Many of the ladies at Bethany have gone through the First Place program at least once. Some learn
the basics that they need for healthy living the 1st time, and some keep coming back for the
wonderful bible studies (all related to aspects of improving ones spiritual, physical,
mental and emotional well-being) and continuing education and support for healthy living.
Listed below are some testimonials from ladies who have benefited from the program.
"I joined First Place about 5 months after Olivia was born to
lose my last 15 pounds of baby weight. I was very pleased with how good I felt physically and
mentally while in First Place. If I followed the eating plan accurately, I was not hungry very
much at all. I did reach my goal weight, and it's actually stayed that way (give or take a
few pounds) since last spring. It made me look at food differently and watch what I'm eating.
Now that I know how many calories and fat things have, I can make better choices
(most of the time!). I support First Place all the way. I have never lost weight and
kept it off until I tried the plan. Not to mention the Bible study part. I really liked
keeping God's Word fresh in my mind every day. The weekly verses helped motivate me to
continue the program. The exercise part of the program was very important. The weight
didn't come off as easily until I exercised regularly. Even now, I notice when I stop
exercising, the weight creeps back - no matter how good I eat!"
"First Place is a program that works on your heart -
both in terms of health and spiritual growth. During my years in First Place,
I've lost weight and maintained that loss for a significant period of time,
as well as lowered my cholesterol without medication using my knowledge
of healthy food choices and exercise. Benefiting from the discipline of
first place and the accountability the group provides, I've learned what it
means to spend time letting the scriptures speak to me, journaling my
prayer life and communicating with God. I've grown more in my daily walk
with Christ through the First Place program than in any efforts on my own.
If your heart needs a check-up - health wise or spiritually, I'd encourage you
to join First Place."
"First Place has taught me the basics of healthy eating, the foundation for losing weight.
By eating healthy foods and healthy portions of food and walking at least 30 minutes EVERY day,
I have lost 30 lbs and have kept them off for nearly six months.
I know how to make better choices when I do my grocery
shopping, when I prepare my lunches for work and when I eat out. And when I do cook at home,
I know which foods are healthier and how to prepare them so that they taste better than
I know that I feel less stress and have more energy as a result of my new healthy lifestyle.
And I can go shopping without dreading the dressing room event. For the first time ever,
I have taken clothes bought last summer to the tailor to have the seams TAKEN IN! My last
doctor’s visit did not include a lecture about losing weight; in fact, he had no idea that
I had lost 30 lbs and had NOTHING to say about my weight. Not since the births of my girls
has a doctor’s visit not included a lecture about my weight.
I incorporated prayer in my daily walks for the first seven months.
Walking outside seemed to bring me right next to God and my prayer life has never been stronger.
I have since started using a treadmill and spend the time reading. The books I most frequently
choose to read are by Christian authors and they, also, bring me closer to God.
First Place provided me with the foundation for a healthy lifestyle
and a closer walk with God."
"I LOVE First Place and keep coming back for every session since joining! My initial reason
for coming to 1st Place was to "lose a few pounds", but I quickly learned that this program is
about so much more than that. The main focus is to put God "1st Place" by following the nine
commitments. This is enforced in the program by using "accountability" as a tool. Daily, you
record your progress on the commitments and are held accountible by turning in a weekly
"Commitment Record". It requires discipline but for those that follow the program faithfully,
the benefits FAR outweigh the cost.
The Bible Studies offered in the 1st Place program are EXCELLENT, and all related to
various aspects of living a well balanced life. The length of the lessons is just right
for daily study, and the informal group sessions are a great time to reflect on and discuss
each weeks lessons.
I would encourage anyone who has never been through the program to come and see
what it's all about!"