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(Note from Kat: Today’s post is from regular contributor Jenni Keller.)

I’m a first generation athlete. I grew up in a family that valued health and watched their diets, but athletes, we were not.

After my second pregnancy, I was up about 50 pounds and feeling desperate to reclaim my body and my health. And so my journey began.

I’m not sure at what point I crossed over the line and began to embrace and believe it; but after six years, I finally believe I’m an athlete.

One very important lesson I’ve learned in my pursuit of health and in my life, is that my “norm” is always changing. As I eat more healthy food, healthy food tastes and even sounds better to me. As I push my body to new goals, my endurance, my muscles and my mental toughness continue to evolve.

I often think of the verse in Romans that says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2 (ESV))

Breakdown the word “renew”, to “new again”. Our minds can be made “new again” and will in turn “transform” us. As we continue to pursue Christ, get to know Him and his character, we are made new. More like Him. Our norm transforms from what the world says is the standard, to more in line with His Standard.

I love what this verse teaches, because I believe God’s truth is true in all aspects of life.

The lifestyle that feels normal to you now, doesn’t have to feel like your normal one month from now. The enemy wants us to believe that “I could never (fill in the blank)”. The truth is, “…with God, all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26 (ESV))

And your giant leap of faith begins with the baby step of squashing the lie.

The truth is God has epic adventures ahead for you and pushing in on your fear and doubt is the first step towards His best for you. Set that alarm. Write down that goal. Do a search on a health topic of interest. And trust His renewing work, one day at a time.


What healthy lifestyle goal feels impossible to you? What lies are you believing? What doubts cloud your faith? Click here to join the discussion.


Passionate Christ-fol14461727596_b274881371_olower. Wife. Mommy to four. Learning to embrace His redeeming work in my life through motherhood. I love cooking, running, coffee and community. Child sponsorship advocate for Horizon International, Inc


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  • Ali says:

    Thanks for this encouragement. I’ve taken a little break from working out recently and keep using the word tired as my excuse. I need to get back at it and that needs to start in my mind.

  • Jenni Keller says:

    Ali – thanks for your comment! So glad it was encouraging to you! We often know the very thing that keeps us from diving in. I find that when I’m feeling tired, I give myself scheduled “time off” with a date on the calendar of when my time is over. For some reason, having an actual date in my mind and having something written on my calendar helps me eliminate my excuses. God bless you in your pursuit of health 🙂

  • Marjoh says:

    Thank you for this encouraging post, Jenni! I’ve written down so many goals on so many different occassions, but struggle with the follow through. Love the part about my giant leap of faith starting with the baby step of squashing the lie. Will try to remember that everytime the little voice in my head tells me…I’m never going to _________. 🙂