It is so very important to “get fit” physically & spiritually.
Just like motivating yourself to exercise, you also have to motivate yourself to read the Bible, am I right?
I believe that these two things actually go hand in hand together. Below I will be giving advice on how to start your day out with God’s word along with some daily workouts to help get you physically and spiritually buff.
Having a morning routine is something that you basically have to train yourself to do and how many of us have a hard time trying to stick to things without giving up or quitting?
We all lack motivation in some area of our lives. I have found that by changing my morning routine to involve exercise and devotional time, my days are filled with so much more positivity!
Not to mention my skinny jeans fit much better too, so it’s a win….win…..
First off I want you to clear your mind of “CAN’T!”
That word is actually a bad word in my home and to the class that I teach each week. You are capable of doing anything that you set your mind out to do.
YOU ARE YOUR OWN WORST ENEMY!
The only competition you truly have is yourself. But with a bit of motivation, encouragement, and training, you will be amazed by what all you can do!
I know that we are all busy with our lives. As a wife and mother, I understand how hard it is at times to make any time for yourself. But you are important too! You will make an impact on your children when you decide to make healthier choices as well. After all, they are always watching you.
They look to you as a role model for their own lives, so don’t you want them to be physically and spiritually fit too?
Get your kids and husband involved as well. Make it a fun family event reading God’s word and exercising together. My family does this every Saturday morning together. Now they usually hate me during the workout portion, my husband included, but once we are all finished they feel accomplished.
~MY OWN PERSONAL JOURNEY~
I have always been athletic, I grew up playing sports such as basketball and soccer, but after having my kids I kind of fell off the healthy bandwagon. I would try every “crash diet” I could and there for a while I would just lose and gain the same 15 lbs. over and over again.
It was frustrating and exhausting!
Seven years ago I was diagnosed with PCOS (Poly-cystic ovarian syndrome) and I had gained a whole lot of weight. It was uncontrollable weight gain that sent me into a downward spiral of emotions which lead to severe anxiety and depression. I sought out professional help with a nutritionist that steered me in the direction of making a healthy lifestyle change. I was put on a “low carb” diet, challenged to work-out daily and told to take several vitamins.
This was me…
I was at my highest weight of 177 lbs and I am 5’5. It is not easy for me to even share this part of me because it is not something I like to re-live. But I know that by sharing my journey, that hopefully it will help someone else.
I was hopeless, sad, depressed, and frustrated just to name a few of my emotions during this time. I decided to listen to my nutritionist and make the lifestyle changes that were necessary.
I knew that I could not do this alone so instead of reaching for the dumbbells at first, I opened my bible. I needed God’s word to help motivate me in the right direction. I will share with you how God not only transformed my body, but he transformed my spiritual being as well.
“10” WAYS TO “GET FIT” PHYSICALLY & SPIRITUALLY FREE PRINTABLE BELOW….
It took me a whole year to lose my weight. Yes, you read that right, a year! Slow and steady wins the race. After losing the weight I had to understand that the number on the scale did not matter. Having a much healthier physical and spiritual outlook on life changed everything. You have to make lifestyle changes that will last. You can not starve yourself, you can not skip breakfast and I am not a fan of magic pills, drinks, or shakes to make you healthy and fit. If you do use some of those products, I am not judging you at all..to each their own. I just believe in good ole’ hard work and dedication!
You will have to make “diet” changes, but that does not mean try the first fad diet that you have read about online. Make simple changes such as drinking more water, cut out sugars, eat clean complex carbohydrates, watch portion control, eat frequently to build up your metabolism, add more veggies, add more protein, add-in fresh berries, make smoothies with fresh fruits, kale, and unsweetened almond milk.
You need to do whatever works best for you and take it a day at a time.
THIS IS ME NOW. I never thought in a million years that I could accomplish all that I have. I now absolutely LOVE running! It is a mental stress reliever for me and it gives me time to talk to God. I enjoy the breeze on my face and the agenda of having no agenda. I tie my laces on my running shoes, place my hair in a pony-tail and I feel UNSTOPPABLE.
God saved me through this journey….physically & spiritually 🙂
I have maintained my weight for all of these years by trusting in God first and then believing in myself enough not to quit. The number on the scale no longer has control over me. I workout daily, eat clean and read the word. You can do this, I promise you that with God on your side…you can do all things!
Challenging yourself is important for mental growth, crushing goals will give you a sense of power, and quoting scriptures while doing so gets you fit to fight the battles you face against the devil himself.
SO I AM CHALLENGING YOU THIS WEEK TO MAKE A CHANGE!!
Here is a “Clean eating” food list to get you started!