Fresh Wind, Fresh Desire Small Group Coaching

We are studying Fresh Wind Fresh Desire, published by RLM Publishing, a fresh presentation of the timeless truth of Thin Within principles.

Registration is currently closed, but you can join the waitlist to get notified the next time we run the small group coaching program.


  • Do you find yourself looking to food rules to transform you?

  • Have you found yourself bowing to the bathroom scale, allowing it to define your mood, your day, your life?
  • Have you, like many of us, grown weary of being on the dieting treadmill?

  • Have you spent more of your day concerned with, thinking about, focusing on your weight, food, and exercise than about the condition of your spirit?
  • Is what you have truly a weight problem? Or is it possibly a stronghold problem? 


Dieting vs. Thin Within

What is the cost?

Ten Weeks of Group Coaching for: $350

(Payment plans also available: $180 x 2 Months OR $125 x 3 Months)


You receive:

  • Long term value in learning and practicing using mind renewal tools
  • Unlimited access to the curriculum long after you complete the coaching group!
    (Be refreshed or use it to renew your mind!)

  • Additional input, feedback, questions and answers in real time by two coaches.
    Not one, but two! :-D

  • You will want to make different choices in the long haul!
  • You will save any money you spend on this program in food you won't be buying anymore!

Investing your time will bear fruit not just in your eating and attitude towards food and your body, but also in your character as you begin to apply the tools and principles you learn to other aspects of your life. Many participants find that what we teach in our coaching groups actually helps them in business, finances, or in overcoming intimidation with a difficult employer or family member. The rewards are plentiful!

Yes, but does it work?

will you lose weight?...WE did!

Here are some video bytes from testimonials from current coaching group participants.

To see the video testimony in it’s entirety, please continue down the page.

What do you get

when you join the

Thin Within Small Group

Coaching Program?

  • Daily (or, sometimes, hourly, if needed) support in our "secret" Facebook group (privacy is protected)
  • 10 weeks, 24-lesson curriculum with videos, audios, and workbook lessons all downloadable at the Thin Within Academy.
  • Weekly live group coaching calls with a small group (no more than 10) that will encourage you on your journey as you do for them on theirs.
  • Accountability, tips, tricks for those who want peace with their eating and with their body - at the level YOU need it!
  • Facebook connection throughout each week. (We do require membership in our Facebook group so you can receive assignments and announcements).
  • New "Porch Chat" and "Heart 2 Heart" videos created by the coaches each week and uploaded to our Facebook groups. These short videos are usually inspired by topics and needs that surface during our coaching calls.
  • Unlimited continued access for a year to Fresh Wind, Fresh Desire (the curriculum that we are using) at the Thin Within Academy, even beyond our session.
  • Prayer requests and prayers, sharing together of prayers, praises, gratitude given to God.

    The "Game-Changer" for you might be our Thin Within small coaching group!

    • Would you like to...


      • Be supported by not one, not even two, but THREE, coaches and a small group of supportive, like-minded women?

      • Be a healthy size and sustain it long-term?


      • Eat and enjoy a broad variety of normal foods?


      • Experience peace with food, eating, and your body?


      • Gain freedom from fear of gaining weight or not losing?


      • Be equipped with tools to experience transformation of your thinking, beliefs, and actions?... and weight?

      • Experience the abundant life Jesus promises He came to give us?

      • Integrate your faith with a most vital aspect of life?


      • Develop meaningful relationships with others that will continue long after our coaching group session is over?

      • Dive deep into bible study and learn strategies for building your intimacy with Christ that results in actually wanting to eat differently?

      God never intended for food to torment you, but to be a wonderful, delightful gift of His provision!


    What can you expect in the Thin Within Small Group Coaching Program?

