No one else will say it, so I’m going to. Get your butt in Sweet Change Group and do it now! If you are serious about weight loss and have tried all the various diet programs, plans, shakes, pills, quick and easy fixes out there, but are no different, you must do this!I know all about it. You don’t like accountability groups because they hold your feet to the fire. You don’t like mentors because they ask tough questions. As a matter of fact, you don’t even ask God about it because you know He’s going to suggest some kind of action you’re not sure you can handle.
Hey, I was once there. I know what I’m talking about.
I am a person who prides herself on honesty and truth. Still, when asked a direct question, I wanted to lie. My truth siren would sound every time I even thought about it. It kind of made me mad. I knew some of the others weren’t telling the truth.
Why couldn’t I get by with it? The thing I learned after being in groups for a while is those who didn’t tell the truth, didn’t get results. It’s in facing the truth, that we move forward.
You might remember this statement the ultimate mentor said. “The truth will set you free.”1
If you are in denial and not facing the truth, you will stay where you are.
Denial is used as a defense mechanism when we don’t want to face the truth that something has occurred, is occurring or is likely to occur. Just like a drug addict or an alcoholic, for many years I was in denial that I had a problem for which I needed help.
By help, I mean submitting to a mentor, an accountability group and to God’s direction. I wanted a solution that would let me continue to eat everything in site and lose weight.
Even when I first started attending an accountability group I told myself I was doing it to help others. See how denial works? At least it got me to the group. God used the accountability group and the mentor to move me forward, to make decisions I would have never thought of making on my own. My mentor asked simple questions which were really hard for me to answer.
For the first time I faced my gigantic problem head on, accepting fully where I was and where I wanted to go. Without the group and the help, I would still be in denial.
I’ve had countless emails and private messages sent to me with long descriptions of individual journeys. They ask me advice, for prayer and for me to tell them how they can get motivation and exactly how they can lose weight.
Every person I have answered, I have done a huge disservice. It’s a bit like giving a homeless man a dime when he is dying of hunger. He doesn’t just need a meal, he needs to learn how to manage his life so he can live. He needs an investment of time, mentoring, accountability and teaching.
So I wrote Sweet Grace, a book about my journey. Then I wrote Sweet Grace Study Guide to help apply what the memoir shares. Both of these help. Some people can get what they need just by reading the book. Others by reading and then doing the study guide questions and activities.
I’ve always known, though, there is more. For the individual who is in a similar situation I was, there is a need for someone to walk along on the journey. They need a group of friends with similar problems to reach out to and walk with. They need a coaching and accountability group. Without it, they will fail as they have every other time.
As you can imagine, I’m busy. My life is full to overflowing. Every day is packed from early morning to early morning. I sleep and eat only because it is required to be healthy. I know how time consuming coaching and accountability are. I know how difficult the technical aspects are of running a group, managing payments, adding, deleting, monitoring, answering emails. I get overwhelmed just thinking of the logistics.
Still, I see you. I see your misery. I see your pain. I feel it because I was once there.
I am answering the call of God to start Sweet Change Weight Loss Coaching & Accountability Group. It is my commitment to share what I have learned with you. I will be better at it than my mentor because I have been where many of you are right now. I know your excuses, your pain and your ache to be made new.
So, without any holds barred, I’m saying to you what I’ve wanted to say to so many, “Get your butt in this group.”
It doesn’t matter what it costs. You will save money just on what you eat alone and probably on doctor’s bills. Healthy people don’t see physicians as much as sick people.
If you are more than 50 pounds overweight, you need an intervention. Give yourself one before an emergency room staff has to.
Get your butt in this group, now. Go HERE to access information about Sweet Change Weight Loss Coaching & Accountability Group. See you in the group.
Teresa Shields Parker is a wife, mother, business owner, speaker and author. She has lost more than 250 pounds and assists others on their journey through Sweet Change Weight Loss Coaching & Accountability Group, a new take on living healthy through a total renovation of body, soul and spirit. She chronicles her journey in the memoir, Sweet Grace, and the practical application workbook, Sweet Grace Study Guide. Get a free chapter of her memoir at Teresa Shields Parker.com. Connect with her there or on her Facebook page.