Thin Within Coaching Group: Scholarship Available for One Blessed Participant!

This could be YOUR lucky week! 🙂

Heidi and Christina welcome you to join them for a 10-week Thin Within small coaching group experience!

We’re giving away a scholarship to the upcoming Coaching Group session!!!

A $350 value! 🙂

(Actually, we think that it is worth way more than that! At least to US as we LOVE LOVE LOVE our coaching group participants!)


To qualify, please comment below with your answers to the following questions.

  1. Why do you need this coaching?
  2. How will this coaching change your life?
  3. What food, that’s been on on your “no-no” list, will you be able to enjoy freely?

Please be sure to scroll on down and answer these questions in the comments to be considered as our Grand Prize Winner! 😀


WHY do we consider Thin Within Coaching Groups the ultimate Thin Within experience?

Consider:

1.) Two coaches join together with 8 students for an intimate, deep dive into Thin Within for 10 weeks. We will provide you with more inspiring input and supply more effective strategies than Heidi offers even in 1-on-1 coaching!

2.) The other 7 students will contribute to your journey just as you will have insights and wisdom that may shed light on theirs!

3.) Heidi Bylsma works with Judy Halliday extensively, having collaborated on the writing of the Thin Within book and also the Thin Within Workbook series. In 2006 to 2007, using the Thin Within principles, Heidi released 100 pounds and kept a healthy size for 7 years. Heidi has joined you in the trenches, now, as she seeks to release weight that has returned to her frame due to a lack of diligence to renew her mind during a health crisis, and all that has been entailed in the dismantling of her 33-year marriage. She wrote the Fresh Wind Fresh Desire curriculum to share insights gleaned on her 18-year Thin Within journey.

Heidi – Before

Heidi – After (She has temporarily gained weight since this photo was taken!)

4.) Christina Motley has coached others with Heidi Bylsma for the past 2 years. Christina has been involved in Thin Within for a long while and uses her experience and enthusiasm as well as her brilliance 🙂 to contribute to the Fresh Wind Fresh Desire curriculum and to our small coaching groups in a powerful way. Her “Porch Chats” provide continued encouragement and inspiration to our coachees–all new content created each week, often in response to questions or concerns raised during our group coaching calls. Learn the tips, tricks, tools that both of these women use for victory.  Discover (and avoid) the pitfalls that keep you from victory on your journey. (Heidi has learned the hard way that when she stops using the tools, over-eating becomes an issue again…even after 7 years of maintaining a healthy size!)

5.) Facebook Group support all day every day where the 10 of us meet:

  • Use the group for accountability by checking in each day if you like!
  • Share prayer requests and praises about your journey specifically.
  • Ask questions and get feedback from 9 others, including at least 2 veterans (the coaches are veterans, but many of the people who sign up for the coaching groups are veterans as well)
  • When you need immediate prayer support and encouragement, you can post to our Facebook group.
  • Porch Chat videos by Christina available and uploaded 2x a week.
  • Heart 2 Heart videos by Heidi available and uploaded once a week.
  • Other helpful files made available in the Facebook group

6.) This is the closest thing we have to an “Insider’s Club!” 🙂 All of us in the coaching group will become great friends with one another over the 10 weeks together. Many of our participants so far have continued to meet together!

7.) You WILL experience victory if you participate! We know this will UNSTICK you! If you haven’t seen ALL the details, including a video or two to show you what’s up, visit this page.

What questions do you have about our coaching groups? Christina and Heidi will be hosting a Facebook Live event on Thursday, March 29th at 10am PDT, 11am MDT, 12pm CDT, 1pm EDT. Visit Heidi’s profile page and keep refreshing until you see a live video. If you miss it, you can always catch the recording.

Remember! To be considered for a full scholarship in a coaching group this Spring, please answer the questions at the top of this post by typing your comments below and we will be selecting a “blessed winner” who will get free access to be in a coaching group from the week of April 2-June 3rd.

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66 Responses to Thin Within Coaching Group: Scholarship Available for One Blessed Participant!

  1. Lisa Woods March 27, 2018 at 8:08 pm #

    1. I need this coaching because I really struggle trying to do this on my own. I have been trying for 10 years.🤦🏼‍♀️
    2. I think the coaching would give me some fresh perspectives. I would enjoy meeting and supporting others on the same journey.
    3. Breads

    • Ashley Warren March 28, 2018 at 6:12 am #

      1. I need this coaching to have the guidance and love to help me on this journey of grace.
      2. Seeing the success of the coaches and listening, applying the bible based principles will ensure that I can finally leave my prison permanently instead of coming out for awhile and then going back in. In my mind I keep telling myself I am free. I am holding myself captive Jesus has set me free. I pray with coaching God’s divine intervention will be upon me.
      3. I always binge on pizza a favorite food and sweets cookies, donuts, chips. I try not to keep these things in the house because I will not eat between hunger and satisfied I binge.

    • Kelly Bell March 28, 2018 at 9:18 am #

      I desperately need this. I’ve read the books, prayed but it’s not going from my head to muy heart. I need person teaching and accountability! My daughter is a full time missionary and we are trying to get out of debt. I need this but we simply can’t afford this right now. I would love to have some carbs and sugar back in my life! I just feel so defeated right now.