    • Download and print Fresh Wind, Fresh Desire, Renewed Life Mentoring’s curriculum to support you as you continue your Thin Within journey.
    • Begin each of 10 weeks with a short video (or two) that will preview our focus for the week.
    • Build intimacy with a small community and with the God of the Universe in our small, private Facebook group, including three coaches and 6 to 8 other participants who walk with you on your journey for 10 weeks, and very likely beyond.
    • Share prayer requests and know you are being covered in prayer even as you pray for others.
    • Special surprises will be uploaded to our Facebook group by your coaches each week. These include videos that we create just for you and your group members.
    • Struggling with a potential difficult event? Wondering how to navigate the waters of a wedding celebration or an upcoming holiday? You can ask your group members and coaches about it in our secret and private Facebook group.
    • Wrap up the week with a coaching group conference call. You will get to interact with your coaches and group members in real time, brainstorming, strategizing and benefiting from the experiences of your fellows.
    • Even after the 10 week session has concluded, you will maintain extended access to Fresh Wind Fresh Desire, including all the videos and audios at the Thin Within Academy.

    Our curriculum includes:

    • Learning how to release extra weight and to be a natural God-given size by eating NORMAL food. No diet foods or off-limits lists.
    • Tuning in to your physical signals of hunger and satisfaction.
    • Developing a comprehensive view of our God through bible study and praise.
    • Freeing ourselves from the tyranny of the bathroom scale and leaning, instead, on the God-ordained hunger scale.
    • Finding a SANE approach to exercise! Joyful and worshipful!
    • Breaking free from the guilt/shame cycle.
    • Shifting our view of "Success".

    “Fresh Wind Fresh Desire” continues the same time-tested techniques you have learned in the Thin Within program. Those who subscribe to the Thin Within approach value it’s non-diet mindful eating strategies to release extra weight and to sustain that loss. We encourage eating “normal” food between the parameters of physical hunger and physical satisfaction. It doesn’t take much food and, by eating less of the foods we love, we are able to release extra weight!  It sounds so simple and really IS simple. We agree that it isn't easy, but it is SIMPLE.


    Heidi Bylsma, our Lead Coach, and Christina Motley, our Co-Lead Coach (pictured to the right), are veterans and coaches for Thin Within. They, along with assistant coach Kelly Tull, (pictured below) invite you to join them for an intimate 10-week journey of the heart and mind this Fall. There will be no more than a total of 8 participants in each coaching group. Heidi, Christina and Kelly will lead all groups through the study of Fresh Wind, Fresh Desire.

    Who's leading these groups?

    Meet Heidi Bylsma


    On this journey since 1999, Heidi released 100 pounds in under a year using the Thin Within principles. After remaining a healthy size for 7 years, during a challenging season, Heidi reverted back to old habits and behaviors. Desperate to experience the blessing of transformation that only God can perform, Heidi has discovered renewed joy in her walk with God and weight-release journey as she renews her mind with gusto once again!

    Meet Christina Motley


    As one of Heidi's one-on-one coaching clients in spring of 2014, Christina Motley was already a veteran of Thin Within. She nevertheless experienced challenges and struggles with consistency. It wasn't until she began to diligently renew her mind that she experienced the transformation that God alone can accomplish! Christina has been one of our coaches since we *began* the coaching groups. She is a DYNAMITE addition to our coaching program!

    Our Assistant Coach


    Kelly has led many Thin Within Facebook classes going through the Rebuilding God’s Temple workbook series.



    Available to all coaching
    group participants:

    Thin Within Coaching Groups use our newest curriculum: Fresh Wind, Fresh Desire.

    Access is available for you at the Thin Within Academy and is included in the coaching price. Where else will you get four enthusiastic Thin Within coaches, a great 24-lesson curriculum, 10 weekly coaching calls and 7 other participants to brainstorm, support and pray for you on this journey?!


    Coaching groups are the most effective means to experience transformation. More than the large Thin Within workbook classes, more than the one-on-one coaching with Heidi. These small groups offer accountability, prayer, support, and tons of encouragement! Can you see yourself being a part? WE can!

    Coaching Group Options

    • Secure your spot for September, now!
      There are only 3 group coaching sessions each year.
      We will be closing Fall 2019 session registration on September 6th or sooner--when all our groups are full

    RIGHT NOW is the time to get in a coaching group to establish a rhythm, flow, and results (!) as we fly toward Fall!

    When you register for the Thin Within Group Coaching Session, you'll have the opportunity to select the best group call time to fit your lifestyle.


