ALL FOR THE WRONG REASONS

I am what people in the fitness industry call a, yo-yo dieter. Yes, ME. If left to my own devices, I would be on a different diet and workout regimen each week. There have been times that I didn’t even wait for the week to end before switching over to something else.

After I was diagnosed with high cholesterol in my very early thirties, I began educating myself on the benefits of eating healthy and regular exercise.

It just so happened that during my research I stumbled upon a fitness guru that lead me in the right direction. I was impressed with her fit physique but was even more impressed with her knowledge. At the time she had written 2 books, had been on the cover of a fitness magazine and was studying to become a nutritionist. I read both of her books, subscribed to all of her emails & blogs. I consistently followed her every direction.   I did not want to be dependent on prescription medication.  I was focused on being healthy. As I worked towards a healthy body- my weight began to decrease-without any effort to lose weight.

I continued on this healthy pursuit up to my follow-up exam. The day of my exam, I was ecstatic. I couldn’t believe it. I had actually done it! My doctor was very pleased with my results and asked me how I did it and told me to keep doing it. And I did…for awhile. So where did things go wrong?

Remember that fitness magazine I mentioned? Well, I was a faithful subscriber and I couldn’t wait for each months issue to arrive in the mailbox. If it was a few days late, I would email the publisher. Once I had that colorful printed copy in my hands I would read all about the model on the cover. I would find everything I could about her training and diet online. I figured that I if I wanted to look like the girl on the cover of that magazine I should do what she is doing. Then next months issue would arrive and it would be a new model with a new diet and training regimen. Before I knew it I was no longer making any progress. In fact, I began putting on weight and I couldn’t see what I was doing wrong. I was confused and frustrated.

Then one day I was reading Romans 12:2 “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is- his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

As I prayed about my situation and meditated on this passage, it became clear to me that I needed to change how I was thinking. You see, I was comparing myself with those women who had been photoshopped on the cover of a magazine. No longer was I eating and training to be healthy- I was eating and training to look like someone else…a bunch of someone else’s. Bouncing from diet to diet- training to training.

“Comparison is the thief of joy.”
-Theodore Roosevelt

How many times have I robbed myself of joy because I’ve compared myself to someone else? Way too many times to count. Not only was I robbing myself of joy but I was putting my health back at risk.

After I became a certified personal trainer and started my own training business I made Romans 12:2  the foundation of my fitness business. I want us, as women, to stop comparing ourselves to others. Stop chasing after fad diets, pills, wraps, pods and all that other garbage. Instead I want us to change the way we are thinking. Re-focus.  Focus on our health. Stop conforming to the patterns of this world- change the way we think and THEN we can be TRANSFORMED! Transformed into what God has called you to be. Confident in your body. With the energy you need to do and be YOU. A good role model for your children. Using food as fuel- for everything else we have a loving Heavenly Father who has asked us to cast all of our cares upon Him- not cast our cares upon food. But on Him.

Dear Heavenly Father, I ask you to be with us this week as we begin this 30 day challenge. Help us to choose the right foods for our bodies. Give us wisdom and insight. Help us to focus on our health to glorify you. May our minds be renewed and our bodies transformed into the image You have chosen for us. In Jesus name, Amen.

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