Annie F. Downs
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Annie F. Downs is a bestselling author and nationally known speaker based in Nashville, Tennessee. Her most recent books include 100 Days to Brave, Looking for Lovely and Let’s All Be Brave. Read more at and follow her at @anniefdowns.

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  1. Isn’t it amazing how the mind and body work together? He is such an awesome creator! Keep going, I can’t wait to read how good you feel at the end of the challenge!

  2. Incredible. Love that translation of that verse. Beautiful. I’ll be stewing on it for awhile. Hope I get to see what’s left of you soon!

  3. Thank you so much for sharing! I have been struggling to get serious about losing weight for months. Wonderful motivation for me! May you be blessed continually in your efforts.

  4. Congrats, Annie! That’s so awesome. And I love that translation of Ephesians 4:22-24. What a powerful verse and how true it is! God has asked me to make some big changes to my own life in the past. When I was sick I used to beg him to heal me. One day I felt Him tell me, I can heal you but you have to want to be healthy. I stopped fighting my doctors after that and made the lifestyle changes they asked me to make… what a difference.
    What a difference a renewed life is! Congrats on all you’ve accomplished!

  5. I loved this post. I love the statement that everything connected with the old way of life has to go. I’m working on making that reality settle into my heart. Thanks for sharing and for the encouragement.

  6. Oh you are so beautiful and delicious and real – thank you for this wise reminder. Because we all have scales that tell us we don’t measure up. And it’s hard to make ourselves keep on keeping on.
    Thank you for the reminder on how to do so

  7. I couldn’t believe it. I’m 46 years old and the rude comment of a teenager totally blew my heart away. All he said was that I “was big”. Is that all he noticed about me? So here I sit sulking because he hurt my feelings. I know I’m bigger than I should be. So why haven’t I been successful. I think you hit the nail on the head when you said “I thought my mind was healthy and my body needed to catch up. But I was wrong.” So glad I “ran into” your blog today. You’ve given me the courage to try again, and this time I’ll work on my mind as much as my diet and exercise. Thanks for encouraging me. AND keep up the AWESOME work. You’re worth it!