The 700 Club: October 21, 2009

Kristi Watts shares her amazing results from following the Faith and Fat Loss program. She also interviews the author, Ron Williams. CBN News reports on the swine flu and kids.


UnderWing Transcripts PO Box 16282 Clearwater, Florida 33766 540 455-2333 / UnderWing@underwingtranscripts.com ________________________________________ The 700 Club Daily Broadcast Wednesday, October 21, 2009 PAT ROBERTSON: Well, welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to this edition of The 700 Club. It’s Skinny Wednesday. And Kristi has a special something for us. KRISTI WATTS: I do. Are you throwing to me to say it now? PAT ROBERTSON: Well, you can tell us. Absolutely. Everybody wants to know. They don’t want to miss it. KRISTI WATTS: Well, this is really, really cool. I took this 21-day challenge from one of our guests who was on the show. PAT ROBERTSON: Okay. KRISTI WATTS: And I’m not really going to tell you the basics, but I will say that I lost ten pounds in 21 days because of this book and this man. PAT ROBERTSON: And you’re going to teach other people how to do it, right? KRISTI WATTS: Absolutely. Absolutely. Absolutely. PAT ROBERTSON: Ladies and gentlemen, you don’t want to miss this at all. KRISTI WATTS: You really don’t. His name is Ron Williams. And I tell you, he was not only the natural bodybuilder of the decade, but in his span of working out. Check him out in that picture. PAT ROBERTSON: Oh, my goodness. KRISTI WATTS: He’s won over 250 awards for bodybuilding. PAT ROBERTSON: I told him not to take pictures of me and put on there. Okay. KRISTI WATTS: I know, Pat. I know. PAT ROBERTSON: Well, first in the news, the public option may not be dead after all. Democrats are still looking for a way to include it in the final health care bill. They say that measure won’t add to the deficit, but critics warn that it could cost nearly two trillion dollars. David Brody has the story from Washington. CARE DAVID BRODY: The health care talk and vibe coming from Democrats on the hill is becoming extremely positive. Sen. Max Baucus ([D] Montana): We're going to get health care reform passed this year, meaningful health care reform passed this year. Harry Reid (Senate Majority Leader): While Senate Republicans continue to delay and divert and slow down this legislation, premiums continue to skyrocket. DAVID BRODY: So what will reform look like? Well, it may include some sort of public option. Moderate Democrats like Nebraska's Ben Nelson and others are now in discussions with liberals about some sort of compromise, possibly a trigger option that would go into effect if private insurance companies don't offer what Washington considers affordable coverage. President Obama promised during the campaign that cameras would be present during health care negotiations, but right now on Capitol Hill, at this key juncture of crafting a final bill, White House staff is meeting with top Senate Democrats behind closed doors. Democrats say once a final bill emerges, the American people will have plenty of time to digest it. Republicans say they may feel sick and queasy afterwards. The President says he won't sign a bill that adds a dime to the deficit. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate leaders say their bills meets that requirement. But in an interview with CBN News, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich disputes that assumption. Newt Gingrich (Former Speaker of the House): There are no serious people in this city, none who believe that the health bills they’re writing are not going to increase the deficit. It's just not true. And you go through item after item like this. There are pretty good studies now that they're going to raise the cost of health insurance by 4,000 dollars a family, yet he wasn't going to raise the cost to anybody if you had less than a 250,000-dollar-a-year income. DAVID BRODY: Conservative budget experts like Republican Judd Gregg say this health care bill is going to cost closer to two trillion dollars when all the costs and revenues are fully phased in. And now this week the Democrats are trying to increase Medicare payments to doctors. That would add another 250 billion to the deficit. Gingrich says this administration and this President have a real credibility issue. Newt Gingrich: This is a man who recently went to the joint session of Congress speaking to the entire nation and said, “We will not add a dime to the deficit.” Now that is so completely, fundamentally untrue that I'm not sure how you have the rest of the conversation. So to try to take anything he says as though it has meaning I think is very dangerous, because the only thing you can count on, even worse than the Nixon Administration, this is an administration where you better look at what they do, not at what they say, because there's no relationship between the two. DAVID BRODY: David Brody, CBN News, Washington. PAT ROBERTSON: My goodness. What an indictment by Newt Gingrich. But ladies and gentlemen, I’m afraid what he says is true. It’s scary. And there is nobody to stop them. the Democrats are convinced they’re going to pass this thing. Obama is going to sign it. There is no check. There is no balance. And it’s going to add huge amounts to the deficit that the American people are going to be struggling to get out from under. This thing is destroying our dollar, destroying our credibility as a responsible nation. To me, it’s frightening that this runaway train, there’s no stopping it. Lee Webb has the rest of our top stories from the CBN Newsroom. What have you got, Lee? HOME PRICES FALLING? LEE WEBB: Pat, real estate forecasters say home prices will continue to drop next year. They predict the average home price will go down 11 percent, all because the foreclosure crisis is not over yet. Miami, Orlando and Las Vegas will be hit the hardest, with prices in those markets dropping 27 percent. HOUSING LEE WEBB: This comes as the White House unveils a new housing program, and the Senate debates the future of a tax credit program for first time home buyers. Paul Strand has that story from Washington. PAUL STRAND: A recent report said nearly a million homes nationwide were in foreclosure over the summer. That’s Leslee Ramos' biggest fear. Leslee Ramos (Homeowner): Right now I'm so far behind that I'm just afraid that the bank is going to foreclose on my property. PAUL STRAND: Leslee bought a three bedroom townhome three years ago for 255,000 dollars. Now, it's only worth 121,000 dollars, and Leslee has lost her job. This week, the White House announced a plan to boost the housing market for low to moderate income first-time home buyers. State and local housing agencies would be able to issue new mortgages with credit from Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae backed by the federal government. Susan Dewey (Pres., Nat’l Council of State Housing Agencies): This plan will really help the states provide affordable housing to first-time homebuyers. Our role is to not only make sure that people are getting into homes, but to make sure that they stay in the homes. PAUL