Healthy for WHO? I’m SELF-Motivated.
I’m a pretty motivated person myself. I realize a lot people just assume things are easy for me because of that… but I would have to disagree. Things aren’t easier… and just having a motivated mindset doesn’t make things happen.
Healthy for Him was an easy choice for a blog name because that’s why I truly wanted to get healthy. Having goals and being “self” motivated is great… but as with most things, we wear out on our power, our motivation, and our strength…
He never loses sight of His goals for us. He never forgets His plans for us… His purpose.
When I shared the Scale Down study with my friends this past spring, I was filled with joy when one of them said,
“You used to say, ‘God just did it’ (in regards to the transformation of my mind and body)… and I didn’t understand that. NOW, I do!”
That is the total truth.
I’ve just learned about things over the years, continued to fine tune, kept at it through 2 more pregnancies (without gestational diabetes!) and committed my ways unto the Lord… and He continues to show me what a “healthy me for Him” is.
People couldn’t see the changes in me immediately… they didn’t know what was happening… but I felt it. We were struggling emotionally throught a lot – and God was busy transforming. (This is when I believe He does His best work!)
It’s not an overnight process. As with most great things… it takes time. The WORTH of the investment though, is priceless.
I’m still learning, as we all should be still learning… we are GROWING in Him and close to Him!
Don’t hold onto guilt that you didn’t make this move sooner. Know in your heart that God uses trials to fill us with a desire to get after it for His glory. He’s faithful like that, and forgiving too.
So if you’re one of those people who tells yourself the common lies:
“I just can’t stop eating…”
“I just can’t say no to desserts!”
“Nothing works, I’ve tried every diet.” (fantastic, because THIS isn’t a diet!) 🙂
“I hate exercising”…
and on and on and ON!
Then I suggest you get real with yourself.
The strength, and power, and hope YOU need to make healthy changes – are ALL from God. It’s not just about YOU. It’s about refining YOU for Him. He wants you to call on Him – especially in our struggles, and especially in our health. The Truth is right there in His word, just waiting for you to read it!
Make a list of reasons you NEED to live healthy. I’ll share mine with you:
1. Bring glory to God!
2. To live life to the fullest in all things!
3. Role model to your children the importance of taking care of your body!
4. Be a good witness to your other brothers and sisters in Christ!
5. To feel well and be at your best every day!
I suggest you post your goals – for the bad days, when you’re tired, or lonely or you can’t see how things are going to change. Then you can remind yourself of WHY again you’re choosing to make your health a priority for HIM when it feels like you’d like to skip that workout one more time this week, or have that extra bite when you’re already full. Your health is a worship to Him.
You may not feel like you’re worth it. But HE is worth it. Shift your mindset. Put God first.
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. “- 1 Corinthians 6:19-20