Its been a long journey. A few too many years on the diet train. Doing this workout, that workout. Setting goals, reaching goals, & falling back to start all over again. I’ve tried it all, counting calories, excessive cardio, energy supplements, at home workouts, professional goal setting. But what really worked for me?
My life changed drastically 2 years ago when I was introduced to the company “Team Beachbody”. (if you’re like me you will let that word shut you off & close this post… please, keep reading.) — truly I find this name an oxymoron as funny as that sounds. AND I hate that word “Beachbody” because the way our bodies look is completely missing the point!!!!
After years of trying to “take care of myself” I knew there was something missing. If God is the center of my life, that means my entire life!! Not just bits and peaces of it… so he must be the center of my health and fitness as well. I didn’t know the answer, but I was desperately seeking it.
Three years ago, a girl from a neighboring town messaged me on Facebook about this fitness group that she was running. She invited me to join her & all the fun they were having. Community. Let me just tell you I THOUGHT this was a DREAM COME TRUE!! A group of like minded women all in one place…. HEAVEN!!
But it wasn’t heaven. I was on my walk with Jesus, learning the ropes of how to apply my Christ following faith in all the areas of my life & realized very quickly that this style of “fitness accountability” was not for me… derailing the Team Beachbody name in my book!!
Let me explain… This online group appeared to me like a competition. The girls would perform their workout & post a sports bra “sweaty selfie”. Like… how do you look so good after a workout?? They would show off the abs a little, show off how well they ate for the day, it was all very showy!! There was no realness. It seemed staged, beautiful & orderly. That. Was not. My. Life!
I always try to give people a chance. So, I messaged my new friend and asked her if I could give her some suggestions. With her permission I let her know what made me uncomfortable, and how I thought her group could be more successful. Now, I know I may not have been right, but I knew there had to be something more!! Where does God fall in all of this? and not in a Jesus freak kind of way… A, God made this body, He must be interested in helping me take care of it. Right?
You know, in my mind i thought… what if we were praying for one another?? imagine what kind of goals we could reach!! How many people would actually succeed instead of tossing in the towel if we were to press into Jesus instead of hiding and living to impress. The broken could actually be healed instead of reaching empty goals, and still finding a void a in our hearts. Something I have done more times than I would like to admit!
Unfortunately, my new friend was not ready for my comment. Maybe I didn’t approach it in the right way, but it was very clear that she was uncomfortable with my suggestions. She was honest and told me she believed in God, but she was still finding her way. Ok, I get it… I probably sounded C-RAH-AZY to her.
So, time passed, and I continued to eagerly search for the answer.
I met my dear friend Susan, and began a new journey of health and fitness with this “oxymoron” of a company “Team Beachbody”.
God began to teach me how to properly fuel my body. He exposed the strong holds I had in this area, and showed me how to dispel the lies I was believing, the lies that held me captive. This was through the right community of people with my eagerness to please God. Let me share with you what I learned:
Those of you who have been following me for a some time now, have heard me say over and over again, “How can I go into the world and share the good news of Jesus, if I am not healthy and whole?”
This is one of those “practice what you preach” kind of things! When your mind set changes from selfish and vein reasons, to selfless sacrifice to fulfill Gods purpose for your life, your world changes!!
It is no longer about what the scale says, or fitting into that old pair of jeans. Its about taking care of this gift God has given you called life!
Now you ask.. what does this have to do with contentment??
I’ve reached a point in my journey where God has revealed to me the “I’m ready” stage. Over and over again He says to me, “Mauri you are ready. Go into the world and share the good news!”
SO, I ask you. Is there a place for contentment in your health, nutrition & fitness journey? Are you allowed to love yourself where you are? Are you allowed to not care about a number on a scale? Are you allowed to not have any specific weight, food or fitness goals? Are you allowed to look at yourself in the mirror and love who you are… for the first time in your entire life?????
Content: in a state of peaceful happiness.
I see this over and over and over again. You reach a goal… so whats next? What is the next level? What is the next step? When is enough enough? Goals are not bad, but I do think it is important to recognize that you are perfectly loved, beautiful & important right where you are!
The health & fitness world makes it sound COMPLETELY WRONG to be content with where you are. There is this constant NEED to continue to improve at great lengths and never find satisfaction in where you are. That by looking in the mirror and loving who you are right in this moment means something is wrong with you. There is a form of conceit formed by the world in contentment. This is satan’s LIE!
I want to be very clear, I am NOT telling you to go back to your bad habits & begin abusing the body God gave you. Self care is a lifetime journey (as cliche as that sounds). Not a 3 week solution to a life time problem.
What I am saying is that we must reach a point where we no longer hate the journey. We must reach a point where we need to first love ourselves, to truly love others. We must find LOVE first and realize that happiness is perfectly OKAY!!
You DO NOT need to look like that lady on the magazine to be happy! You do not need to mirror the woman next door, to enjoy life!
I have found through this walk with Christ, that we must find contentment in where we are. Otherwise, when all is said and done, we will still be empty at the “finish line”.
I have been ashamed to share my journey lately, because I LOVE where I am. I don’t have any specific goals that I want to reach, just continual maintenance training my Godliness while I train my earthly body to go into the world & share the good news. And that is perfectly okay!! I know that as I am ready, God will reveal areas in my walk that need work, but there is nothing wrong with being content where you are. Being proud of yourself for how far you’ve come & loving the journey!
I feel like today you need to know, you are ALLOWED to love yourself right where you are! You are allowed to be content in your journey ❤
That does not mean you stop working on lowering your cholesterol or breaking your addiction to sugar, it just means that you are finding contentment in the journey. You are joyfully praising God in the sun, in the snow & in the rain. You are taking care of the blessing God has given you called life with a joyful and open heart. Not grudgingly, but happily.
Content: in a state of peaceful happiness.
Smile this morning, because you are so loved! Smile because you are able. Smile because you are strong & smile because you are worthy! Gods grace wins every time!