STRAND: The US housing market has been struggling to recover, even with the 8,000 dollar tax credit for first-time buyers. And that’s set to expire at the end of November. A Senate panel is considering extending the credit. Many real estate agents and homebuilders say that would help the market. Some in Congress even hope to expand it, but no decision yet from the administration. Sen. Jim Bunning ([R] Kentucky): The administration has known that the housing credit was going to expire November 30th of this year for how long? Since the beginning. Since we passed the law. Why haven’t you made a decision on that prior to this time? Shaun Donovan (HUD Secretary): As I explained earlier, we believe it’s critically important, as I believe we’ve heard from this committee, that we understand as fully as possible the costs of that extension. PAUL STRAND: Some are skeptical, saying people who have used the tax credit would have bought homes anyway even without it. The administration says it will have a recommendation in the coming weeks. Struggling homeowners just hope one of these programs will be the right fit. Leslee Ramos: In the past I've tried thousands of things that they've said, new programs that they're going to help the homeowners, and nothing has worked out. PAUL STRAND: Paul Strand, CBN News, Washington. LEE WEBB: Pat, we went through this before. And helping folks get into a home for the first time, and it only led to trouble for the government, as well as for those first time buyers, like that lady there. What do you think about this plan? PAT ROBERTSON: Well, Lee, it was a scandal before. That’s, of course, brought us the grief that we have suffered as our economy because of the incredibly lax lending practices. I think this is one more government attempt. It’s not going to work. Talk about catching a falling knife. The knife is still falling. It’s not going to stop yet. There’s got to be more in our society that goes on to stop the decline of house prices. They don’t exist in a vacuum. We have to have more employment. If unemployment is crowding ten percent, 9.7 percent, if people don’t have jobs, it doesn’t matter what kind of program is out there, they can’t afford the housing. So until something is done, the housing market is probably going to decline another 15 percent or so. That’s not good news for homeowners, but that’s just the way it is. Lee. ISRAEL AND WAR CRIMES LEE WEBB: Pat, Israel's Security Cabinet has rejected a United Nations call to investigate its conduct during last winter’s Gaza campaign. Israel will also fight a diplomatic and legal battle against the Goldstone Report. That report accuses Israel of war crimes. Defense Minister Ehud Barak stopped a Cabinet debate on the issue, saying an inquiry would hurt Israel in the international arena. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed. Israel will now lobby the US to veto any UN attempts to charge Israelis with war crimes. PASSPORTS LEE WEBB: Middle East politics are affecting some American-Israeli Jews living in the biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria. The US State Department is stamping their passports with the Palestinian title for that area, “West Bank.” And as Chris Mitchell reports, those residents are upset about it. CHRIS MITCHELL: The Lessard family lives in Givat Ze'ev, a thriving community of 12,000 residents just two miles from Jerusalem. Washington calls it part of the occupied territories in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But some say that the State Department is going too far when it records the birthplace for Americans like the Lessard's children. Jake Lessard (Givat Ze’ev Resident): We have home births, so he was born here really in the West Bank as the Americans like to call it. We call it Judea and Samaria. This is Jewish land here. It's been Jewish land since the time of Abraham. CHRIS MITCHELL: In Jerusalem, an estimated 1,000 Americans are born each year, and their documents say only Jerusalem. No country is recorded for their birth. It’s the only place in the world where that is the case. Yisrael Medad says it's the principle that matters. Yisrael Medad (Jewish Communities Spokesman): It is very, shall we say, injurious to Israel's position in the political, diplomatic world and doesn't make any sense. CHRIS MITCHELL: According to Medad, no one has ever declared the West Bank a state, and even the Palestinians don't call it that. But the State Department insists on using it as an official location. Yisrael Medad: They are engaged in political diplomatic creationism. They are creating a state that doesn't exist. They take away Israel from Jerusalem, but they add West Bank to Ramallah, Nablus or Bethlehem or Shiloh or Alon Shvut. CHRIS MITCHELL: In response, the State Department told CBN News that, “The final political status of Jerusalem has been in dispute since 1948 as a result of the long-standing Arab-Israeli conflict. The US government has pursued a policy of encouraging the parties to that conflict to settle all outstanding issues, including the final status of Jerusalem, through peaceful negotiations between the parties with the support of the broader international community. Therefore, the US government does not acknowledge the sovereignty of any state over Jerusalem.” Regarding the West Bank, the State Department said the applicant can decide whether a settlement name or West Bank is listed as the place of birth. The Lessards say they probably won't pursue changes to their children's documents, but Medad says he wants to see the White House take action. Yisrael Medad: The White House should take the lead and tell the State Department to cut out all this bureaucracy. This is the situation. If it changes in some sort of future peace agreement, that's one thing. At the present moment, we all know Jerusalem is the capital. Judea and Samaria are being administered by Israel. CHRIS MITCHELL: Chris Mitchell, CBN News, Givat Ze'ev. LEE WEBB: Pat, I think the most shocking thing in Chris’s report is the State Department’s reasoning for all that. PAT ROBERTSON: They have a life of their own. And they’ve been giving Presidents trouble since John F. Kennedy. They do what they want to do. The Congress passed a resolution declaring that the United States should move its embassy to Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The State Department has refused to do it. They said Tel Aviv is the capital of Israel. Well, it isn’t. Jerusalem is. All the official government buildings of Israel are located in Jerusalem. Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish people. It was bought by King David a long time ago. And he paid about 600 talents or so for it. And it belongs to the Jews. It doesn’t belong to Palestinians or anyone else. So that is an indivisible capital of Israel. And the United States shouldn’t be playing games with that. Certainly, the State Department doesn’t, because the Congress is in favor of declaring that the place we put our embassy. And the State Department refuses to move it. So, what do you do? Well, Congress doesn’t seem to have enough willpower or intestinal fortitude to make the State Department do what they said it should do. Lee. ALCOHOL BENEFITS? LEE WEBB: A new warning says drinking alcohol increases your risk of certain types of cancer. Moderate alcohol consumption has been shown to reduce the risk of certain diseases like dementia and heart disease. But experts at the American Cancer Society, as well as the American Heart Association, say that's not a reason to start drinking. The risks of getting cancer far outweigh the benefits of protection against those diseases. HealthDay News reports drinking any alcohol is now known to raise your risk of cancers of the liver, rectum, breast, colon, mouth and throat. WEB SURFING AND BRAINS LEE WEBB: Using the Internet can help keep your brain young. That’s according to a new study by the University of California. Researchers found that older adults between 55 and 78 who began surfing the web improved their brain function after only a few days. They say using the Internet is interactive and that stimulates more activity in the part of the brain that makes decisions. Doctors say engaging in cognitive activities might be a way to protect against dementia. Pat, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go back to my computer and start surfing the web. PAT ROBERTSON: You do it. Maybe I should buy one. KRISTI WATTS: You don’t have a computer? PAT ROBERTSON: My brain must be ossified that I’m not surfing the web. KRISTI WATTS: Well, so must my brain, because I don’t know what ossified means. Maybe I need to go on the web and find out. PAT ROBERTSON: It comes from bones, calcium. It’s locked in. Okay, well, I don’t—I have somebody else that works on computers. KRISTI WATTS: So, seriously, you don’t have a computer at home? PAT ROBERTSON: No. My wife has one. KRISTI WATTS: Do you use it? PAT ROBERTSON: No. KRISTI WATTS: Ever? PAT ROBERTSON: No. KRISTI WATTS: Okay. I’ve got to bring you into the 21st century, Pat. PAT ROBERTSON: Well, I have people that are in the 21st century. KRISTI WATTS: All right. God bless you. I’ll give you that one. PAT ROBERTSON: I have the benefit of their skill, their expertise and their wisdom. Okay, what’s next? KRISTI WATTS: Okay. Well, it’s flu season. Well, we’re all talking about it. Well, coming up, it’s flu season, as I said, and your kids are the target. GRAPHIC: KIDS AND THE FLU But they could also be the key to stopping the outbreak. Find out why, after this. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * SPOT 1: GOLDLINE Jay Johnson (Former Director US Mint): All you have to do is read a newspaper or watch TV to know that millions of us have seen our investments and our nest eggs lose value in these tough economic times. And no one knows how long this will last. Hi, I’m Jay Johnson, former director of the US Mint. 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LORIE JOHNSON: Her doctor is ordering her to rest, drink liquids and take a non-aspirin fever reducer. Ninety-nine percent of all cases of the flu right now are the swine flu, because it's virtually the only flu strain circulating the country. Doctors expect the regular flu to hit this winter and the swine flu to come back again next spring. Pediatricians are seeing lots of swine flu cases every day. But most kids who get the virus don't need to see the doctor. Their symptoms are mild, and they'll recover on their own. There are some, however, who need to seek medical attention immediately. Like if the child has difficulty breathing, is unable to drink enough because of vomiting or diarrhea, has difficulty waking up, has a high fever that doesn't respond to treatment, has asthma, heart disease, cystic fibrosis or sickle cell disease. The percentage of complications from the swine flu is no higher than from the regular flu, but we’re seeing more of them because the swine flu is very widespread. Dr. Robert Fink (Pediatrician): There will be many more people infected by swine flu than regular flu, because a lot of people have been immunized against regular flu, have had influenza in the past and have some immunity to it. But no one is immune or at least most people are not immune to swine flu. So the virtual numbers of people that will be infected are going to be larger than regular flu. And there will be more people dying, not because it's a more lethal virus, but because of the virtual number of people that will be getting infected. LORIE JOHNSON: That why doctors recommend children getting the swine flu vaccine, either the nasal spray or the injection, which are arriving at schools nationwide. Doctors say it's as safe as the regular flu vaccine, because it's manufactured the same way. Dr. Robert Fink: There are always some complications from any of the vaccines we use. But there is no evidence that this vaccine has any higher side effect profile than the other flu vaccines that we have used in the past. LORIE JOHNSON: Now, parents must decide whether to allow their child to be vaccinated at school. Dawn Goeb (Parent): My son has asthma, so I want to make sure that he is protected, because I know he's in a high risk group. LORIE JOHNSON: Because the swine flu is more prevalent in children, many hospitals are banning visitors under the age of 18. Kristin Hunziker (Hospital Visitor): We're actually here to visit my grandmother, great-grandma for these two little guys, and so it's disappointing for them. But I totally understand that it's definitely in the best interest of keeping everybody safe. LORIE JOHNSON: Even children who look and feel fine are being turned away, because when people get the swine flu, they often don't have any symptoms for the first 24 hours, but they're still very contagious. Dr. Gene Burke (Exec. VP Clinical Effectiveness, Sentara): If you're a mom about to have a baby, you probably would like to bring your other children in so they get to meet their new brother or sister very early on. There's a value to that, but right now we believe that the risk to the patients in the building of a child coming in exceeds the value of that connectivity. LORIE JOHNSON: More evidence that life is different now then in years past in an effort to control the spread of the swine flu. Lorie Johnson, CBN News. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * PAT ROBERTSON: Well, I don’t know when it’s going to run its course or when it’s going to peak, but it hasn’t peaked yet, obviously. KRISTI WATTS: Exactly. PAT ROBERTSON: It’s on the way. But it’s so contagious, and so you’ve got one child in school, and he can contaminate a hundred of his classmates, and then they go do it again. So it spreads very rapidly. KRISTI WATTS: I know, and it’s a scary thing. And I’ve got to be honest with you, Pat, I’m always nervous with vaccines. I just finally . . . . PAT ROBERTSON: I am, too. KRISTI WATTS: . . . . handled the flu one. And the swine one, I’m like, “But didn’t that just come out?” What kind of proof do we have that it’s not harmful? I don’t know. PAT ROBERTSON: They claim it’s not, but a lot of other things they’ve claimed—I know of a person who got polio shots and contracted polio, and it was a very terrible thing. KRISTI WATTS: Yes. PAT ROBERTSON: So we’ll see. KRISTI WATTS: It’s iffy. Well, it’s Skinny Wednesday. And we’re going to show you the challenge that actually helped me lose ten pounds, check this out, in 21 days. Plus, we also have your e-mail questions on health and fitness. Diana writes, “My husband teases me about my cold hands and feet. Now I’m beginning to wonder if there is something wrong with me. Should I tell my doctor?” KRISTI WATTS: Well, Diana, stay tuned, because we’re going to Bring It On with that question, later on, on The 700 Club. