I learned a new abbreviation today. GBGH which stands for Go Big or Go Home. The urban dictionary says it is “an expression the speaker says to the listener to encourage the listener to be extravagant, to go all the way, and do whatever you are doing to its fullest – and not flake out.”

That’s my encouragement to you today—GBGH.



In the language of those of us over 50, it means to have commitment. These days commitment seems to be a bad word.

For instance, marriage is one of the biggest commitments I’ve ever made. I walked into it committed and although we’ve had our shaky moments, Saturday marks 39 years we’ve been working at creating heaven on earth in our marriage. Each morning I wake up beside my amazing husband I think it couldn’t get any better and then it does and I thank God for that word commitment.

Had I not been committed, there would have been times we both were tempted to bail. For my part, it all had to do with seasons or times in our lives when things just weren’t meshing. In other words, I was going through emotional ups and downs and my husband was being consistent. It was commitment that held us in place during those times.

Fail Into Success
GBGH, though, implies if you can’t commit, don’t even try. To me that means, don’t even try if you can’t go all the way. I don’t agree with that.

Trying and failing is a big part of commitment. It’s being committed to the realization that along the journey, you are going to fail.

Thomas Edison said that he failed his way to success. “I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that don’t work.” He failed into success.

It’s part of the process to try things and then mark them off the list when they don’t work. It’s not a failure if it doesn’t work for you. But don’t stop trying. Try again and if that fails, you’re closer to your goal. You haven’t reached 10,000 failures yet have you?

Light Bulb Moment

Even if you have, time 10,001 might just produce the light bulb. You know what the light bulb is, right? Well, in this case I’m talking about that light bulb moment God gives you when everything, and I mean everything, comes together and you see your life clearly. All of a sudden the light comes on and you know what you need to do.

I call it a moment of change. I have been on so many weight loss plans through the years. I felt a lot like 10,000 times and they all failed. I had stopped. I didn’t want to fail again.

Then, the light bulb came on while listening to a 30-year sober alcoholic tell his story. He spoke straight to my heart when he said, “Alcohol is one molecule away from sugar. Alcohol is liquid sugar.”

That was my moment of change. In a flash, every attempt I’d made to lose weight along with every failure pointed to the fact that I could lose weight. I just couldn’t keep it off because I’d lose weight and go back to eating sugar and things that convert quickly to sugar in the blood stream.

How Can I Change?

How does an alcoholic get free of alcohol? He stops drinking alcohol. How do I get free of sugar? I stop eating sugar.

From then on my life has changed in dramatic ways.  I had to learn how to give up sugar. I had to admit I am a sugar addict. I had to get closer to God than I ever had before. I had to rely completely on Him. I had to change from the inside out. I had to fix my attention completely on God. I had to get to the point where I was immediately knowing what what He wants me to do and then quickly respond.1

“Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.”1

Losing 260 pounds is an awesome side benefit of this journey. Getting closer than I ever have been to God is the real highlight for me.

Giving Up

How did I lose all that weight? How did I give up sugar? I’m glad you asked. I will tell you all about it, as a matter of fact I will lead you on a journey to discover if you are addicted to sugar and need to give it up or if you have other issues holding you back on your weight loss journey.

It all happens in #KickWeight, my new coaching class. I’ve shared this with you many times. Today, April 7 at midnight doors close as those in the class go into their chrysalises to find their wings.

The first class video was posted this morning. This is GBGH time. Believe me when I say I am admitting no one else after midnight tonight, April 7. This is your last opportunity. Click HERE to get started. Do it right now.

1 Romans 12:2 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".

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