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Dr. Norris J. Chumley Satisfied Life

Dr. Norris J. Chumley’s GIVE-BACK DIET – Day 1

January 4, 2010

Welcome!  This is a totally different program that can help you lose weight and become healthier in a whole new way.  How is it new? Simple: most weight loss diets are about what you take in, this one is about giving back the excess weight and problems, and helping others in return.  Best of all, it’s free, very easy, and available 24/7, right here on www.Beliefnet.com/drnorris  (*CONTINUED BELOW*)

How does “The Give-Back Diet” work? By giving back unhealthy foods day-by-day, by not buying or consuming them, by giving your problems to God (Spirit, Higher Power, or the divine name you believe in) and asking for help, and then by giving back to other people – it is possible to build new habits and enjoy lasting change.  

Most importantly, by shifting the focus off of your problems and old destructive habits, you become open to new ways and ideas of living.  By giving to others, we are uplifted and healed.  Sometimes, it’s possible to get all caught up in your own situations and it is difficult to see your own needs and challenges.  By reaching out and giving your attention and care to others in need, you gain another perspective and learn about yourself.

If you are self-centered there’s little or no room for God, or others.  Giving back problems, trusting in God 100% to show you the way, allows you to become re-attuned to what God has in store.  You come to rely on spiritual strengths, instead of being mired in your own weaknesses or shortcomings.

There will be daily tips and action ideas on what to eat to feel more satisfied with less food in the right combinations.  I’ll show you how to completely reorient your thinking, becoming mindful of what are the best foods, in the perfect amounts for you.  I’ll offer simple, joyful movements and re-creation that anyone can do.  You become part of a whole community of people on this program, receiving help and giving it back.  Each day I’ll offer you ways to enjoy your life again, unburdened by overweight or obesity – think of it as a LIFE give back! God, and the community are giving back to you, as you’re giving back.

Let’s get started. There are only a few things to do today, and every day for the next 8 weeks.  Don’t worry, it’s easy.

Action Plan:

  • See your doctor or go to a medical clinic for a checkup as soon as possible – hopefully today or tomorrow.  Make sure your body is healthy.  Ask your doctor to weigh you, and make a note of it.  It might be a good idea to ask her to help you figure your BMI score, too, and record it.  Also note your body measurements: waist, chest, hips, upper arm, and upper leg.
  • Return here, to www.Beliefnet.com/drnorris everyday.  Each day I’ll give you some new ideas and some really simple tips.  I promise to guide you every step of the way.   I will only ask you to do a few very easy things every day, but it’s important to return here first thing each morning and do them!
  • Start a “Give-Back Diet Journal” today, like a diary, where you keep track of what you eat, what you do for re-creation and movement, your feelings, and how much money you’ve saved by making healthier choices in food.  It can be a blank-page book, or just some pieces of paper stapled together.  Best if it is pocket-sized, so you can take it with you.
  • First “Action Plan”: write in your journal the following words, “God (or ____) I ask You for help.”  Also write three of your biggest problems.  It might be that you eat too many sweets, or too many fatty or salty foods.  It might be that you overeat at night.  Perhaps you deprive yourself of food and then go on binges.  May be you are an “emotional eater,” or are lonely and want to “fill up.”  You know what your problems are, right?  Now, let’s get you the power to release them.  The first step is becoming mindful of them.
  • Now, begin writing anything and everything you eat, do and feel today.  This is about becoming mindful.  Just by knowing what and how much of what you eat will automatically cause you to begin making healthier choices.  Seeing your habits in print turns them around and gives them back to you in a whole new light.  One client of mine, Nancy, lost 70 pounds just by journaling and logging!  You can, too.
  • I’d like you to go outside for a walk for at least 10 minutes, but not more than 30 minutes.  If you have trouble walking, or it’s too cold outside, take 10 minutes to just move and gently stretch your arms and legs, standing or sitting.   This is about connecting your mind with your body, and giving back to your physical self.
  • Finally, post a comment below “giving back” your problems.  List the three biggest problems in your life. Share your prayer asking God for help, if you like.  This helps not only you, but also others, assuring each other that we’re not alone in our struggles and efforts.  Feel free to be anonymous, use a made-up name, or your real first name.  This immediately connects you with a large group of like-minded people.

Please do these things right now, before your mind gets filled-up with blocks or counter-productive old habits.  Come back tomorrow to read what others have posted, and for some new ideas and ways of being your best.

Please tell all your friends about this new program – invite them to join in too.

See you tomorrow!


I would LOVE to personally help YOU with my “Give-Back Diet” program.  Details at www.norrischumley.com

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  1. Neola Rendel
    January 4, 2010 at 9:39 am

    God help me to avoid sweets today. One day at a time. I also want
    to use my time wisely and to your glory.

  2. Tanusha
    January 4, 2010 at 10:29 am

    I am an emotional eater but have found ways to control that by learning to know myself and having believing in God’s help :). Secondly, with time I have discovered that swimming for me is not only a very good physical activity ( it doesn’t strain the back and knees and work out all you muscles ;) ) but it is also a way for me to meditate while I swim to and fro in the pool. Thirdly, i also work on my previously bad habit of snacking/ eating late at night. I guess the solution i found to this was to have regular and proper meals during the day or maybe to keep a fruit as nack for the night to deal with this problem. On overall, if you see well, all these 3 problem are related! It all comes down to knowing yourself, knowing what is bothering you deep inside, solving it or relaxing and forgetting it ( by doing a physical activity) and to keep a positive mindset and be happy and to love yourself no matter what :) Happy New Year People and I hope things will work out awesome for you. Much love xxx

  3. Daphne
    January 4, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Dear God,
    Please help me. I’ve found myself at this point so many times before. The beginning. Please help me to take things day by day and not get bogged down with how enormous the task of change, of acceptance, can seem. Please help me learn to accept your help, to learn to let go and trust. Thank you. D.

