“A major light bulb went on,” one of the members of my coaching group said. My words about saying, “No” to sugar finally made sense when she heard it in a different way.

Teresa Shields Parker, left 430 pounds in 2004, right minus 250 pounds.

Spiritual Battle

One thing I’ve learned in coaching is that I need to talk about the same pivotal concept over and over again in different ways. That’s because  each person responds to the reality of that in their own way. It needs to make a heart connections with them and I have to allow God to speak through me to impact them. The harmful effects sugar has on the body is one of those pivotal concepts we have to grasp in order to embrace God’s transformation plan for us.

For this client, when I talked about fasting sugar for the rest of my life it hit her hard and she finally got it. “This is a spiritual battle, not just a diet,” she said. “When people ask if I want that piece of cake my response will be, ‘I’m fasting sugar.’”

She’s learned that this answer is better than, “I don’t want that dessert,” which is an out and out lie. We do want it, but we are giving it up now so that some time in the future we really will get to the point where we no longer want it.

Right now, though, our friends and family know that we really do want it because they’ve seen us eat several pieces of dessert many times. Answering truthfully reminds us that we can only give up sugar by His power and not our own.

Living a Fasted Lifestyle

What we are doing is not just fasting sugar for a short time. We are embarking on living a fasted lifestyle, we are just taking it a step at a time. When the truth hit me that I am like an alcoholic only with sugar, it was clear that I was going to have to do more than just abstain from sugar for a short while. I was going to have to allow God to teach me how to give up sugar for the rest of my life.

I had to learn how to change my habits. I had to learn how to stop the bad habit of reaching for a sugary treat to give me energy of focus in the moment only to crash 30 minutes later and need more sugar the next time to give me the same feeling.

I had to choose a better habit instead. For me that was starting exercise. It actually gave and still gives me energy, builds my stamina, helps me focus and gives me clarity. It also has the added benefit of just making me feel better about myself and life in general. It is an endorphin and serotonin booster, two things I’ve learned those prone to sugar addiction desperately need.

No Bigger Sugar Addict

I’ve had many people say to me, “Sure you could do that, but I can’t because I depend on sugar to get me through the day.”

I tell them and mean it sincerely, “There was no bigger sugar addict than I was. I thought I’d die if I gave up sugar. Everything I ate had sugar in it. I added it to every recipe. How could I do without it?”

I couldn’t give up sugar in my own strength. Then I discovered the real answer to how I could accomplish such a transformation. “When I am weak in human strength, then I am strong, truly powerful, truly drawing from God’s strength,” (2 Corinthians 12:10 AMP).

Sweet Grace
It’s God’s sweet grace that gives me the strength to give up what I craved all my life because His grace is all I need. His power is made perfect in my weakness, (2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV).

There were many times I went on diets and lost 100 pounds mainly by giving up sugar for the duration of a diet. I was doing it in my own strength and then rewarding myself with a big sugary dessert when I lost the weight. This resulted in me simply starting to eat sugar again gaining the weight back plus more.

The only way I’ve lost more than 250 pounds today is by admitting to God that I am weak and can’t do this on my own. Then, I set my intention towards giving up sugar as unto God and asked Him to show me how to do that and give me the strength to persevere.

Admitting my weakness and inviting God to help me, opened the door to His grace strength. I agree with Kris Vallotton’s definition. “Grace is the power to do what you couldn’t do one second before.”

Grace Wind Behind Me

When I embarked on this journey and took that first risky step towards learning to live a fasted lifestyle, God pulled out all the stops. It was as if His grace was the wind behind me propelling me forward

I started that process at least 10 years ago and have been sugar free now for more than five years. Today I can honestly say I do not crave sugar. As long as I stay away from it, I do not want it. That’s why I say, it is the easiest had thing I’ve ever done.

Step-by Step Process

Getting sugar out of my system didn’t happen all at once. It was a step-by-step process. This process works for whatever issue is holding you back on your weight loss journey.

It’s been a long winter, but now I’m releasing my new course, Journey to Transformation, where I will be teaching this five-stage process in a 16-week course. Doors will open Feb. 8 and close Feb. 15, but I really want you to sign up on the waitlist now so you will be first in line when doors open. Go here https://TeresaShieldsParker.com/JTT.

Also I am offering a free online live workshop where I talk about this process more and answer your questions. To register for that, go here https://TeresaShieldsParker.com/free-workshop.

I’ll see you in the workshop and 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. She has four more books, "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." Sweet Grace and Sweet Freedom study guides are available as well. All books are on Amazon and under the book tab on her website. Her Coaching Programs can be found under the Weight Loss tab. To book Teresa for your next event, check the Speaking tab. Also check out her blog at TeresaShieldsParker.com.