Overcomer! Molly Wells’ Testimony

Molly ~ Before

Molly ~ Before

I was naturally thin until my mid 20’s when something happened and I gained 25 pounds in a year. That was the start of my on-again-off-again dieting. I gained more weight over the years, but lost all of it in the mid to late 90’s with a low fat diet and regular exercise. Unfortunately, that diet messed up my gallbladder, so it was removed. I eventually gained back all of the weight plus a little more. In July of 2010, I finally decided to get the weight off for good. I was turning the “Big 5-0” at the end of 2011 and I didn’t want to be fat and 50, so I decided I better get a move on. I started dieting on August 2 by doing a
combination of things. I was trying to come up with my own program. I started praying for God’s help in finding something that would work for me. I
had 4 main criteria that I was praying for in a diet:

1) I wanted something that I could do (most of the time),
2) that I would do (most of the time),
3) that I could live with (most of the time),
4) and something that would work for me.

Labor Day weekend, I was on the computer, looking something up, and I saw something about a movie star losing weight eating nothing but some “junk food” type things. It caught my attention, so I looked into it further. Someone asked if you really could lose weight while eating whatever you want. There
were different answers, but several people mentioned a Christian mindful-eating program where you eat between hunger and satisfaction. I had tried that way of eating for short periods of time on two previous occasions years before, but just didn’t go very far with it. 

On Tuesday, September 7th, I decided to try this approach at lunch and then again at dinner. I decided it would be a great addition to my plan, so I could have one more thing to do at meals, or for the whole day, or however I wanted to incorporate it. A few days later, I realized that I was still eating the hunger fullness way and that I had no interest in going back to my diet plan. It dawned on me that this was God’s answer for me – this was how He wanted me to eat. 

I identify most with Thin Within, but I enjoy reading other books, articles, etc. about intuitive eating. The Eden Diet is another great hunger fullness book, with Christ as the focus, that has given me help on my journey.

I had to learn to get in tune with my body and listen to see if I was really hungry or just wanted to eat. I don’t classify myself as an emotional eater (though I do eat that way occasionally), but more a clock eater (it’s time), just because I want to, it sounds good, looks good, out of habit, as a reward (something to look forward to while traveling, shopping, cleaning, etc.), etc. I just love to eat and get very excited about food. I love the taste of food – at least of the foods that I love. I am a very picky and specific eater – I don’t like but so many foods to begin with! I found out that my body doesn’t require a lot of food.

It’s wonderful to be able to eat whatever I want and maintain my weight – of course, I just can’t eat as much as I want. I usually do just fine with that. I was naturally thin growing up, but was not a naturally thin eater. I was just blessed with a fabulous metabolism! I love that there are no “rules” – just some boundaries. I love that I can still eat out a lot and drink my sweet tea (which is about all I drink).

Molly ~ After, July 2013

Molly ~ After, July 2013

I released five pounds in that first month of dieting and then released 72 more pounds with God’s way of eating. I had set my goal a few pounds higher than I normally did because my usual goal seemed so far away and I had always lost weight slowly. I reached that goal (62 pounds released) in just over a year (in the middle of August 2011). I continued eating this way and released to my usual goal and then a few pounds beyond that. I’ve been maintaining that for over a year.

This way of eating was not quick and easy, but it was the quickest and easiest way that I have ever lost weight. I prayed throughout the years for help with my weight loss, but I sure wish I had been more diligent to seek God’s help. I could have been to this place a lot sooner! I used to live to eat and now I am finding that I am not quite so obsessed with food. I still think about and enjoy food, and eating, but it doesn’t consume my thoughts like it used to. I truly praise the Lord for that!

~ Molly lives in Atlanta, Georgia. She has been married to her very best friend, Keith, for over 30 years. She is a housewife and loves to spend time with Keith, visit waterfalls, go antiquing, garden, play on Pinterest, and watch the birds in the backyard. She enjoys being “thin within” and gives God all the glory!

How About You?

Have you decided it is time to do something to get things under control? It is never too soon (why wait until January 1st?) or too late!

What questions do you have about this approach to releasing weight?

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25 Responses to Overcomer! Molly Wells’ Testimony

  1. Christina December 30, 2013 at 9:51 am #

    Molly, I am rejoicing with you in what God has done! This is one of my favorite testimonies! I can relate to how you aren’t an emotional eater. I love food too! And I believe I also had a great metabolism when I was younger because I definitely didn’t practice a lot of thin eater habits. I’m learning that it doesn’t take a lot of food to satisfy me. Thank you for sharing this!

    • Molly Nye Wells December 30, 2013 at 5:02 pm #

      Thank you, Christina. We sound a lot alike!

    • Ronell March 2, 2016 at 10:53 am #

      Hi Molly
      Thank you for sharing your success story, I find it very inspirational. I am eager to start Thin Within….what would be my first step?

      Please advise me on how to go about.

      • Deanna Lewis March 2, 2016 at 3:36 pm #

        Hi Ronell,
        You can get a copy of the book Thin Within by Arthur and Judy Halliday as a start. If you go to the website Thinwithin.org, you will find workbook studies as well as other helpful information to go along with the book. I hope this helps!

      • Molly Wells March 2, 2016 at 5:08 pm #

        You’re very welcome – I’m so glad you found it inspirational! Like Deanna said – you can go to the website to find more information. I’m excited for you to start your journey!

