Growing up in St. Paul, Minnesota, Sue Willy was not overweight as a child. But as a teen she became increasingly weight and food focused and found herself starting to put on increasingly unwanted pounds. Adding to her struggle, she recalls one family member who often quoted the cliche “Once on the lips, forever on the hips” causing her to become even more self conscience and food focused.
Once Sue and her husband Mark got married, the weight gain continued. When her children came along she was never able to lose her pregnancy weight. Sue was always looking for another diet to try to lose the weight, but was never successful. As a result, she suffered from back pain, plantars fasciitis and carpal tunnel syndrome. “Doctors were also concerned I was becoming diabetic, checking me every year. I loved myself more than my kids and family. I didn’t have any true friends. My weight topped over 255 lbs, and I struggled with depression,” Sue recalls with great pain.
Then in 1998, Sue found Weigh Down in the church she was attending at the time. Sue explains, “I took a Weigh Down class and lost 30 lbs. Then I did the Exodus Out of Egypt class and lost over 65 lbs. I didn’t quite get the connection of how to transfer a relationship with food over to a relationship with God…and fell away for a couple years. I lost touch with the classes and went back to my old habits and started to gain back my weight and became even more depressed and eventually had more health problems.”
In 2002, Sue came back to Weigh Down after suffering a bad illness for about 8 months. Sue did the Weigh Down Advanced class and her life changed all over again. It was that class that really clicked for her. “I got the connection with God and understood it and put it fully into practice.” Sue lost a total of 115 lbs!Sue did the Weigh Down Advanced class and her life changed all over again. It was that class that really clicked for her. “I got the connection with God and understood it and put it fully into practice.” Sue lost a total of 115 lbs!
Her carpal tunnel and plantars fasciitis went away along with her lower back pain. Her anxiety and depression were gone also! But the improvements did stop there…
“Back in 2002, my marriage almost ended. But because of what I was learning through Weigh Down, our relationship was right-sided—my marriage and my relationship with my husband and children are now wonderful. I have a better relationship with my kids, and I truly love them now. It also right-sided our finances as we are now financially stable and our bills are paid every month. Today, I am free from all illnesses and take no medications. The impact of the teachings changed my relationship with God and ultimately my entire life. I changed because I put the principles into practice in every area of my life.”
The key to her success has been always staying in a class and being around others who are also putting these principles into practice. The Weigh Down classes help her keep the conviction and the Christlike examples around her.
“I owe my healed marriage and restored health to God working through the Biblical principles taught by Gwen Shamblin and through all the resources of Weigh Down. Thank you Gwen for listening to God and diligently continuing to teach. Thank you also to all of the staff at Weigh Down! We love you and appreciate your guidance and examples that lead us in the right path!”