At one time I weighed 430 pounds.

It’s really true. My life was quite a mess.

Today, I’ve lost more than 260 pounds and kept it off for a number of years. Learn more about my journey – just click the button below…

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Good, Not Disaster

Good, Not Disaster

God is good and has good plans for us, even if we feel we are stuck in a disaster of our own making. What He says in Jer. 29:11 NLT is not just a cliché, it’s a solid truth. “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for...

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Episode 42-God’s Good Plans

Episode 42-God’s Good Plans

God does have good plans for us. What He says in Jeremiah 29:11 is not just a cliché, it’s a solid truth. “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”God said this and we say we believe it but do we really. Do we really think God has good plans for us? Because right now everywhere we look there seems to be disaster.

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Episode 41-Dealing With the Root of Anger (Dan and Susan Young)

Episode 41-Dealing With the Root of Anger (Dan and Susan Young)

If you or someone you love have issues you haven’t seemed to be able to get a handle on, even with traditional counseling, this podcast will help. If you have unresolved anger issues, this is a must listen. Dealing with the root of any issue will get us there faster than anything else. God loves to reveal the source of our anger and help us deal with it. The root has likely blocked the truth of who God is and how much He loves us and is available to guide us.

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Episode 40-67 and Counting

Episode 40-67 and Counting

It’s my 67th birthday. It scares, frustrates and excites me all at the same time. Every year on my birthday I like to think about what the past year has been like and what I’ve accomplished. What do you want your life to look like in five years? What will you be doing in five years? What goals will you have accomplished in five years? I share those on this podcast. Now share yours with me.

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Episode 39-The Cost of Unhealthy Foods

Episode 39-The Cost of Unhealthy Foods

I’ve been asked about the cost of eating healthy versus unhealthy a lot. I know we really think healthy food is more expensive, but I’ve found eating unhealthy is even more expensive because when we are eating everything in sight we are eating more and that cost continues to skyrocket. If you are eating a bag of chips a day and drinking two to three two-liter sodas or diet sodas a day plus a bag of cookies and whatever “meals” you eat, buying frozen chicken breasts to grill and the fixings for salad is a lot less expensive.

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Episode 38-Grace Changed My World

Episode 38-Grace Changed My World

For at least 50 years I thought grace was just something that happened at salvation. If it is only that, it would be enough in and of itself. However, it’s even more awesome than that.

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Episode 37-What God Sees

Episode 37-What God Sees

When folks come into any coaching program I lead the first thing I want to try to get them to understand is that God sees them as beautiful no matter what size they are. The woman who weighs 120 needs to understand this as badly as the largest woman I’ve ever had in my group. Yes, God wants us to be healthy, but He doesn’t condemn us for what we have done to ourselves. He doesn’t have to. We do that all by ourselves.

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Episode 36- Discovery 2020

Episode 36- Discovery 2020

Discovery is the word God gave me for the year 2020. When He gave me that word, I knew it was going to be an interesting year. I just had no idea how interesting! Now, I realize how important the word discovery is for 2020 God is doing something really, really big for all of us to discover.

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About Me

Hi, I’m Teresa Shields Parker, Christian weight loss coach, author, editor and speaker. I’ve been writing since I was born or at least it feels that way. I do know I was born to write. However, it wasn’t until 2013 when I wrote my memoir, Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God’s Favor that I really felt I could legitimately don the moniker of author. It had been 60 years in the making.