Brenda Lee’s birthday present in June 2015 ended up changing her life and opening new doors for ministry.

Her mother sent Brenda a check for her birthday. “She had told me to buy something for myself,” Lee of North Platte, Neb., recalled. “I used that money and joined Curves.” She chose the Curves Complete® program which includes the Curves Fitness® Program, customizable meal plans, and one-on-one coaching and support.

Brenda has always served at her husband Doug’s side in ministry in Western Nebraska. She also has a variety of ministries of her own.

But Brenda had struggled with her weight most of her life. She was overweight as a child. When she became an adult the pounds continued to add to her 5-foot-2-inch frame. The problem was compounded by two foot surgeries that limited her mobility.

When she joined Curves on June 22, 2015, Brenda weighed 346 pounds. But the pounds quickly started to come off as she carefully followed the Curves program.

The Curves’ nutrition plan uses diabetic exchanges and can be tracked with a smart-phone app. “It is a very simple plan to follow,” Lee said.

By combining exercise with the Curves’ nutrition plan, Brenda lost 100 pounds in the first six months. Two years after joining Curves she had lost 202 pounds.

Her weight loss has opened new doors for ministry. She is the “unofficial chaplain” at Curves in North Platte and leads seasonal Bible studies there Tuesday nights and Friday mornings. About 50 women have participated in her studies.

One of her most popular studies is “Be Free” by Gari Meachem which looks at the reasons for “disordered eating.” This study was so popular that Brenda will be teaching it again at Curves in January 2019.

On top of that Brenda was a Curves national award winner for healthy living transformation.

Participants in “renew,” the KNCSB women’s conference, have heard about Brenda’s weight-loss journey. She will be back at “renew” Sept. 14-15 at Webster Conference Center, Salina, Kan. This year her breakout session will focus on the emotional side of overeating.

Along with ministries that developed at Curves, God also opened the door for Brenda to serve as a chaplain at Great Plains Health in North Platte. She started in that role in January 2016.

As Brenda looks back on her weight-loss journey, she urges others to make the decision to improve their health.

“No adjustment in your life is too small,” she said. “It’s never too late to make adjustments in your life.”