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Youth pastor loses weight with determination and faith – WBIR



He had a life long struggle with his weight but made a decision five months ago to change his lifestyle to save his life.

It took determination and faith.

“I’ve dieted my whole life. I’ve gone up and down and up and down and up and down,” Tim Defendorf said.

He had developed diabetes.

His wife Rachel, the mother of his three boys, hoped he would decide to lose weight.

“I didn’t want to be a nagging wife or tell him you shouldn’t eat this you shouldn’t eat that. He’s a grown man and he can take care of himself,” Rachel Defendorf said.

Tim went to a doctor in late January.

“He said really you’re in a position right now in your life you’re at the point where you’re going to lose 30 years of your life if you don’t take care of your situation right now,” Tim said.

That hit him hard.

A friend encouraged him to commit eight weeks to losing weight.

“I’ve gone 36 years and have eaten like an idiot. I can take 8 weeks and discipline myself and start walking and taking better care of myself,” Tim said.

He’s stuck with it 21 weeks.

No gimmicks.

“No breads, no processed food, no fried food and just cut back on calories and start walking,” he said.

It is a journey he has not taken alone.

Tim Defendorf is the Youth Pastor at Redemption Church in Knoxville.

He found inspiration from Philippines 4:13.

“It says I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength,” he said.

Tim said, “I gave it to God and I said God I need your help on this. And really the grace of God helped me overcome, helped me be self-controlled.”

Tim’s been losing weight while Rachel’s’ been gaining weight. She’s 9 months pregnant with their fourth child, their first daughter.

“I want to be able to walk my little girl down the aisle. I want to be able to see my kids grow up and be with my wife and all my friends and continue to do what God has me to do,” Tim said.

About three months into it he checked back in with his doctor.

“He said you have zero signs of diabetes,” Tim recalled.

The weight keeps coming off. He’s lost 60 pounds so far and he wants to drop another 30 pounds.

“(Size) 48 pants to now it’s time to buy 36 pants. And just seeing all that transformation it’s like when was the last time you wore 36 pants and I said seriously it was in the 8th grade,” he said.

Rachel said, “I’m very proud of him. I’m very thankful that he’s done this for us as well because it’s been a big prayer for me.”

Tim said, “This has not become an 8 week deal. This has become a lifetime deal.”

A lifetime deal to enjoy his faith, his friends, and his growing family.

Rachel and Tim just welcomed their baby girl into the world Thursday afternoon. Kinley Clair is a healthy 6 pounds 9 ounces.

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