She sits in her living room, eyes glued to the television screen, lost in a movie she’s seen five times already. She mindlessly eats. She’s had a pizza, entire bag of potato chips and is working on the plate of cookies. She washes it down with diet soda.

And that’s just what she had after supper.

14735827_s She argues with herself. When she stops to think about what she’s doing, she knows she’s adding extra pounds to her already super morbidly obese body, but she can’t seem to stop.

She struggles to walk, to concentrate on work, to control her emotions, to just exist. She feels chained to overeating, to certain types of foods, to always more to fill some kind of empty spot.

The Woman Was Me.

Today, I have to remind myself to eat. Food is not the central focus of every minute of every day. I am finally eating to live instead of living to eat. And I’ve lost 260 pounds.

What happened?

I changed my mindset to take ownership of my problem rather than just acceptance. Acceptance of my issue was easy. I need only look at myself and accept that I had a problem.

Ownership, though, is in totally different category. Ownership says this is my problem. I own it. And in owning it I must deal with getting through and overcoming it.

I Owned My Addiction

I am a sugar addict. I accept it and now, I own it. This means I changed my mindset which told me that when I lose the weight I can go back to eating what I’ve always eaten.

I owned the fact that I will never again eat refined sugar. I might think about it, toy with the idea, but it is a done deal for me. I know if I go back to the way I ate before, I will be putting my life in jeopardy.

An addict can control their addiction for a time period knowing they can always go back. For instance, women who become drug addicts many times will stop using until their baby is born. They can stop drinking and even stop smoking until the child is born.

Why? They know they will “reward” themselves for their hard work later.

Ownership lays the “right” to indulge at the feet of Jesus. We begin to learn how to deal with our problems and go through them rather than medicate them with food or any other substance.

The Easy Drug

Sugar is the easy drug. It’s legal, readily available and fairly inexpensive. It’s in every kitchen, restaurant, grocery store and church. It’s OK. Everyone eats sugar.

It’s perhaps the hardest drug to stop because of accessibility and social acceptance. Society accepts that sugar is acceptable until someone becomes morbidly obese. Then they are seen as someone who has a problem.

Truth is, I do have a problem. I’ve already set my mind to accept and own that. Now, comes the more difficult part of acting against what I just owned and walking out the journey.

I Am A Sugar Addict

I am a sugar addict. To act against that weakness, I don’t eat sugar. If I eat it, I’m under it’s control again. So, I give it up in order to live.

Refined sugar is not necessary to live and I really do want to live.

If a doctor told me he needed to cut off my leg in order to save my life because of an infection or disease, it would be a difficult decision, but I would allow it because I want to live. My leg is not necessary for me to live.

Many doctors have told me to reduce my sugar intake. The problem is, I cannot reduce it because if I eat it, I am gone again.

Dr. Jesus On the Job

I thank God for the three awesome doctors I have who gave it to me straight. Stop eating sugar. Well, let’s make that four. Dr. Jesus also told me that during a prayer time back in 1977.

It took me more than 30 years to own what He said. He knew my tendencies even then. When I finally moved from acceptance to ownership of my weakness1 is when His power kicked in to help me on the journey.

For now, just know this. If you are morbidly obese, there is a way through the maze. That’s why I write books, develop courses, speak to groups, coach people and pray constantly for those who are just like me only haven’t owned it yet.

Let me ask this. If you have a problem with sugar, but haven’t owned your addiction yet, what will it take? This life is short. We must be healthy to take advantage of every moment of living we can.

It’s time to mindful rather than mindless. My team and I want to help you.

Time’s a wastin’. Let’s get to work.

1 2 Cor. 12:9

arms r t 5My prayer for you is that you begin to live the life you always imagined. When I weighed 430 pounds I never dreamed that today I would be doing that. I’ve been where you are and I can help you get where you want to be.

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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.