Rachael Purdy was like many mothers, struggling to lose her pregnancy weight after her third child was born. Originally from Greenfield, Indiana just outside Indianapolis, she and her husband Tim now have five beautiful children. Since finding Weigh Down Ministries, their extended family has lost over 400 pounds!
It all started with Rachael trying to lose weight through eating the “right” foods. Rachael explains, “When God showed me Weigh Down, I was READY for a change! I was trapped in the rabbit hole of “healthy” eating.
“My version of healthy eating included organic, free range, hormone-free, grass-fed, raw milk, cultured with bacteria, unprocessed and OVERWHELMING!! There were so many food rules I couldn’t keep them all straight and I had no time to think about anything else. I was so angry when the rules could not be kept!”
One day, Rachael was at the home of a friend who had mentioned Weigh Down to her before. Prior to that day, she hadn’t paid much attention. But on this day, she asked her friend if she still had that old Weigh Down Diet book?
Rachael exclaims, “Of course she still had it! It was within arm’s reach of where we sat on her couch! I took it home and read the first chapter, the second, the third. I could not put it down. The message that I was reading in that book was breathing life back into me!”
She then went to the grocery store and bought white flour bagels and non-organic cream cheese, and when her tummy growled, she ate half of a half of a mini bagel, and was satisfied. Rachael lost one pound the very next morning!
From that moment forward, Rachael would NEVER go back to her old way of life. She had found freedom! God had answered her prayer and had shown her the idols in her heart. She was free from confusing food rules and free from confusing religious rules! Unbelievable peace flooded her heart.
Then I went on the lose 44 pounds! God has given me two more pregnancies since that initial weight loss, and I quickly returned to my thin pre-pregnancy weight after each one! That 44 pounds has been off for 5 years and I have NO fear of it ever returning.”
Rachael continues to change and be refined daily. “My relationship with God and love for Him and His Son, Jesus Christ, is growing deeper instead of growing more distant!!
Rachael says she LOVES to wait for the growl every single time. Some of the keys to her success is staying in back-to-back classes, listening to WDWB radio and being on All Access every free moment. She stays in God’s Word, Gwen Shamblin’s books, and stays connected with like-minded believers who are running after this whole-hearted relationship to God.