Set Free From a Lifetime of Bondage – Norma’s Testimony

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Image courtesy of Arvind Balaraman /

I was obese as a child beginning at the age of eight. I am not sure of the exact reason, but it was probably a combination of things. We lived on the farm, had three huge meals a day plus two or three snacks, and I really liked to eat. I also ate for comfort and when I felt lonely.

I hated my body and did a lot of crying about not being able to run and play and about all of the bullying I received due to my obesity.

When I was twelve I heard my Mom and a friend talking about a diet they went on where you eat one meal a day, split breakfast between breakfast and supper and have no snacks. I decided to try that and combined with exercise I lost 68 pounds. I decided I would diet until the other children stopped calling me “Bloat.”

I have never gained all of that weight back. I stayed within twenty pounds of it by dieting over and over. I even resorted to diuretics, and making myself vomit at times. I decided I would rather die than be fat again.

I finally did join Weight Watchers when I was in my 30’s. This improved my eating, but I was still obsessed with my body, food, and weight. It was a miserable way to live. I would gain 10 to 20 pounds and rejoin WW over and over.

In the year 2000, I was so depressed about gaining the weight again. A caring family member gave me a Christian weight loss book.  I read the book, applied the principles, and lost weight, but only paid attention to the pages about what I should do and did not invite God into the process. Once again, I gained the weight back plus some.

After this failure I wept before the Lord and began inviting Him into the process. The same relative then gave me another book to read, Thin Within. I felt a real anointing on that book and prayed, journaled, read and used the tools. I released the weight in 2003 using these concepts and by the grace of God have stayed a healthy size.

This is an area that I have to surrender to God daily, read about daily, and work on daily. It is the thorn in my flesh that God uses to keep me very dependent on Him. I need lots of group support. I depend on online support a great deal.

He delivered me right away from drinking and smoking but this area is a bit different.

He has allowed me to start a Thin Within group in my church which has been such a blessing. My husband also participates in this with me.


Norma Stringham lives on the farm she grew up on in Iowa. She is a retired nurse and enjoys doing volunteer work in her community and church. She makes quilts by hand and has a goal to make a quilt for each of her four children, husband, and three grandchildren. She likes to be physically active and goes to the YMCA on a regular basis.

How About You?

Have you been in bondage since childhood? Do you want to be set free from chronic dieting?

Do you find yourself stuck–you have the tools and the “know how,” but just can’t seem to get rid of the extra weight? Do you find yourself depending too much on “tricks” to lose weight like starving, restricting, diuretics (like caffeine), vomiting, or laxatives? Is it time for you to surrender to the Lord and lay down your self effort? God is ready to meet you. We have a community of people ready to support you!

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4 Responses to Set Free From a Lifetime of Bondage – Norma’s Testimony

  1. Molly Wells January 13, 2014 at 7:30 pm #

    Great testimony, Norma. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Joy January 13, 2014 at 11:00 pm #

    Thank you so much for sharing Norma. I really appreciate the part where you invited God into the process and you never gave up.

  3. Jolene January 16, 2014 at 12:24 pm #

    Thank you for sharing your story. I can so relate as I’m an Iowa farmer’s daughter as well.

  4. Karen Childs January 29, 2014 at 12:13 pm #

    Thank you, Norma, for sharing your personal story of struggle and victory! It was so inspirational!

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