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Keys to Growing Spiritually in Your Fitness Journey 1

Keys to Growing Spiritually in Your Fitness Journey
Have you ever said, “I’ll be happy when?” When you get that promotion, lose those last ten pounds, or make a certain amount of money? What or who defines you? If your confidence (or lack of confidence) is found in the way you look, your social position, a past lifestyle, a failed relationship or even someone else’s opinion of you, you’re allowing the world and not the word of God to have the final say.
We should be seeking God’s approval – not mankind’s approval.
After thirteen years in the fitness industry and sixteen years of being a Christian, I’ve learned the hard way that my confidence has to come solely from who I am in Christ. As a model and writer, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by what everyone else thinks of me and to seek their approval. Whenever I’ve bought into this, enough is never enough. There isn’t pretty enough and there isn’t fit enough. Everyone has a different opinion. So, buying into ‘what other’s think’ lands you in a world of misery. Seeking God’s approval and not man’s is how to find true confidence and peace. In God alone, right now, we are good enough.
If you’re feeling like you’ve allowed something to dictate your identity and you won’t be happy without it then remember this: we are all created individually with a specific plan to prosper and to have hope.
You are so precious and unique to God that He only made one of you.
God doesn’t make mistakes. What we do (in all areas of our life) should be done unto an audience of one – God. Adopt this mindset and let it liberate you. Find who you are in Christ. Avoid the trap of trying to be what the world thinks you should be. You are, as the Bible says, fearfully and wonderfully made.
Here to get you Happy, Healthy, and FIT,
Kim

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By | 2014-11-22T10:08:34+00:00 June 11th, 2014|FIT Body, FIT Mind, FIT Soul|7 Comments

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  1. Kimberly June 1, 2015 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    This is so important as a woman first, then as an aspiring model. It is easy to succumb to the world’s thoughts of us. Thank you for this!

  2. Megan Linge June 23, 2014 at 7:46 am - Reply

    Brilliant!! This post really shows your sincerity and dedication…your priorities are in the right place! 🙂

    • Kim Dolan Leto June 25, 2014 at 5:45 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Megan.

  3. E June 17, 2014 at 8:48 am - Reply

    Dear Kim, I have been so inspired by you for many years, from the pages of Oxygen to your blog. What I struggle with (and I hope you may be able to comment on) is that although I absolutely believe in what you do… I have a hard time “feeling” that God thinks it’s ok for me to take time from my kids, money from my family budget, to join the gym or to even get out for a run, etc. I still have this feeling that I’m being selfish, and desiring to “look good” (which is in fact important to me, along with wanting to be healthy and fit) is just my ego and not God’s desire for me at all. I guess I struggle deciding what I want, vs what God is putting on my heart. This conflict is what keeps me from reaching my goals I think.

    • Kim Dolan Leto June 17, 2014 at 3:09 pm - Reply

      E,
      Thank you so much for your message. I’m going to do my very best to answer your question.
      Please take a look at these scriptures, I hope they help you see that you and your health are a priority. http://www.openbible.info/topics/taking_care_of_yourself

      If time is an issue like it is for me, here’s how I fit it all in.
      Truthfully, the only way I can even make fitness work in my day is to get up before everyone’s awake and workout. This is my me time. Then the rest of the day I feel less stress, more energy, and much happier. I put on my fav Christian music and it’s seriously the hour that holds me together the rest of the day.

      God desires balance (1 Peter 5:8), and in my opinion it is out of balance if you can’t take of you. Your goals do not sound vanity driven they sound health driven. My dad died very young and he had high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and many people in my family struggle with their weight-me included. This is what got my involved with fitness. How are you going to take care of your family, if you don’t take care of yourself?

      I want to be healthy and happy. How can I be of use for God if I’m not? He said in (Jer 29:11) For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

      I believe God wants us to be healthy-don’t you? And As a mother, my daughter motivates me to be a strong, healthy, and happy role model. I hope this helps!

  4. jennylifts June 16, 2014 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    Reading this made me happy! I think as women we so often get caught in the trap of being people-pleasers and comparing ourselves to others. At the end, it is between us and God- so trying to please the neighbor, the boss, the media etc. just leads to being unfulfilled. You are right- there is always someone skinnier, prettier, smarter etc. and chasing those goals will never get you anywhere. I feel so much less stress when I’m not trying to keep up with everyone else.

    • Kim Dolan Leto June 17, 2014 at 3:10 pm - Reply

      Amen, Jenny! Thank you for your comment.

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