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Dear Daniel Plan:
My name is Simon Holtti and I live in Dianalund, Denmark, Europe. I'm 43 years old, been married 23 years to my lovely wife Lone. We have three wonderful children (youngest is 17). I pastored a small church here in Denmark for more than nine years but six years ago, I switched tracks and joined the Open Doors Internationals office in Denmark as the magazine editor and speaker. Lone and I have a good, if not great life, but I have always struggled with my weight and consequently been such a poor example for my family, my congregation and co-workers.
I have yo-yoed up and down at least two times between 260 and 190 pounds. A couple of years ago I gave up and promised myself that I would never again go on a crash diet where I ultimately would end up right back where I started - or worse. The last six years I slowly put on the pounds and ended up at 265 pounds. I have never been in worse shape or felt worse physically than I did in January. I couldn't bend over to tie my shoes without losing my breath. I was worried about my health and I had big self-esteem issues.
When I heard about the Daniel Plan I thought: "This sounds so great!" It had the right focus. I signed up and joined the kick off event online - I wish I could have been there in person but Denmark is a pretty far drive ;^)
I love the videos, the tools, the resources and updates. My family is my small group and have supported me the whole way - I'm the only one with a weight issue in my family. I love the way that the Daniel Plan focuses on my spiritual, mental and physical health it has been such a blessing for me and my family.
My results so far? The 15th of January, I weighed 266 pounds and today (Aug. 13) I weigh 203 pounds. So I have lost 63 pounds so far!!!! My goal is 185 pounds this year.
I am so happy and I can't even begin to describe how much better I feel physically, mentally and spiritually - it has truly been a rejuvenating and blessed journey.
I am so grateful and happy to be a part of the Daniel Plan even though it's only through the Daniel Plan website.
Thank you so much and God bless you.
FB: Simon Holtti