Note from Kat: Today’s post is from my wonderful friend Kristi. She is a member of the HelloMornings Team and shares her inspiring story with us today.
Obesity and inactivity are two epidemics we see in the church. Our society has accepted this lifestyle and adopted it. While I carry no judgment, I have been convicted that I’m not taking care of my own body as God intended for me to.
19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
And while this is my very own conviction, He has laid it on my heart to encourage others to walk this journey with me. Each day I’m handed a set of options, and each day I have to specifically decide to do the right thing.
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. -Romans 8:37
I’d like to think I could blame my weight problems on having three kids in three years or turning 30, but lets be honest, my wedding dress was a size 22.
We can go back even farther to my first year of college. A soft serve ice cream machine and all you can eat Lucky Charms probably have more to do with my weight than anything else. The stress of a post graduate degree, then living on my own, and working night shift just compounded the issues. I don’t enjoy exercise, hate to sweat, and am uncoordinated. This formula just created an environment where I would just buy new clothes when the current ones would get too snug.
Then a wedding…of course I tried to lose weight for that, then we quickly started our family.
Yes, I said three kids in three years. I never really got the weight off before I got pregnant with the next one. Pregnancy honestly gave me the golden ticket to eat whatever I wanted (and boy did I). Feeling like our family was complete, and I wouldn’t be pregnant anymore, I set out for “a final time” to lose the weight.
Then we got the news that my dad was sick with stage 4 cancer. I spent the next few months balancing my 3 toddlers and my dying father. I ate many fast food meals in my car as I drove back and forth. I had just started weight watchers right before his diagnosis and I can remember him specifically telling me and my sister from his hospital bed how proud he was of us and how his illness was not to defer our efforts.
I promised him through tears that it wouldn’t and proceeded to drink sugar sodas and eat chocolate in those lonely car rides.
It’s been almost eighteen months since my dad passed away and I keep waiting for my next big thing to derail these efforts. But honestly, I didn’t have efforts, I had excuses. I had roadblocks in my path and I ate my way around them. When things got tough, I found comfort milkshakes. I blamed circumstances. I was ashamed of who I had become but didn’t know what to do about it.
I decided 2012 would be the year things would change. I was tired of ordering clothes online, I just wanted to shop “off the rack” at Eddie Bauer. Even more than my appearance, I wanted my lifestyle to change. I don’t want to be an overweight parent. I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired. I want to be active with my boys. I want to ride bikes and go on hikes. I don’t want to be achy or have feet and back problems (they’ve already started).
On Easter 2012, I changed my diet to a paleo based diet. I realized that the exact food I was craving and binging on were the ones that made me feel rough. Upon eliminating grains and dairy from my daily meals, I found that my knees no longer ached and stomach bloat was gone. Even more so, I had energy.
I became very interested in CrossFit, a style of working out that often partners with a paleo diet. Honestly, I can’t get enough of it. It makes so much sense to me to build my strength with weight training and short bursts of aerobic activity. I’m finding that crossfit can be scaled to even a beginner like me. My goals include being stronger with each day.
I’m doing things now at almost 34 that I couldn’t have imagined even at 21.
The Solution For You
Do I have it all figured out? No. Do I have hard days? Yes.
I’ve tried a lot of different diet and exercise methods and I feel like I’ve finally found something to work for me.
I’m not saying that this will work for you, but I’m saying that there is something that will. I want to encourage you to find it.
Not because it’s about being a size 2 or an Olympic athlete. It’s about living my life as a sacrifice. It’s about treating my body as a temple. It’s about being obedient to His commands in my life.
So today, I focus on adding purposeful movement to my day. I decide to monitor what I eat in order to fuel my body and to feel good. I ask Him to make me more than a conqueror.
Would you join me?
We will be using the hashtag #helloexercise on pinterest, instagram, and twitter. There is a #HelloExercise pin board with exercise ideas and there will be tips in the weekly HelloMornings Newsletter and on the Facebook page.
We’re not going from 0-60 in 5 minutes, this is #helloexercise. Start small, add movement, play with your kids. Our health depends on it and God wants it for us!! Let’s glorify Him!!
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