Why do I want to live healthy? Actually the bigger question behind that was why do I go a diet just to gain the weight back again? Because I really did want to live healthy, but something was holding me back.

Left. Me and my daughter, Jenny, in 1998. Right, Jenny and me, 2015 at her wedding.

Living On A Diet

This was the way I lived for over 30 years. I’d go on a diet. I’d lose weight, sometimes a lot of weight, like 100 pounds, and then I’d gain it back again.

I did that because I never wanted to do what it would take to live healthy for the rest of my life. I just wanted to get a band-aid put on the problem instead of the intensive unit care I needed.

When I finally realized I needed to change my life I was 50 years old. Then the excuse became why would I even think about changing my life now? My why had to be bigger than my love for desserts and breads. That meant it had to be really big.

What I Loved More Than Dessert

God-honest truth here. The only thing at that moment in my life that I loves more than foods made with sugar and flour was my daughter. I loved my son and my husband, but I knew my 13-year-old daughter needed me and that tug to be there for her was what mattered the most.

It was the reason I needed to get healthy and stay healthy. Then, all the reasons flooded in like wanting to see both my children grow up, graduate high school and college, get married, begin their careers and live as the awesome human beings I knew they would become.

I wanted to grow old with my husband. I wanted to get to know any future grandchildren and be able to show them how to live healthy. I want to leave a legacy for my children, grandchildren and extended family.

I wanted my legacy to be more than knowing how to bake Mammaw’s oatmeal cake. See, that cake was special because it was my great-grandmother’s recipe. I am the oldest grandchild and so I was one of only a few who actually remember spending nights with her, baking with her and just knowing her gentle, but loving spirit.

Cake is Not Mammaw

It’s crazy, but the foods our grandparents and great-grandparents cooked become enmeshed with memories of them. Eating that cake reminded me of Mammaw White one of the most beautiful and gentle women I’ve ever known.

I almost it would be dishonored to her to not make that cake for my relatives. I wanted them to know her. So I would bake her cake.

That is such a wrong philosophy. Mammaw was not a cake. She was a living, breathing, loving human being. To honor her, I need to live like she lived, loving people. That’s how I honor her. That’s how I honor my grandmother. That’s how I honor my mother.

Living a life that honors God means I need to do my best to follow what He tells me and shows me. For me that has to do what I eat, how I move, how I work, how I rest, how I deal with my emotions and how I connect with God.

In other words, it means living healthy—body, soul and spirit.

Finally Getting There

I’ve lost more than 250 pounds by finally listening to God and following what He shows me to do. There is a process to this and I teach that in Overcomers Community. Doors are closing tomorrow, Thursday, June 21 at midnight.

That will be the last day to join at our $27/month founding members price or if you choose, $270 annual price that gives you 12 months for 10-month price. When you join with either of these options, your price will never go up.

When the group reopens, though, the price will go up. I’m not begging you to join. I’m just letting you know the plans. If you ever wanted to join a group that includes a community as well as teaching videos, coaching, mentoring and a video library with over 130 teaching videos, this is the time.

You must join today. Here’s the page that tells you all about it and has the link to join: https://teresashieldsparker.com/overcomers-christian-weight-loss-group/

I’ll see you in the group.

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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.