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * SPOT 2: SWISS AMERICA Spokesman: Seventy-seven million baby boomers hope to retire in the next ten to 20 years, and just three percent will be financially independent. But Uncle Sam wants to help you put gold into your retirement plan by creating a self-directed Precious Metal IRA. There are no tax penalties or new contributions needed to convert an existing IRA or other retirement fund into gold. Pat Boone: This is Pat Boone to tell you about Swiss America’s three-step plan for successful gold investing. First, call Swiss America. Request their free book, materials, and rare opportunity CD. Second, review the materials and learn why gold has more than doubled in the last five years and why experts say it may double again. And third, earn a return through growth of your gold investment. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * KRISTI WATTS: Well, as one of the hosts for Skinny Wednesday, I have actually tried to set an example. I have worked out, and I like to think that I’ve eaten right over the years. But I still struggle with my weight. Well, recently, I learned something profound. And I want you to take a look. KRISTI’S FAITH AND FAT LOSS CHALLENGE KRISTI WATTS: Okay, so I’ve been doing Skinny Wednesday now for about five years. And one thing you may not know is that Skinny Wednesday actually started because of me. I had to get off my baby weight, and I needed help. So the good news is that, yes, I got the weight off, but the bad news is I am in a constant fight to keep it off. You would think it would be mad easy, since I’ve literally interviewed every fitness guru out there and done what seems to be like every exercise there is. Then I met one particular guest who intrigued me. His name is Ron Williams, and he wrote the book Faith and Fat Loss. And I’ve got to tell you, his book was just different than all the other ones. Okay, so I decided to fly to Utah to meet with him. I’ve got to tell you, it was kind of cool, because he shared some things with me that I have actually never heard before. And then he did something which was huge. He challenged me. Yes, I said it. He challenged me. He said, “Kristi, I want you to do my 21 day challenge.” And I said, “Ron, okay, I’m going to do it.” And I did. So Ron showed me the foods that I needed to eat, as well as the different kinds of exercises that I needed to do. And I took what he told me in Utah, brought it all the way to Virginia Beach home with me. And for 21 days, I did it. And check this out. I lost ten pound and a total of 19 inches in 21 days. Woo-hoo! And something even more amazing happened. And it didn’t happen in the kitchen, and it didn’t happen in my exercise room. It happened right in here. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * GUEST: RON WILLIAMS KRISTI WATTS: I’ve got to tell you, I’m looking at that and just kind of cracking up to myself. And I kind of had fun doing that, but this is actually kind of a serious issue, and let me tell you why. For years, one thing that people don’t know about me is that since I was little I always struggled with not just weight, but my perception of weight. And every time we did Skinny Wednesday over the past five years, we always did stories about how the nation is dealing with obesity. And every time I’m anywhere, in a grocery store, women are always coming up to me talking about weight, weight, weight. And I thought, “You know what, I am not the only one who is obsessed,” and I use the word “obsessed,” “with weight.” So I started to ask the Lord a question. Three questions, in fact. The first question is, “Lord, why is this a reoccurring issue in my life and many people’s lives, weight?” Number one, there has got to be something deeper than just our physical thing. “So, Lord, what are some of the deeper issues?” And the third question I said is, “Lord, once you reveal the deeper issues, will you get rid of them, so I don’t have to deal with this weight issue anymore?” And I’ve got to tell you, God is so faithful. He answered my prayers. And He answered it with our next guest. He is the author of Faith and Fat Loss. So please welcome Ron Williams back to The 700 Club. Ron! Ron Williams: Thanks, Kristi. God bless you. KRISTI WATTS: It is so cool. And what people don’t know is, as I said, I’ve done Skinny Wednesday for five years. We’ve had many different guests come in and out of the studio. But you stuck out to me, and you stuck out because of your book. And there was something different in your book than any other book that I saw. And I want you to tell me what’s different about your book. Ron Williams: Well, one of the things I think that’s very, very different is that we personally believe that all the answers to every problem should come from the church to the world. And our source is God. He said, “Cast all your cares on Me, because I care for you.” And so instead of doing it a secular way, even though I have the background to do that, I sought God just like you did to find out the answers to the problem with being overweight, obese, and the soul wounds. KRISTI WATTS: I love that. And at the very end of that little set-up piece, I said, “I found it in here,” and I opened up a door. That door was my prayer closet. And that’s where literally the Lord healed me from a lot of different things. In your book, I think there are four basic steps. The power of 21, right? Ron Williams: The power of 21. KRISTI WATTS: Yes. And so what are the four basic steps that you talk about in your book? Ron Williams: The four basic steps are physical exercise and also spiritual exercise. KRISTI WATTS: Exactly. Ron Williams: Physical training. Spiritual training and physical training. And diet and nutrition, physically and spiritually. KRISTI WATTS: Exactly. So we’re going to talk about the eating aspect of it, and we’re going to talk about the fitness aspect a little bit later on the show. But right now, let’s talk about the spiritual aspect. In your book, you mentioned soul wounds. That was key to your book, and that was the key to the healing that happened in my life. But first of all, what’s a soul wound? Ron Williams: A soul wound is any traumatic situation that you have gone through that goes unresolved. It doesn’t matter how many years you’ve had it, it will continue to affect you throughout your life. And only God can heal a soul wound. KRISTI WATTS: What are some soul wounds? Ron Williams: Soul wounds could be rape. It could be verbal abuse, abandonment, rejection, having