    • Yolanda (Yo) Acosta March 28, 2018 at 2:09 pm #

      Hi There, I have struggled with my weight and my self-image for years. I had started in Weigh Down and realized they don’t recognize Jesus or the Holy Spirit at all. I know that for anything to change there must be a revelation of who God is and how He sees us. That in the process of knowing Him one’s life is truly transformed. I am desperate for Him and am longing to find everlasting healing and transformation of my life. Every area of my life. I would be so blessed and grateful for the opportunity to work with a group or one on one. I want to be a reflection of who He has created me to be and no longer be ashamed of how I look or feel. Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of an incredible life story! Blessings

  2. Elizabeth West March 27, 2018 at 8:09 pm #

    Why do you need this coaching? I need this coaching for my health, mental, physical=recently diagnosed with a heart disorder & spiritual health.
    How will this coaching change your life? I hope it will give me the motivation I have not been able to receive.
    What food, that’s been on on your “no-no” list, will you be able to enjoy freely? Sadly, I have not no-no’d anything for a long time.

  3. Melanie Stricklin March 27, 2018 at 8:12 pm #

    1. I am leading a Life.group for a Thin within book study. I feel like this will help me to help others and also will give me the tools to take my journey to the next level.
    2. Thin Within has already changed my life. So, why wouldn’t this coaching?
    3. I hope to gain control over my sweets overindulgence.

  4. Kelley Casey March 27, 2018 at 8:18 pm #

    I have learned that I need accountability to help me and having this coaching would help immensely.

    I need to lose weight because I am very close to becoming diabetic. I want to be healthy for my future grandchildren.

    Bread and pasta.

  5. Peggy Fulgham March 27, 2018 at 8:18 pm #

    1)Why do I need this coaching? I have struggled with weight all my life more the last 36 years. I am an emotional eater. Life stresses are at an all time high right now.

    2)How will this coaching change my life?
    To have purposeful encouragement would be wonderful. I know this is a Spiritual battle for me.

    3)What food, that’s been on on your “no-no” list, will you be able to enjoy freely? I have done this type weight loss Bible Study before. Sometimes too much freedom is uncontrollable. If I had to pick a food it would be ice cream.

  6. Dana Z. March 27, 2018 at 8:21 pm #

    1. I need this coaching to delve deeper into renewing my mind, going to God for all my emotional and spiritual needs, and to obtain everlasting freedom from preoccupation with food.
    2. My life will be changed because I will be free finally! I will gain knowledge and wisdom from 2 successful and seasoned veterans who have real life successes and strategies for handling setbacks.
    3. I will be able to freely enjoy pizza and other cheesy yummy foods.

  7. Tricia Vaughn March 27, 2018 at 8:25 pm #

    First off, I have never been coached so ( I was homeschooled) it would be something new for me to experience. I only have had one accountability partner so it would be great to do this with some others too. And to do it with Heidi would be amazing! 2nd, I think from what I read it would be a game changer for me. Sounds like the coaches have been through many different experiences and could help me daily with how I approach eating when I am stressed or having a bad day. Most of all, I need to learn to keep renewing my mind. 3rd. I pretty much like all foods but I do eat too much candy sometimes😣. I would love to win.😀

  8. Darci Macklem March 27, 2018 at 9:09 pm #

    I need this coaching because no matter how hard I try I fail at losing weight & I end up gaining more. It makes me depressed that I can’t lose any weight. I know that growing my relationship with God can help me but not sure how to go about it.
    This coaching will change my life by giving me the support & tools I need to succeed.
    Food on my no no list is anything with sugar. At least it should be on that list but I can’t break the addiction.

  9. Paula Blake March 27, 2018 at 10:26 pm #

    Why do you need this coaching? I need this coaching because I feel like I have hit rock bottom. I have reached an all time high weight. I’m finding that my abilities are limited due to deconditioning. I have asked 4 friends for help and to hold me accountable and none of them have. I have tried multiple other ways of losing weight (accompanied with exercise) with enthusiasm and excitement but after trying and not cheating and being devoted for 4-6 months I rarely lose 10 pounds. I’m finding that I am eating out of habit and don’t even know I’m doing it until its in my mouth or swallowed. I am discouraged and I need help.

    How will this coaching change your life? In the past I’ve been very successful at running a home business but thats because I had someone in my corner guiding me, cheering me on, motivating me and encouraging me. (That is why I’ve asked for help from friends.) I think that coaching will help me face my fear of failing again and help me to overcome my bad habits. Knowing that others are “watching” will help hold me accountable and hopefully in someway I’ll be able to help someone else in the group to.

    What food, that’s been on on your “no-no” list, will you be able to enjoy freely? Carbs like potatoes and breads.

  10. Christine March 28, 2018 at 12:22 am #

    1, I need this coaching as I know I that to release this weight which I have struggled with for so many years, I need to come closer to God

    2, This coaching will bring me more reliance on God and His Word, and finally remove the worlds ways of weight loss from my life.

    3. Carbohydrates

  11. Ruthann Kerley March 28, 2018 at 3:18 am #

    1. I need this coaching because I really believe to see permanent change in this area and I desire to have help in this journey. I have started and stopped so many times along the way and I receive so much from Heidi and Christina every time I hear them share their story. I have been very rebellious when it comes to food and diets and I desire help with renewing my mind along the way.

    2. I believe this coaching will change my life because I will learn to use the tools that will make me successful. Quite obviously, this will be hard work but I am up for the challenge. I know that I am not a victim of any pattern of thinking and God is able to bring wholeness. I also want this change for my entire family and the generations to come.

    3. The food I would most like to enjoy in moderate amounts would be pasta. I seem to have a greedy heart for this food and I want to learn strategies to eat moderate amounts of this hard to resist food.

  12. Laurie Mitchell March 28, 2018 at 4:21 am #

    1. I need this coaching to actually have accountability, which is something I’ve never had. I’ve tried doing hunger-fullness on my own since 1998. 2. If nothing else, it should draw me even closer to God than I already am.
    3. Ranch and cheese tortilla chips.

