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Kim Benson, 212 lbs Lighter

CBN.com “I remember thinking I was eating myself to death and I can’t stop it. At the end I remember saying, ‘I give up. I’m not even going to try anymore.’ I really felt hopeless and that hopelessness was very dark.

Kimberly Benson weighed in at almost 350 pounds, and she was miserable!

“My back hurt all the time. My knees hurt all the time,” she says. “It was uncomfortable sleeping. I couldn’t buckle up in a car. The seatbelt didn’t go all the way over. And it was just unsafe and unhealthy all the way around.”

But, she kept her sense of humor.

“I was going to this restaurant that was in Boston,” she says, “and I sat down on a bench and the arm of the bench broke when I leaned against it. And that wasn’t the first that something like that had happened to me.”

Kimberly wasn’t always overweight. Looking back, she remembers how it all began.

“In high school I kind of fluctuated that 10 or 15 pounds over and over again. And I would go up and down and then the spread grew to like 30. And then I got down for my wedding, and after my wedding, the weight started increasing more and more. I got over 200. So I’ve been pretty much over 200 for the first 10 years of my marriage and over 300 for the second,” she says.

Kimberly’s husband Mark loved and encouraged his wife despite her excessive weight.

“My husband is the most wonderful man on earth and God gave him to me,” she says. “He told me I was beautiful when I was 350 pounds. He’s always loved me. He supported me. I mean, he hurt for me because he knew I was hurting. He was concerned for my health. And he held me when I cried about how I looked and felt. But he always told me I was beautiful.”

“My prayer for her was that somehow she could be free from the burden,” Mark said. “It was a huge burden in a literal sense and a figurative sense. It was a huge burden.”

Food was a God in Kim’s life. “It’s when you focus and enjoy and love something and it’s far beyond everything else,” she says. “That’s where food had gotten to for me.”

But one day an amazing thing happened, and it wasn’t at a weight loss clinic. It was at Kimberly’s church in Trumble, Connecticut.

“I still remember I was sitting in church, and Pastor Dave was talking about the Israelites craved meat more than God,” she recalled. “And I remember going, ‘Who can love meat, food, more than God? There’s like no comparison.’ And then I just sat there and said, ‘That’s me. Where’s my time and my focus and my enjoyment?’ That’s when I first realized that I had put food above God. And I was able to say that to myself.”

She continued her struggle with weight, but on October 1st, 2001, Kimberly thought about that sermon. She prayed that God would change her heart and that He once again would be no. 1 in her life.

“I finally said, ‘God, I love food more than You. I’m sorry. I really am. But You can change that, God. I can’t change. Change my heart please I beg you.

“I was praying and I really felt a stirring in my soul. I don’t know what to call it. I really felt a difference in my life.”

Just days later, at 347 pounds, Kimberly joined Weight Watchers with a friend. Then step by step, within two years, Kimberly lost an astonishing 212 pounds. And she’s kept it off!

“I think I have unending energy,” she says. “I’m up early with the two little guys and I stay up late with the two older guys. And it’s wonderful not to feel exhausted all day.”

In one of her favorite pictures Kim stands in a pair of her “old pants” with two of her children.

“My daughters are in one leg, and I’m in the other leg,” she says. “And I remember buying those pants with my mom. I had outgrown all plus size stores. I was past a 4X.”

Mark says, “She’s filled with more joy than I have ever seen. She’s always been a happy, upbeat, positive person. The energy she’s got to go with it now -- wears me out. I can’t keep up with her.”

Kimberly thanks God daily for her new “lease on life,” and she wants to share her story with others.

“I feel like the guy in Luke when he was healed and he went around town shouting what Christ had done for him,” she says. “That’s how I feel. I just want to give hope to people who’ve lost theirs.”

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