Even though we may know we have to change in order to lose weight and embrace a healthy lifestyle, that still doesn’t mean it will be easy. Kieawnie Clar is a 41-year-old lifestyle consultant from Sonoma, CA, who has lost 30 pounds and is finally going forward on her healthy living journey by getting real with God.

Kieawanie jumping for joy

Kieawnie is jumping for joy now that she’s going forward on her weight loss and healthy living journey.

Weight Issues and Shame

She remembers having a weight problem as a teen and beyond. Not being the perfect-sized teenage girl meant she dealt with a lot of shame. “I tried everything to get thin,” she explained in her recent podcast interview. (To listen to the entire interview, go HERE.) “I tried diet pills and every diet that came along, but there never seemed to be a point of arrival with any diet.”

Her problems continued into adulthood. Then one day she found the free KickSugar course. When going through that, she was surprised to learn she was a sugar addict. From there she took the KickWeight course and eventually found her way into Overcomers Christian Weight Loss Academy (Today, KickWeight is one of the courses available in the Academy.)

It was while going through lessons in the group that she confronted another of her issues. “Whatever came up, I wanted to eat, whether I was sad, angry or whatever,” she said. “I was an emotional eater. I had to face that. I decided it was time that I needed to just listen to what God was telling me and accept that I have a problem.”

Surrender Is Hard

Another big hurdle for Kieawnie was surrendering her will to God. Although she finally got to that point, it took taking time to figure out just what she really believed about who God is and how He wants to work in and through her life. It took allowing God to work in her and for her to take time to listen to the lessons and information presented in the lessons in Overcomers.

“My faith has been revolutionized though Overcomers because I had to connect to God,” she explained. “I had to connect to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and figure out who they were in my life. It showed me that God is a good God and has good plans and not malicious plans for me. That made it a lot easier to surrender to Him.”

The Journey to Transformation course shares information about how members can determine their own eating and lifestyle plan with God’s help. “There are so many fad diets that go around,” she said. “Based on my history I knew it would be low carb and some other things. Then finally one day my plan came to me. Now I am willing to walk that out by putting one foot in front of the other and following God’s lead.”

Destiny Bound

Now, Kieawnie knows that God has a destiny for her. “I believe that God has something really special for those of us who have this addiction. There is something on the other side. I’m still discovering what that is. Nothing tastes better than freedom and that freedom to discover who I was created to be is really attractive to me.”

As a coach herself at first it was hard for her to come into a group and listen to the advice of another coach. But today she looks at it differently. “Everybody needs a coach. Overcomers had information I needed. I believe this group was intended just for me. It had the answers I needed. Yeah, we need a coach because we don’t know everything. We have to let someone help us because we weren’t intended to do this journey of life alone.”

She says Overcomers Academy has given her faith back and helped her acquire her adult faith. “It has given me hope, purpose and promise. It’s helped in my marriage and my career. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.”

Overcomers Academy

Today, Kieawnie knows that she is not a failure. She is who God says she is. “I am a bold, courageous woman. I am no longer afraid or ashamed that I have food addiction issues because now I can help others.”

Overcomers Academy doors open Jan. 30 at midnight and close Feb. 6. The course we will be going through is our foundational course, Journey to Transformation.

It will take participants from being a wishful thinker just hoping they can lose weight to how to be a wise overcomer walking out a healthy living journey in victory and purpose.  In addition Overcomers get access to over 200 video lessons divided into 25 courses in our one-of-a-kind video vault, a private facebook group and monthly group question and answer video calls.

Don’t wait. Go HERE to join us.

We 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.