Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Reversing The Trend -- You Are Not A Number, You Are Strong!

The joy of Christmas is upon our home and treats and feasting abound.  I wish I could say that my little fit self is no worse for the wear this Holiday season but I cannot.  Each time I wake up and done my workout clothes my shorts let me know that the season of eating has settled in, literally.  It was my hope that INSANITY/ASYLUM was going to stave off the seasonal weight gain but I was wrong, but oh what a mess I would be in if I wasn't training myself each morning to just show up and do my best.  I read this article this morning and I think it really could speak to so many during this season and each day. 

6 Reasons Why Weighing Yourself is a Bad Idea

We really ought not to allow the scale to dictate our health, our self-esteem or our happiness.  Our bodies are a temple of the Holy Spirit and we should make it a nice place for Him to dwell, both physically and spiritually.  We should have good health not twiggy little bodies or unreasonable goals.  We should worship the Lord with our inner thoughts and feelings in regard to ourselves because yes, He is listening and out of the heart the mouth speaks.  We are God's workmanship, His very creation and he created us to glorify him and to do good works.  So, don't put yourself down because of what the scale says but rather glorify the Lord and prepare yourself to be God's best through taking care of yourself, spiritually and physically.  Now, yes, I know our spiritual life is number one in the whole realm and scheme of things but our physical life can impact how we carry that out, so we need to take care of our bodies.  So, please don't think I am preaching body and fitness is number one, because I am not.  I know from first hand experience, that when we are right in our heads and hearts about our bodies then we are more effective ministers of the truth to those around us.  When we feel good about ourselves we are more able to let the Lord's love shine through and do the good works He has purposed for us to do.

So how do I do it?  Well it is simple, I didn't say easy, just simple---Decide, Commit, Succeed.  That is the motto of Team Beachbody.  Deciding dosen't do it, but committing does. If you commit you will succeed.  I get up at 5:30 every morning and workout.  I mean really workout, not just glisten.  I sweat, I grunt and I work hard for however long the day's workout is going to be.  I might take an non-prescribed break but I don't stop and I don't give up and I have succeeded at becoming healthier and stronger. Notice I said "healthier and stronger,"  not thinner.  The number on the scale is not where I want it to be, in fact the number is currently nowhere near pre-baby four's number and I struggle. However, I decided and committed and I am stronger. I wish I fit into pre-baby four pants but I don't. I am stronger and challenged to do things that I never would have thought of or attempted.  I am so thankful for the challenges BeachBody provides and here is a little look at what I or should I say Jay and I have done this year and what we hope to accomplish in the next:




Jay's Blog Post on Les Mills PUMP

Tuff Mudder

So as we look to 2012 remember you are not your number and you are only one decision and one commitment away from success.  If you are up for the challenge, let's talk because together we can Reverse the Trend and be healthier, fitter and stronger!

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