things I grew up loving, like Gluten, Sugar and Dairy!!! It sounds terrible, but it was amazing how instantly things started to change. My hives had started getting better and my joint pain was completely gone. The bonus was I started to lose weight and I was feeling great. The only problems was the nutritionist had put me on 25 different supplements and I was putting all my faith and trust in her to help heal my ailments rather than God.
I woke up on New Year’s Day of 2011 and picked up my bible and said Lord, I need your help, please give me peace about this situation and help me through this journey, because it’s consuming my entire life. That day I read this verse, “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.” Colossians 2:8. I could not believe what I was reading; it was definitely a message from God saying “Becca, Trust Me, stop taking everything and just trust me!” I stopped every supplement and gave the whole thing to God, knowing His plans are better than my own. Whether I ever had another child or not I was giving it to God although it was hardest thing I ever did. Exactly 2 years later from our first miscarriage we welcomed our second beautiful baby girl!! Every time I see her it’s a reminder of how much God has truly blessed us!
Now with God’s help it was time to finally conquer the life-long weight battle. I started back on my Gluten-Free diet and running intermittently. In addition, my cousin Shannon started dragging me to the gym with her at 5:30am, which I never thought I could do at the beginning, but now look forward to. Needless to say, after 7 months of crazy training, spiritual growing and back to my healthy eating I’ve lost over 55lbs and am happy to report I feel amazing. My hives and joint point are completely non-existent. I give all of the credit to God, for giving me the strength to take care of my body and teaching me through my hardships how to fully trust him and not this world!! I also thank God for putting Shannon in my life and helping me stick with a regular exercise program.
When we listen to our bodies and eat the proper foods, it’s amazing how your body can truly transform, heal itself and stay healthy and fit not just for you but your family and God! My hope is that “Our Story” will help women find their “Inner Strength” in God, because through him all things are possible.
“I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13