It has been a WHILE since I have posted on this page. I apologize for my lack of consistency here! Sometimes I get wrapped up in posting on my Facebook page about fitness that this one gets a bit abandoned...NOT TODAY!
I have a question for YOU! Do you become anxious, depressed, or lost when you miss a workout? That used to be me. It was as though my identity and worth was completely dependent on whether or not I got my workout in for the day.
I had a hard time giving my body legitimate rest days and investing time on my "inner-sef" not just my outward self. The Bible says it best.... 1 Timothy 4:8 (MSG) says: "Exercise daily in God—no spiritual flabbiness, please! Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever."
I realized I was not treating my body in a way that honored God and my priorities were not correct. Listen, friends, our bodies are temporary and it IS beneficial to take care of them! With that said, neglecting your soul and only finding purpose and worth in something that IS temporary will only leave you feeling dissatisfied and overly critical of yourself. Balance is key. Learning to take care of our bodies and not becoming slaves to our bodies requires mindfulness, balance, and keeping our eyes fixed on the real reason we are here, which is to love the Lord and our neighbor as ourselves, which was very difficult to do when I was overly obsessed with working out and eating right.
It's all about priorities. If your number one priority is to get that body, you will notice you start to socialize less, feel less joyful, and have a hard time truly loving yourself. I was able to finally break free from this horrible cycle of over-exercising when I began to realize that I AM enough the way I am by God, which helped me to love myself. Now I workout because I am grateful for the body I have and want it to stay in tip top shape so God can use me to the fullest!
Why do you workout?
Though I am a certified personal trainer through AFAA, I am not a nutritionist. Any food posts on this blog are simply related to my journey!