I’ve gone through a total metamorphosis, a transformation from the inside out.1 It’s a change which couldn’t have happened unless I addressed the core issues holding me back. Today I’m living in victory and it’s such a great feeling.


Many are impressed when they learn I’ve lost over 260 pounds. However, to me the more important thing is I’ve undergone a total lifestyle change of a slow, steady weight loss that lasts. I talk about how to do this in my new book, Sweet Freedom: Losing Weight and Keeping It Off With God’s Help.

Once weighing 430 pounds, I’ve kept 250 pounds off for more than three years. Now I’ve lost more than 260 pounds and am continuing to lose. I finally realized quick fixes do not work.

In the past, my way of operating was to diet, lose weight and gain that weight back again, plus another 25 pounds or so. One step forward, three steps back. It was a frustrating way to live.

Overcoming emotional barriers has been a major key for me on my journey. In this process, God provided tools, truths and His leadership to heal emotions that held me back for years. In Sweet Freedom, I share how God used these in my life to show me the path to my own freedom.

God’s Help

With God’s help I’m tearing down the barriers that had previously prevented me from keeping the weight off. Most of them are now behind me—a string as far as the eye can see. I’m sure some are ahead of me still. That’s all right. I know how to cooperate with God for their removal.

The barriers in my life caused me to run to food for comfort. I also allowed those same foods to become strongholds and take control of my life.

Others seek comfort in activities such as taking drugs, drinking alcohol, viewing pornography, having affairs, gambling, smoking, lying, gossiping, shopping, overworking and the list goes on.

Those caught in different addictive cycles also will be able to see themselves in Sweet Freedom. My prayer is for anyone in any struggle to be able to identify the barriers and learn how to walk in freedom with God’s help.

God set me free when I shut the door to the things that had become strongholds to me, the things I was allowing to take control of my life. Strongholds are perpetuated by the evil one, the thief.2 He wants me to run to food instead of God. In the end, it is always my choice. I can close the door on strongholds. This choice is only possible with God’s help and only when I admit my weakness3 to Him.

Sweet Freedom Study Guide

Also available will be a separate Sweet Freedom Study Guide. In addition to a chapter-by-chapter guide, there will also be a section describing the principles of inner healing used in the book.

Included will be topics such as forgiveness, renouncing lies, hearing God’s truth, tearing down walls or barriers and facing doors. There are many other tools. These are the primary ones which have helped on my journey.

Any inner healing journey is designed to draw us closer to God. We can only do that when we know how to listen to Him and follow what He shows us.

Whole, Healthy, Happy Woman

In 1994 at Freedom Seminar, appropriately named, I joined with others declaring who they were. I made the prophetic proclamation that I was a whole, healthy, happy woman. At close to 430 pounds, I felt more like I a broken, close-to-death, extremely sad blob.

More than two decades later, I can finally say I have stepped into that self-prophesy. I have learned my words are powerful. What I tell myself, as long as it aligns with God’s desires for me, I will become.

If I were sitting across the table from you right now, I’d ask you, “Who are you? Who do you want to be?” That desire within you to become different than you currently are will profoundly direct you on your journey.

Losing weight is good. Keeping it off is awesome. Being close to God, though, is truly where the sweetest of freedoms can be found.


Would you like a FREE advance copy of the Sweet Freedom manuscript? I am choosing a limited number of people now for my book launch team. You must promise to write a Sweet Freedom review on Amazon and share the Amazon Sweet Freedom page when the book goes live. All information will be available in a private Sweet Freedom Facebook group. Just sign up below and if you’re chosen, we will send you an invite to the group. We’ll use this same group to launch Sweet Freedom Study Guide. If you are in the group, you’ll get both books. Just sign up below.

1 Romans 12:2 MSG, AMP

2 John 10:10 NIV

3 2 Corinthian 12:9-10 MSG


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. Her other books include: "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".

She also offers Overcomers Christian Weight Loss Academy and VIP one-on-one coaching program, both available under the weight loss tab. To book Teresa for your next event, check the Speaking tab on her website. Also check out her blog and Sweet Grace for Your Journey podcast under the tabs by those names.