You’ve likely heard my story of massive transformation. I weighed 430 pounds and lost 250 pounds. That only happened because God never gave up on me and He hasn’t given up on you either. I know God’s heart breaks for those caught in the bondage of food addiction. It’s one of the main reasons I coach and share my story.

Teresa Shields Parker at 430 pounds. Teresa after losing 250 pounds.

Failures and Successes

When I share my story know it is to lead you to understand that God does have the answer to your dilemma. I share that from practical knowledge of how He helped me walk out of sugar and food addiction. I coach then from my failures, as well as my successes.

My successes showed me what was working. My failures, though, cemented in me what doesn’t work and hasn’t been working all my life. In reality, I have learned as much or more from my failures than my successes. I allowed God to use them as teachable moments in my life.

When I teach and coach others, I share how I had to address my soul issues including emotional holdbacks and mental roadblocks. I share from God’s Word because that’s the truth I need to not only motivate me, but keep me on this journey.

This is how I live my life. This is the way I coach others.

Who’s the Super Hero?

A woman in one of my groups called me her super hero. I’m no super hero. I’m simply a weak human vessel made strong by God’s grace. He is the super hero for sure. He is our power source. I don’t coach from the point-of-view of look at me. I encourage you always to look at Him!

There is no other way to take this journey than to rely completely on Him to help us do the impossible task of losing weight, keeping it off and completely changing our lifestyles.

Without His strength we cannot sustain and manage our weight loss. It’s just not possible. But with His strength we can move mountains, even mountains of weight. “For when I am weak in human strength, then I am strong, truly able, truly powerful, truly drawing from God’s strength,” (2 Cor. 12:10 AMP).
Losing Weight Is Hard

As a coach, I shoot it to you straight. I don’t sugarcoat it, ever! Losing weight, especially an extreme amount of weight, is hard. If it were easy, everyone would have done it by now. The majority of us, two-thirds of Americans, would not be overweight or obese and beyond.

My wakeup call came when a cardiac surgeon told me I had five years to live if I didn’t lose weight and keep it off. I could lose weight. I’d done that many times. I just couldn’t keep it off.

His words eventually led me to begin working with a coach who could help me. He saw the scriptures in a whole different way and challenged me to move ahead on my journey.

Hug and Swift Kick

I am stubborn and rebellious. I needed an earthly motivator to give me a hug and a swift kick every week in order to keep going on the journey. I had to stop doing things the way I’d always done them. That would only get me the same results of gaining weight.

When I was gaining weight, I spent thousands of dollars on diet programs racking up my credit cards. All this did was get me deeper in debt. I lost weight, but I gained it back quickly when I would go off the diet.

I would have paid anything for a Christian program that would help me connect the dots. I did try every one of them that was out there. But none of them had what I needed. Now that I have lost the weight, my mandate is to lead others, like you, to understand that God has a process to help you step into transformation—body, soul and spirit.

Strength of Jesus

God called me to share this message and I do that as much as I can in as many ways as I can. I write books, articles and blog posts. I appear on tv, radio, podcasts and summits. I put together courses and I coach.

As a coach I try to do what my mentor did for me. I give you encouragement and I challenge you to think about what you are doing. And I always remind you that you can do all things only by following everything you know God wants you to do.

I’d love for everyone who has a weight issue to come into my Overcomers Christian Weight Loss Academy. If that’s you, though, I only want you to come in if you are ready, really ready, to do the work it will take.

By work, I mean the thought work and spiritual work, as much as the physical exercise of putting that brownie down!

One Woman’s Story

Recently, a new member of  Overcomers Academy shared her that before she came into the group, she thought “God would do all of the work and I could go back to my life and live as a thin person. That was insanity thinking!

“God actually brought me down to my knees and took me through all the dark places of my being to literally crush me to come to the end of myself. Before He could remake me, He had to break me.”

She added that it’s taken “more than 50 years to break my will, but I’m pliable now. He can use me and bend me the way He wants. This is incredible! Teresa, I love the way you put things. It’s so transparent that even I can understand!

“I’m so grateful to be in this academy! Making daily choices everyday that I wake up … new choices, new changes, new lifestyle!”

Our Approach
She found Overcomers Academy to be her answer mainly because we have a three-pronged approach to help members have the best experience possible.

1. In our Overcomers Dashboard we have 25 courses with 200 video lessons members can go through any time they wish. This in and of itself is at least a $5,000 value.

2. In our Overcomers Facebook group we feature one of the courses and go through it one lesson a week. Together we share our struggles and our victories. We encourage each other, ask questions and support each other. I am in the group often giving those hugs and a few swift kicks to help you get unstuck and keep you moving forward.

3. On our Monthly Q&A Live Video Call, I answer your questions. We see many breakthroughs during this time. Anything is possible, even salvations!

Our course on inner healing will begin on Sept. 26, which is the day doors close for the group. We will be learning about inner healing principles and how to apply them to our weight loss and healthy living journey. I will be available to help you remove the walls that are holding you back on your journey.

Doors to Overcomers Academy only open three times a year and they just opened today! We’d love for you to join us and see what we’re up to this week. Go here:

Early Bird Bonus

Oh and be sure to register by 8 pm CT Sept. 12 in order to receive the early bird bonus where I send you a signed copy of my books, Sweet Grace, Sweet Freedom, Sweet Freedom Study Guide, Sweet Hunger and Sweet Journey. I’ll even pay postage within the continental United States!* Hurry, that bonus expires at 8 pm CT.

If you do want in on the early bird bonus, simply join the group by going HERE. Then send us an email to [email protected] and tell us when you joined, email, phone and postal address. As soon as your payment is verified, we’ll begin the process to get your books to you.


*Those who qualify for early bird bonus and are outside of U.S., will need to pay shipping costs depending on your location. We will communicate that via email.


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.