  13. Cindy March 28, 2018 at 4:36 am #

    1. I need this coaching because I’ve tried everything and I am currently a member of weight watchers, however it is becoming increasingly obvious that this is a much deeper problem then just the food I choose.

    2. This coaching will change my life by giving me the tools and support I need to finally have freedom in this area of my life.

    3. I think most food is on my no no list, unless it’s fruit or vegetables… I would love to have freedom to just enjoy food..

  14. Jackee Knight March 28, 2018 at 5:27 am #

    I believe this coaching will help me learn how to surrender every area of my life to The Lord, not just my issues with food and my self focus in the area of how I look.
    I’m hopeful that interaction with this group will empower me, through the Holy Spirit, to walk, moment by moment, in obedience to Him. I long to live the abundant life Jesus offered and I’m not experiencing that at this stage of my life.
    Bread, pizza and peanut butter.

  15. Julie Delaney March 28, 2018 at 7:29 am #

    I need this coaching because I know I am struggling to do this on my own. I know this is the answer, as I have done it before, but I’m at a point where I need the extra accountability and fellowship. I have not been able to afford the coaching sessions because of recent medical bills, so a scholarship would be such a blessing. It would change my life to become free of all the rules and to lose the diet mentality once and for all. It will change my life to experience the freedom that I felt so long ago. There are many food items that I would probably be able to enjoy freely again…regular cheese and dressings, instead of low-fat, butter, regular bread! Thank you for the consideration.

  16. Karen White-Gran March 28, 2018 at 7:37 am #

    1. I need this coaching because time after time I have released the weight only to gain it back. I struggle with stress, currently in college, carrying 15 hours (at 70 years young), taking care of ailing husband, but the most important part to me would be to honor God by using these tools to help myself and others break free of diets and lies that we have let dictate our thoughts.
    2. How will this coaching change my life? God has given me victory in so many areas of my life, but in release of weight, I have not surrendered, been obedient and trusted Him but for shorter periods (only until the weight is gone). This opportunity will deepen my relationship with God and help me to have more energy to serve Him and others.
    3. White Chocolate – which isn’t even really chocolate

  17. Stacey DeRouen March 28, 2018 at 8:57 am #

    1. I have been praying for months for God to lead me and send someone to help with my weight loss journey. I have been battling this for 42 years.
    2. I tried to lead a class but due to self esteem problems, it did not go well. It would give me the guidance and help I need to finally fulfill my goal weight and I believe when I am done I would be able to conquer anything challenges in my future.
    3. All foods are on my “no-no” list. I am scared of food and I don’t think I could ever enjoy it freely.

  18. Sheila Stacy March 28, 2018 at 9:00 am #

    1. I definitely need to loose the extra pounds but in a way I can live with for the rest of my life. Not on off again dieting that I don’t stick with. And not getting any younger.
    2. I believe the coaching would really give me support, I don’t know anyone who is doing anything like this, but I truly believe overeating is what we are missing and because of that no diet can resolve the problem.
    3. Mostly potatoes 😊

  19. Michelle Riggins March 28, 2018 at 9:03 am #

    I have battled PCOS my entire life and weight gain is a very ugly and physically damaging side effect. I have tried every diet out there with no real success. I have come to believe that the strong hold food has on me is not only physical but spiritual as well. The constant defeated feelings make me want to just give up and accept the outcome, but that is NOT what I see for my life. I am now 51 years old and over the past five years I have seen several different doctors to find out the extent of what this has done to me. I am currently seeing a rheumatologist and when the possibility of being in a wheel chair was said to me, I began to pray harder and have decided to continue with the doctors, but I have turned this battle over to the Great Physician. I will not worry over this any longer, but will just quietly listen for His direction. Sound biblical coaching would be such a sweet relief to me, as well as, being able to control ALL foods.

  20. E Bonitto March 28, 2018 at 9:17 am #

    I need this coaching because I believe it would provide me with the tools to be successful. I have embarked on the Thin Within journey solo but with coaching I believe I would gain valuable insights and wisdom that I wouldn’t get doing Thin Within with coaching.

    The coaching would end years and years of wrong beliefs about food. It would restore right relationship with food.

    The food I would enjoy again would be carbohydrates.

  21. Jeannie Worrall March 28, 2018 at 9:23 am #

    1. I need this coaching because I finally understand that it’s not about “controlling” food, it’s about my thoughts and what I hunger for emotionally, spiritually, and in my soul.
    2. I expect this coaching would change my life by helping to put my spiritual life in the forefront instead of dieting and weight control. I think it would change my life to have the accountability of an on-line group.
    3. No-no list foods that I can enjoy include pizza, and theater popcorn.

  22. Lee Anne Watson March 28, 2018 at 9:32 am #

    1) I need to learn grace based eating and learn how to honor my body and its God given hunger fullness signals and not live in fear with my eating.
    2) Free people free people and I want to be free…finally.
    3) Carbs

  23. Amanda March 28, 2018 at 9:37 am #

    1-Why do I need this class? I have struggled with food issues so long, over 10 years of my 38 years of living. I would love to have this class because it would encourage and uplift me. I do better with a small group settings and feel it could really be a big key in my freedom journey.

    2-How will this coaching change my life? I hope and pray that it will be a key to Freedom in my life. I believe it will open doors and also help me to help others.
    This class will also wrap up around my Birthday. Imagine if I could be on a path to freedom in time to celebrate my Birthday!

