Sharing our Successes…meet Libby!!!

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I cannot wait for y’all to read about this Success Story. Libby was a dear childhood friend that I grew up with. She’s now an international missionary and on a journey to steward her health well. Read and be inspired!!

Tell a little bit about yourself.
My name is Libby Green and I am 34 years old.  I am originally from Statesville, NC, but for
the last 16 years of my life I have been living all over the world!  Currently I live in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan in
Central Asia.  I call Kyrgyzstan my
home.  It has been here Daddy (God) has
been changing my life!  I am an “M”
(Missionary).  I work for my Heavenly
Daddy.  He is my boss! 
Your Story:
-How long have you been on this journey?
I have been on a journey for my entire life, but to really focus on
health it was August 2012. 

What was the turning point for you? (What made you decide it was time to get
healthy?)
I have struggled with weight issues all of my life, but they did not get
out of control until I was around 15 years old. 
At this time my hero (my grandfather) passed away and this really
affected my life.  I became lonely and
depressed and I took food for my comfort. 
Within a year I gained over 150 pounds. 
 My turning point really happened when I was visiting my friends in
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan and I got very sick and it took me almost 2 weeks to get
over it.  I was miserable!  I knew at this point that to come back to
Kyrgyzstan full time I had to get healthy. 
I went back to the states with a focus to do that.  I went gluten and sugar free, but it only
lasted until winter.  In January 2013 I
decided to visit a nutritionist that only works with organics and focuses on
your body’s needs.  I worked with Dr. Ley
for 6 months and during that time I started as much as possible to eat clean,
but I was still struggling to lose weight. 
During the 6 months I only lost 7.7 pounds. 

When I was approached about moving back to Kyrgyzstan last summer, the
first thing I said was I am not healthy enough. 
I really prayed and asked Daddy to lead me where He needed me!  He led me back to Kyrgyzstan and I felt like
He was saying, “trust me and I will help you do it FINALLY!”
In October Daddy blessed me with a local family to live with!  They are Russian and believe in clean eating,
NO SUGAR, NO WHITE ANYTHING, and no chemicals or preservatives.  They also believe in physical activity!  I was totally adopted in and within two
months I had already lost 35 pounds.  Now
I cannot ever eat sugar or anything with preservatives without getting very
sick!  My system took about 3 months to
total detox, but now these toxic substances make me very sick. 
Now, I am healthier and have more energy that I have ever had in my
life!  I still have about 100 more pounds
to lose but I know now I can do it!
Pounds/Inches lost?  I have
lost 99 pounds as of 3.30.2014.

Clothing size difference?  I was
a 28 and now I am a 16.

Any other medical stats that changed such as cholesterol, blood pressure,
blood sugar, etc.?
I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 19 years old.  I was also told at 22 I would never have
children.  At this time I have been
healed of the PCOS and I was told in March I could in fact have children!

What is your workout routine/schedule like?

I now workout at least 3 times a week with resistant bands.  Aerobics at least 3 times a week.  I also walk about 3 to 5 miles a day! 

What eating plan or food choices do you follow?
I eat clean.  I even use clean
homemade products such as soaps, shampoos, and toothpaste.
I also oil pull ever morning for 20 minutes and I drink 2 tablespoons of
Apple Cider Vinegar in 16oz of water every day. 
I also drink raw honey, lemon, and cinnamon tea everyday sometimes twice
a day.
Lastly, I drink about 2 to 3 liters of water a day or more depending on
activity.


What helped you the most on this journey to be successful?
I think giving up the white killers and chemicals help me a lot, but
another major help was a huge support system. 
The family I live with and my school family have cheered me on the
entire way.  The most important help has
come from Daddy.  He has held my hand the
entire time and I feel His grace everyday to push on.

-What words of advice do you have to give those who are ready to get started?
Do it!  Your life will never be the
same. 
What words of advice do you have for those who think they will never
be able to turn things around in regards to their health or that may be
discouraged?
Do it!  You have nothing to lose
and once you take the first step all the other ones get easier and easier!  When I stated in October I could not even
walk half a mile without wanted to stop, but now the sky is the limit!  I did have a hard time giving up the
addiction to sugar, but after two months there was no need for it in my
life.  Even my eczema cleared up. 

How do you make time for fitness/healthy eating in an already busy schedule?
One of the advantages of living in a post soviet country is life is
slower here.  Yes, my schedule for a
local family here is very full, but I find I have to make time.  If I don’t,  I feel terrible physically, spiritually, and
emotionally.  I try to spend 2 hours a
day really focusing on myself.  During
this time I am doing what I want to do…it can be exercising, reading, listing
to a message or music, walking in the park, watching a movie, so on and so on
(this time never revolves around food)! 
The next 22 hours of the day I allow Daddy to lead them.  Of course I also try to be in bed by 12am
every night!  I have also found that
sleep is very, very important to weight loss too! 
Any other info you would like to share?
Always remember to follow
Daddy!  He is the best in teaching us
what we need and do not need in our lives. 
When I was 32 years old I told Daddy, I want to move back to Kyrgyzstan!  I believe He said back to me, “I cannot use
you if you are not healthy!”  Now I am
striving to be as healthy as I can so HE can use me for His harvest fields. 
Now for her Before and After Pics. This photo was taken in December of 2012…
  
And here she is 99 pounds lighter:
WOW, huh?!?!??!
Libby is halfway around the world taking the Gospel to those that need it and she has made her personal health and fitness journey happen. She doesn’t make excuses, she is just persevering and making huge steps. So proud to know this amazing lady. 
 Here’s her prayer card in case anyone wants to know more about her ministry and her mission field:
I know that she would LOVE your prayers and she also would love any financial gifts you may feel led to send her way so that she can continue serving and reaching the people of Krygyzstan. 
Thanks for sharing your story with us, Libby! So proud to know you!

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