a husband that was abusive, being married to an alcoholic or being a child of an alcoholic. It affects that child, too. So anything that’s traumatic in your life. KRISTI WATTS: It’s interesting, and this is where I have to take a deep breath, because one of the ways that the Lord healed me was by revealing certain soul wounds that I had in my life. So what I did was I literally went into my prayer closet, and I said, “Lord, this is more than a physical issue. I believe this is a spiritual issue. So will you begin to reveal certain things that are making me take the spiritual burden and manifest them into the physical burden?” And you know what was so cool? The Lord did that. And I’ll share just a couple of them with you. For instance, you were saying in your book how words, how people treat you, what they do to you, can create a wound to you. Ron Williams: That’s right. That’s right. KRISTI WATTS: And for instance, it started out from the time I was very, very little. I always had this issue. And I started to say, “Lord, what are some of the things that happened to me?” And this sounds so trivial, but I remember when I was a cheer leader for years that one of the cheer leading coaches looked at me, and I was the only black girl in the whole school, and she said, “Kristi’s got the big ole butt, so put her in the biggest skirt, because she’s the biggest girl.” Now, someone could look at that and kind of laugh, but I remember thinking, “Kristi’s got a big butt. She’s a big girl.” And those words continued to reverberate over and over and over. Now, that happened when I was younger. And little instances like that happened, but something as profound as—many people know that I’m divorced. And before my ex-husband left me, one of the things he said to me was, “You used to look so pretty. What happened to you?” And then he proceeded—and I had just had my son, just had the baby. And I knew I had gained weight. But he literally went into the closet and brought out all these pictures of me when I was in a bikini and small and said, “This is what you used to look like and look at you now.” Ron Williams: Wow. KRISTI WATTS: And so those were wounds. And I was already dealing with rejection and things of that sort, but those words on top of that, I realized that I had stored them down deep, and the Lord needed to remove them and heal me from them. Ron Williams: Amen. Amen. KRISTI WATTS: Yes. And I know I’m not alone in this process. Ron Williams: One of the things that happens is that we’re made to survive. KRISTI WATTS: Yes. Ron Williams: Often times, we push them down, and we don’t even think of them, nor do we think that they could cause us physical problems. And we tuck those things away, like you said. KRISTI WATTS: Exactly. Well, one of the things that I did in the prayer closet, and I want to hit this before we have questions from our audience, there were I think four or five steps that I did in the prayer closet. And what are those steps. I’ve got to put them up real quick, because I don’t remember them. Yes. Like, step one is to recognize, to renounce, repent, renew and receive. Recognize the hurts that have happened to you. Renounce them. Say, “Lord, they’re no longer going to have power over me.” Say, “Lord, I receive your forgiveness. I repent for holding them in. Lord, make me new. And Lord, I receive your blessing.” And literally, that’s what the Lord did. And it was just off the chain. And the stronghold, that food and all those issues I had were broken. And that’s the key. That’s the key. Okay. We have questions in our audience. Angel. Angel: Yes, I’ve got a question. I notice every time I get stressed out, I immediately start craving, and I can’t feel full. And I’m curious if there’s a reason, like what’s causing that? Ron Williams: Well, it could be several things. One thing, stress causes a release of a hormone called cortisol. Whether it’s a conscious stress or a subconscious stress, it responds to the body the same way. And cortisol is a fat storing, muscle wasting hormone that causes you to put on excess body fat. Now, if that takes place, once you get stressed, we also need to cast our cares on the Lord, because He cares for us. And if you revert to food, you’re putting food in the place of the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit is our comforter. KRISTI WATTS: That’s good. One of the things I wish is that we could continue to talk about this, but we can’t, because we’re on TV, and we’re live. So this is what we’re going to do. We talked about the spiritual element of it, but what you also talk about obviously is the food and the exercise. And so we’re going to jump into that next. Well, before we do that, we have a question from one of our viewers. Marla writes, “A few weeks ago, Kristi . . . .” KRISTI WATTS: That’s me. “. . . . told Pat that she gets better results from exercise bands than from weights. How does that work?” KRISTI WATTS: Well, Marla, that’s true. That’s how I lost the weight. And we’re going to show you how I did it when we come back, so don’t go away. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * SPOT 3: AMMED DIRECT Nicole Johnson: Hi, I’m Nicole Johnson, Miss America 1999. I’ve had diabetes since 1993, and I hate boring food. Don’t you? Well, I got these three free cookbooks with fantastic tasting recipes for people with diabetes. If you have diabetes and have Medicare or qualified insurance, you can get these cookbooks free. 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Ron Williams: And as we can see, you ate five meals. We recommend five to six meals, so that was awesome. KRISTI WATTS: So this is exactly—what we have right here is the food that I would eat in a day. And one of my number one challenges was that it was a lot of food. But there’s a key that you say it’s the combination. Talk about the combination of food. Ron Williams: The combination. One is a lot of people say move away from the carbohydrates, because they make you fat or overweight. But it’s not so much the carbohydrate, it’s learning how to eat the combinations and the proper time to eat those combinations. And as we see in the five meals, you had a long chain carbohydrate here, but at the end of the day, you had a fibrous carbohydrate here. Well, fibrous carbohydrates actually cause you to decrease body fat. In the morning, you’re using the carbohydrates that are going to give you energy throughout the day and keep your metabolism revved up. But at the end of the day, when you eat green beans, one serving of these type of green beans, they actually have 100 calories. But it requires 150 calories to digest and absorb. KRISTI WATTS: Interesting. Ron Williams: So you lose 50 calories going to bed. KRISTI WATTS: Now, you talk about the combination, because one of the things that shocked me was that, “Kristi, you have to have fat at every meal.” And everybody else says don’t eat fat. Get rid of fat. Fat free, fat free. And you said, “No, every single meal you have to have a carb, a protein and a fat.” Talk about the importance of fat. Ron Williams: Yes. Well, the importance of the fat is