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FINDINGbalance
May 17, 2010

People had been telling me for years that, because I was not underweight or overweight, I didn't have a problem with food, but *I* knew there was something wrong with my private relationship with food & binging & over-exercising, and as a Certified Personal Trainer, the guilt overwhelmed me. In Spring 2005, I read Constance Rhodes' book, "Life Inside The Thin Cage", and soon after, I contacted her by email about how the book spoke to me. I wanted more information about EDNOS and Constance was creating a workbook for small groups (which would become "Finding Balance with Food"), so I waited for it to be completed. In Spring 2006, our church had an epidemic of deaths due to unhealthy lifestyle choices, one was a young woman, 29 years old and mom of 2 small children. The church pastor was aware that this was a problem and he knew I was interested in helping. He encouraged a friend and I to start a "body image/food issues" support group. We used several different books in our Bible study group, as well as the "Finding Balance" website and e-newsletter to assist us and guide us as leaders while we waited for the "Finding Balance with Food" curriculum to be completed in Franklin TN. In Fall 2008, when Constance was looking for pilot groups outside of Tennessee to test the curriculum, our church group volunteered, and I must say good things come to those who wait! Our San Jose CA FBwF pilot group had 10 women, ranging in age from 43 to 71 years old. This group dynamic brought challenging discussions about food attitudes and life-long poor eating habits, as well as revelations about body image & aging. The curriculum was well-organized with videos, discussion sheets, leaders' guide, and easy art projects. I confess that when we started, we were not excited about doing these art projects, many of the women said they personally weren't creative and resisted doing them. However, the time we spent on these projects became the highlight of our meetings; they were relaxed, easy, and took us back to "little kid" days when a piece of paper and glue and glitter were fun, back to a time when we were not judgmental about ourselves and our bodies. As a result, "Life Inside The Thin Cage" & the FBwF curriculum is the benchmark for our group and we are planning to begin a weekly Fb Gathering in June 2010.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my healthier more balanced living, my closer walk with the Lord, and my deeper more meaningful friendships because I am able to share my experiences with others who are also going through battles with finding balance in their life.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting the fantastic, helpful, and approachable people associated with Constance, both online & off!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Client Served & I led a FBwF pilot group.