“Live the life you imagined” the words on my favorite t-shirt read. I knew from the moment I saw it, I had to have it. It just felt good to wear and I was really sad when I lost it. It bothered me in more ways than one because I finally felt I was living the life I had always imagined.

I would have never worn that t-shirt 13 years ago when I weighed 430 pounds or even at any point along my weight loss journey. Back then, I longed to live the life of freedom from the physical pain I felt daily just trying to breathe, walk, fit in booths at restaurants and make my way through tight spaces, all the things most people take for granted.

My main goal was to just be and look normal, but I didn’t have the faith in myself to believe I could ever do it. I had tried and failed so many times. 

Mountain-Moving Faith

I learned to reach my goal, I didn’t need faith in myself. I needed real faith in God. If I have faith in His ability, even if it is a small amount of faith, I can even say to the mountain I’m facing ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for me.1

My mentor had moved a mountain with God’s help. He walked out of alcohol addiction and then, out of reliance on sugar, which often comes after getting free of alcohol. The two go hand-in-hand because alcohol is essentially liquid sugar.

When I began applying the principles he shared about how to walk out my own journey, I began to have victory. My negative self-debilitating thoughts changed. I began to see that maybe my mountain of extreme weight could be moved.

“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’”2

I began to understand that in order for impossible situations to turn around, I have to submit them totally to God. I have to take my hands off and listen to what God tells me. Easier said than done.

Living Without

I finally got to the place where I could walk out of denying that I could just go on a diet, lose weight, and then start to go back and like I always had.

I took the fearful step and admitted that I am a sugar addict. I am weak around foods made with sugar and flour. Slowly, one at a time with God’s help, I completely released the foods I thought I couldn’t live without to the only One I really can’t live without.

This time I meant business and God knew it. I had come to the end of my rope. God was my only option. This is really a good place to be, although it might not feel that way until you arrive. This spot is the beginning of true transformation.

Living The Life

Since losing more than 250 pounds, I am living the life I imagined and more. Things I didn’t ask for and never thought I wanted have come true in my life.

It’s not stuff I can hold in my hands, but opportunities to speak, coach and author not one, but three books and two study guides, and more books on the immediate horizon.

I’m able to love more deeply, connect more fully with those I love and God. It’s the life I imagined and more.

What God Can Do

“God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, His Spirit deeply and gently within us.”3

Today it doesn’t matter that I lost my favorite t-shirt because I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God has me in the palm of His hands. I don’t need the t-shirt to remind me. I have my abundant, full and overflowing life4 given to me by Jesus.

Any issues I have always fade when I spend time in God’s presence. He tells me, like He did this morning, “I’ve got this. Just follow Me.”

I am more than happy to do so because I know that “when I am weak in human strength, then I am strong, truly able, truly powerful, truly drawing from God’s strength.”5

Helping Others

It’s only because of God’s strength that I lost the mountain of weight. It is also only by God’s strength and anointing that I can share with others how they can do the same.

#KickWeight, my six-month coaching class, is the class I suggest each person take first. Treat it like a weekly college class. The first week of class listen to the first video. Do the action steps, like you would do your homework. Comment below the video regarding what you learned.

Before the second week, post your questions about anything you don’t understand from the video. Then, that second week listen as I share specific answers to the questions asked. Then, participate in the challenge posted that next day,

The third week, do it all over again with the information in the next video. It’s a simple learning process made better by really tapping into the value of each step.

Now, don your favorite inspirational t-shirt and join with us. I’ve priced this course ridiculously low so anyone can afford it. The price is $57/month. Use the coupon code KW10 to take $10/month off that fee to make it $47/month.

The best and preferred option for many is to pay in full. You receive more than a 10% discount. Use the coupon code KW10X1 to take $10 off that price, making it the equivalent of less than $40/month.

So what are you waiting for? Go here for all the information and to join: http://bit.ly/KickWeight.

I will see you in the group!

1Matthew 17:20 NIV

2Matthew 19:26 NIV

3Ephesians 3:20-21 MSG

4John 10:10 AMP

52 Cor. 12:10 AMP


Give Yourself The Gift of Health
Out of Addiction Into Abundance
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.