It’s fear that keeps us walking the fence. We are afraid to commit. If we say we never really ever committed then we leave an out for ourselves. Lose weight? Well, I never really tried hard to do that. So that leaves my options open, right?
In reality, it limited my options to staying the way I was or getting worse. My biggest fear was always that I’d gain the weight back again, which was a well-founded fear because it was the way I rolled. Get it, rolled literally. Anyway, I would lose weight, reach a goal and then, start eating all the decadent foods I’d always indulged in and gain the weight back.
I really had not committed to a total lifestyle change. I didn’t want to change how I ate, but I did want to lose weight. I wasn’t stupid. I knew I couldn’t have both. I was afraid I could not sustain any drastic change. So if I never tried, I would never fail.
I’m sure you see the fallacies in my thinking and truth be told, so did I. My issue was, I wanted to hold my head up high and say, “I’m fine weighing over 400 pounds. I can be big and beautiful.” And I could be, but I was slowly and surely killing myself.
Five Years to Live
When a doctor confirmed that I would dead in five years if I didn’t lose weight and keep it off, it was the beginning of my turning point. At 430 pounds, I had a big ship to turn around. It didn’t happen all at once.
God in His extreme grace and mercy never gave up on me, even though I tried to walk that tightrope of non-commitment. He finally grabbed me by the heart and showed me time was running out. I had to make a choice.
He told me. “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying Him, and committing yourself firmly to Him. This is the key to your life.”1
Surrender Is About Winning
I realized my issue of extreme weight gain wasn’t just about me. It was about my children and those who would come after me. If I chose life that meant I had to commit to living full out for God. I couldn’t just keep a little bit of the sweet foods I loved and craved for a rainy day. I had to give it all to God out of love for Him, my children, my husband and myself.
I had to turn around, repent and start over. In giving up the foods I craved and thought I couldn’t live without, I gained so much more. I gained more than I expected, life in its fullness, until I overflowed with God’s abundance2 in a way I never thought possible.
I found when I surrendered, I did not lose. I won. Life. Health. Success. Prosperity. Grace. Mercy. Abundance.
I’m no longer walking the fence. I know I am securely held by the God of the universe who loves me more than anything. In the surrender process I gave up more than 260 pounds. And I gained the ability to lead, coach and mentor you in how to surrender your unwanted pounds to the God who loves you more than you can think or imagine in your wildest dreams.3 You’ve got things to do and He wants to be sure you are on earth a long time to do them.
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In 24 hours the doors will close on my breakthrough coaching class, #KickWeight. In the last two sessions the groups lost a combined total of over 1,100 pounds. I have to close the doors at midnight on May 30 so this new group of awesome women and men can go through the six-month process of transformation—body, soul and spirit.
I don’t want you to miss this chance. It’s the last opportunity in 2017 to be a part of the group, After midnight, no one else gets in. Doors are tightly shut as they begin the transformation of their lives.
I’m just the facilitator for this group. Don’t stay on the fence forever. God’s got us all and He will lead us to victory. This is my last invitation. Join us now. Register HERE.
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1Deut. 30:19-20 NLT
2John 10:10 TPT
3Ephesians 3:20 MSG
Teresa Shields Parker is a Christian weight loss author, coach, podcaster and speaker, who has lost more than 250 pounds and kept it off since 2013.
Her books include: “Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God’s Favor”; “Sweet Surrender: Breaking Strongholds”; “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”; “Sweet Hunger: Developing an Appetite for God”, and her most recent book, “Sweet Excuses: Stop Lying to Yourself & Start Losing Weight”.
She also offers Overcomers Christian Weight Loss Academy and VIP one-on-one coaching program, more information on both is available under the weight loss tab. Don’t miss her weekly podcast, Sweet Grace for Your Journey, where she shares tips from her personal journey of losing weight and discovering healthy living. Find that under the podcast tab and anywhere you find podcasts.