    3-What food will I enjoy freely? Ice Cream! For years I haven’t brought it into my house – because I KNOW I will eat the whole carton in 1-3 settings! I also look forward to bringing in Fruity Pebbles Cereal because it’s awesome and again, I don’t buy it because I would literally just open the cereal box and pour the milk into the box 😉

  24. Christine van Wyk March 28, 2018 at 9:44 am #

    1. Why do you need this coaching?
    I need freedom from Jesus

    2. How will this coaching change your life?
    I actually can’t imagine what it must be like to not struggle with food. Being free from it will enable to me ‘run the race with endurance’ without heavy burdens weighing me down.

    What food, that’s been on on your “no-no” list, will you be able to enjoy freely?
    Simply…chocolate

  25. Christine Trimbur March 28, 2018 at 9:48 am #

    Why do you need this coaching?
    Since being in the US, my weight continues to creep up. I’ve started (and stopped) TW multiple times and I know I just need more accountability. Particularly as it relates to emotional eating since the last couple of years have been so stressful.

    We’re also working towards embryo adoption in July which means I need to get my body in good shape to give the little person his/her best chance.

    How will this coaching change your life?
    I know I need accountability as it relates to my food choices. I need consistency in turning to Jesus when things are stressful. I do that sometimes, and not others. I need encouragement to continue when I’m making good choices in turning to Jesus.

    What food, that’s been on on your “no-no” list, will you be able to enjoy freely?
    Well, soy is always a no-no because I’m allergic to it. 🙂

    I think sweets would be what I would consider a no-no. I know I over-indulge often with sweets. So I try to cut them out completely (which never last very long).

  26. Jamie March 28, 2018 at 9:51 am #

    1. I desire this coaching because I need the accountability and love how much faster spiritual growth takes place when I am in community.

    2. I am hoping that I will finally be able to surrender this area of my life once and for all. God can do ALL THINGS with a surrendered life. I imagine my life changing drastically.

    3. I have been trying to follow the ThinWithin principles for many years now and have been enjoying all sorts of foods. My problem is controlling the portions of these once forbidden foods. Thank you!

  27. Glenda Eckert March 28, 2018 at 10:01 am #

    1. I am desperate for a change. I feel like I’ve been stuck for so long.

    2. Hopefully this will enable me to see things differently than ever before.

    3. Pizza and sweets especially ice cream.

  28. Katie Malkamaki March 28, 2018 at 10:08 am #

    1. I would like this coaching because I’m too self-focused. I tend to be a very closed off person and I spend my time eating because I’m lonely and bored. I’d like the opportunity to grow friendships, encourage others and be encouraged. All this, while learning about how God loves each of us.
    2. This coaching will change me because it will teach me to rely on God and his mercy, while getting me out of myself focused on Christ and others.
    3. The food on my “no no” list is mozzarella sticks. I’m addicted, but I always feel guilty when I eat them.

  29. Glenda Willard March 28, 2018 at 11:00 am #

    Why do you need this coaching?
    I have been on many diet programs throughout my life hoping it would be the last time but, I have had food issues most of my life causing my weight to be up and down. I ate; my pain, disappointments, emotions, I have struggled with a low self-esteem and I never really felt like I fit in or have little value and suffer with depression. I have a array of emotions besides the emotions that grief bring I struggle with the “Will to live” I don’t want to die but I do not know how to live! Everything has had an adverse effect on ALL of my relationships including God and Trusting Him and His promises. The destruction of my family weighs heavy on me I feel partly responsible for this, all of my children have unhealthy weight that the hold on to.

    I have been crying out to God asking Him for answers, I have wondered if I have to live my life at a unhealthy weight the rest of my life or not I need answers. I don’t want to diet! I want to find a way to eat the rest of my life!!

    I am desperate and I feel stuck. I recognize after searching out nutrition and losing and gaining again that this is much deeper than a food problem, It is Spiritual. I need someone to come alongside me to help me find the truth in things as I sort out things. When I or should I say God led me to TW program I feel like it is a long answered prayer

    I have have had many losses in my life;
    -My mom and dad divorced when I was young and my dad became an absentee father.
    -1987 Miscarried and grieved in silence
    -2003 23 yr marriage 1st husband & I divorced on a Friday and he dies on the following Monday to raise 5 kids
    -2004-05 we to school again
    -2007 Married again ( and it is a rocky road)
    -2007 After living in one place for 35+yrs when I married I moved over 1200 mi.
    -2010 My oldest son who was on duty with the U.S. Army was killed in action, this has just about taken me and still is affecting me.
    -2013 to current I suffered injury to my hand that cause is unknown
    -2015 My mom died unexpectedly form a complication of surgery
    – 2010, 2011 and 2014 my husband became very ill almost dying each time

    How will this coaching change your life?
    Most definitely yes it will give me guidance, structure & accountability as I journey through my emotional healing

    What food, that’s been on on your “no-no” list, will you be able to enjoy freely?
    Fruits and Veggies that have a higher sugar content, chocolate.

  30. Kammy Thurman March 28, 2018 at 11:02 am #

    Thank you for this opportunity, Heidi and Christina!

    1. Why do I need this coaching? I believe so strongly in Thin Within, and it’s definitely having a big impact on my life and my relationship with the Lord as I let him take this monkey off my back. After years of trying every diet under the sun, including Thin Within many years ago, it is a struggle to wrap my head around the idea of freedom in eating. The Facebook group, and weekly videos have been very helpful and uplifting but, oh my gosh, the opportunity to continue this journey hand-in-hand with Heidi and Christina would be phenominal! I have always thrived better in a small group setting where there is direct accountability and encouragement, and like-minded people working together, helping each other toward an important goal.

