I thought we were good together and then you do this to me. You seemed to be there every time I needed you. I thought you made my life better and that we were the perfect team.

You listened when I cried and just your tangible presence comforted me in a way I thought none other could. But you made me feel better if only for a few minute and that’s all I cared about at the time.


You were my companion in the good time and bad. If I was lonely you were right there with me. It didn’t matter that I didn’t know who to call because you were there. You soothed the pain of the loneliness.

When I was tired, you were the one that give me the pick me up. You made me feel like I had energy to go on even if for just a few more minutes. I just knew life was better with you.

When I was ready to blow my top, you were there soothing me and just one whiff of you and I knew all my problems were gone. You calmed me and made the anger go away and if it came back, you were there to help me again. You always did your job.

Stress would overwhelm me and I would run straight to you. You were the best at making me forget about everything I had to do and just focus on my needs and wants in the moment. You seemed to take care of them all.


You protected me to make sure no men would not get close and take advantage of me. I knew with you by my side I was always safe because you padded the distance between me and danger.

I never had to field off those who wanted to take advantage of me. You made them go away and leave me alone.

Even in good times, you made everything better. Just one look at you and I knew soon I would be satisfied, even if it was only for a short time. You made everything worth it.

You helped me celebrate when I had worked long hours and no one noticed or when I met a self-imposed deadline and wanted to reward myself. You were always my first choice.


Now I learn with all we’ve been through you have not had my best interests at heart. You have been deceiving me. As a matter of fact, you had planned a course for my demise, destruction and even eventual death.

Why would you do that to me? What did I ever do to you? You were my everything. My comforter, companion, protector, lover and friend.

I heard the doctor. I know you’ve been trying to kill me. And for once I look at you and do not want you in my life any more.

Because you see, for once, I’m choosing life. I’m deciding that I’m more than a cookie or a piece of my favorite cake. I’m worth more than the best ice cream I can buy and the most decadent brownie ever made.


So this is it. We’ve had a long journey together and it’s been downhill all the way. You no longer are in control of me.

All my life, you’ve been slowly destroying me and I have been letting you.

You are not a comfort. You make me extremely uncomfortable.

You are no friend. You seek to harm me.

You do not help me have energy. You spike my energy for a minute and then I crash and burn.

You do not give me peace when I am angry. You only help me stuff my anger to the point that impacts every part of my life.

You do not relieve my stress. You add pounds to my body which increases my stress and taxes my heart.

You do not protect me. You are the one thing that is systematically destroying me leaving me vulnerable to every disease imaginable.

Good-Bye Forever

This is good-bye. You are no longer my friend. I see you for the monster you are.

Sugar, you are out of my life for good. Oh and don’t try coming back. I will not change my mind.

I know now, I have been putting you above God in my life, above my own desire to live. I will not do that any longer. God is my comforter, companion and protector. No substance can provide for me like He can. I see you for what you are. You are a tool of the devil in my life.

I am finally FREE of you and believe me, nothing tastes as good as FREEDOM feels. Nothing!

I can finally say with confidence, “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.” 1 Cor. 6:12 NASB


Extravagant Grace
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Teresa Shields Parker
Teresa Shields Parker is a Christian weight loss author, coach and speaker, who has lost more than 260 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. She has three more books, "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." Sweet Grace and Sweet Freedom study guides are available as well. All books are on Amazon. Her Coaching Programs can be found under the Weight Loss tab at TeresaShieldsParker.com. To book Teresa for your next event, check the Speaking Tab.