Jun 20, 2018
If you’ve ever tried to lose
weight and keep it off, you know that it doesn’t happen overnight.
In today’s podcast interview, Teresa Parker Shields talks about
five stages of the weight loss journey.
Teresa is the author of several
books on weight loss, including Sweet
Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God’s
Favor. Teresa helps others lose weight through her books,
coaching, and website and has kept
her own weight off for more than five years.
Following are the stages of the
weight loss journey that we’ll be discussing on the
5 Stages of the Weight Loss
Thinker - In this stage we dream about losing weight
but don’t want to go through the suffering to make that happen
long-term. Instead we want the quick fix. We think, If I
could just find the magic plan that works. When we accept
that we’re overweight and need to lose weight and that there is no
magic fix we’re ready to move into the next stage.
Owner - This is where we own our addiction. Teresa
tells how she was addicted to sugar. She lost weight whenever she
gave up sugar and flour but whenever she got to her goal, she would
reward herself with a high sugar or high carb foods and then she’d
be back to gaining her weight back.In this stage you’re committed
to a lifestyle change - to learn how to lose weight and keep it
off. You’re saying “This is my issue and this is what I need to do
to gain victory.”
Learner - This is another long stage where we’re
learning the disciplines we need to break free from the control of
food. At the end of stage two we know we need to do certain things
to change, but we don’t know how to make that happen. In this stage
Teresa learned something she called “start stop” - stopping the bad
habit but starting some good habits.She started by giving up one
bad habit (eating candy) and adding one good habit (exercise).
Teresa explains more about what this stage looks like on the
Traveler - In this stage we learn about how to deal
with difficulties while still following our eating boundaries. This
is the stage where we work through emotional eating and understand
that failure is a part of the process. We also learn how to deal
with failure. If we visit failure for too long, we’ll need to go
back the Watchful Learner stage to relearn the tools we learned in
that stage. We may even need to go back to the Willing Owner stage
where we make another commitment.
Overcomer - In this stage we feel like we’ve mastered
the journey. This doesn’t usually happen until we’ve spent two
years in the wholehearted traveler stage.
With all of these stages, it’s
about following God, submitting to Him, and learning to rely on Him
for help with life. Teresa talks more about the process in the
For further information
on Teresa's resources, click here: Teresa's website