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About Laura Fulford and Andy Foote

Laura Fulford, Founder and Co-author of the Stop Dieting for Life System.

Hi! I’m Laura Fulford, the Founder and Co-author of the Stop Dieting for Life System. I suspect we have a few things in common.

Whether you live in America or another Country, have you noticed how often we face the temptation to overindulge? Temptations of all kinds, not just food, are constant.  Have you ever felt overwhelmed and weary of fighting against it all the time? Have you ever gotten so sick of fighting you just quit? That was how I felt around 2003, the year I turned 40. I had been battling my weight since I was 6 years old. If there is a song lyric that describes me, perhaps it is “She took the long way home.” I spent far too many years embattled over my weight, my appearance, my purpose, my worth. The answer was always there, it just wasn’t the answer I wanted.

My experience with losing weight is a prodigal son type of journey. The pigpen where it landed me was miserable. I was rooting around in my love-hate relationship with food and my belief that being thin meant being worthy of love and acceptance. If lies were poop, I was in the manure factory. By 40 years old, I was starting to tire of the smell.

I had held out as long as I could for an answer I liked, on my terms with my idols intact. Praise the Lord for His patience. I am thankful for every miserable failure over every shiny new (false) hope. I wish I hadn’t fought so hard or so long against Him. But I did, and yet He welcomed me home when I finally gave in.

He is God, His word is true, His love is faithful. Like the prodigal son, I learned that He alone is more satisfying than life on my terms, in defiance of Him.

The Stop Dieting For Life Program exists partially because I’m a human laboratory of failed weight loss experiments. I have amassed quite a library of resources. I could write a book about the things you don’t need to waste your time doing. But instead, I decided to write about what to do. It starts with realizing that only the power of God in us is strong enough to defeat our strongholds. We can’t, but He can. And He will.

Along the way in this journey, I gathered some credentials, none of which compare to the power of God’s word. I graduated from Wake Forest University with a B.S. in Exercise Science.  I am a certified Life Coach and Wellness Coach. I have studied physiology, nutrition, cardiac rehabilitation, sports psychology, and exercise science.  If there is any value in these things, it is the heightened appreciation of God’s intricately beautiful design, and the humbling realization that it is always God that works and He graciously allows me to join Him, when I don’t try to take over.

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

Galatians 5:1

Who is this guy?  Please allow me to introduce my brother Andy Foote.

He is the Co-author of the Stop Dieting For Life System, and my partner in bringing the program to fruition. Andy is so many things at once, I hardly know where to start.

I have always said Andy is the most Christ-like human I know. He lives to serve others and has done so selflessly all his life. During his professional career as a Chemical Engineer, he stayed active in missions, and in ministry leadership in many organizations including Young Life, Kairos, Emmaus, and Chrysalis.

After he retired from Engineering, Andy entered full time ministry as a youth pastor for 5 years. In 2014 Andy joined the Stop Dieting For Life team as the Chief Operating Officer and Co-author.

If you have the privilege of knowing Andy, you know he is really smart.  Scary smart. He earned his B.E. in Chemical Engineering at Vanderbilt University. His keen cognitive agility (like the ability to balance chemical equations in his head) has come in handy many ways. During his 30 year career as a Chemical Engineer, Andy saw firsthand the kinds and amounts of chemical additives allowed in our food by FDA regulations. It it left a lasting impression. His own research of food quality and safety and has helped to reinforce our message about food: If God made it, it is good for food. If man has messed with it, proceed with caution. I am grateful that traces of Andy’s brain power are everywhere in the building of Stop Dieting For Life.

Andy knows God’s word intimately. All of the studies in the Stop Dieting For Life Program have been influenced by Andy’s deep sense of God’s Grace and His deep love for us. Many of the studies were authored by him personally. Andy’s love for and knowledge of the word of God is the biggest blessing of all that he brings to SDFL.

We are created by God for His purposes, to walk in the works that He created in advance for us to do.  When we examine your life from every angle – physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social and cultural, you will have all the tools you need to be the steward of your body, His temple, the way God intended for you to be.

It is my prayer that the answers I found in my struggle to overcome my battles with food and weight will be a source of blessing, inspiration, hope, and power for you as they have been for me.  Abundant Blessings!

Laura Fulford

Meet Laura Fulford

Laura Fulford is the Founder and Co-author of the Stop Dieting for Life System.  She graduated from Wake Forest University with a B.S. in Exercise Science.  Laura is a certified Life Coach and Wellness Coach. She battled her weight for nearly 4 decades before learning she was trying to solve the wrong problem with all the wrong solutions.

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