As a young girl growing up in the Houston/Galveston, Texas area, Jill Smith was on a constant roller coaster ride with her weight from as early as 5th Grade. In college, Jill was stuck in a vicious cycle of dieting, bouncing between the cabbage soup diet, bulimia and excessive exercise, always seeking new diets as nothing was working. Jill graduated with a degree in Exercise Science-Health/Wellness from Texas Tech, yet the battle to control her weight continued.
Jill says, “Early in my marriage, I gained over 40 pounds and turned to doctors, pills, Atkins, and so on. Everything I tried was dealing with the outside without getting to the greed and pain inside my heart. After I had my son, Garrett, I struggled with my weight more than ever. In fact, I did not lose any weight – not one pound! After a year of struggling, depression continued to sink in, every diet failed, my clothes were growing bigger, my marriage was failing and I had no hope.”
Then, Jill heard about Weigh Down and got the book from a friend who had lost her baby weight. Jill felt hope for the first time after not losing an ounce of her own pregnancy weight! At first she was skeptical. No dieting? Eat regular foods, hunger and fullness…really??? Jill says, “I played around with it and lost 20 pounds. I was getting happier from finding a connection with God! Then after seeing results and STILL thinking I might try something else just to see, I turned back to old diets and gained some of my weight back.”
But deep in Jill’s heart, she knew that Weigh Down had the answers that she had been searching for all her life. Jill turned back to Weigh Down full force in the Fall of 2001, and attended a Weigh Down on Tour event in Dallas in January of 2002. “I lost my excess weight in record time…all while eating everything considered forbidden on other diets! Through truly devoting my time to every resource in these classes, then getting to attend the Weigh Down Dallas tour, I was able to connect and see others that were permanently set free.
“My mind was free now and full of love. There were no diets or rules. My excess weight was gone, our finances were healed and my marriage was restored! I had a second pregnancy with my daughter, Savannah, in which I didn’t even have to think or worry about the baby weight. Fast forward to today and there is not a day that goes by that my life is not changed for the better! I could go on and on for hours about the joy, blessings, restored relationships and strongholds that have been laid down.
“Weigh Down Advanced changed my life along with Gwen Shamblin’s History of the One True God series. I am so grateful for Weigh Down where these priceless resources are at my fingertips and unlimited truth is available from All Access, The You Can Overcome Show and Weigh Down Classes. One of my favorite talks on All Access is the “You Are Not a Victim” series and the “Self-pity” lessons.
Through Weigh Down, Jill lost 90 pounds and kept it off since 2001! “In a time where programs for losing weight are everywhere, I am thankful that I have found THE answer to permanent weight loss.” And now,
The beauty of Weigh Down is that you can have your cake and eat it too! Jill is gifted as an amazing baker and and cake decorator, and serves on the church’s Dessert team. She helps create recipes and amazing dessert menus for church weddings and events. Jill says,“The incredible part is that there is zero pull towards the food. There is true freedom!”
You can see some of Jill’s beautiful creations on the Remnant Wedding’s website – Remnant Wedding Cakes.
During the school year, Jill is a special education teacher. During the summers, she spends her time as a Counselor at Remnant Fellowship Church Summer Day Camp. The children are divided into tribes, and this year Jill is helping with the tribe of Dan! It is all about God at this 5-week camp for children Grades 1-8!