    2. How will this coaching change my life? I had actually been planning to join the next round of the coaching group, but my husband took a bad spill down our stairs a couple of weeks ago, resulting in extensive knee surgery and up to six months in a brace — out of work, on disability. Yikes! While I have every confidence in the Lord’s provision, I didn’t feel it would be right to join at this time with our current financial situation. However, perhaps this is the window that the Lord is opening after the door being shut! 🙂

    3. Cheese popcorn! When I reach the point of being able to view and enjoy this food in a healthy way — no guilt, no bingeing, no feeling like a total failure any time I touch it … Wow! I can’t even imagine that kind of freedom and relief right now, but I know with God, all things are possible!

  31. RuthAnn Renaud March 28, 2018 at 11:02 am #

    1.I need accountability! I have recently moved to a new state to help with my grandchildren. I retired 10 years early to do this. While I feel that God opened the way for this to happen I am being very careful with spending money. I told myself I would sign up if it was $100 but unfortunately it is more so I am going to continue on my own. I am feeling fulfilled as a grandma but I am turning to food for comfort due to my loneliness (my husband is working out of town).
    2. I will learn to take my emotions to God. It will change my life when I can do this. I would love to hear tricks and tips that help with this.
    3. I would love to enjoy a piece of candy now and then but not eat the whole bag.

  32. Lisa Brunner March 28, 2018 at 11:13 am #

    1. Your coaching would be a blessing at a time of several major life transitions and my need and desire to get free from the bondage of exercise and diet for 50 of my almost 61 years. In my heart I know I can’t do it without God but have never let Him have it.
    2. It would change me by changing my focus on where my worth and value come…God not the “experts”, worldly values, Satan’s lies or my own selfish flesh.
    3. I want to be at peace with ALL food. Probably fats. I have the fat is mantra drilled into my head!

  33. Melissa March 28, 2018 at 11:33 am #

    1. I have struggled for a long time to lose weight. I’ve tried every diet, every gimmick, every workout video and have had very little success. I have an unhealthy relationship with food and I believe through this coaching I can overcome that, commit to a new/better way of eating, and also re-commit to God.
    2. I believe this coaching group is the perfect fit for me and that it will not only help me shed the extra weight but also bring me closer to Jesus.
    3. Pasta and bread! I’m 1/2 Italian and it’s hard to try to give up those things!

  34. Jessica Espinosa March 28, 2018 at 12:23 pm #

    1. I need this coaching because I am stuck. I am frustrated. I have been feeling like I will never get this and I desire the intensive coaching to help me refocus my path.

    2. This coaching will change my life because of the intensive, small group learning and accountibility that I will receive.

    3. Ice cream. I desire the freedom to eat some and then say no when I am pleasantly full. I want the freedom that comes with choosing this food, rather than viewing it as a “binge” food.

  35. Traci Gilmore March 28, 2018 at 12:29 pm #

    1. I need this coaching because I have tried so many times in the past to lose weight and get healthy and have lost and regained over and over. I need some accountability and support from someone who has gone to God and been successful where I so struggle.
    2. I know this coaching would change my life because I need to open myself up to input from others and share my personal struggles. I have some health issues that I don’t like to admit and openly share, and as I am getting older, I need to be transparent and honest and face them and deal with this weight/spiritual issue honestly and decisively. Coaching would help me to do that in a safe setting, relying on coaches who have been through some of the same struggles.
    3. I believe I am somewhat addicted to sweets, and I would love to be able to enjoy them from time to time without the self-condemnation and guilt. I want to be able to eat them as a treat, not a staple of my diet.
    Thank you!

  36. Suzanne Johnson March 28, 2018 at 1:09 pm #

    Why do you need this coaching? I need it because my life is going through so many transitions right now that could so easily result in my gaining weight (and I already have a LOT to lose)–retirement and transition to self-employment, in-home caregiving for a disabled elderly parent, new diagnosis of a digestive disorder that threatens to greatly impact what I CAN eat (I’m trying to think of it as God taking over my food choices for me–LOL). I’m feeling overwhelmed.

    How will this coaching change your life? I’m hoping it can help me stay positive and faith-focused as I adapt to my changing circumstances, many of which I simply do not have any control over. I can only control my response.

    What food, that’s been on on your “no-no” list, will you be able to enjoy freely? I’m not sure what I can and can’t eat yet due to my new diagnosis, but expect unlimited ice cream will not be on the approved list under any circumstances. LOL.

  37. Debbie Peterson March 28, 2018 at 1:24 pm #

    1. I need this coaching program for support to stop this self sabotage! To have accountability of someone who’s walking in peace and victory. I’m so sick of this food having control I want to be set free once and for all.
    2. It will change my life by setting me free and draw closer to God. Coaching will help with this. Having someone who’s been there and set free. Having support from another is so important. 3. Ice cream and chocolate!!

  38. Kay Prior March 28, 2018 at 2:45 pm #

    Perhaps I’m too late in replying and see there are so many ahead of me it may not be worth my while, but here goes…

    Why do you need this coaching?
    I need this coaching programme to support me as I continue on my journey with the Lord of healing from serious eating disorders which I’ve battled for over 3 decades in my life. I’ve come a long way but know that there is more freedom and that I can’t do it alone. (I’m not sure if I’m even eligible because I don’t live in the USA though ?…)

    How will this coaching change your life?
    For me the biggest thing will be to break the deep sense of isolation I’ve had all my life as a survivor of severe abuse. This loneliness and isolation is something I battle every day. I feel at times that battling these strongholds will never get any easier. I desire to go deeper into Jesus and be able to find all that I “hunger for” in Him, not in eating disorder behaviours or in the false comfort of food.