    The coaching group calls happen each week at the same time for all the members of your group, so when you register, please select from the chart below the day and time you are available weekly between the week of September 9th and the week of November 18th.




             Pacific Time           Mountain Time           Central Time              Eastern Time     




    Tuesday AM Group


    7am 8am 9am 10am


    Tuesday PM Group


    3:30pm 4:30pm 5:30pm 6:30pm


    Wednesday Group

    3:30pm 4:30pm 5:30pm 6:30pm


    Thursday AM Group


    7am 8am 9am 10am


    Thursday PM Group


    3:30pm 4:30pm 5:30pm 6:30pm


    If none of these days of the week and times work for you and it is keeping you from signing up, please let us know which day and time works best for your schedule. Please include your time zone. We will let you know if we add an additional group at the time(s) you request.

    Registration is currently closed, but you can join the waitlist to get notified the next time we run the small group coaching program.

    • Small Group Support

      A small intimate group of like-minded lovers of Jesus who are on this journey with you and understand the ups and downs, ins and outs and the sideways of this journey!

    • Weekly Conference Calls

      Each week be blessed in an hour-long, real-time, live conference calls with your small group members and two Thin Within coaches.

    • Video, Audio, and Written Curriculum

      Fresh Wind, Fresh Desire is a new curriculum that has been under development for 4 years! It is ready now to be a guide and support, as well as a manual to refer to again and again.


    Have you wondered why common sense tells us that diets don't work for lasting weight loss?

    The Bible tells us that we are transformed:

    • Not by our lists of "good foods" and "bad foods"

    • Not by counting points, calories, blocks, grams or something else.

    • Not by following food and exercise rules

      • Not by keeping our eating boundaries

        What  *does* the Bible say?

        The Bible tells us that we are transformed... the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2)

        •  Accountability and support within the group are a vital part of these coaching groups. You will be a co-coach in a very real way! When you sign up, you are opting to bring all your insights to the others in the group, too. Don’t worry…We all have something to share, even if it is what we have discovered about what *doesn’t* work! :-)
        • Enjoy the enthusiasm and experience of two coaches for this more intimate journey.
        • FWFD (Fresh Wind Fresh Desire) includes 24 lessons as well as corresponding videos and audios. We throw out the stops and teach in detail how to use the a plethora of tools to renew your mind as you continue your Thin Within journey. This is the GAME-CHANGER, causing us to “think God’s thoughts after him.”
        • The curriculum and coaching groups are where Christina and Heidi bring all their years of experience in Thin Within to you in a concentrated 10-week dosage!
        • We share the lessons we learned the hard way. 
        • You will be empowered to experience the blessing of  experienced sojourners. 
        • Fewer stops and stumbles happen for you on this journey as you learn from your coaches' mistakes! :-)
        • Interact with the others in your group in hour-long weekly group conference calls (accessible with a computer or phone)
        • Experience meaningful exchanges and discussion with your fellow group members and your TWO coaches (Heidi and Christina or Kelly) via Facebook Secret Group.
        • In-between our weekly group conference coaching calls, we share assignments, victories, etc., in our Facebook group.
        • We begin the week of September 9th, 2019 and will end the week of November 18th, 2019.

        Registration is currently closed, but you can join the waitlist to get notified the next time we run the small group coaching program.

        God promises…

        “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Romans 12:2).

        We want to do whatever that means as our transformation hinges on it!


        Even during these 10 weeks, if you “buy in,” giving everything you have, you will experience weight loss.

        This IS it! The start of the *real* deal!


        If you:

        • the exercises in FWFD
        • ...participate with your small intimate community of like-minded people with similar hopes, desires, and dreams
        • ...engage with the material
        • ...renew your mind

        You will:

        • experience transformation from the inside out
        • deepen your spiritual life and connection to God
        • go on vacations and trips and celebrate holidays without dread that you will gain weight
        • go beyond the band-aid approach to the cause of the struggle we've had for years
        • never diet again!

        God promises…

        “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Romans 12:2).

        We want to do whatever that means as our transformation hinges on it!


        Even during these 10 weeks, if you “buy in,” giving everything you have, you will experience weight loss.