  4. Adrienne
    January 4, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Dear God,
    Please help to feel good about myself. Help me stay diligent with my daily exercising – one day at a time! I have given away all of the sweets in the house. Instead of curling up on the couch hugging a bag of M&Ms in front of the television, I will spend more time reading and meditating on Your words next to a bowl of fruit!

  5. Barb
    January 4, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    I have good intentions and no follow through…
    If I follow through, I get overconfident and “slip”
    If I slip, I just drop the whole thing.
    and so the cycle begins.
    I really want to do this this time.
    Thank you Dr. Chumley
    Please pray for me.

  6. Maria
    January 4, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    My 3 biggest problems with food are;
    1- Binge Eating
    2- Eating at night
    3 -Eating more food than I need
    I give ALL these to GOD as I know HIS WAY IS THE BEST WAY !!
    Thank you DR Norris for providing this program for us . THANK YOU !

  7. Jade
    January 4, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    Dear Father,
    Please help me in these areas of my life.
    – to feel worthy and accept my body as it is now and to have the motivation and commitment to lose the extra weight and be all that i am meant to be.
    – to eat balanced nutritious meals and in proper portions so i don’t crave or binge.
    – to look at food as fuel and nutrition instead of a substitute for boredom, companionship and comfort.
    I ask this in Jesus’ name and thank you Dr. Chumley.

  8. Coni
    January 4, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    Please help me, not eat too many sweets, exercise, late night eating.
    Thank You that everyday is a new day.

  9. Chrissey
    January 5, 2010 at 3:27 am

    Thank you for this opportunity….I have tried so many times to start a healthy eating program. I am committed and determined for awhile, then I end up falling off the wagon. Feeling disappointed I stray and eat whatever.
    I really want this time with God’s help to stay committed to my goal of being at a comfortable goal weight and staying there.
    I need help with stayinjg away from chocolate, sweet foods and getting over tired.
    God Bless

  10. D
    January 5, 2010 at 7:37 am

    Dear God I ask You for help.
    I’ve tried this before and failed to loose weight.
    This year trusting God and not my weakness I believe I’ll succeed.
    1- Help me avoid soda and sweets.
    2- Help me eat healthy. Making the best choices.
    3- Help me eat when I am hungry not because I am alone and bored.
    Thank you God because you are good.
    Thank you Dr. Norris.

  11. Trin
    January 5, 2010 at 10:27 am

    JESUS, I ask right now in your name that you help me to overcome these three problem areas in my life so that I may once and for all lose this excess weight:
    1. Eating too many sweets and fatty foods
    2. Exercise more
    3. Control my portions
    I ask this right now in your name JESUS! Amen.

  12. Evelyn
    January 5, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Please help me to give up white sugar and white flour. Help me to exercise every day. Help me to give my all to you.

  13. Cindy
    January 5, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Jesus, I pray that you guide me to do these three things:
    – eat in a way that is healthy for my body
    – exercise in a way that improves my body
    – to be a better person….physically, spiritually, personally
    Thank you Jesus! Amen.

  14. Misi
    January 5, 2010 at 11:16 am

    My problems are that I do not have the money to eat right! My husband has been out of work and we are trying to get disability for him. The stress in my life is out of this world. I have a three year old whose father cannot “play” with due to chronic pain, my mother was diagnosed with cancer and has been going through a whole lot, and I am working 2-3jobs trying to stay afloat. I am my mother’s strong post. I feel that I am barely above water at this point! God please continue to be with me and help me try and do better with cooking healthy, but before I can do this I must have more income. Show me where you wish for me to go and I will follow that path.

  15. Your Name
    January 5, 2010 at 11:18 am

    1. emotional eater
    2. drink alot of coke
    2. use too much salt
    Lord Jesus help me to hunger for you as I pray each day for help. I want to lose weight to take my grandchildren on walks.

  16. lucie
    January 5, 2010 at 11:21 am

    This time I want to surrender myself, my spending and my weight problem To God and I’m going to make every effort to make it real this year. So Please God Help. I ‘m tried of myself dreaming about improving my eating and my spending habits. So HELP ME GOD

  17. Your Name
    January 5, 2010 at 11:41 am

    I am so grateful God for all that I have in my life.
    I am grateful for the healthy food choices you help me make and how you help me exercise every day.
    I am grateful at how you help me deal with my emotional eating.
    I know you are with me every step of the way.
    I love you God.

  18. Crystal
    January 5, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Father I ask for your help this year to improve in these areas,
    1.Eat heathier
    2. Excercise more consistently
    3. Take more time for personal prayer and meditation.

  19. dancingwings
    January 5, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Dear Jesus,
    help me to express my love for myself by eating healthier, filling up the voids with friends, and enjoyable and healthy acitivities. Help me to accept those things that concern me but which I can do nothing about except pray. Help me to keep my focus alert, consistent and on those things which help me to live my best life. in those low moments remind me that this too shall pass if I continue to have faith and remain focused.

  20. Sonia83201
    January 5, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Dear God,
    I ask for your help with the following issues…
    1) Emotional eating
    2) Eating carbohydrates and starches – overeating
    3) Snacking all of the time
    Also please help to accept my husbands cancer and deal with it appropriately and not by overeating. I am giving these issues to you. Every time I start to put something in my mouth, I will say a prayer and stop and think about what I am doing. I will write everything that goes into my mouth in my journal faithfully. I know with you all things are possible.