    What food, that’s been on on your “no-no” list, will you be able to enjoy freely? I struggle still to allow myself to enjoy sweet treat foods without misusing them (they can at times trigger restriction or fear or at other times loss of control). If I could just allow myself more freedom to enjoy something nice as a treat each day without feeling guilty, I would consider this another healing step. E.g. chocolate or a special iced coffee drink for example. Probably sounds pathetic to others, but a big step for me.

  39. Patty S. Ringo March 28, 2018 at 3:38 pm #

    Greeting,
    Why do you need this coaching? I want to educate, equip and empower others! NO MORE CHAINS!
    How will this coaching change your life? As an advocate for Women’s Health I believe these resource wil be the catalst that I need to conbat comorbid conditions facing our community. I’ve been a part of a research team in the Austin Community for the last couple of months and Hypertension, Diabetes and High Cholesterol is killing minorities, seniors and the disadvantaged at an alraming rate. I’ve utilized and implemented some practical tips from Thin Within in the past and found the resources to be a helpful tool in my transformation ( lost 100lbs and has kept it off for 4 years -/+ 10 lbs).
    What food, that’s been on on your “no-no” list, will you be able to enjoy freely? Not sure that I want to go back to cakes, pies and candy bars when I can have selected fruits as an alternative. I’m choosing to live! If chosen, I will establish/implement a Non for Profit Support Group for women in my faith based community.

  40. Janet Gilham March 28, 2018 at 5:37 pm #

    Why do you need this coaching? I have had success in the past with Thin Within, Weigh Down and Weight Watchers, and I have always done well in a group. I had been away from any program for a while and my eating had gotten really out of control when I had a wake up call this past year. I unexpectedly had to have Triple by-pass heart surgery. I have been trying to get back on some kind of program to get my eating under control so I never have to have another by-pass surgery or even worse – a heart attack. So in a sense I feel like my life depends on it. I was praying for an answer with my eating. I was considering going back to Weight Watchers because I know I could lose some weight there. But then I got the e-mail inviting me to this 10 week coaching group. It felt right – except the cost was more than I can do. I began to realize that the only thing that will work for the long term is Thin Within, and I thrive in the camaraderie of a group. In fact I hope to lead a Thin Within group soon so I truly need to get back on track myself.
    How will this coaching change your life? It could actually save my life. I’ll finally get this stronghold broken once and for all and be able to do all that the Lord has put me on this earth to do.
    What food, that’s been on on your “no-no” list, will you be able to enjoy freely? Ever since I started this program years ago, I have been aware that Jesus declared all foods clean. But just recently for the first time in many, many years I was starting to leave out carbs and sugar and I don’t like the thought of leaving those out permanently. It only makes me want them more. I have been back on the Thin Within program on my own for only a few days and am already feeling the freedom of not having a “no, no list.” I’m glad to be back, but I would love to be apart of an accountability group. I think it could be the missing key for maintaining permanent freedom.

  41. Denise March 28, 2018 at 7:00 pm #

    I was all “woo-hoo” and then I started reading these awesome entries. I now just wish y’all each the best of luck and I’m glad I’m not having to pick the winner from this awesome group!

  42. cynthia March 28, 2018 at 9:53 pm #

    1)= I have lead & Taken Many TW & Barb Raveling groups been in TW for years now but until winter quarter & did my first coaching group everything clicked again so much easier in a small group & 2 great leaders

    2)= The Coaching group has already changed my life I have grown into a deep intimate relationship with God & with my TW tools I have finally started releasing wt. on a reg basic now .Still meditating on His word & fellowship with out Father God.

    3)=I love to eat LOL! BUT as long as I plan my day I can go to have my fav. Mexican foods OR a special desert as long as I keep my boundaries & eat 0-5

  43. Sharon Stumfoll March 29, 2018 at 5:07 am #

    Why I need coaching? I have been working through The Thin Within Book, Barb Ravelings A Taste for Truth and now Freedom from emotional eating which has been a tremendous blessing but I’m not releasing the weight. I don’t understand why, I must be missing something.
    I am hoping that coaching will help me to see that missing piece so the weight will start to drop so I can life this new way of life for the rest of my days.
    Food that I wish I could enjoy? Eating a piece of homemade pie guilt free!

    Thank you Heidi for your consideration, your blogs and videos have been a help and blessing to me. Sharon

  44. Hannah Johnson March 29, 2018 at 6:44 am #

    1.) I feel i need this coaching to help pull me out of this rut and repeated cycle of emotional eating I’ve been on for the past decade… or longer. I even remember as a teen, having am unhealthy relationship with food. God has always given me everything I could ever need and I feel I have really abused my temple by not getting a handle on this issue which has led me to literally double my weight since high school.
    2.) As a stay at home mom of three, my heart so desires to be enjoying the things I feel I sit on the side lines for… I miss hiking and the freedom feeling of running. So far, I have a clean bill of health other than my weight. I really feel blessed in that it’s not too late for me. But eventually I know, this weight will bear consequences. As I come up on my 29th birthday this year, and I feel I’ve wasted my 20’s allowing myself to fall back into depression, over eating, and numbing myself into obesity, I’m ready to reclaim the life God would have for me!!:) this coaching with you ladies would really really help!!:)
    3.) I love home-made bread with real butter!!!:) and it’s a no-no for just about any diet… but Jesus broke bread, right?? 🙂 I would LOVE to be the “blessed winner” and dive deep into reclaiming the VICTORY! <3

  45. Carey Lopez March 29, 2018 at 10:49 am #

    I would be very interested in this course – throughout life I have really enjoyed being healthy and active. In this season of life – after having 2 babies, I could really use the accountability of a coach. I have found that it is much harder to stay healthy and be active while I’m so focused on my kids and their needs. I would like to lose some weight and would be honored to have some support and accountability in the process.