        This IS it! The start of the *real* deal!


        If you:

        • the exercises in FWFD
        • ...participate with your small intimate community of like-minded people with similar hopes, desires, and dreams
        • ...engage with the material
        • ...renew your mind

        You will:

        • experience transformation from the inside out
        • deepen your spiritual life and connection to God
        • go on vacations and trips and celebrate holidays without dread that you will gain weight
        • go beyond the band-aid approach to the cause of the struggle we've had for years
        • never diet again!

        If you are on the fence about joining one of Heidi and Christina’s small coaching groups, please listen up!!!  I was in their very first session, and loved it so much I continued on with the second session!!! I am thriving in the safe and loving “nest” they have created to help us “baby birds” (my term, not theirs) grow and learn to FLY!!! I love the fellowship, and the grace-based accountability is *exactly* what I need to help me “walk in the light” in this soooo-difficult area that I have been struggling with for *years,* and that I have preferred hiding and staying in the dark in.  Through the wisdom and gracious, loving leadership of Heidi and Christina (and the others in the group, too!), my thinking is getting transformed and my heart healed! (Plus ~ bonus! ~ I have lost 23 pounds!) So I want to gently ~ but loudly ~ beckon you to hop OFF that fence and join us in the fragrant, green “small coaching group” pasture!!! IT IS WORTH EVERY PENNY!!!!!!!!!


        I've been taking Thin Within classes for at least 15 years, done all the workbooks and even led a couple of groups.  This latest curriculum, Fresh Fire, Fresh Desire is excellent, and I have found it to be very deep, challenging and motivating.  I love the movement towards maturity and getting to Phase Two, the discernment phase. The tools I have learned have been life-changing, and will continue to be so long after this coaching session has ended.  I've especially enoyed the videos that accompany the curriculem as well as the Facebook porch chats and Heart 2 Hearts.  Being able to talk to my fellow group members on the phone once a week was so encouraging as we shared victories as well as struggles.  This coaching experience has moved me forward on my path to weight loss and has revitalized my relationship with God. I highly recommend it!


        My coaching group experience was awesome! You feel much more of a sense of camaraderie with fellow Thin Within sisters when in a coaching group, and that carries over into feeling that way about people not even in the coaching group, but those that I come across on Think Thin Within (the Facebook Group) or just the regular discussion group. Getting to know each other and have even closer contact with Christina and Heidi is awesome! I love the videos they do for the groups. A great renewing of the mind method is to get one of their videos and listen to it or watch it whenever you’d like. The weekly phone calls are great, because they get everyone talking together and sharing. 


        My favorite thing about our coaching group was the special time with our coaches. These wonderful Christian women offered Godly love and encouragement that touched my life in a personal way. I loved getting to know more about my TW hero, Heidi;  and Christina’s porch chats were like having Christian counseling on a warm, cozy retreat. I’ll Miss Them❤️


        After being a Thin Within participant for just over two years, I found myself stuck. I’d been doing quite well, but was a derailed by some health issues. I was floundering around a bit trying to get back the place where I’d been more successful. When I read that Coaching Groups were coming up, I knew it was something I wanted to try. Going through the new material in Fresh Wind, Fresh Desire I felt it  dove even deeper into the heart of Thin Within, mind renewal. Through the Coaching Group and FWFD, I learned how valuable mind renewal is and how much less I struggle when consistently renewing my mind. For me, I’ve learned that I need some good old fashioned one-on-one time with God, but I also need some quick, on the fly time with Him right before each meal. I also learned tools for bigger events where food is a big temptation. In the group we discussed numerous ways of mind renewal that I’ve found to be highly beneficial. I got unstuck with my weight loss too. In those 10 weeks, I released 13 pounds and though I don’t weigh often, I’m still releasing weight. Being in a Coaching Group was very beneficial. While it was fun, I also developed friendships that I cherish. It was a group where I could share my struggles and victories, knowing each person was there to help pray me forward. Heidi and Christina while being fun and encouraging, also brought up things to really think about, not just about weight loss, but things that helped improve my walk with God and brought about a heart change that I will continue to carry with me through this journey of weight loss and life.