It’s really not that I didn’t know what to do to lose weight, I just didn’t think it was possible for me. I knew I had obstacles in the way that needed to be overcome. I just couldn’t figure out how.

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Biggest Obstacle

The biggest obstacle for me was doing the first thing Jesus told me to do, “Stop eating sugar.” I just knew that was impossible. I always went back to eating sugar even after going on any diet where I stopped eating it for a while. It was like there was a giant wall of sugar keeping me from becoming a normal weight.

My will power where sugar was concerned did not tolerate the test of time. Probably one of the reasons I’m so adamant about not giving out candy at Halloween is because that season started me back on sugar every year.

I really thought my obstacle was that I was just made to be fat. I had decided God made some people to be skinny, some to be normal weight and some to be extremely overweight. I fit in the last category.

I Don’t Want to Bother God

Another one of my obstacles was that I didn’t want to bother God with my problem. I knew I had gotten myself into this. I was the only one who could get myself out. Plus, I knew what He’d say. The first thing He always said when I’d finally get to the bottom of myself and ask Him what diet I should go on.

He’d say, “Stop eating sugar …” and I would stop listening. I thought, obviously God must not know me because He is asking the impossible from me. I cannot stop eating sugar. It’s just not possible.

“Jesus replied, ‘What is impossible with man is possible with God’” (Luke 18:27 NIV).

“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20 NIV).

The Trust Issue

The real problem was I did not trust God to help me do what He had clearly been telling me to do for years. I didn’t have the faith to even try to change my lifestyle. For me to stop eating sugar would be a drastic lifestyle change.

As someone who has always been prone to question everything, I really didn’t understand why some people could eat sugar and breads and not lose weight. It seemed like God was punishing me for being super morbidly obese. This was another huge obstacle I had put in my way.

When I finally made the decision to surrender sugar and trust the process of changing my lifestyle, I began to see that God hadn’t been being mean to me, He was handing me the keys to my freedom. I just didn’t understand what He was doing.

Lifestyle Change

Although it took me awhile to stop sugar and I did it slowly by replacing bad habits with good ones, the freedom I have now is amazing. I don’t feel restricted. I feel blessed beyond belief to not feel like I am a prisoner to sugar’s pull.

I was chained to a substance. When I began to see that I am addicted to things that have sugar, starch, or high carbohydrate content and that I could with God’s help say no to those kinds of foods, I felt a freedom I had never known.

“The Anointed One has set us free—not partially, but completely and wonderfully free! We must always cherish this truth and stubbornly refuse to go back into the bondage of our past” (Galatians 5:1 TPT).

It was always a huge barrier to any weight loss plan when a dietitian would tell me I could eat just a little sugar. For me there’s no such thing one cookie or one bit of cake. As my coach says, “One is too many and 10,000 is not enough.” I am a sugar and comfort food addict set free by the strength of God’s sweet grace.

Overcoming Obstacles

I finally dug deep into my past to understand why I couldn’t trust Jesus to lead me on my journey. Because I felt I, as a big sister, was bigger than Jesus.

I finally allowed the Holy Spirit to uncover the root of why I was OK with being super morbidly obese. I was self-protecting against men who might abuse me like had happened to me in childhood.

I finally began to understand why I couldn’t accept the full direction and guidance of the Holy Spirit. I pictured Him as confusing and emotional like my mother who had mental health issues was.

These and many other obstacles I was able to overcome through simple inner healing processes I learned. Since then I have worked with many women to help uncover their root problems and allow God to set them free from years of torment and turmoil.

Just A Word From God

It is deliverance at its best, but it is not difficult or overwhelming. There is no screaming or wailing. It is quiet and comforting. Many times just a word from the heart of God is all it takes and you are free.

When people ask me how long did it take you to lose 250 pounds I usually say one minute or a lifetime however you want to look at it. Overcoming our obstacles is much easier than we think it will be. We don’t have to struggle when we just let go and share with God where we are.

As a matter of fact, one woman said to me, “Is that all there is to it?” It is when we finally let go and let God get to the root of our problem and tell us the truth about that instead of the lie we’ve been believing for most of our lives. Getting to the root is what takes time. God setting us free happens quickly.

Helping Others Overcome

I worked with coaches to me go through this process. Since then I’ve gone through training to lead others through. These days I work with others to help them get to the root of their issues.

This is one way I help those in Overcomers Christian Weight Loss Academy. As a matter of fact the course we are starting this Thursday is all about this process.

Tonight, Tuesday, December 3 at 10 pm, for 48 hours only, we are accepting new members into this one-of-a-kind coaching and teaching group. If you are reading this before the doors open sign up on the waitlist for a notification of the moment the buy button goes live.

If it’s after that time go and sign up, but do it before Thursday, December 5 at 10 pm. That’s when the doors close. The price to join is $47/month. This is likely the last time this price will be offered. If you join now, even if the price goes up your price will not change as long as you are 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 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.