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    Posted March 25, 2014 by
    Kerrijohns89
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    Kennesaw, Georgia
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    Your 'Aha' weight-loss moments

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    Shhh... its a secret!

     
    My name is Kerri Johns and like a lot of people, I love food and I have never had a problem with that romance (food). My only problem was that my love of food affected my weight. My weight problems began as a young preteen. I remember in middle school how I didn't really fit in because I was taller and bigger than all other other girls. I have went on so many diets that resulted in losing 50lbs, only to regain it a few months later, plus 10-15 more.
    Since getting married and having a child, I had gained 118 pounds in only three years. Seeing the urgency in my Mom as she begged me to make a change, I joined a point counting program and hated it... Being keenly aware of my weight gain, I was struggling to find a diet I liked that didn't have me counting everything I ate. Little did I know, my mom was praying for me faithfully everyday for months that God would put a desire in my heart to get healthy. My "aha" moment started when I had to go and buy a super tight, busting-at-the-seams, size 24W pair of jeans. That was mortifying, but I wasn't about to buy a size 26W, even if it meant I had to jump up and down and pour myself into a size 24W for my son's first birthday party.

    That "aha" moment was captured in picture. I was sitting on my knees in the floor opening presents with my sweet one year old. Those super tight pants I had just bought were so uncomfortable, I couldn't sit there and open up twenty more presents-I had to get up. I told my sweet husband, Anthony, to open up presents with our son so he'd be in some of the pictures. THAT was the moment I made up my mind to just do it- no more excuses. I was tired of being tired all the time. I wanted to be healthy. I wanted to be smokin' hot!! Who doesn't want to be hot?

    A month later, I joined Shibboleth, which was honestly an answered prayer from God! I started out doing it online (www.myshibboleth.com). From April to June, I had lost around 40lbs. I felt like I was missing something just watching the videos at home, so I decided to go to the center in Kennesaw, Georgia, where the founder was teaching classes! I was right, I don't think Travis Martin's love for people gets all the way through to you in a video. He loves helping people!! Shibboleth is so special to me. This past year it has taken me on an incredible journey, finding myself along the way.
    Oh yeah, the weight loss. I lost 100lbs in my first 7 months following the Shibboleth shield. Now, I've been doing the program for nearly a year and I've lost more than 130lbs total. I went from a size 24 to a size 10. I'm smaller now than I was in high school and smaller than when I got married. I have lost a lot of weight, but more importantly, I've gained a lot of self confidence which makes me smokin' hot (ha ha) and my husband can't keep his hands off of me!
    This year, at my son's 2nd birthday party, a year from my "aha" moment, I wasn't ashamed of how I looked. I am proud of myself for coming this far in just one short year. I know that this is not a diet, it's a lifestyle! It's not about losing weight. It's about losing the mentality that got me there in the first place. Thank you God for answering my mom's prayers, to Travis Martin for following what God put in his heart, and to my sweet husband for always loving me for who I am and not what I look like.

    Shibboleth... Shhh it's a secret!

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