that essential fatty acids are different than saturated fats. Essential fats actually pull fat out of your system and it lowers every food on the glycemic scale, so you don’t get a spike in the blood sugar level, so the body doesn’t secrete the fat-storing hormone insulin. KRISTI WATTS: But what are some of the good fats? Because some people are thinking, “Cool, then I can put butter. That’s a fat.” Ron Williams: Okay, we have wheat germ oil is a fat. We have the fish, which is a fat. Also, we have the avocado, which is another type of fat. And the raw almonds are a great source of essential fatty acids. But they have to be raw. KRISTI WATTS: Exactly. And you have to have those at every single meal, because it’s all about a balance. Ron Williams: Every meal. That’s right. KRISTI WATTS: One of my challenges was, one, mentally, it was a lot of food, and I didn’t feel like eating it. I didn’t. But I did. And the second challenge was there were times when I just couldn’t eat five meals a day. And so you said, “Kristi, if you can’t do that, you can have a protein shake.” So let’s talk about that. Ron Williams: Well, this is a food complex, which means it has the protein, fat and carbohydrates within itself. KRISTI WATTS: I’m going to grab it so the camera can see it. And you did this, right? Ron Williams: Yes, ma’am. KRISTI WATTS: Okay. And now let’s talk about some of the other things, like minerals. Oh, you’re big time into water and minerals. GRAPHIC: FOR MORE INFORMATION LOG ON TO CBN.COM Ron Williams: Yes. KRISTI WATTS: Tell us about the significance of that. Ron Williams: Well, the minerals are so important, because we lack the minerals, especially in America. And the type of water we drink, water is the number one detoxifier, but the water has to be pure. The water that we drink is not pure. So the best type of water is a distilled water that’s fortified with the minerals. KRISTI WATTS: Got you. And that’s what I put in my drink. And I do have to tell you, it tastes a little bit of a bitter taste, but then if you put a squeeze of lemon, it’s not bad. Ron Williams: Okay. I love it, actually. KRISTI WATTS: I know you do. All right, so the bottom line is, these are the meals. And we’re going to go from what I ate to actually the workout plan, because that was key, too. So let’s move this over. All right. Now, Ron, this tripped me out more than anything, because before this plan, as God is my witness, I worked out on average three to four days a week for two hours a time. And you made me do something different, and that changed it. What did you tell me to do? Ron Williams: The difference is between 20 to 30 minutes or 15 to 30 minutes for fat loss. I hear music, Kristi. I’m ready to work. KRISTI WATTS: Okay, let’s go. Ron Williams: Let’s start walking, start stepping in place. Okay, fat loss exercise and fitness exercise are completely different. And what we did is we put you on a fat loss program, which we use the bands, because it’s body friendly. And it’s hard to impossible to really hurt yourself. The first exercise we’re going to do is squats. KRISTI WATTS: And one of the things you told me was, “Kristi, no matter what you do, just don’t stop for 30 minutes. Don’t stop and always keep moving.” Ron Williams: That’s right. You want to keep it very, very consistent, so you send your body a fat loss signal. And that’s what we’re after. If you slow down or stop, the body goes into a different zone and it starts doing fitness rather than fat loss. If you send the fat loss signal, it lasts for 24 hours. KRISTI WATTS: Oh, my Lord. Okay, so this is what we would do. I would do each exercise for 30 seconds, like say the squat for 30 seconds. I would do the step for 30 seconds. And I would do each exercise three times each. Ron Williams: Three times. KRISTI WATTS: And then I would stop and change. What’s the next one? Ron Williams: The next exercise, chest presses. KRISTI WATTS: Chest press. Ron Williams: Around the back and let’s talk about the arc movement. All the muscle groups are made in an arc, and do when you’re training you want to make sure you work that muscle group in an arc. And we explain that in detail on our web site and in the book. KRISTI WATTS: Exactly. And you know what’s so cool, too, is that, Ron, in the gym, I would lift weights for 45 minutes every other day. But I actually got more results using the bands than the weights. And I’m sweating like a pig now, so let us stop. Ron Williams: Switch. KRISTI WATTS: All right. So here’s another thing that I thought was really cool. My number-one challenge, my hips. I’m a sister. I’ve got them. I’m cool with them. I just want to keep them tamed. And in this program I lost 19 inches, and the majority of them came down off of my hips and thighs. Ron Williams: Let’s work the hips. KRISTI WATTS: Show me what you showed me. Ron Williams: These are called side steps. Step to the side. And for you, you sink those glutes deep, because you’re working those glutes, and you’re squeezing out. You’re not pushing your leg out, but you’re squeezing out with the glutes and the hips. You feel that? KRISTI WATTS: Brother, I feel it. Ron Williams: Oh, that’s lovely. KRISTI WATTS: Now, here is the key, too, that you have in your plan, is that you do this, not this, but you work out six days a week. However, the alternate days you can just do a simple walk. But in terms of your plan, you say pray in the morning, scripture in the morning, and then work out. And it’s that whole plan that just kind of puts everything in order. Ron Williams: Sets you in balance. KRISTI WATTS: Can we stop, because I can’t breathe, Ron. Ron Williams: Okay, let’s do cardio. KRISTI WATTS: Okay. Party fabulous. Ron Williams: I’m here, Kristi. I hear music, and I just want to work, girl. KRISTI WATTS: Well, you keep on working, but I think we’re done. We have two minutes left? No, I’m done. So let’s recap this whole situation. Ron Williams: Okay. KRISTI WATTS: All right, the basic 21 plan is what? What you eat. Ron Williams: What you eat, your prayer life, the Word life, and your exercise. KRISTI WATTS: Exactly. And supplements, too. So we went over each of them, so now we’re done. So I’m going to highlight the book, so you finish exercising. Pete, do you have the book? Oh, biceps. We forgot the biceps. Ron Williams: Come on, Kristi, let’s do it. KRISTI WATTS: Okay. Well, here’s my challenge. I was trying to get it over with, because I did this already, so my body is aching. All right. Ron Williams: You certainly look good, though, Kristi. KRISTI WATTS: Well, I feel good. And more importantly, seriously, is that I feel like all the mental strongholds are broken, and that really is the key. It’s not about how skinny you are. It’s about being balanced before the Lord and honoring Him in the process. Right? Ron Williams: Okay. KRISTI WATTS: Are we done? Ron Williams: Well, the Bible said lay aside every sin and weight that doth so easily beset you. Sometimes it’s just spiritual weights or physical weight. KRISTI WATTS: Exactly. Well, I’m going to lay aside that physical weight right now. And we’re going to promo Ron’s book again. It is called—there we go—Faith and Fat Loss. And it is available nationwide. If you want more information, you can log on to CBN.com. Ron, thank you so much, not just for being here, but thanks for helping me, man. Ron Williams: Yes, ma’am. KRISTI WATTS: You’re the bomb. Bicep, come on, rock it. All right, Pat, I’m throwing it over to you. PAT ROBERTSON: Kristi, wonderful. Congratulations. You’re an inspiration. Well, coming up next, we’ll be answering your Skinny Wednesday email. Margie writes, “Last night I was jolted out of sleep by a severe leg cramp. What causes them and is there anything I can do?” PAT ROBERTSON: Well, Margie, we may have an answer for you when we Bring It On with your question. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * NEXT DAY PROMO GRAPHIC: OBAMA NOMINEE LEE WEBB: Tomorrow. Another Obama nominee finds herself in hot water. Woman: Gay sex is morally good. LEE WEBB: See who she is and how she’s starting a Washington culture war. * * * GRAPHIC: DEREK FISHER LEE WEBB: Plus, NBA champion Derek Fisher is one of basketball’s premier stars. But the night of the big game, Derek was missing. Derek Fisher: It was just one of the hardest punches in the gut that I’ve ever received. LEE WEBB: You’ll see why, on The 700 Club. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * SPOT 5: BEEN VERIFIED Man: Would you trust me? Man: You want me to take your word for it? Woman: This guy I met online, he could be anyone. How can I know who to trust? Announcer: Background checks are no longer just for corporations. 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Visit BeenVerified.com/tv15 now for a free trial of unlimited background checks. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * BRING IT ON KRISTI WATTS: Well, we are back with Bring It On, and I’m so thrilled, because Pat’s going to answer the questions as I cool down. PAT ROBERTSON: Yes. You’re out of breath, I tell you. KRISTI WATTS: Those bands, they just do—they’re harder. They’re more challenging than actually weights. Yes. PAT ROBERTSON: Well, either you’re out of shape or else it’s a very vigorous exercise. KRISTI WATTS: I would prefer to take the latter. PAT ROBERTSON: All right. You take the latter. All right. KRISTI WATTS: Diana writes in and says, “I’m tired of my husband teasing me about my cold hands and feet. I’ve been this way all my life. Now, I’m beginning to wonder if there is something physically wrong with me. Should I tell my doctor about it?” PAT ROBERTSON: I think it wouldn’t hurt, although some people just have cold hands and feet. Their circulation, it’s not anything serious, but it’s circulation in the extremities. If you have stress, stress will cause that. It will cause your blood vessels to tighten up a little bit. But I think it wouldn’t hurt to check with a doctor to see if there is anything physically wrong. KRISTI WATTS: I always heard that cold hands, warm heart. PAT ROBERTSON: Yes, baloney. KRISTI WATTS: It’s true. Feel my hands. Are they cold? PAT ROBERTSON: They’re freezing cold. That doesn’t have anything to do with a warm heart, except you’ve been exercising. But anyhow . . . . KRISTI WATTS: All right. PAT ROBERTSON: All right, what’s next? KRISTI WATTS: Margie writes in and says, “Last night I was jolted out of sleep by a severe leg cramp. It was very painful, and I had no idea what to do. It finally lessened enough that I could get back to sleep, but what can cause leg cramps, and is there anything I can do?” PAT ROBERTSON: I strongly recommend that you go to the health food store and get calcium-magnesium pills. Magnesium is a wonderful relaxer and calcium keeps you from having leg cramps. The two work together and they should do the job. Take a couple of them and go to sleep. KRISTI WATTS: Why am I thinking about potassium? Is that a good thing, too? PAT ROBERTSON: Well, potassium is something when you’re taking a diuretic, which we’ve got a question on later one. But potassium will help you. It will help you with high blood pressure, too. KRISTI WATTS: Well, speaking of high blood pressure, Pat: “For as long as I can remember, my mother has taken prescription medicine for high blood pressure. I just found out recently that the medicine is a combination medicine that is part diuretic. Are diuretics safe to take for long periods of time and should I be watching for any particular side effects?” PAT ROBERTSON: Well, I think you should take them under a doctor’s care, because actually they will take out certain minerals that might be what you need to keep your high blood pressure down and to keep things flowing properly. But I don’t think that they will hurt you over a period of time. But it will deplete the potassium. And you need supplemental potassium. And so get your doctor to prescribe—the prescription ones are great big horse pills that do the job. KRISTI WATTS: I got you. And we’ve talked about this so many times before. Are we coffee drinkers or tea drinkers, and both of us say that we are . . . . PAT ROBERTSON: Tea drinkers. KRISTI WATTS: Tea drinkers. Yes, we’re tea drinkers. Well, Julie writes in and says, “Dear Pat, I was delighted to hear about all the benefits of drinking tea on previous Skinny Wednesday shows. Well, I love drinking tea, but I just heard that tea is high in oxalate, which blocks calcium absorption. I take calcium supplements to protect myself from osteoporosis, but should I now stop drinking tea?” PAT ROBERTSON: No, Julie, don’t do that. Those oxalates in tea are not going to make any difference, in my opinion, from what we understand. So no sweat. KRISTI WATTS: That was easy. PAT ROBERTSON: Enjoy tea. KRISTI WATTS: Come on, brother. I’m all about it. Helen writes in and says, “Now that winter is coming I’ll be exercising indoors. In order to get enough vitamin D I plan on exercising next to a large picture window or the sliding glass doors. Will this give me adequate vitamin D to keep me healthy over the winter months?” PAT ROBERTSON: Helen, open the sliding glass door. The vitamin D will not go through the glass. You can get some kind of a sunburn, but you won’t get vitamin D. You have to actually be exposed directly to the sun. So get outdoors, or if you can open those slides, it may be a little nippy, but . . . . KRISTI WATTS: Exactly. PAT ROBERTSON: Yes, but just in front of a window is not going to do it. KRISTI WATTS: And I think the biggest thing, too, is just throw on an extra sweatshirt, an extra pair of sweatpants, warm socks, and go for a walk. PAT ROBERTSON: Yes, well, whatever. KRISTI WATTS: That’s my theory in life. PAT ROBERTSON: Well, you need the sun. Okay. KRISTI WATTS: Okay, Robert writes in and says, “Pat, I’m so skinny that I need to gain weight.” KRISTI WATTS: When do we ever hear that? Never. PAT ROBERTSON: Not often. KRISTI WATTS: Well, “I’ve purposely eaten high fat foods because their calorie levels are higher. Should I be concerned about eating high fat foods and my cholesterol?” PAT ROBERTSON: Robert, you certainly should. Just because you’re skinny doesn’t mean you can’t have elevated cholesterol. Fix, what was his