Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Holidays, Health, and Faith.

For the fitness freak and the foodie, the holidays often make them hyperventilate inside.  They imagine the scores of goodies adding inches to their waist, pounds to the scale, and derail all the effort of the whole year.

Yet, all of life for the Christian must be exercised in faith.  That includes eating, even cookies, fudge, buckeyes, peppermint bark, and ham.  We are to enjoy the Lord, enjoy His gifts, and be thankful for them.

Over the past few years, I have had to rework and rethink just how much of an idol I made my body and food.  When people even offered me dessert, mentally, I freaked out.  I would hide it in my pocket or stuff it in my coat just so they didn't know I was obsessed over my calories.

I still struggle with this, but the Lord is helping me to conquer this idolatry.   He is helping me to swallow my pride about having a "beautiful" body and to be thankful for what God has given me, including the yummy sweets and the beautiful Christmas dinner.

So, don't worry.  A couple extra pounds won't hurt over the holidays.  Eventually your activity will increase, and you'll lose those extra pounds.  Enjoy the time with the family.  Thank God for each bite, and eat in faith.  :)

And if you see me, remind me to do that too.  :D

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Feelin' Fat?

I'm going to be pretty transparent here, because, hey nobody reads this anyways.  

It's been 5 years now since I started struggling with my eating and the way I viewed or didn't appreciate the body God gave me.

And really, it's been very hard.  This is an idol that has been so deeply ingrained in my life, and it's mighty hard rooting it out.  So often, I find myself wandering in front of the mirror just to make sure I don't look fat, measuring my waist, checking my weight, counting my calories, and worshiping this creature, this human being, instead of my Creator.  I compare myself to my other sisters in Christ or other celebrities or fitness idols who have those six pack abs, lean legs, and toned bodies, and my heart cries out in jealousy, coveting what they have, instead of, like Mary, sitting at Jesus' feet and being mindful of what truly matters.  

It's been a long road to hoe.   I'm not perfect, and I never will be, but this is a huge area of sanctification for me.  If a girl who is struggling with an eating disorder comes upon this blog in the near future or 100 years from now, if the Lord tarries, please know that the only solution to your problem is the crushing of your idols and the worship of Almighty God.  

If you read this, and you don't know me, or you know me, pray for me.  Pray I would crush these idols by God's grace.  Pray I would put God first, not myself.  

John 8:36, " If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed."  Truly this is the solution to every man and woman's problem.  He shall make us free if we would only repent and follow Him.  

Thursday, July 29, 2010

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Variety in our Exercise

For about 1 year and 9 months now I have been a pretty consistent runner. But now, I'm stuck in a rut. I want to be a runner for the rest of my life, if the Lord wills, but I also like variety in my choices of activities.  It's the running rut. I"m not the kind of runner who can just run without a goal in mind. I must have a goal to motivate me to run. I want to reach that goal. It might be a goal of getting faster, getting a PR in my next race, or wanting to achieve a certain distance. Right now, I am in the rut of not having a goal to achieve. I'm also not closed to varying my main exercise with other main modes of exercise. I'm not close to a pool but I do have a bike. So I am training with a new goal in mind. 

While still running a couple days a week, I will be transitioning to training for a cycling event. I've never participated in a cycling event before and have been intrigued by doing it. I have yet to decide whether I will do my "cycling" event by myself or in a regularly organized event. The farthest I have ever cycled is 30 miles. I would now like to upgrade to a full Century ride.  I am excited and just got a training plan yesterday.  I hope to be able to complete a century ride some time in the next few months.  I will also still be incorporating strength, core training, vigorous walking, and running so as to vary my routine, and make all the parts of my anatomy strong and healthy.   May the Lord be glorified in this new venture of my fitness routine!    

Monday, February 1, 2010

Fitness - It's a Religion

I know. I know. I haven't posted in ages. But I'm still the same age since I posted last, so here I go.

This is not something that came to my mind on the spur of the moment but a thought that I have pondered deeply and long over the past few weeks, months, even years. My point is "Fitness is a religion." Runners may diss a Christian runner for being religious, but in reality they are just as religious or even more so. They may not attend a church every Sunday, but their religion is centered on themselves, not on the God who made them and designed their bodies for doing amazing physical feats. They forget, however, to acknowledge and praise their Maker and Creator for what He has done in making and designing them with so many amazing features. But instead, man, who is naturally self-centered, gives himself the credit for his accomplishments. They publish their accomplishments in newspapers and on the web, and they gather their crowd of worshippers who fall down at their feet and admire them with their gifts and idolatry. Man revels in the praise he doesn't deserve. Every man wishes to be a god to himself and others but in the deepest parts of their being, they know there is a God and He is very real. But he tries to supress that by using many instruments like fitness and sports to supress the fact that there is a God, and instead of using it to praise God for what He has done in designing them, they use fitness to praise themselves, for what they have done all by themselves. But let us come to the realization that, we have not and could never design such a wonderful and complex body that God has given us and that He is the ultimate source of our abilities and our capabilities. He is the Creator and Maker of all things. Remember when you accomplish a hard workout, whether it be a 30 mile bike ride, a 10,20 mile run, or 10 repeats of 300 pounds on a bench press, that God gave you those abilities and we are to give Him all praise and thanks!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Fit for Christ - Why?

Fit for Christ -

Let me share with you how I chose the name of my blog. Two years ago, I started to exercise regularly. I really did not want to aspire to be a couch potato, but I knew I didn't want to live a sedentary lifestyle. I wanted to incorporate the exercise into my life so I could serve God to my full capacity. I wanted to be active and healthy for my future family so I could produce children, that too would carry on "our" vision for the kingdom of God. So why are you active? Why do you get on the treadmill every morning? Is it to sculpt a beautiful, lean, thin body to match all of those fat couch potatos? Or is your goal much more eternal than that? Set your sights high with a vision for the future. Do not look at the temporal benefits of your choices but look at how they will affect you for eternity!