The Day I Met Sonya (I have permission to share her story)

I had made the decision that I was going to switch over to pasture raised meats, finally! Big step for me because I was eyeing the prices and didn’t like what I saw, but nevertheless I made the plunge. I quickly dressed in some workout clothes, jumped into my car and headed down the highway with my GPS leading the way. A few week prior, I had googled the nearest stores that sold pasture raised meats in my area so I really didn’t know where it was but after thirty minutes or so I reached my destination. I pulled into the parking place, exited my car and headed into the store. Shortly after being in the store, and the only customer at this point, another female came into the store. Her name is Sonya. There was an instant connection. We began to talk. As a matter of fact, we stood there right in the middle of the store and forgot about others around us who had come into the store, and talked and talked and talked about the challenges of creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle….the whole nine yards. The clock was ticking but we were oblivious. Finally, I told her that I did health and wellness education. She was thrilled to hear the news but was a bit disappointed when I told her I didn’t do one-on-one coaching anymore. I saw the let down in her demeanor. As much as I wanted to say “no” to her, I knew deep down that this was a divine connection and I had to say “yes” to her. I empathized with the pain of her struggle. At this point I realized that if there was one ounce of Christ in me, that I couldn’t be selfish and say no to her!

One person can make a difference. A few months prior, I had seen a food DVD (I don’t recall the name but it had to do with juicing and how this guy reclaimed his health when he changed his lifestyle by juicing). He traveled the world sharing his story and reclaimed his health in the process! He lived in another country and actually came back to America to help another guy that he had met during his travel in the U.S.A. and told him that if he wanted his help, that he would help him. This guy eventually was ready to make lifestyle changes and asked for the juicing guy’s help. This juicing guy actually came back to America and took the time to walk him through the process and that impressed me. I thought, “How selfless to pause your life like that to help someone else.” I think God was setting me up for when I met Sonya!

Well getting back to meeting Sonya, I couldn’t say no and let her get through the best she could. I made a commitment to her that if she bought the Redesign Your Image Plan, I would walk beside her for 6 weeks to help her stay focused so she could gain the inner strength and help her gain the tools necessary to interrupt self-sabotaging behaviors and mindsets. I reason that if she made the commitment to purchase the product, than she was serious. She was serious! She not only bought Redesign your Image Plan, but she bought the cookbook, Journey to Success, and downloaded More Than a Conqueror: Regaining your willpower over food! Boy was she serious! But that motivated me to get back in there and do one-on-one coaching, one last time!

With our first phone session, she had a lot of anxiety, concerns, worries, self-doubt, “I’m afraid I might fail again,” and questions. As a matter of fact, it was like that for the next 3-4 phone sessions; praise be to God, by week five, I was talking to a different person. She had emotional stability. Her anxiety level was way down! She was talking, thinking and acting like a champion! She knew how to interrupt those sabotaging thoughts before she acted on them! She’s confident now that she’s going to successfully carve out that healthy lifestyle that she has long desired! I’m so proud of her because she put on her boxing gloves, got into the ring and began to throw punches and was hitting her targets! She was determined to win. She was not only determined to win for herself and her family, but she was determined to make the change because she wanted to give God the glory out of her life! She impressed me because it’s all about Christ and she got it! The great thing about working with Sonya is that she allowed the Holy Spirit free reign in this area. He spoke. She listened and acted. She didn’t try to do it without the help of God. I was there as a support system, but Sonya and the Holy Spirit did the work!

If you see yourself in Sonya’s story, my prayer is that you too will get into the boxing ring and fight for the person that you know you can be and allow God, the Holy Spirit into this area of your life.

I shared this story because, like the juicing guy, I won’t be selfish. If you are like Sonya and you are sincere and you need someone to walk with you for 6 weeks, than I will put my coaching hat back on just for you! You will need to purchase the Redesign your Image Plan before we begin and I highly recommend purchasing More Than a Conqueror: Regaining your willpower over food as a supplement. When Sonya and I reconnected to begin her sessions, she had not even looked at the Redesign your Image Plan! I’m thinking that she has done her homework out of the Plan and ready to go! She says, “Annie, I’m still stuck in the introduction of More Than a Conqueror! It’s ministering to me. (It’s one thing to write something and an entirely different thing when people tell you it’s helping them. I knew when I was writing More Than a Conqueror: Regaining your willpower over food that the Holy Spirit presence was there so I’m not surprised, but it’s good to hear!) So our first session was actually from the questions that she had regarding More Than a Conqueror and helping to bring clarity in that area! So again, I highly recommend More Than a Conqueror as a supplement to Redesign your Image Plan. FYI-I let the clients determine the mood of the phone sessions. We’re together for 6 weeks but we talk about what you want to talk about. What your challenges are and help you to problem solve. I’m here as a support to facilitate the conversation and to help you through your process so I let you tell me what we need to sort out! This offer is good until April 30th 2018 at 5 p.m!!! Contact me at or you can reach me via my contact page at if you want me to work closely with you for 6 weeks. We would meet once a week via phone at an agreed upon time up to one hour. Some sessions are longer than others, especially at the beginning. Feel free to read Sonya's testimony-just click on More Than a Conqueror under Shop Now.

Put on the New Nature

If you haven’t started listening to the bible teaching on Put on the New Nature, I encourage you to do so as they are there to help you break habits, break strongholds and remove hindrances so you can grow closer to God and gain the victory in areas of your life that are undisciplined. I started the bible teachings in response to the many download of my EBook More than a Conqueror: Regaining your willpower over food. My prayer is that you will be truly blessed as you listen. You can find the teachings on Healthy Living With Annie YouTube channel. You can search Put on the New Nature Annie Maiden-Gipson. That should work! If you missed the introduction and the other 2 teachings, I highly recommend that you go back and listen! Good spiritual food!

Healthy Living Support Group

On April 18, 2018 I will be facilitating a Healthy Living With Annie Support Group via conference call. If you are interested please contact me via my contact page on and indicate that you want to be a part of the support group so I can send you the call in information. The support group will meet every 3rd Wednesday at 4 p.m. If you need support in this area, you are more than welcomed! Hope you can join us! Because it’s more than about food, we take a biblical approach to everything!


Changing Mindsets. Changing Lives

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