first name? I forget. Jim Fix, I think it was. He wrote the book on running. He was a great runner. He dropped dead of a heart attack. KRISTI WATTS: I was about to say, not the guy who had a heart attack. Yes. PAT ROBERTSON: Yes. He was about 46 years old. And he was a distance runner, and, as I say, wrote the book on running. But he had a bad problem with his arteries, and he had cholesterol, and he had plaque and all the other stuff that gives you heart attacks. Don’t load up on fat. But there are some weight gainers you can get at a health food store if you want to bulk up, that they have the good stuff instead of fat that will help you gain weight. But listen, why would you want to gain weight? People who are thin live a lot longer than those who are not thin. And you might not look pretty, but . . . . KRISTI WATTS: You know what I’ve come to realize, Pat? PAT ROBERTSON: What? KRISTI WATTS: People are just never happy. If you’re skinny, you want to be fat. If you’re fat, you want to be skinny. If you’ve got thin hair, you want it thick. If you’re black, you want to be white. If you’re white, you want to black. Not necessarily, but you know what I mean. Well, not really. I was thinking about the tanning booth, not necessarily an ethnic—it just came out wrong. You know what I’m trying to say, Pat! PAT ROBERTSON: I know what you’re trying to say. But in truth, if somebody is really skinny, they feel bad. They’re out there with a bunch of hulks with all these muscles. Rejoice in what you’ve got. You’ll live much longer, and you’ll be a lot healthier. All right, what else? KRISTI WATTS: That’s so true. I’ve got a question for you. PAT ROBERTSON: Yes. KRISTI WATTS: When you go to the movies, do you get snacks? Do you bring your snacks in a bag? What do you do, Pat? PAT ROBERTSON: It’s all bad. KRISTI WATTS: But do you bring snacks or do you buy snacks? PAT ROBERTSON: And that popcorn they have with extra butter has got so much calories and fat. KRISTI WATTS: But you have to admit, it’s good. PAT ROBERTSON: It may be good, but it will sure clog your arteries. KRISTI WATTS: Well, speaking of clogging the arteries, Ruth writes in and says, “Recently I went to the movies and bought a box of candy to enjoy during a film. Afterwards, I had a severe stomachache. I bought sugar free candy, because it wouldn’t be so high in calories. Do you think it was the candy or something else that caused my tummy ache?” PAT ROBERTSON: It was the candy. The, what do they call them, sugar-free glysols, and they have things like maltodextrin and other names like that will cause you to have severe stomach cramps. KRISTI WATTS: That’s true. PAT ROBERTSON: Not everybody, but somebody who is subject to them. But that’s what it amounts to. It’s sugar free, low calories. But you read maltodextrin and so and so. You read all those names that you can’t pronounce. And they will have you have stomach cramps. KRISTI WATTS: Cool. PAT ROBERTSON: Some of you. Not all of you. KRISTI WATTS: Okay, we’re going to throw to another piece real quick. But I’ve got to say this real quick. I know they’re going to beat me up. You know how I have random thoughts? Here is my random thought. When I go to the movies, I love to eat the popcorn and get the Milk Duds. And you take the Milk Duds that have the caramel and the chocolate and the popcorn, and it’s like caramel popcorn. All right. PAT ROBERTSON: You’re out of your mind. No wonder you have a weight problem. Goodness gracious. KRISTI WATTS: I don’t have—I’m saying back in the day, back in the day. All right, let’s throw to the piece. PAT ROBERTSON: Back in the day. All right. Well, over the past year, millions of Americans have been laid off from work. It’s a tragedy. But Brian and his wife didn’t see unemployment as a crisis. To them, it was a test of faith. Well, look what they did about it. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * ANNIKA AND BRIAN SMITH ANDREW KNOX: Brian and Annika Smith love living in Wyoming, where they raise their three kids. A few years ago, they were struggling to keep up with bills. That’s when they began watching The 700 Club. Brian Smith: I always loved the way Pat connected with his audience, and I knew I had to be a part of it. ANDREW KNOX: Pat’s teachings on tithing convinced Brian to give ten percent to God. Annika wasn’t so sure it was a good idea. Annika Smith: It was a different idea. And I hadn’t been familiar with the Word. Brian Smith: She thought I was crazy, like, “Give money away?” Annika Smith: As we began to tithe, I started seeing Brian begin to get raises at work and different opportunities began to present themselves to us. ANDREW KNOX: Annika got her real estate license and also began tithing ten percent from every sale. Soon she was able to realize her dream of working from home, so she could be with her children. But even then, business kept booming. Annika Smith: And the phone kept ringing off the hook. ANDREW KNOX: The next year, the Smiths purchased some rental property which enabled them to start building their new home. Brian took a job as a field tech for an oil business, which doubled his income. But after two years, he was laid off because of the bad economy. Brian Smith: When we lost that job, we just prayed and got together and just put all our faith in Jesus Christ. ANDREW KNOX: The Smiths say their faith was being tested. At one point, they considered cutting back on their giving. Annika Smith: The Lord spoke to me and He said, “You’ve trusted Me this far. This is when you need to have your faith.” ANDREW KNOX: God sustained the Smiths for six months while Brian searched for a job. Brian Smith: During those six months, we saved more money than we did when we had a job. ANDREW KNOX: Today he works in sales for a construction company. Brian and Annika are excited about what God is doing in their lives. Annika Smith: Be faithful to the Lord, and He will be faithful to you. Brian Smith: He says, “I’ll pour you out a blessing you cannot contain,” and He did. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * PAT ROBERTSON: Isn’t it wonderful to see people who take God at His Word? They believe the Word. They act on the Word. And they’re blessed because of the Word. GRAPHIC: 1-800-759-0700 CBN.COM I’m just so excited to see that. Taste and see the Lord is good. That’s what the Bible says. Taste. Taste. Give it a shot. He also says, “Prove Me. Prove Me,” the only time in the Bible we’re told to test God. Tempting God is a sin. You’re not supposed to tempt the Lord your God. That’s what Jesus said. But God invites us to prove Him with our tithes and offerings, with our obedience in giving. He says, “I guarantee you I’m going to pour you out such a blessing you can’t contain it.” And so they found the answer, and they received it. Why don’t you give it a try, what God has told you, and see what you can do to help those less fortunate around the world, those who have need. Just dial the number: 1-800-759-0700. Call in. Somebody is here who loves you. And I want to give you a DVD of the audio of my


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