  21. Your Name
    January 5, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Dear Lord,
    I thank you for the opportunity to make my life better, I pray for you to give the strenght I need to have healthier habits, concerning food,exercise and finances. I also ask you to be with me in those moment when I feel weak and tend to binge, as the emotional eater I’ve been in the past.
    Last but not least, I pray for this community becauses I know they have struggled as myself with weight problems.

  22. Your Name
    January 5, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    God,all i am praying for is to grant me the willpower to do what Dr.Norris Chumley are suggesting everyday of my life,so He will be happy to know when i give back and get back on him in his daily post
    here.God,give me and let me receive the spirit of wisdom and understanding to what the spirit is saying concerning my health,my weight loss,my life as a friend,wife,co worker,daughter and mom.Thank you God and I bless you today for this wonderful way of caring me physically,emotionally,socially,mentally and all other areas you have
    so lovingly kept in store for my well being.In Jesus,may your will be made manifested with my own actions.Amen.
    Yesterday,i ate just pork meat and vegetables,no rice as always.
    Today,Dr.Chumley,i am going to record my weight and have to walk at least 10 minutes you say outside,and i thank you:)last Cristmas and New Year,im guilty of eating too much sweets,blame it on my oven.thnks!

  23. Anne
    January 5, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    1. Nighttime eating
    1. Emotional eating
    2. Eating too much

  24. Diana
    January 5, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    God I ask your help. Watch over our family now and give us strength due to the recent diagnosis of lymphoma in our very loved beagle (our first dog). He is just a dog…but to us he is so much more and our love for him is immeasurable. Guide us in our decision of what to do with Shiloh’s care. A miracle would be nice:-) Help our family to stay healthy during this time of stress. Let us etch out time daily for our mental, physical and spiritual needs. But most importantly draw us closer to you and bring us closer through your love. Also, please help each person on this site; give them the peace and comfort they need. There are many that are hurting help us to reach out to each other.

  25. Marg
    January 5, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Problems that need help in my life:
    1. losing weight with help me with my health issues
    2. $ problems
    3. Family issues

  26. Your Name
    January 5, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    laurie im going to try this i pray to god for stregth to over comemt addiction of over eating and lose all the wieght i need to be a healther person

  27. January 5, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    like i said im giving it a try

  28. Susan
    January 5, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    I’ve belearned that high fructose corn syrup is poison, literal poison that cannot be metabolized and I do not want to detroy my liver or my health. I do not do artificial sweeteners either so I am giving back my addiciton to cola, plain and simple. That alone should make a substantial difference in my life and create some weight relief. I hate to call it loss because I do not want to view it as something I lose…don’t you generally want back what you lose? I do not want any excess poundage back at all.
    That is a start for me. No soda, some extra movement, less sugar. If I can cut out most sugar (not ALL…I must be real and not suffer total deprivation) and particularly the HFCS from my diet, that is a healthy lifestyle change that can only bring positive results. One step at a time.

  29. Susan
    January 5, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    Actually, belearned is not a word…haha! I’ve been learning.

  30. Judi
    January 5, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Boredom is the main thing I need to overcome, even though I am involved in 2 volunteer groups. I moved quite a distance from my family and
    friends and haven’t made a “best friend” where I am now, so I am
    lonely. Also my husband wants to eat more fatty, sugared, foods than
    I’m accustomed to, and rather than stand my ground and eat the way
    I did before we married, I go along with his habits. I’ve put on 30
    pounds in 2 years, my energy level is down, my feet and legs hurt, and
    my self-esteem is down.
    Lord please help me to do the things I KNOW will stop this bad-news
    cycle, and give me the strength to follow my head. Mostly, give me
    the courage to fight for what I know is right.

  31. Your Name
    January 5, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    I ask for the wisdom to make the right choices and to be a blessing to others who are struggling. I ask for the wisdom to say and do the right and helpful thing when others are in need.
    I thank you Father God for all of the blessings in my life!!

  32. Alissa
    January 5, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    I will start today on this. I’ve put on 50 pounds since i married my husband in 10 years, my energy level is down my feet and legs hurt, and my self-esteem is down.I have deteriodated discs in my back. I can not walk for long periods of time.but im going to try my best to walk as much as i can. I ned to lose 50 lbs.
    With God’s help I know I will make it.

  33. January 5, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Here are the three biggest problems in my life, and I humbly ask God this moment to relieve me of them:
    (3) I feel as though I am soaring above the world and can’t relate to them. Perhaps, for this reason, I am a little irrational seeming. Actually very irrational. SEEMING. I like sex, a little too much for most. I am courting 6 men, one of whom I plan to marry. I’m very creative, I have a lot of ideas that people can’t have, mostly. I was a gift from God, and God clearly gave me gifts to share with others. Sometimes, it’s a little too much for me. I wish, almost like Jesus Christ, that this cup would pass from me.
    (2) I was diagnosed with Schizophrenia when I was 15. At age 18, that diagnosis was changed to Schizoaffective Disorder. I went through a lot for all of this. My “severe mental illness” has very often almost killed me. I am 23 years old now. For reasons no one seems to understand besides me, despite a recent “complete decompensation” characterized by “mania”, followed abruptly by a “severe depressive episode”, culminating in a visit to the local mental health crisis center (but “shockingly” with no resultant psychiatric hospitalization) — I am now completely med-free, and seem coherent to…most everyone. I humbly implore God to remove from me the unpleasant memory of this entire horrific experience, which has lasted for a solid 8 years of my life. My entire adolescence was a mess! I have a Chart that’s over 2 feet thick! This I humbly and sincerely pray to You, oh Lord…Amen.
    (3) I desperately need money to start a business!!!! [515K] Problem is, I have such bad credit that I can’t even qualify for a loan for $10! However I have big dreams, and know that imagination is more important than knowledge (this is according to the well-known and highly respected GENIUS Albert Einstein, not me). I pray to God every day, no, 7 times a day, to bring this money swiftly to me so that I can quickly accomplish the things I have set forth to do in my mind, to benefit God and all of mankind.
    Oh, and about my weight, it’s not really an issue for me at this time. I am currently 5’7″ and 220(?) pounds (I have to see Dr. Neil Block on Thursday to confirm) I have (of course) been losing weight rapidly ever since I rebelliously and “foolishly”, not to mention “recklessly” took myself completely off of my psychiatric medications about a month ago, around November 29, 2009. My doctor looked me right in the eye and told me that it was “for nothing”. “You will not lose weight,” she said. “You will most definitely wind up back in the hospital,” she said, if you keep this up. I have proved her wrong on all counts….but, actually, she seems happy about this. So view my Tagged profile, and leave a comment if you think that this was a good post.
    Love and Peace
    Lala Butterfree.

