At one time I weighed 430 pounds.

It’s really true. My life was quite a mess.

Today, I’ve lost more than 260 pounds and kept it off for a number of years. Learn more about my journey – just click the button below…

Looking to Lose Weight & Gain Better Health?

Here’s Where to Start:

Remember, if God can help me lose 260 pounds, He can help you get through anything!

Get Inspired

Sweet Journey to Transformation

Practical Steps to Lose Weight and Live Healthy

Sweet Hunger

Developing an Appetite for God

Sweet Freedom

Losing Weight and Keeping it Off with God’s Help

Sweet Change

True Stories of Transformation

Sweet Grace

How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God’s Favor

Explore the Blog

Episode 21—Towards Peace

Episode 21—Towards Peace

With everyone in panic mode, peace seems like a forgotten commodity. We search for peace in so many things other than God. One of the biggest things we turn to is food. We find ourselves eating outside of the boundaries we’ve set for ourselves. We find ourselves stress eating.

In this episode, I talk about four things that will help you get back on track or stay on track with your healthy lifestyle change plan.

read more
Episode 20—Barb Raveling: Separating Truth from Lies

Episode 20—Barb Raveling: Separating Truth from Lies

This week on the podcast, I’m chatting with Barb Raveling all the way from Montana. We visit a lot of topics during our conversation, but the thing Barb is well known for is the concept of truth journaling. She teaches this as well as uses it to help people who want to lose weight renew their mind with truth instead of lies. She began using truth journaling as a way to help her get rid of anger, frustration and annoyance. It is a way to help us see what lies we believe and replace those lies with the truth. “After I was successful with overcoming annoyance,” she said, “I began to use truth journaling to gain control over my weight.

read more
Episode 19 – Rest Is Necessary

Episode 19 – Rest Is Necessary

Even God rested on the seventh day, so what makes you think you can get by without doing the same? The minute I heard those words I was convicted down to my toes. Indeed if the almighty God of the universe saw the necessity to rest what makes me think I can work seven days a week.

read more
Episode 18 – Be Still and Know God

Episode 18 – Be Still and Know God

In the midst of the hustle and bustle of our lives God wants to tap into who He is. It doesn’t take a lot of time and it isn’t about reading devotionals or Bible studies or giving Him our endless prayer lists. It’s about getting to know Him.

read more
Episode 17 – Are You a People Pleaser?

Episode 17 – Are You a People Pleaser?

People pleasers fall into the trap of thinking that they need to take care of others before taking care of themselves. This flows out of a well-meaning, but jaded way of looking at how we are to live the Christian life. The Great Commandment actually tells us to love and take care of our mental, emotional and physical self first so that we can love both God and others. We have to take care of our passions, our thoughts and our energy so we can love God with all that we are. Only then can we love others as we love ourselves.

read more
Episode 16 – The Breakup

Episode 16 – The Breakup

Do you feel like you’ll die if you have to stop eating sugar? I had a co-dependent relationship. That means I had an excessive emotional and psychological reliance on my partner, which was sugar. It was this relationship that became an addiction.

read more
Sugar Addiction and Cancer

Sugar Addiction and Cancer

On Valentine’s Day more than half of the consumers in the United States will spend a total of $1.8 billion on one thing. Know what it is? It’s something I never buy any more for anyone and something no one ever buys for me any more because they know it goes straight...

read more

About Me

Hi, I’m Teresa Shields Parker, Christian weight loss coach, author, editor and speaker. I’ve been writing since I was born or at least it feels that way. I do know I was born to write. However, it wasn’t until 2013 when I wrote my memoir, Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God’s Favor that I really felt I could legitimately don the moniker of author. It had been 60 years in the making.