Body Image: Thoughts From a Christian Fit Mom

I once heard a pastor share an eye-opening example about being happy with the way God made you.
He said :

“Imagine when you were born that you came with a little bag. This bag contains all of your gifts and attributes, but for some reason you don’t like your own bag. You find yourself trying to see what’s in everyone else’s bag and comparing your bag to theirs and somehow you feel other people’s bags are better.”

Isn’t this so true about our body image?

As a Christian Fit Mom, I have found the reason we do this is that we don’t acknowledge our own value and all that God has blessed us with.

I bet you’re thinking, “Okay this is great, but how does it relate to my real life?” – like when I go on a diet and workout really hard only to look in the mirror and be unsatisfied with what I see?

Boy, do I understand that! I have good news, friends. I found the answer, let me share…

As a fitness competitor and model, I gave everything to my training and nutrition, I learned gymnastics as an adult, learned to cook all my food, and I got up at 5 in the morning to workout (can you hear the Rocky soundtrack?). I was in it to win it, but no matter how hard I worked, I never felt like it was enough.

Shooting magazines covers and competing made me realize if I wasn’t a Christian Fit mom and couldn’t rely on my faith to straighten my thoughts out, I would’ve been a mess.

Working with 1000’s of women, this is what I hear over and over:

“I started a diet with the best intentions. I was really motivated, but when the changes don’t come I started to feel like a failure and beat myself up.” And they ask me, “why can’t my stomach be flatter, why are my hips so wide, why am I not losing weight?”

This is a very painful and emotional struggle that so many of us are facing alone but the reality is, we aren’t alone!

Because I have truly lived this, and have helped many women get passed it, I want to share why you should know you (and your body) are good enough right now!

Did you know:

  • You are made in the image of God

  • He is the potter and you are the clay, you are the work of His hand

  • You are fearfully and wonderfully made

  • You are altogether beautiful; there is no flaw in you

God designed you! There is never going to be another you. Don’t allow the media or what other people have said is attractive to define your standard of beauty, but rather see yourself as a “one-of-a kind” design made by God and make Him the final authority.

The images we have in our minds are what we create in our lives.
The bible tell us :

“As a man thinks, so is He.” – Proverbs 23:7

So, have you ever questioned the image you have of yourself, could you be seeing yourself wrong?

Could the picture of yourself you hold in your mind have come from someone else?

Do you see yourself the way God sees you?

This is why renewing our minds to the truth of God is so important. You must begin to see yourself the way He sees you; this is the answer to rocking your Godfidence and shining in who God created you to be!

Look at these scriptures; these are where the truth about how you should see your body and where your body image should come from.

“Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” – Isaiah 64:8

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” – Genesis 1:26-27

“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” – Psalm 139:14

“You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you.”
– Song of Solomon 4:7

“Everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” – Isaiah 43:7

“Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward.” – Hebrews 10:35

I want to challenge you to look in your own bag today and see yourself the way God sees you. Will you choose to focus on all you’ve been blessed with and the beautiful gifts you’ve been given?

Will you do it? If so, tell me in the comments below.

Kim Dolan Leto

 

 

P.S. Come read a free chapter of my book and see the difference faith makes in your body image and fitness goals. Read it, here.

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