  34. Dee
    January 5, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Dear God,
    I ask You and for need Your help. I am a physical reck (at least 50lbs over weight), I hvae a 20+ yr off/on cigarette smoking habit,my finances are getting out of hand, and I need you to come into my life right now. My mind is set, and I want to loose weight, stop smoking , and get my finances back on track. ith my hands lifted up, and my mouth full of praise I ask for help on all three of these things, right now Lord…Build me up, and give me the strength to eat right, stop smoking, and get my finances back in order; in Your precious name…Amen

  35. Billy
    January 5, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Right now, today, january 5th, my biggest three problems are my addiction to pornography and sex, my unknowledge on how to spend money and my obesity. Please help me God.

  36. Dee
    January 5, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Dear God,
    I ask You for and need Your help. I am a physical reck (at least 50lbs over weight), I hvae a 20+ yr off/on cigarette smoking habit, and, my finances are getting out of hand, so I need you to come into my life right now. My mind is set, and I want to loose weight, stop smoking, and get my finances back on track. With my hands lifted up, and my mouth full of praise I ask for Your help on all these things. Right now Lord…Build me up, and give me the strength to eat right, stop smoking, and get my finances back in order. In Your precious name…Amen

  37. Geoff
    January 5, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    I share many of the problems listed by others – late night eating, large portions and refills – epecially at buffets. I know what to do – have been through it many times – but have little will power.
    God, I ask again, please help me with this problem and give me an extra measure of the last fruit of the Spirit for dessert.

  38. Patty
    January 5, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    My biggest issues that I am asking God for help with are:
    1. My finances (Help me make my blog successful)
    2. Difficult relationship (Help me decide what is the best things to do).
    3. Fibromyalgia (Help me find the ways to relieve the pain without medication..only natural remedies and WEIGHT LOSS.
    Thank you, God

  39. Marsyl
    January 5, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Dear God,
    I ask you to please help me dealing with my daughter being gone for one year for a military duty overseas, please help her with this difficult time being away from her kids, husband – (family.
    Also Lord, please help me to lose weight and stay healthy so that I can be there for my grand-kids.
    I ask you Lord, in Jesus Name.

  40. Your Name
    January 5, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Lord, I ask your help with all areas of my life. My three top areas are finding a job, finding a place to live that is safe and affordable for me as a single mom, and getting healthy and fit. Thank you, Lord, for all the blessings you have given me.

  41. Marlene
    January 5, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Sweet Dear Lord, Please help me, stand by me, guide me, I am lost without you, I really need you with me in all aspect of my life. My three top areas are: 1st. Accepting myself. 2nd. taking care of my Diabetes. 3rd. getting healthy and fit. I ask of you in Jesus name.

  42. Happy
    January 5, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Dear God, I thank you for all you do for me, all you blessing you have given me. I do need help with my bad eating habits and weight, and sleeping too much. I will go all day and not eat anything or at least nothing that is really good for me. Then, late at night I will bring out the sweets. I get hooked on one or two types of snacks at a time and eat just those for a good while until I get tired of them and change, then I just go to another type of junk food. Right now I feel like I have to have every night , late night only, Hershey Kisses. I will open one , let it melt in my mouth, then another, another, sometimes eating a whole 12 ounce bag. This is really awful. I then get satisfied and consider this my meal for the day. Wow, now that is bad nutrition, and I know it but can not stop it, Dear God, I just give it to you right now. I broke my back years ago and am on disability and can not exercise much, and I take meds. for pain.After a long, and I thought happy marriage, I am single for the first time in my 55 years. I live by myself and tend to just stay in and sleep. Dear God, please help me with my energy and with my desire to want to get up and do. I do go to church on Sunday, and occassionally sit with my 2 grandsons, but all in all, I am a very lonely person. I pray that my spirits will be uplifted to where I want to get up and get out and just go visit people or invite people to come and see me. I love to read the Bible and study it, although when I stay in bed so much I generally have the tv on, watch a little, snooze a little, etc. Dear God, I pray that you will help me be more encouraged to get up, get my Bible and read more. I enjoy it so much, I don’t know why I let myself not read the Bible as often as I should. Again, I am just in a “funk”, is that what it is called. I know , Dear Lord, that you can help me, and I need your help. I pray that everyday I will be mindful of these areas of my life that need improvement and will allow your wonderful healing power to take place in my life. In Jesus’ name, I pray that Your Will be done. Amen

