At one time I weighed 430 pounds.

It’s really true. My life was quite a mess.

Today, I’ve lost more than 260 pounds and kept it off for a number of years. Learn more about my journey – just click the button below…

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Episode 26—Peace Amidst Confusion

Episode 26—Peace Amidst Confusion

I think the state I am currently living in is the state of confusion. If you are like me, I don’t do well in confusion. I like to be decisive, to make a decision and stick to it. But these days no one wants to make a decision that goes past tomorrow at the most. We feel like we can’t plan for the future so we are living in this never-never land of being perpetually on hold with most everything. That really goes against my nature so there is turmoil and confusion rolling around inside me.

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Episode 25—Verna Laboy: Healthy Is the New Sexy

Episode 25—Verna Laboy: Healthy Is the New Sexy

Verna Laboy is an advocate for how health needs to be woven into our everyday lives. Through various classes and programs, she helps women learn how to change their lives by incorporating ways to cook, eat, exercise, garden and live healthier. God cares about our bodies, Verna explaines, “Our bodies are His temple. We cannot carry the mantle of the assignment on our lives if we are sick. There are foods we eat in this country that are banned in other countries. Not everything we eat that tastes good to us is good for us. It’s time for us to open up to the information that will save our lives and our legacy that we are leaving our families.”

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Episode 24—Follow Me As I Follow Christ

Episode 24—Follow Me As I Follow Christ

“Teresa inspires me to believe that change is possible with God’s grace and help and the support of others. I hope to follow her as she follows Christ.” That’s a review that Star 1978 wrote regarding Sweet Grace for Your Journey podcast.

But when I read the last line, my tongue about caught in my throat. My first thought was what an honor that you would say that about me. My second thought was what a huge responsibility to live up to. And my third was this is what we should all be doing as Christians.

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Episode 23—Delivered by His Strength

Episode 23—Delivered by His Strength

After a lot of hard work and years of finally following what God wanted me to do, a really good friend of mine was talking with me about the years I wallowed in food addiction. She said that another friend of ours told her she should talk to me about eating so much candy when I said I knew I needed to stop. She knew I was gaining weight and she wanted to help me, but she admitted was scared to say anything lest I get mad at her and stop being her friend. Then with tears in her eyes, she said, “Would it have made a difference if I had said something then?”

I thought about it for a while and replied honestly, “I don’t think it would have. Confronting me would have just made me more determined to continue on my own reckless course.” I know that is true because God Himself had to intervene to fully convict me that what I was doing was wrong. It was sin for me to harm my body. But at the time I didn’t want to believe that. I wanted to believe nothing bad would happen to me and I’d just continue indulging in the foods I felt I couldn’t live without.

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About Me

Hi, I’m Teresa Shields Parker, Christian weight loss coach, author, editor and speaker. I’ve been writing since I was born or at least it feels that way. I do know I was born to write. However, it wasn’t until 2013 when I wrote my memoir, Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God’s Favor that I really felt I could legitimately don the moniker of author. It had been 60 years in the making.