    I think with having a coach by my side would be so helpful having the encouragement and support, losing weight, gaining health, growing in God and friendships is always so life-giving and that and would be life-changing combo.

    I do for the most part try to avoid white potatoes and sugar in the house – although I do like to have a cookie every now and then when I’m out at a coffee shop. 🙂

  46. Marcia J. March 29, 2018 at 11:00 am #

    Thank you for making this available to us! ♥️

    1) Why do I need this coaching? Food addiction has been part of my life since early on in my marriage, but I can tell it started even earlier. Jesus and I have been on a journey with this for the past 8yrs, and I have been leading a group of ladies dealing with addiction for 3yrs as we have walked through past trauma, learned to trust again, and have found Him to be our strength….but I believe this most recent struggle I’ve had will be used to bring glory to Him.

    2) How will this coaching change my life? The biggest struggle I face is not striving. Resting in Him. I have recently hit a snag…been buried deep in the ground, and I believe having very recently found TW, that God is growing me and bringing His rain (reign) to my heart through this. It is time to stop striving. I just want Him to be glorified and use my struggle to help others find freedom in Him alone.

    3) What food, that’s been on on my “no-no” list, will I be able to enjoy freely? Sweets

  47. Brigit Morris March 29, 2018 at 3:03 pm #

    I am so interested in your coaching session this spring but after reading all of the above responses, I want to vote that you select Paula Blake or Kay Prior or Hannah Johnson for your coaching scholarship. I am moved by their stories and have added them to my own prayer list. There is so much spiritual disorientation in the world and Satan is a clever liar who knifes us right in our weaknesses. I love it that your focus is Biblical warfare, to reach us with the truth about God and the truth about ourselves. Know this session will be a special one, that much healing and goodness will come about. Praying for His mighty presence in and among you as you seek His will on behalf of all of us who struggle in this area.

  48. Sue Schwabauer March 29, 2018 at 8:00 pm #

    1..I need coaching in a smaller more intimate group to help me be more accountable. I would love to gain an accountability partner through this group.

    2..This coaching will change my life by helping me be more diligent and proactive in renewing my mind. I also believe coaching will help me draw closer to God.

    3… I really have trouble with chocolate and desserts. I would love it if those items had less of a pull for me.

  49. Lily Ann Bence March 29, 2018 at 8:48 pm #

    Hello
    1) I need this coaching because I have heart disease. I have strict orders from my doctor at Stanford to lose twenty pounds. To lose twenty pounds has become an insurmountable mountain for me. I need help that only God can give and I believe with all my heart it is with this coaching.
    2) the change in my life will be health and possibly longer life.
    3) the no no list includes a little dessert now and then. Sure would love to enjoy a low fat dessert right now!
    Thank you and blessings to all

  50. Tamara J. Lynn March 29, 2018 at 9:07 pm #

    1. I have “flirted” with Thin Within for about five years now, participating in the workbook classes, book class, Freedom from Emotional Eating classes, and coaching groups. Learning all the materials, and knowing Thin Within from the inside out, was not the same as embracing the material, and specifically God’s guidance in knowing hunger and satisfaction . God has shown me that as long as I choose not to embrace his plan for my life, that I will continue to struggle. I am ready to embrace God’s plan for me.

    2. Having the opportunity to complete this coaching group will allow me to respond to God’s calling to embrace his promises for my life. The freedom I find through intuitive eating, with God’s guidance, will bring positive change.

    3. I look forward to eating all foods for the nourishment of my body, as God intended. I look forward to experiencing the true freedom of knowing that food is neither good nor bad, but a source of fuel to energize my body to carry out God’s will.

    Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to the opportunity to embrace the Thin Within principles.

  51. Angela Thompson March 29, 2018 at 10:30 pm #

    1) My head says I am ready to do this but my flesh says “noooooo” I try to do everything in life on my own, but I really need to submit my will and seek support. When it gets too hard, I’m likely to quit and then feel guilty at my lack of perseverance. I want to break this negative pattern in my life.
    2) I have two main desires for my participation in ThinWithin. One is to obviously be in a right sized body and to break free from the bondage of my overeating. The other, most important outcome from this is to rebuild my relationship with God. Life has made things too busy lately and my faith has become a bit stale. I long to reconnect with God and I know he is using my weight struggles to woo me back. God knows I can’t do this alone!
    3) I actually hope that God blesses me with a taste for healthier foods. I already eat the junk that I wish someone said I could eat freely of 😂. I know that there are foods that will nourish my body and I wish I enjoyed more of those.

  52. Linda Digiusto March 30, 2018 at 5:44 am #

    Why do you need this coaching?
    How will this coaching change your life?
    What food, that’s been on on your “no-no” list, will you be able to enjoy freely?

    I need coaching to help me be reminded of the battle I am in over food controlling me and devise strategies on overcoming those temptations. This will change my life making me both spiritually stronger and wiser and healthier and give me another opportunity to encourage and help others.
    The food that I would enjoy eating moderately and with discipline would be ice cream!

  53. Laurie Doiron March 31, 2018 at 2:20 pm #

    1. I need this coaching because I live in a small town and there are no support groups for weight loss. I’ve lost weight on Weighdown before but feel it isn’t biblical but I do agree with the concept of eating between hunger and fullness. And I’m going to be 60 in a little over a year. I need to achieve a healthier weight as I get older.
    2. I’m hoping when I lose the 60 extra pounds that I need to lose that I will feel better. That the pains in my back and hip will go away. Also, I want to give God the glory for losing weight His way and encourage my children in their struggles.
    3. I have no off limits food. My problem is not eating when I’m not hungry and stopping when I’m full.