  43. Happy
    January 5, 2010 at 8:51 pm

  44. Candy
    January 5, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    I resist making good choices and being in control of eating by shopping. I look at having things as a way to be satisfied. I need to rely more on the higher power than on myself – because I am weak and imperfect. Please God, help me get control of the demon obsessions of overeating AND over spending, and any other compensatory actions I fall back to when I try to gain back my better self. In Jesus name, I pray…

  45. Denise
    January 5, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    Dear Happy: Just want you to know that I prayed for you. You are aware that you’re not living to your potential, so that is a start. Fake it for a while and you will eventually find something you enjoy besides Hersey kisses – a project, a puppy, etc. These things may not seem significant, but they are not mundane and will create change. Someone is thinking of you and has been there. Your situation is not hopeless by any means. My three biggest (negative) influences in my life are probably: 1. Disappointment with people. 2. Fear of what God expects from me (because it must be huge). 3. This upside-down, ironic world. For me, for now, the better I am, the more I am persecuted and cursed. I trust God, though, and pray for the strength it takes to keep him first – I always feel better when he is first.

  46. Ciara
    January 6, 2010 at 12:14 am

    I ask that the Light guide me in making healthy choices in food, understand the reasons I spend and the strength to stop people from taking advantage of me

  47. January 6, 2010 at 1:50 am

    My current BMI is 34.3 in the obese range; I have been over-weight and/or obese most of my adult life because of overeating, lack of exercise, and lack of control. I temporarily lost weight many times, including through the Weight Watchers program when it originally began, and the American Heart Association’s Slim for Life Program. However, once I lost my weight, I gained even more weight back when I rewarded myself with food. I rededicated myself again in 2010 to be healthy and exercise, but I question if I have the fortitude to stick with it. I’m not sure what my subconscious barrier really is; I am asking God right now to identify this barrier so I can work through it and be a permanent success. My husband wants me to be the thinner wife he married 11 years ago and he has helped me, all he can, but I realize losing weight and keeping it off is something I have to work on myself. He always compliments me when we are dressed to go out somewhere and even in the privacy of our home. I’m a failure to him and to me in the weight-loss and exercise department. I don’t know what is wrong with me! I wonder if the thin person inside me will ever get out – and stay out!

  48. Terrie
    January 6, 2010 at 4:14 am

    Today is the first day of the rest of my life; I am so ready to turn my life over to you and let you guide me. I offer myself to you dear God; make me a vessel of you kindness. May I do your will and not my own so that I may be more healthy body, mind and soul. I want to be you vessel in a healthy way!
    God I ask you for help with
    a. overeating at night
    b. eating the wrong things.
    c. eating to deal with my emotions.
    I give these things to you and know with you help I can do anything.

  49. Shelley Stelly
    January 6, 2010 at 10:24 am

    My three biggest life problems at the moment are lack of finances, feelings of inadequacy as a mom (single mom, full time employee, part time student) and self-consciousness and feelings of embarassment and failure and shame due to my weight. I would gladly give these problems back and give them up to any higher being who wants them – I’m just not sure I know how to do that. I’ve said the words before but it just didn’t feel like I actually “did” anything or that my efforts to “give it up” made any difference. I certainly don’t feel any different. I’m desperate to feel better and to not pass along this way of being to my 5-year old daughter…..

  50. Sheryl
    January 6, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Father God, please give me your strength and guidance as I follow this diet. Help me to eat healthier foods, less sweets, to make better choices so that I may be able to trim off the excess fat and weight that keeps me from being my best. Help me to love and do more for my fellow man. In Jesus sweet name I pray. Amen

  51. Deedee
    January 6, 2010 at 10:52 am

    I pray to God every night to help me in my daily life, to get through this terrible time of recession. I am reired and lost all my retirement through the stock crash. It is very difficult for me to get thru the month on my ss. I eat when I am stressed and that is most of the time. I am 40 pounds over what I should be and no matter what I do to try to lose weght, it only seems to creep right back on me. I have nobody to give me emotional, physical, or monetary support. I just wonder so much if it is all just worth it. I will start over again and maybe with your support I can do it this time. Igive up all my problems to God and he will guide me.

  52. Your Name
    January 6, 2010 at 11:15 am

    My three biggest problems in life:
    1- finanacial struggles.
    2- divorce left me without a life partner. I feel alone with no one to give me emotional support.
    3- Gilt. My adult daughters are making the same mistakes financially that I made. I feel that I was a poor example for them.
    God I ask for help with:
    1- over eating at night.
    2- emotional eating.
    3- motivation to exercise.

  53. Isabel
    January 6, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Dear God,
    I give up my life to you and pray that you will guide me in how best to serve you over the coming year. My biggest problems that require your help to see through are:
    1. Eating too many sugary, fatty foods.
    2. Drinking to much alcohol.
    3. Feeling lonely and eating to compensate.

  54. ElizabethGrace
    January 6, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    My 3 biggest problems are: my inability to obtain and keep a decent job. my inability to help my children succeed in life. And lack of a loving committed partner.
    I ask Jesus, Our Father in Heaven, the Angels and Saints to attend to these issues, to take over my families problems, and to provide a peaceful, loving, secure enviornment for all.

  55. Cristina
    January 6, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    My biggest problem is my lack of motivation, I am an emotional eater that fills the lack of love with food, it can be salty or sugary, for the moment it makes me feel good but at the end I feel sad to notice my lack of control. Every night I ask God for His Guidance and that I would be able to interpret His messages.

  56. Your Name
    January 7, 2010 at 4:25 am

    Dear God- Please help me:
    #1 Not eat so much
    #2 Not to eat fried foods
    #3 Not eating so much sugary, dessert-type foods
    I know you are there for me & I have to trust in you & be less selfish by giving up these bad habits. You WILL help & I will put ALL my faith in you!

