Before the holidays, I decided to do something new. It had nothing to do with New Year’s resolutions, though. Instead, it had everything to do with how I’ve been feeling about myself for more than 2 years now. I decided to join a gym and actually utilize my membership.
Let me back up, though. I talk all the time about how we were all fearfully and wonderfully made, and I tell you how perfectly God created you and me both. I wholeheartedly stand behind that because I know it’s true. Last year, I had someone ask a question that I know I had often asked myself but never bothered to answer. She said something along these lines: “Sometimes I wonder about exercising to look better. Is that wrong?”
My answer to that question, whether I’m asking myself, she’s asking me, or you are asking, is that it’s not wrong. I understand how it can be confusing. You’re fearfully and wonderfully made, but you want to work out and look better. It feels like a contradiction, right? I get that completely.
Here’s the thing. God created us perfectly. However, we are imperfect beings who bring imperfection in and mix it with the perfection that he created. Are you following?
In my case, I had 2 kids, and I ate a little more than I should have. I ate sometimes when I was bored, and if something was good, I kept eating even long after I was full. Between my unhealthy eating habits (even with healthy foods) and the 2 kids, my body had changed. It was no longer the body God created. I complained about it for two years, and my clothes were no longer fitting me like they did before. That was not God’s doing. That was all me.
In order to be healthier and feel better about myself, I decided to start working out regularly, and I’ve already seen quite a bit of difference in how I feel about myself. Keep in mind, I’m not trying to look like a model on the runway, and I’m not trying to make my body look like the girl I saw at the gym the other day. I’m just making my body look like— ME. After all, that’s who I’m supposed to look like, right?
I’ve felt so good after just a couple of weeks of working out, and I thought maybe I could somehow help my readers feel good about themselves by blogging about it.
Every Friday will be Fit Friday, and it will come with a small snippet of knowledge I’ve gained from working out or a tip or something related to being fit and healthy.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says “Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.”
I want to honor God with my body by keeping it a healthy place for him to live.
My first tip of the year is to forget the numbers on the scale. Why do those numbers matter? The big question is, how do you feel? Are you tired all the time? Are your clothes getting uncomfortable? Are you uncomfortable?
The numbers mean absolutely nothing. You know if you’re healthy or not. Once you hit the point where you know you’re healthy, just continue to maintain your healthy self. Again, don’t let numbers determine whether you’re healthy or not. Let your body tell you, and let’s journey together to honor God with our bodies. It doesn’t matter your age; we should all strive to keep ourselves at our very best.
This is a win-win situation. You win because you can get tips from a “non-expert” to hopefully help keep you motivated, and I win because I will be held accountable to my readers by posting regularly.
Want added support/motivation/accountability? Keep me updated on what you’re doing. It’s so much more fun when you have someone else get excited with you. Have fun, and let’s get ourselves back to what’s healthy for us!
- Your Body: A priceless gift from God (busymomof03.com)