I teach women how to work with God to transform their lifestyles to become whole and healthy.

At one time, my life was a complete mess. I weighed 430 pounds, was exhausted, depressed, stressed, and tired of living. Fat and happy is a lie, especially when you are super morbidly obese and in constant pain. Today, I’ve lost more than 250 pounds and kept it off since 2013. I know your pain. I can help you. I want to help you.

Are you ready to change your life?

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Remember, if God can help me lose 250 pounds, He can help you get through anything!

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Books by Teresa Shields Parker

NEW!! Sweet Victory: Winning the Battle

Sweet Victory book cover.

Sweet Excuses: Stop Lying to Yourself & Start Losing Weight

Sweet Excuses cover

Sweet Change: True Stories of Transformation

Sweet Freedom: A Weight Loss Memoir

Sweet Grace: A Weight Loss Memoir

Sweet Journey to Transformation: Practical Steps to Lose Weight and Live Healthy

Sweet Journey to Transformation Book

Sweet Hunger: Developing an Appetite for God

Sweet Hunger

Sweet Surrender: Breaking Strongholds

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Episode 232-Am I Greedy?

Episode 232-Am I Greedy?

Are you greedy? The definition of greed is “an intense and selfish desire for something, especially wealth, power, or food.” Did you get that? It’s not just an intense desire for money or position. It’s also a selfish desire for food! Listen to this episode to find out if you are and what to do about it.

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Episode 231-Deception

Episode 231-Deception

One big deception the enemy threw to me was that I needed food to eat so I could eat all I wanted to. The devil is a deceiver who turns something, which looks good, into something which leads to death. So what can we do when we have bought into a lie that has become such a habit we think we can never get free? That’s what this episode is all about.

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Episode 230-Prayer Answers

Episode 230-Prayer Answers

For many years I was frustrated because I would pray and it felt like God wasn’t answering my prayers. I knew the Bible said He would, but I didn’t believe it because I wasn’t experiencing the answers I wanted, which was to have my mother healed of her bipolar disorder. They weren’t selfish prayers so why wasn’t He answering? This episode examines two huge instances of how God answered prayer but it wasn’t because of me.

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Episode 229-This is My Surrender

Episode 229-This is My Surrender

Burdens are negative. Crowns are positive. We want to get rid of burdens. Crowns are what God gives us in return for the good we’ve done here on earth. How are both of these related to surrender? We explore that in this episode.

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Episode 228-Backdoor Grace

Episode 228-Backdoor Grace

Our childhood emotions can lie dormant for years ready and waiting to be retrieved and then expressed in our actions.
Through the years I did gain weight. God told me what to do, but I didn’t listen to His straight-forward approach. He had to come in through the backdoor. You’ll want to listen to this episode. It’s one of my favorites.

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Episode 227-Lies or Truth?

Episode 227-Lies or Truth?

Losing physical weight is wonderful. Many things change just because of being thinner, such as having more energy and stamina. However, true freedom for me came at handing each piece of emotional baggage to Him and receiving a gift of renewal in exchange.

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Episode 226-I Can’t Lose Weight

Episode 226-I Can’t Lose Weight

I can’t lose weight was a lie the enemy fed me because he didn’t want me to know the truth. He wanted me to think eating desserts and candy was the best thing in the world. And yet, God loved me too much to leave me wallowing in that lie. His truth would completely set me free! Listen to this week’s episode to find out how!

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Episode 225-Listen to God

Episode 225-Listen to God

All the time there are at least three voices vying for our attention: my voice, the tempter’s voice, and God’s voice. For years, though, I listened to the tempter’s voice constantly. It always has an element of truth to it. What he tells me is half-truth, half-lie. In this episode, I share 10 things that help you know it is God’s voice instead of the enemy’s.

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Episode 224-Fighting the Battle

Episode 224-Fighting the Battle

Eleven years ago I weighed 430 pounds. Now let’s be honest that’s really, really large, especially for a woman who isn’t that tall. I’ve lost 250 pounds and I feel a whole lot better. However, to me the more important thing is I’ve undergone a total lifestyle change of a slow, steady weight loss. No matter what the quick fix, it doesn’t work to keep the weight loss off. We must change our habits. It’s not easy, but it is worth it.

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About Me

I’m Teresa Shields Parker, Christian weight loss coach, author, podcaster 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.