  57. Your Name
    January 7, 2010 at 4:31 am

    Dear Lord,
    My 3 biggest things I would like to get rid of in your name are these:
    Eating too much
    Eating too many sugary foods
    Eating fatty, fried foods
    I know I can be helped if I put ALL my faith in you & I am looking forward to seeing the changes come into my life. I trust you w/ all my heart. I want to do this for YOU to become a better Mother, Daughter, Sister, Friend,Aunt, & Lover/wife to my beloved husband.

  58. Deanne
    January 7, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Dear Heavenly Father: I thank you today for my many blessings and pray for help to overcome my bad habits. My biggest problems are:
    1. Sweets – too many all day long
    2. Laziness – don’t want to “make” healthy meals
    3. Health – don’t want to exercise/body hurts from illnesses
    I pray for strength to change, and to know that living healthy is very important for being able to do Your will.

  59. Patti
    January 7, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Dear God, please help my precious friend deal with her eating and new diet, she’s a dear soul with a big heart, and needs a protective hedge around her to keep her strong and motivated through this process. In Jesus precious name, amen

  60. Georgia
    January 7, 2010 at 11:45 am

    God I give you everything and depend on your help and guidance
    Please give me the strength to follow through to health
    stop emotional eating
    exercise regularly
    eat well balanced and healthy foods

  61. Donna
    January 7, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Dear God
    please help me
    to eat less
    not eat because i am feeling lonely do something else instead like calling someone
    move more and be less afraid to move outside

  62. January 7, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    great info on the diet industry’s dirty little secrets!

  63. Kitty
    January 7, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    stop eating bread all day with jam
    make proper meals
    exercise more

  64. Matilde
    January 7, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Dear Heavenly Father-Mother, please help me to achieve my intentions of loosing the extra weight I have gained and feel well again. My biggest problems are: eating more than necessary (especially at night), too lazy to do exercise on a regular basis, and craving for sweets when I am stressed.

  65. Your Name
    January 7, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    keep eating the proper foods
    keep exercising every day
    keep believing that You God aremy strength and that i can do all things through my belief in you

  66. DOB
    January 8, 2010 at 10:02 am

    I need this! This is a gift from God. Thank you, Norris.

  67. Mary
    January 8, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    God, I ask for your help in not eating so many sweets everyday, exercising more frequently and stopping eating when I am full instead of stuffing myself to the max. I am an emotional eater. It gets me out of my own mind and sometimes I dont even realize the food I’m putting in my mouth.
    Thank you for listening.
    God’s speed to all on their mind and body journey to healthy lifestyles!!!

  68. Terri
    January 8, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    ** eat too many unhealthy starches
    ** do not get enough exercise
    ** take care of everything else before I take care of myself

  69. viomiha
    January 8, 2010 at 4:26 pm


  70. Joelle Paquette
    January 8, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    I had already lost 50 pounds and now I find myself putting pounds
    back on…so far it’s been 15 pounds. I’ve gotten into the habit
    of adding too much starch to my diet, especially bread.
    I am going to follow Dr. Chumley’s advice and make salads for
    my lunch instead of eating sandwiches or pasta.
    Thank you Dr. Chumley for your sound advice

  71. Andrea
    January 9, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Eating too much at night.
    Eating sweets
    Not moving around enough.

  72. Nancy
    January 9, 2010 at 11:05 am

    quit smoking/gained 25#
    eat too much salt/sweets
    want to exercise more
    Good luck to all who are attempting this
    God will help us all-we should all pray until something happens!

  73. Denise
    January 9, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    not enough fruits and veggies
    snacking mindlessly when alone
    not enough activity, movement
    These are the 3 things I am going to focus upon.

  74. Denise G
    January 10, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Dear God,
    My three biggest problems are–
    1) my dysfunctional family life
    2) My debt
    3) my weight, and specifically y addictions to too much fat and sugar, especially cokes.
    I surrender all to you, and commit to trust in your help. Help me Lord, i feel i am drowning!

  75. Rhonda
    January 10, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Sweet Tea&Mountain Dew
    Too much sugar and carbs
    Inability to move around due to RA, Fibromyalgia and Reynauds

  76. Maggie
    January 10, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    My three biggest problems today are:
    1. money
    2. emotional eating/obesity
    3. fear
    Please help me to give these problems to You. I know I must lose weight and change my lifestyle. I want to but to quote Paul,” the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.” Please help me trust You with all my problems – I know that nothing is impossible with You.
    Thanks Lord. Amen.

  77. Maggie
    January 10, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    My three biggest problems are:
    1. Money
    2. obesity/emotional eating
    3. fear
    I’m giving my problems to you. Please help me.

  78. Your Name
    January 10, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Dear God I need your help with living the life You have planned for me. My 3 biggest problems are my relationship with my husband, my debt, and procrastination. They play into everything else I attempt. My 3 wellness issues are my sugar addiction, not getting enough cardio exercise, and not eating right in general. I trust in You to help me conquer these challenges. Thank you Lord.

  79. Phyllis
    January 11, 2010 at 10:11 am

    My three biggest problems are:
    1. being overweight /emotional eating (sweets)
    2. Financal issues
    3. feeling as if the weight of the world is on my shoulders
    God I give my life and it’s day to day problems I have, to you knowing and trusting that you are more than able to bring me through my trials and hardships…forgive me for trying to do it my way and failing at it…I want to lose weight to feel beter about myself and to enjoy the life that you have given me.
    Please help me, because I am in a position that I can not help myself.