  54. Karien Thomas March 31, 2018 at 5:02 pm #

    1. I need this coaching because I’ve struggled with letting go of my weight since I was 12, and my mom took me to a diet Dr. so many diet plans have been done since then. Name it, I’ve tried it.
    2. It would help me break my bondage to food and diet rules!!!
    I know God wants my heart. I’ve struggled this past 11 weeks and I go 1 step forward, 2 steps back. Every time I think of quitting and doing another diet, he pulls me back in. I feel like the extra support would be so beneficial to move ahead.
    3. Pizza, and chips and salsa was on so many of my no no lists. I struggle with stopping at 5 on these foods, but it’s so freeing to know I can have them.

  55. Linda D. March 31, 2018 at 5:09 pm #

    1) I need this coaching because I am unable to stick w/ eating between hunger and fullness on my own. I need motivation and accountability that I feel this coaching group can offer.

    2) I feel this coaching group will change my life by teaching me true biblical principals that will draw me closer to my relationship with God.

    3) Food on my no-no list?? I don’t have a no-no list. I lose control with just about any food and hope that this group will teach me how to say NO when I desire eating way beyond full.

  56. Karien Thomas March 31, 2018 at 5:21 pm #

    1. I need this coaching because I’ve struggled with letting go of my weight since I was 12, and my mom took me to a diet Dr. so many diet plans have been done since then. Name it, I’ve tried it.
    2. It would help me break my bondage to food and diet rules!!!
    I know God wants my heart. I’ve struggled this past 11 weeks and I go 1 step forward, 2 steps back. Every time I think of quitting and doing another diet, he pulls me back in. I feel like the extra support would be so beneficial to move ahead. It would be a blessing to be a part of this group! 😁
    3. Pizza, and chips and salsa was on so many of my no no lists. I struggle with stopping at 5 on these foods, but it’s so freeing to know I can have them.

  57. Heather Gates March 31, 2018 at 8:14 pm #

    1. I need this coaching for accountability and hope when I don’t think I can continue. Weekly check-ins provide encouragement and practical “been there done that” advice that can help me stay on track.
    2. I’ve battled this stronghold my entire life. At age 45, I’m ready to release the burden and live the life and live in the body God intended for me, but I can’t do it in my own strength.
    3. So many foods are on my no-no list, by Mexican is my weak spot. When I do indulge, I tend to over do it as a “treat.” I’d rather learn to enjoy it in the right portion, quit at 5 and be fulfilled!

  58. Michelle April 1, 2018 at 6:14 pm #

    Hi I need this coaching SO much. I need the connection with other girls, to brainstorm ideas and gain some wisdom. This will change my life because the sense of fellowship is so sweet. I look forward to eating ice cream with freedom!

  59. Michelle April 1, 2018 at 6:22 pm #

    I need this chance for a connection with other girls because only by being transparent can we begin this healing process. And we’re part of each other’s journey. Changing my mind will change my life! I look forward to the freedom to eat French fries!

  60. Laura Glass April 6, 2018 at 8:48 am #

    I am an intelligent woman. I know that nutrition and exercise play a role in weight loss. I just cant seem to implement it. Being a cancer survivor, I know excess weight is not good for me. I would like to be a healthy reasonable weight. I need to change the way I think about food. I would love to be able to eat pasta!

  61. Jessa April 6, 2018 at 6:47 pm #

    I’m excited to see this opportunity so let me get crackin’…
    1) I need this because while I have a heart for Christ and understand the message of Thin Within, it hasn’t ‘clicked’ just yet. Maybe I’m dense? Maybe I’m scared? Maybe this is my thorn? Maybe, maybe maybe. Either way, I desire to press on and allow the Lord’s deliverance in my life.
    2) I have struggled with my weight my entire life. I’ve been thin and fat and then and fatter and, now, thin and fattest. I am understanding more and more how the Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. The Lord has conquered so many things in my heart and life and I am so thankful. But this one, super complicated and complex area, I’m still stuck. And to me, it’s the most important of them all. It speaks to the depths of my heart, yet shows on my thighs. There’s just something about weight and eating that’s unlike any other life challenge.
    3) My homemade macaroni and cheese!!

  62. Sarah April 6, 2018 at 7:38 pm #

    1.) I’ve been “eating the Thin Within way” off and on for years. I’m so tired of the struggle and really feel like a failure about this. I just feel like I really need a boost.

    2.) I hope that it will spur me on to love and good deeds – instead of focusing on myself and my past and my issues and well, me in general I hope it will help me get my eyes off of me and on to Christ.

    3.) I’ve been eating whatever for so long now with a partial Thin Within mindset that nothing has been off limits. It’s just that I am eating too much and I know I’m using food to cover up my emotions. It’s not working! Please help!

  63. GRace Anderson April 19, 2018 at 8:51 am #

    1. I need this coaching because I really struggle trying to do this on my own. I tried to do it on my own. And ive been asking God for direction. I found this book at GoodWill (God’s Will) and I spoke to me. I rarely buy books because I have to many; my shelves moan under the weight of all of my books.
    2. I think the coaching would give me the RIGHT perspective: I want to meet like-minded individuals who I can support and they in turn can support me.
    3. Junk food, chops and chocolate bars. Boredom and mindless eating. Definitely stems from growing up poor and believing that I would not have enough food, so i overeat.

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