This journey has been amazing. The opportunity to receive the fitness help and coaching has been incredible. But the biggest revelations have come in getting to know me better. I’ve believed a lot of things about myself that weren’t true, and God is using this process to not just get my body in shape, but also my mind.
Lies I believed
Being overweight meant I was less than others who didn’t have a weight problem. God doesn’t judge me by the number on the scale. Yes, He wants me to be healthy, but He can and will use me right where I am now.
I’m a night owl. Turns out I’m really a morning person. I would never have thought that was the case. But the discipline of this process has forced me to revisit my daily routine and I’ve discovered I do better when I get up early and go to bed early.
Fitness and health was a sacrifice and meant giving up some of the things I love. I’ve discovered that it’s not a sacrifice, it’s the path to freedom. I thought losing weight and being healthy meant giving up things. Instead I’ve learned that I’m not giving up anything, I’m just modifying my behavior and that is giving me more freedom than I ever imagined. I have more energy to do the things I love and more quality time to spend with my kids.
I have to manage my weight by myself. I was trying to do it first (and stupidly) without God because I was ashamed of the weight I’d gained. But I also hid it from the people who could help me. Now that I’ve opened up, I have an incredible support system. The help hasn’t just come from His Radio and the GHS YMCA, but from family, friends, and those of you following my journey here.
These are just some of the things I’m learning. I’ve also a adopted a weigh-loss Bible verse. I keep this in the front of my mind, especially when I’m struggling.
I shall run the way of Your commandments, For You will enlarge my heart. Psalm 119:32. (NASB)