It has been one year since Brenda Sharp joined me on Shaped by Faith radio each month. Last January Brenda decided it was time to live her life to its fullest and to do things God's way when it came to her health and fitness. Little did she know she was stepping into more than just exercise and weight loss. Brenda is the strongest she has been in a long time due to her disciplining her body. Her weight loss journey began with a simple 15-minute walk three times a week. Her eating plan began by tracking her calories and eating to live instead of living to eat. She became more aware of how she was eating and exercising.

With the help of God and a Health Coach (that's me:) she has gone to the next level in everything she does, including her spiritual walk with the Lord. There were some major changes that had to take place at the very beginning of Brenda's health journey and one of those major players was in her mind-set. Romans 12:2 tells us to be transformed by the renewing of our mind. Brenda was all in when it came to changing the way she thought about taking care of her body. She began to move as a form of worship to God.

There were a lot of new experiences on Brenda's health journey and she has learned to fix healthy snacks and meals that satisfy her and that fuel her body. She learned that her favorite exercise is a Kettlebell swing and that she feels strong when swinging the bells. Her favorite food is anything Italian and she has learned how to cook authentic Italian foods, the healthy way.

Brenda has come a long way and she has lost over 50 pounds and is still working towards losing more weight this year. God is now using what she went through to help others with their health journey. She is sharing her story of being totally transformed through her weight loss to help others begin their journey. She would tell you that she never imagined that exercise or attending a group fitness class could draw a person closer to Christ. She is now telling everyone that faith and fitness go together beautifully. I would imagine we will be hearing more from Brenda this year as she continues attending my Shaped by Faith fitness classes at Owensboro Christian Church and as we continue our friendship. She has become a very close friend of mine and I would not have imagined this happening over a year ago. God brings people into each of our lives for our own good and for His glory!

Brenda started our first radio show by sitting on a stability ball for the very first time. She wanted to end her year on the ball by doing push ups! Look at her now! You can also do this, by connecting with a good health coach and by God helping you each step of the way! This is the year to step into a New You!

Theresa Rowe is the Founder of Shaped by Faith, Author of Guideposts’ Shaped by Faith, 10 Secrets to Strengthening Your Body and Soul, a Motivational Wellness Speaker, Health Coach and Host of Shaped by Faith Radio every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8:00 am on 99.1 FM and 1490 AM WOMI. Listen: http://womiowensboro.com/listen-live/popup/