Christine’s Story

Author: Christine Lewis.

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As a recent college graduate who is in her first year of teaching, I stay pretty busy!  It can be really challenging to keep up with a diet and exercise plan.

While in PicsArt_01-27-05.24.51college it was even more challenging!  It was frustrating because I always felt like I should be losing weight in order to “look perfect” or be “beautiful” and have had a hard time liking my body.  I mean, I am short and curvy and I have to say, I have not had a good feeling about my thighs!  That number on the scale has been my best friend or my worst enemy.  Eating from a list of foods was either my savior or my slave master!

When I graduated, I moved back home so I could get on my feet financially.   I decided I would learn about the hunger/fullness way of eating that my mom had been doing.  I found out about Thin Within and started eating and living this way.

I have to say it has been a slow weight “release”, but it is amazing.  I can truly eat whatever my body craves and I am still losing weight!  I have released about 10 lbs. now.  The best part is I have learned to accept my body the way it is, curves and all.  By God’s grace and with His help, I am learning to love the body that He has given me.

A Victory Dance…

Not long ago I went on a “bridal party” trip to another city for a few days.  It was sort of like a bachelorette party, but instead we took a trip PicsArt_01-27-06.54.19together so we could get to know one another.

I really enjoyed the trip.  I was able to really get to know the other girls in the bridal party.  We had a great time. The best part was seeing how far I have come with eating 0 to 5. I was not just enjoying the company but the biggest excitement for me was how I was able to eat within my boundaries when I was surrounded by other girls who were not in that mindset.

Every time we ate out, all the other girls were complaining about how full they were and how they will have to go back on their diets again to be able to fit in their dresses for the wedding!

So, I’m over here doing little victory dance because I’m just eating what my body craves with in my boundaries. I didn’t have to worry about going on a diet when we got back.  I didn’t have to feel guilty about eating “bad” food.jumpforjoy

One night we decided to go get ice cream.  The girls were all talking about how guilty they felt about eating ice cream.  I just smiled inside, knowing I didn’t feel guilty.  If I am at a 0, I can eat ice cream.   I just had a bit of a victory dance right there in my heart!  I just wanted to jump up and down with joy!

I was able to eat whatever I wanted on that trip without any guilt because I’m was not forcing more food into my stomach that doesn’t fit….

And I was thinking, it is kind of like my suitcase that I packed for this trip.

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My suitcase is a certain size.  I really wanted to pack this extra beautiful fuzzy sweater because it’s my favorite sweater.  It’s nice and warm and it just makes me feel warm and cozy inside.  BUT it just wouldn’t fit in my suitcase!  Well you know what? The sweater will still be there when I come back!  It’s just a sweater!

And you know what? It’s just FOOD.  If I want to eat it and I don’t have “room”, I can always have it later.  It will still be there.

Food doesn’t have power over me anymore.  Poor body image doesn’t reign in my heart or mind. 

God has freed me of all of that and I am truly thankful!

 

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Christine Lewis is a first year  music teacher at an intermediate school in the Birmingham, Alabama area. Music of all kinds is her passion but not as much as loving and praising the Lord.  Her favorite things to do are crocheting, coloring, singing in worship, playing the cello and loving on her sweet dog, Lilly.

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6 Responses to Christine’s Story

  1. Tim January 29, 2016 at 7:23 am #

    Wonderfully written. Always remember that our external beauty is driven more from our internal peace and joy than from our appearance. Both of you have that covered quite well.

  2. Claire January 29, 2016 at 10:07 am #

    Christine- thank you so much for sharing this. What an awesome testimony to God’s goodness in your life, freeing you to focus on what really matters: God and His mission for loving the world and sharing His love with others. Truly wonderful!

  3. Christina Smith January 29, 2016 at 5:51 pm #

    Christine, thank you for sharing your testimony! I could relate to what you were saying about your friends saying how stuffed they were and you weren’t. That’s one of the many beautiful things about honoring our hunger–that we can enjoy those delightful foods–and not stuff ourselves–or feel guilty! There is such freedom in that!

  4. LeAnne January 30, 2016 at 8:29 am #

    “Forcing more food into my stomach that doesn’t fit”…love this phrase because this is how I’m trying to look at overeating now. I can’t think of any other life situation where I try to force more than a full capacity of anything into what contains it.

  5. Lauren Robbins February 6, 2016 at 7:09 am #

    Christine! This is Lauren from SUMC! I was so excited to see your testimony! I’m so happy that God has used your mom to lead you to try hunger fullness eating. It’s a good reminder to me to set a better example for my girls so they can experience the freedom that comes with it. I’ve eaten this way for years, but have struggled with consistency the last few years. Thank you for sharing your story because it’s just the encouragement I need to press on. I really liked what you said about the suitcase. I’ve never thought of it that way before! Keep holding on to God throughout this journey, and He will carry you through any struggles or trials that come up. We miss you in Saraland, but I’m so glad things are going well for you! Thanks again for sharing!

  6. Carisa Guerrera October 3, 2016 at 5:11 pm #

    Hi, that was awesome eating with your girlfriends 0-5 and not temped to binge with tbe crowd, thats something I need to work on and pray about. Thank you for your testimony.

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