  2. Karen K. December 30, 2013 at 10:39 am #

    Molly — You look great! (You’re husband looks good, too — don’t want to leave him out. He probably encouraged you along the way.) The best thought in your post? There are no “rules” in Thin Within — just boundaries. For some reason, the word — “rules” — makes us want to rebel. It sounds too restrictive. But “boundaries” sounds less confining, while still giving us limits. And these are limits that we can set — and add to or take away — when they work well, or don’t work at all.
    Thanks for sharing your story. I’ve been blessed by reading it. May God bless you in return.

    • Molly Nye Wells December 30, 2013 at 5:06 pm #

      Thank you, Karen – that is sweet of you. Thanks for the kind words about my husband too! He did encourage me and loves that I am back to my dating weight (actually I am below it). You are right, I hate the thought of diet rules and I love the freedom with eating this way.

  3. Tammie December 30, 2013 at 11:04 am #

    Molly, you look so pretty in both pictures but especially the after photo. Somehow your picture shows a woman who’s spirit is sweet & humble. I too live outside Atlanta & have been married 25 years this Friday. I so appreciate your story at this particular time in my life. May God continuo to Bless you and your husband with many, many more trips together.

    • Molly Nye Wells December 30, 2013 at 5:09 pm #

      Thank you, Tammy and Happy Anniversary to you! I am so glad you enjoyed the story and thank you for all of the sweet words.

  4. Jenilyn January 3, 2014 at 3:56 pm #

    Hi Molly, thank you for your testimony!! You look wonderful! I have a couple of questions, if you don’t mind. What do you mean by sweet tea? artificially sweetened? And do you have blog where you post pics of your food that you eat?

    • Molly Nye Wells January 3, 2014 at 7:21 pm #

      Thank you, Jenilyn. No, I don’t eat or drink anything with artificial sweeteners, so it is real sugar sweetened tea. I love it super sweet! No, I don’t have a blog or anything. I just eat whatever I want. I am an extremely picky eater and always say that these are my 4 food groups – meat, potatoes (starches), bread, and dessert.

      • Heidi Bylsma January 4, 2014 at 7:03 am #

        I love that, Molly. Thanks again for sharing your story. This testimony has been a big hit (literally!!!) here at the blog. Next week, when integration with the Thin Within website is complete, I know that many more will get a chance to read your amazing story! Thank you!

        • Molly Nye Wells January 4, 2014 at 7:35 am #

          Thank you, Heidi, for everything that you do and for allowing us to share our testimonies here. I am happy I could share and I look forward to seeing the new and improved Thin Within website.

          • Heidi Bylsma January 6, 2014 at 9:22 am #

            Thank YOU, Molly. I am so glad you said “yes!” 🙂

  5. Jamie January 3, 2014 at 4:14 pm #

    Love your testimony Molly you encourage my heart. Thanks for sharing with us all. 🙂
    “With God are all things possible”

  6. Beth Dozier January 6, 2014 at 5:01 pm #

    I’ve known you for almost 35 years so I’ve seen ALL of the up and downs!! You are one of my very best friends but I hate talking about weight with you because I DO beat myself up for the failures, even the little ones! BUT – You have done SO VERY WELL with this program, and even though I’m am half way to my goal, I am starting to feel like I’m at the “getting ready to fall off the wagon” because “I’m sick of the rules and restrictions” stage. Irregardless, you inspired me to sign up for the newest “Thin Withn” 12 week webinar. So I’m taking my inspiration from you and I wanted you to get credit for that!! Love You!!

    • Molly Nye Wells January 7, 2014 at 4:21 am #

      Thank you, Beth, and wow – such a sweet thing to say! I am excited right along with you that you are half way to your goal! I know what you mean about being sick of the rules and restrictions with dieting – I was too. I love the “non dieting” way of eating with Thin Within. I am glad you are signing up for the TW Webinar – I know you will enjoy it and be blessed by it. You already know that I am praying for you and I am here for you too. Love you too!

    • Heidi Bylsma January 7, 2014 at 12:21 pm #

      Well, Beth, it is great to have you along! Thin Within is wildly different from many other approaches. Extend grace to yourself and feel free to ask any questions as they arise! There are tons of veterans around and available to field questions and to offer support. 🙂 So glad to have you.

  7. Karen Childs January 21, 2014 at 7:37 am #

    Hey Molly! I just re-read your testimony here again, and it seems to ring even more true now that I have started my own Thin within journey. Bless you for sharing your personal story, and I’m already benefiting from your support and encouragement! I hope you know I’m here for you too as you maintain and continue the work God has already started in you!

    • Molly Wells February 8, 2014 at 7:28 pm #

      Thanks, Karen and sorry – I am just now seeing this! You say the nicest things! I am definitely there for you! I am thankful that you are there for me too – I appreciate that!

  8. Maggie Houston November 26, 2014 at 10:04 am #

    Thanks for your testimony Holly! I am really excited to start on my journey.
    Do you know of any live groups in Smyrna, Ga or Atlanta, GA?


    Maggie Houston

    • Molly Wells November 30, 2014 at 3:16 pm #

      You’re welcome, Maggie. I think you will enjoy the freedom that this way of eating offers. I certainly do! No, I don’t know of any groups here in the Atlanta area.

  9. Ela November 18, 2017 at 10:53 am #

    Thanks, Heidi, for posting this testimony. And thank you, Molly, for sharing it. I rejoice in your victories and praise God for blessing you in this way and for blessing us with the gift of your testimony and encouragement. Thank you, Molly, for continuing to reach out to those of us who have not experienced the on-going freedom you enjoy. I just read your testimony because you referenced it on a FB discussion that I have recently joined.

    • Molly March 19, 2020 at 12:54 pm #

      Thank you, Ela! Sorry, I’m just now seeing this (I don’t seem to get notifications of comments).

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