What is the formula for weight loss success? For decades I searched for an easy way to lose weight and still be able to eat whatever I wanted. I needed someone to give me a simple formula for guaranteed success.

weight loss formula2I had programmed my mind to do things the easy way. “You have been trying the easy way for years. When are you going to do the hard stuff?” the counselor asked.

It was a good question. I knew it would require I change my mind about a lot of things.

I went through a process. It’s not an easy, fail-safe formula because nothing really is. At any point you can sabotage it. If you are serious, really serious about what you want, you won’t do that. You’ll start taking the most important ride of your life.

Decide I want to change. Just wanting to be thinner did not address deciding to change. Wanting is easy. Deciding tp go through what it takes to change is much more difficult.

How bad do I want to lose weight? What is my reason? Is it something deep enough to do the hard work? As with anything if the desire to have something is greater than the cost required to get it, then I can’t help but obtain it.

Desire+Effort=Result. The amount of my desire or what I want, goal, plus my effort or cost to obtain my goal will I am will equal the result or realization of my dream. My formula only equals success if I am willing to pay the cost.

Count the cost. Embarking upon a lifestyle change means giving up something in order to gain something greater. For most of my life, the cost was too great. I couldn’t give up sugar and bread just to be healthy. I’d rather die than live without what I wanted. It cost too much, until I started to believe I was worth the cost.

There are no magic cures. I was way beyond believing in abra cadabra, so why was I looking for the easy way? Any of 1,000 weight loss solutions on the market could work, but these solutions are just stop gap measures. My mind had not shifted if I was thinking that after I lost the weight, I could just go back and eat the same old way I always had.

Stop blaming. I had a lot of people I wanted to blame for gaining weight. People who controlled me, abused me, didn’t comfort me, fed me great food so I always felt I had to have it. Lots of reasons. In the final analysis, though, as an adult I am the only one responsible for my current decisions.

I won’t let my past be an excuse for what I do today.

Mind change. It really didn’t take a lot of effort to change my mind. I just decided. I decided for the rest of my life to eat healthy. I made that decision. No one else did it for me.

Renewed mind. Transformation means erasing all the old ways and putting in new. I couldn’t save even a few of the old. They all had to go.1

God tells me He wants me to live differently from the rest of the world. He wants me to be smarter. He wants me to recognize His desires and respond to them quickly. This makes my mind new, shifts it into high gear.

“Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for Him. 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.”2 

Sometimes I’m a little slow. But it dawned on me the renewal of my mind or fixing my attention on God as The Message says, is my responsibility. The transformation or being changed from the inside out happens as I renew my mind!

Make a lifestyle change. I began with stopping my trigger food, which was candy. In conjunction, I started exercise, just three times a week for 30 minutes. I determined not to start or stop anything unless I decided it was a change is for the rest of my life.


I made a change for the long haul. I decided not to change anything if I wasn’t going to continue it. That’s not to say I don’t slip up, but when I do I just start again because I’m in this for life, my own.

I shifted my mind. I was the one who did it. All it took was determination to make a change that would add life to my years however many I have left. I decided to be healthy.

There really is no easy formula for weight loss success. It’s all hard work, for me it started with the day I set my mind to change the way I did life, the way I ate, the way I moved, the way I loved, the way I worked or didn’t work.

It started when I decided I was worth the cost of learning how to really live.

12 Corinthians 5:17, NIV

2Romans 12:1-2, The Message

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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.