Success Stories

Amy Pelletier

Amy Pelletier

Are you thinking, “This is too hard for me and how will I ever lose so much weight?”  You are not alone! I have an ultimate goal to lose one-half of my body weight. This is a very large number and I have a long way to go, but I know that God is carrying me even when it seems too hard. If I really think about it and add up all the pounds I have lost in the past only to put them back on, I have probably lost more than I actually need to lose and keep off! I lost 10 pounds on a diet my mom and I did when I was a teen and I gained it all back. As prom was approaching, I did Slim Fast and lost 20 lbs. to look good in my gown and then gained it all back plus more. There

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Amy Gray

Amy Gray

I couldn’t resolve to exercise. Even through continual pleading prayers that God would make me go, make me want to exercise, motivate me or push me, it never worked. I hated the idea of exercise. To this day, the words of my gymnastics coach continue to play like a tape in my head. He said, “You’re getting too fat to spot over the vault.” I was seven. For as long as I can remember, I’ve struggled with low self-esteem and a terrible body image. Maybe it was the words of that gym coach, or it was a product of my upbringing, or maybe I was just born with a negative self-image. Regardless, my weight has been a central focus of my life for over 25 years. I grew up under the very watchful eyes of my parents. I knew I couldn’t “get away” with anything – especially when it came

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Alice LaPlaca

Alice LaPlaca

“Before FP4H, I was used to eating seconds (and sometimes thirds!), plus I would eat off my girls’ plates and also my husband’s. I couldn’t stand for good food to go to waste and it wound up on my WAIST!” Although some people tell me now that I didn’t need to lose the weight, I knew in my heart that I did.  At 5′ 9″, I could sometimes hide the extra weight, but the big mirror in my master bathroom never lied.  Six months ago, I was 50 pounds heavier than when I first met my husband in 1990, and being a former beauty pageant queen, I often wondered if people were secretly thinking, “Does she know she’s gained all that weight?” I knew I wanted and needed to take the weight off, but I just kept telling myself that at 48 years old I would just have to settle

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Abby Meloy

Abby Meloy

“Food was my comfort from the stress,” says Abby. I am a truly thankful person for the First Place program. As a pastor’s wife who had stayed at the 200-pound (and over) mark for seven years, I can now say that I am 135 pounds, a size 8, and I have maintained that for a year and a half. In the beginning, I did not want to try First Place. I did not want to weigh my food or take the time to learn the measurements, but since the ladies in my church wanted the program, and since I was a size 18/20, I thought I’d give it a shot. After my first session, I was 27 pounds lighter and I had new insights on the fact that my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. It took me 9 months and 3 sessions to lose 74 pounds. My

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