  80. Tammy
    January 11, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Dear Jesus today my biggest problems are that I drink alcohol, eat very late and I never feel full please help me through this new life change

  81. Shari
    January 11, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    I just started this today. So I am in the first week. My three buggest problems are of course my weight..second finances…and thirdly organization. I was caretaking my Mom for 7 years back and forth between two cities. She passed away in May. I am not only feeling the grief…but guilt in all of the things I let go of during that time. I feel like someone has opened a big box and dumped everything out in front of me and I don’t know where to begin. So I guess I am in the right plce.

  82. Sharibari
    January 12, 2010 at 8:09 am

    This is a new concept for me….Adding God to my diet. I would be lying if I said that loosing weight is not as important to me as becoming more healthy because it is but with that being said, my concentration is wanting to become more healthy, to train my mind, body,and spirit to make healthy choices. The truth of the matter is, I want to FEEL better and I know that weight loss is a natural consequence or benefit if you will to becoming more healthy. So Dear God,I need help with staying away from enriched foods and the beloved carbohydrates like bread, potatoes, chips etc. as, this is my downfall, my biggest weakness. I also need to be more active, I don’t move enough and thirdly, Dear God I need help with being steadfast, committed to making this work and sticking to the program. It is my greatest desire to be healthy so that I can better serve you and help build the kingdom.

  83. undefined
    January 12, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    I am sick and tired of being sick and tired!I am obese and if I don’t do something I am not going to make it.I am praying to the lord for help,I know he can do anything.My eating habits are out of control.I don’t get enough excercise and my cholesterol and blood pressure are too high.I am asking for prayer from anyone who knows the worth of prayer.

  84. Jeanette
    January 12, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Dear God:
    The 3 things I want to be better at in life:
    – Allowing you to show me where I should be, keeping my faith.
    – continuing to support others as i do now, but on a more true basis of meaning from my heart.
    – working on my overall health and fitness (financial, emotional, spiritual, physical)
    Thank you for showing me the way to this site today.

  85. Ivy
    January 12, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Dear God, help me trust you in all areas of my life. Help me not to use food as a comfort, but turn to you for my solace. Help me to keep your temple in a way that is pleasing to you. Give me the strength to resist indulging beyond the needs of my body. Help me to be complete physically, mentally and spiritually through you. Amen

  86. Anne
    January 13, 2010 at 2:41 am

    I am not obese yet, but I have a tendency in that direction. I need to lose about 20 lbs. My biggest problems are my health, organization, and discipline. Some of my medications encourage me to gain weight. I have limited energy to exercise, so that is an option only to a point. If I push myself, I will usually succeed at what I am pushing for, but then I am not able to function effectively for the next 2 days. My belief and trust in God is strong, but not as strong as it could be. I would not be here if not for His interventions in my life. He has made it possible for me to survive to this point.

  87. Angel Of Song
    January 15, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Dear Lord
    I am tired of fighting this battle of weight loss. Help me today to be honest with myself and not “sneak” foods that I know are unhealthy and contribute to weight gain. Help me find a whole new way of looking at myself and this body that you created…help me see the image You see!
    Help me to enjoy exercize and in fact, make it as part of my daily routine as “eating”.
    I pray that you bless my friends here on this site, that together we may find You in our program and see the results we desire!

  88. Barbie
    January 15, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    I am tired of feeling sick and tired all the time..want to enjoy life and my boys..I want to look into you for strength to change to a healthier me.. want to be there for my boys..have fun with them not sit on the side line watching them have fun..I pray that together I can do it…

  89. Diane
    January 16, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Dear God,
    Please help me make good choices in eating and exercise so that I can be a better person to do your will. I wish to be thin, happy, smiling, and serving you. Recently I have been gaining weight and not fitting into clothes, especially pants. Please help me make good choices and only eat until I am satisfied…not stuffed. Thank you.

  90. Vikki
    January 17, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Dear God,
    I beg you for the strength and willpower to control my eating and exercise regularly so I can lose weight and live a fuller, more meaningful life. I struggle with evening snacks, sweets and salty foods. I have high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Help me to lose 80 or more pounds and to get off this medicine!

  91. Your Name
    January 17, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Dear God, I beg you for the strength and willpower to control my eating and exercise regularly so I can lose weight and live a fuller, more meaningful life. I struggle with evening snacks, sweets and salty foods. I have high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Help me to lose 80 or more pounds and to get off this medicine!

  92. Your Name
    January 17, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Lord please help me to see this through… Help me to lose the 40lb weight loss goal that I have set for myself.

  93. Your Name
    January 17, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    God, I ask for your help with my weight loss goals. I am tired of using food as a safety blanket. I eat when I am not hungry. I eat when I am stressed. I eat to celebrate milestones and to comfort when I am sad. I am tired of being ashamed of the way I look and I want to feel confident and happy when I am in public. I want to be able to meet someone and share in a loving and caring relationship.

  94. Lily
    January 18, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Dear God,
    Help me overcome my emotional eating and loose 50 pounds so I can be healthy and serve you.

  95. Guy Richard
    January 18, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Dear God,
    Please help me cpncentrate on my diet and the strength to avoid eating big portions and eating at night. Praise be to God
    Guy Richard

  96. Len
    January 18, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Dear God I ask for your help to lose weight. Help me to eat only what my body needs to be nourished.

  97. Mary
    January 19, 2010 at 12:50 am

    Dear God, I ask you to be my partner in my daily life, let me nourish my body with only healthy foods. I need to lose the craving for sweets.

