Why Can’t I Stop Eating? That was the question I asked myself when I weighed 430 pounds. I felt like I was a slave to my cravings and desires! Today, I’ve lost over 250 pounds with God’s help and I feel better than I have since, well forever ago. Praise God, breakthrough is possible!

before and after pix of woman who lost 250 pounds

Left, Teresa Shields Parker at 430 pounds. Right, Teresa after losing 250 pounds.

My Life Was A Mess

I was super morbidly obese for a lot of my adult years. I was a wife, mom, foster mom and regional Christian newspaper editor and publisher, but my life was a mess. It was a struggle just to get through each day.

So, I get it. I know how hard it is to be in bondage to sugar, junk foods, highly processed carbohydrate-laden foods. Along with that comes overwhelming self-doubt, shame, failure and years of heartache.

I’ve been there and it is exhausting. I know exactly how you feel, but I’ve got good news. You don’t have to live in that place. There is healing, freedom and transformation available for you! I know because if it was there for me, it is certainly there for you.

It would be my honor and privilege to coach you and teach you how to get victory over your burdensome weight issues. I developed Overcomers Christian Weight Loss Academy to help you overcome habits that have kept you stuck, ditch your cravings and turn your dreams to look better, feel better and live better into reality.

The Questions

I created the Overcomers Academy to help Christian women, just like you, finally get to the bottom of hard questions like: Why is it that I know what to do, but can’t seem to do it? Why do I crave food constantly? Why does even the thought of being without food make me want to eat all the more? Why do I feel like I am in bondage to sugar, breads, potatoes and starchy foods? How can I stop eating my emotions? How do I fix the mess I feel I’ve made of my life?

The answers aren’t found in any diet. The answers are found in discovering the obstacles that have been holding us back from surrendering our food issues completely to God. It all begins when we learn how to establish a firm foundation where we allow God to lead us on this journey.

Weight loss is not an outside job. It is an inside job. Romans 12:2 MSG tells us, “Fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out.” So that’s where we are start. We delve into the sticky wicket of why we eat and what we can do to stop the habits that are slowly stealing our very lives.

Breakthrough Course

In this session of Overcomers Academy, we will be going through Journey to Transformation. This is the course I developed by dissecting my own journey into five stages of weight loss. There are several lessons in each stage. I call it my breakthrough course because it is designed to take you from simply acknowledging you have a problem to overcoming that problem with God’s help.

In this step-by-step course we go over everything from how to commit to doing things God’s way, accepting we have a problem, loving and taking care of ourselves, trusting God, dreaming with God and establishing our why.

We move from there to identifying and owning our issue, surrendering the issue to God, developing our very own individualized lifestyle change plant, learning how to have lasting habit change, dealing with emotional roots and obstacles holding us back and discovering who we really are and what destiny God has in mind for us.

Overcomers Academy also includes 25 course and 200 video lessons for members to access at any time, a private Facebook group for guidance and suggested weekly lessons to go through courses along with other Academy members, ongoing encouragement, support and guidance from one who has been there and understands the pitfalls, as well as a live ​monthly question and answer ​call where I answer ​​any questions members may have.

Weight Loss

Here’s what a few Overcomers Academy have to say about their experiences.

Dawn Wisdom Kinstley, New Braunfels, TX said, “I was diagnosed with diabetes about 18 months ago. I did not take medication. Instead I got serious about lifestyle change. I have quit lying to myself and started taking care of me. In the process, I’ve lost 68 pounds. My diabetes is gone and my A1C was 5.1 for my latest lab. I am off blood pressure medication and currently take no medication! Teresa’s coaching has literally been a lifesaver!”

Food addiction has been the big issue for Rhonda Burrows of Palestine, TX. A trained addiction counselor who has been sober from alcohol for many years, after coming into our group she finally saw the connection between food and addiction. She’s lost over 50 pounds off of her 4’11” frame. You can listen to her podcast episode here or watch a short video featuring her on the Overcomers page.

Michelle Moore, Columbia, Mo added, “After a divorce I began having weight issues. Now three years later, thanks to being in Teresa’s courses and coaching groups, I have lost 93 pounds, regularly do weight-lifting and am married to a new God-given blessing of a husband! Learning to forgive deep-seated hurts in my life helped me go forward to lose weight and begin to trust and love again. I’m thankful for the inner healing I received from Teresa and her course.”

Going Deeper With God

For Kiewanie Clar of Sonoma, CA, Overcomers is all about surrendering to God’s will. She has had obstacles to overcome, but working on her mindset, emotional eating issues and her relationship with God helped her to finally begin her weight loss journey. She’s lost 30 pounds. You can listen to her complete story on the podcast episode here or see a video excerpts on the Overcomers page.

Jay Lee of Spokane, WA, explained, ​”My husband and I have been missionaries overseas for 47 years in a closed country. I’m 72 years old and have been overweight or obese most of my life. I joined Teresa’s group and have lost 76 pounds! I’m the lowest weight I’ve been in my entire adult life. I even wore a pair of jeans for the first time in forever! More than that I now have the tools necessary and the community behind me so that I can keep the weight off.”

SundiJo Graham of Belle, MO has lost 145 pounds. She lost her weight by not dieting. As an Overcomers Academy member she knows the value of being in a group with a coach and others on the journey with her. “Sometimes you just need people to hold your hands up because you’re just too dang tired to do it. That’s the value of a group and a coach.” You can listen to her podcast episode here or watch a short video featuring her on the Overcomers page.


If you haven’t figured it out yet, I believe Overcomers Academy is the program you’ve been looking for. However, commitment to the process is an integral part. So when you join, come committed. Don’t come just to look and leave.

I can’t tell you how many programs I quit due to lack of commitment. I know I quit them right when I was ready to get a breakthrough. Make this a gift to yourself, an investment in becoming the person you’ve always imagined. Like Kieawnie said, “It truly is a gift that keeps on giving.”

This group is designed to get you through the middle of your journey where most people get stuck and quit. I know if you stay with the process, you will get your breakthrough. It won’t come magically, but it will come with dedication and perseverance.

It’s Time

Overcomers Academy is a monthly subscription group. You can stay as long as you like at the current price even if we raise it. You can also leave whenever you want, but come to stay. Come committed and give this journey everything you’ve got. No waffling. You are done with that. You owe it to yourself to give this all you’ve got.

​It’s time. Join us now. Doors close at noon CT on Friday, Feb. 7.

Go here: https://TeresaShieldsParker.com/Overcomers-Christian-weight-loss-academy/.

The first lesson in Journey to Transformation is already posted. I will see you in the group!




Teresa Shields Parker
Teresa Shields Parker is a Christian weight loss author, coach and speaker, who has lost more than 250 pounds. Her book, "Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God's Favor", is the number 1 Christian Weight Loss Memoir on Amazon. Her other books include: "Sweet Journey to Transformation: Practical Steps to Lose Weight and Live Healthy", "Sweet Freedom: Losing Weight and Keeping It Off With God's Help", "Sweet Change: True Stories of Transformation" and "Sweet Hunger: Developing an Appetite for God".

She also offers Overcomers Christian Weight Loss Academy and VIP one-on-one coaching program, both available under the weight loss tab. To book Teresa for your next event, check the Speaking tab on her website. Also check out her blog and Sweet Grace for Your Journey podcast under the tabs by those names.