Ever get discouraged on your weight loss journey? I know I did. Truth is when we are focusing on weight loss, we will be discouraged every time. What we have to focus on is transformation because that involves every part of us.


Sharing my heart with you today about the process or success path to transformatioin and its importance for me and for you.

Posted by Teresa Shields Parker on Saturday, June 16, 2018

Here’s a Facebook Live I did earlier today. It talks some about this same subject.

Body, Soul and Spirit

We are intelligent human beings. We know it doesn’t make sense to have some major issue appear in our bodies and think there is nothing else wrong.  Sicknesses or disease of any kind involves every part of —body, soul and spirit.

There have been major studies done on how the power of a positive attitude, the power of prayer and the power of deep-seated belief in God changes the outcome of cancer patients.

Weight gain is seen in our bodies, but it begins in our emotions, moves to our thoughts which many times affect how we view God. Then, it is shown in our behaviors, such as overeating specific foods or binge eating.

Why Diets Don’t Work

I once weighed over 430 pounds. I was a very successful dieter in that I could lose 100 pounds by greatly depriving myself, not eating sugar or bread, to reach the goal of losing 100 pounds, even though I had a lot more than that I needed to lose.

At that magic mark of 100 pounds, though, I would celebrate with a huge dessert. That would set me off to gaining weight again. I’d gain back the weight plus more. Then, rinse and repeat the cycle again.

God was gracious to always call me back to Him, but I never understood my core issue. When I discovered I was a sugar addict, all the pieces came together. I had been using sugar to assuage any negative emotions.

What Sugar Does

I felt I had to eat sugar to cover up anger, frustration, stress, overwork, loneliness, shame, guilt, anxiety, depression and anything else the evil one would throw my way. Sugar and comfort foods will make those feelings go away temporarily, but the foods also cause us to want them again once the sugar high wears off.

Yes, it’s just like a drug. So no wonder I couldn’t give up sugar forever, just to reach a goal and then, back to it I’d run like returning to an abusive lover.

When God clearly showed me my issue, I had to find a mentor and a group to help me go through the process for transformation. It’s not a short process, friends. It takes time.

By the way, I still see my mentor once a month even though the group is disbanded. He’s the only one who can encourage, challenge and motivate me all at the same time. I still need that.


Recently, I was discouraged. I was going over the details of my decision to close the doors to new members in my Overcomers Christian Weight Loss group. For four years I’ve had a group of some type open for anyone to come in whenever they need it.

Now God was showing me to close the doors and take the group that’s present when doors close through a new course that will lead them to build a solid foundation for the Journey to Transformation. I was both excited and scared at the same time.

I was driving and talking to God, which usually calms me down and sets me right, but my thoughts were running rampant. Then, over the car speakers my itunes played a song which I haven’t listened to in ages. The chorus grabbed me.

Do You Remember?

“Do you remember where I brought you from? Just take a look behind you and see how far you’ve come. And every time you asked me, didn’t I deliver you? So why would you be thinking that I wouldn’t see you through?” (Didn’t I Walk On the Water)

Yes God! I remember where You brought me from! I remember the burden, the guilt, the shame of weighing 430 pounds. I remember the anguish and literal pain of carrying that weight around every single day of my life.

When I look behind me, I don’t just see how far I’ve come, but I see the motivation it took to take that journey in the first place. My motivation came from having to go to rock bottom in order to surrender my ridiculous efforts to fix this problem myself.


I came to the place where I said, “God I surrender, completely. I’ve said it before but know I really, for the first time, mean it. I need you.”

That day 2 Cor. 12:9 MSG reverberated through me. “My grace is enough. It’s all you need. My power comes into its own in your weakness.”

For God’s strength to be evident in my life, I have to give up. I have to admit my areas of weakness and begin to let Him lead me. I have to let Him be strong in me and that means I have to lay down self-effort for God-inspired effort.

It’s true the doors are closing for Overcomers Community, but there’s still time for you to get in and take the Journey to Transformation with us.

If you’d like to know more about it, please join me for my first Free Live Online Workshop, Monday, June 18 at 8 pm CT. Simply register here for all the information. I love questions so come ready with yours.

If you want to sign up for Overcomers Community, go HERE.

If you want to register for the Free Workshop, go HERE.

Do both if you wish, but definitely do something. It’s anguish when we do nothing and expect things to change.

I’ll see you at the workshop and in the community.

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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.