  98. Deep South
    January 21, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    I give my control of eating over to the Lord,
    help in areas such as overeating, bingeing, late night eating, I will have faith and read the old posts, and newsletter, starting today

  99. joyce
    January 22, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    My concern?
    – eating too much salt and sweets
    – stressful job and my boss
    – i need to improve my work habits
    – more time with my kids
    i leave the above concerns to you GOD…help me!!x

  100. Your Name
    January 23, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    Dear Lord, you know what is in my heart. Please help me to be a better person, help me to know what you wish me to do, and help me start new healty habits, and break the old bad ones. help me to know when to eat for nurishment, and ot just to fill time, or make me feel better. Lord be with me and help me to make this be the program that works for me. Help me to know that you are in control, and i can depend on you to make it successfully to my goal
    In Christ name I pray

  101. Nana Denise
    January 27, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Dear Lord –
    Please help me with this program – I cant do this alone. I have failed many, many times. I am an emotional eater. Feeling stressed and sometimes alone – I eat inappropriately all the time. Help me find comfort from you and not from food.
    Nana Denise

  102. Your Name
    January 29, 2010 at 7:57 am

    Dear Lord, today I start a new path. A path to adding your love and strength to my fight of obesity. i am so weak when it comes to this fight and I know my goals can be accomplished only with you help. Please help me dear Lord with my fight.

  103. DreamArt
    January 30, 2010 at 4:48 am

    Hi, I am beginning this diet now, and imagine others are as well. I want to follow the days step by step. Hi Everyone! I am excited to be here.
    DAY One:
    I have asked for spiritual help. My 3 biggest problems are:
    (1) Mindless Eating; not paying attention to what or why or how much I am eating. Have decided to not eat while doing other things i.e. On the computer, reading, TV..
    (2) Emotional eating; when stressed or sad, will use food to cope, i eat poorly then, and too much. I have decided to use other mood boosters or activities instead of food during these times.
    (3)Overeating; eating until very full, not merely just satisfied.
    I have decided to really really pay attention of my portions on not eat more then what is necessary.
    Have a blessed day everyone!

  104. Reg
    February 1, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Dear Lord I am praying today that you give me strength, hope and courage for the journey to a healthier body and mind. Three things I need the most help with are managing my time wisely so that I may include some activity and meal planning in my day, pushing myself to exercise each day and being strong enough to say no to my children when they want unhealthy food. I must stop myself from doing mindless things such as watching tv and surfing the web. I must see the importance of a healthy body and get myself moving each day. I must love my children enough so to not let them fall into the bad habits that have gotten me to this unhealthy state today.

  105. Laura
    February 12, 2010 at 7:42 am

    God, help me today to know your will for me and give me the strength to carry it out. I am giving back depression, guilt and loneliness. In Jesus name i pray, Amen!

  106. susmith
    February 14, 2010 at 5:41 am

    God, My dear father, Help me loose my excess weight by eating healthy and give me the stregth and will power to do exercise everyday without mental blocks.. i have bought a pair of sports shoe for walking 2 weeks back and stil didnt start walking. i have a 5yr old child who goto school and 4 months old daughter who is at home. i am a house wife. i am allergic to dish wash soap so i have kept a maid to do cleaning. i dont know what to do… i want to loose weight.. God i am giving my helpless feelings and all the pains i suffer to you.. pls give me the determination to overcome all these.. OM shanti shanti shati

  107. joyce davidson
    February 15, 2010 at 3:53 am

    I feel like GOD lead me to this site for a reason! I believe GOD can do all things through HIS BLOOD! You dont know me but pray for me and my sister to get healthy and lose our weight!

  108. Joan S
    February 23, 2010 at 11:03 am

    God, thank you for letting me find this give back diet. I pray this will finally be the answer to finding me way to a more health filled life. Please help me with:
    Eating Sweets
    Eating at night

  109. Caty W
    February 26, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Dear God,
    Please give me the strength to stop over-eating and mindless snacking. Help me to avoid giving in to my cravings and to stop using excuses not to exercise. Thank you for leading me to this site.

  110. lillie
    March 2, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Dear Heavenly Father,
    Thank you for others that are fighting the same battle with weight that I am. Lord please help me not to overeat, and to break the developing habit of eating out. speak to my heart and show me how to cook meals at home. Lord provide the time for me to exercise. The three things today..
    Not overeating
    Not eating out more than twice a week
    Start to exercise
    Lord bless others that are on this journey…In the name of Jesus I pray love and believe.

  111. LT
    March 16, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    God, please help me to lose weight, now that I’m over 40, I dont feel as good as I used to. Please help me think of excercise as ‘healthy’ and not WORK, lastly please help me be a better person.

  112. NT
    March 21, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Dear Father, Mother, Beloved God
    Thank you for bringing me to this site.
    Please help me
    Lose weight and cease hiding behind my fat
    Stop over eating
    Love exercise
    Help me love myself and all others.

  113. lisa w
    March 29, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    Lord please help me to control my mind,because i know that overeating is a mind problem.SO strengthing me physically,emotionally,and most of all spiritually,so i can be the person you would have me be.I no longer want to eat just because!

  114. September 15, 2010 at 6:08 am

    This is very interesting. With great informationa and sharing of comments and ideas.

  115. Deb
    December 5, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Dear Father God,
    I pray for clarity and sharpness of mind, please allow me to see where and what I’m doing that prevents you in my life. Please help me at night when I tend to eat beyond nourishing my body and for other reasons I don’t completely understand. Please help me to operate from a perspective of gratitude and not greed. Help me to understand what is just enough and to not take more for any reason other than true hunger and actual, honest need. I cannot do this in my own strength and need you.
    In Jesus name.

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