Ever wonder why being consistent with your food, workouts, and motivation is SO hard?
This blog will give you the reasons why and 5 things you can do to that work!
I want to introduce you to Christine because her problem is many of our problems, but she beat it in the Lord.
She came to me because she couldn’t stick to her goals. She would do really well for a couple of weeks, but then she would quit. She asked me to help her understand why she kept quitting. I asked Christine if she had ever made God the God of her fitness goals. She laughed and said, “What do you mean? He doesn’t care about the forty pounds I need to lose.” As we spoke, Christine started to cry and said, “I did this to myself. I did this to my body. Why would God want to help me, and how could He help me?”
Maybe today you feel like Christine. You’ve started and stopped your fitness goals more times than you can count—but you really want to see them through.
If you struggle with consistency, have you ever felt like this?
I’m going to share a lot, maybe too much, but I couldn’t resist. You see, I just got the final draft of Fit God’s Way, and I wanted to give you a sister secret look at what you can expect in my new book Fit God’s Way, out 1/17/23. You can preorder your copy, HERE.
If you are a Jesus follower, anything you leave Him out of will be a place of struggle. Just this morning, I read three emails from women asking for help with their fitness.
The first one said, “Why do I keep quitting?!” The next one said, “Why can’t I be consistent? I do really well for a couple of weeks, but then I give up!” The third said, “Why do I always start strong and then quit my fitness goals? How do I see it through?”
I am asked these questions daily, but today felt different. God spoke to my heart, and He told me, “You need to tell people why they quit. It’s because they have no roots. Where there is no root, there is no fruit.”
“…they have no root in themselves.” (Mark 4:17 NKJV)
“You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.” (John 15:16 ESV)
When we are rooted in Christ, His Word, and His ways, He can bless our efforts (fruit)—but when we depend on ourselves and trust our own ways, we’re frustrated and unsatisfied (no root).
The Stages of Worldly Fitness: Why We Need the Godly Habit of Pressing On
Just a reminder, this is right out of my new book Fit God’s Way, and I’m only sharing it with you to show you how much we need Godly truth in our fitness. Make sure to get yourself and a friend a copy.
The truth is this fitness journey is going to have bad days. You’re going to blow it, you’re going to eat things you didn’t want to, you’re going to skip workouts, and the scale may infuriate you—but these are just moments, and you can’t allow fleshly moments to make you quit on reaching your goals.
The reason these moments shake us so badly is that we haven’t connected our fitness to Christ.
To get out of the cycle, we can no longer trust in our abilities, live by our feelings, or place our confidence in ourselves. We have to recognize a bad moment is just a moment—and although we have them, they cannot have us. It’s in these moments that we need to turn to God and live for Him—not the way we look.
But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit. (Jeremiah 17:7–8 NIV)
When you make God your source, you live by the Spirit, and you have power. The Holy Spirit will speak to you, so the next time you get to a place where you’re about to quit, refer to these five gut checks and press on in Him.
I want to encourage you through a prayer I wrote for my new book, Fit God’s Way.
The struggle to find the motivation to be consistent with my fitness goals has been a battle all my life. But in You, I am not a quitter. I am an Overcomer (1 John 5:5). Your Word says, “forgetting what lies behind and straining toward what is ahead, I can press on toward the goal to win the prize for which you have called me in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13–14). Fill me with Your presence, Father. I want to forget my past failures and recognize that I have this treasure in a jar of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from You and not from me (2 Corinthians 4:7). Today, I’m lying down every time I’ve quit in the past. I declare that I am done with being a poor steward of my body. No matter what comes, I’m pressing on and promising to rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, and be constant in prayer (Romans 12:12). When the trials come. The enemy tests me, I will hold onto Your Word that says, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you because he trusts in you” (Isaiah 26:3). By the power of the Holy Spirit working in me, I will cross the finish line of my fitness goals and give You all the glory by saying, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7). Father God, it brings me to my knees to know that I did not choose You. Still, You chose me and appointed me to go and bear fruit, and that my fruit should remain, that whatever I ask You in the name of Jesus, You will give to me (John 15:16). I’m asking and believing and trusting in You alone to empower me to press on and have victory over my fitness, my wholeness, my calling, my everything.
In Jesus’ name, amen.
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal of winning the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:13–14 NIV
Sister, I want you to remember that you can do all things in Christ - and that includes reaching your fitness goals!
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