When it comes to our fitness goals, the word discipline sounds like work…grunt work. But combining our faith with our fitness means getting fit is less about grunt work and more about grace work.
We all have areas in our lives where we thrive in discipline. But have you ever thought about what it means to be disciplined? And did you know God gave us the grace (free and unmerited favor) to be disciplined?
That means we don’t have to be bossed around by those cookies or chips we crave or the couch that calls our name.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 2 Tim 1:7
I’ll admit until my 30’s, I never worked out or ate right and I didn’t want to hear about it. I was working as a pharmaceutical rep with long hours and frequent hotel stays – working out was for people that had the luxury of free time.
Sadly, around this time, my dad had a stroke. His battle with heart disease, kidney failure and a rare autoimmune disorder became my inspiration to take a longer look at myself and when I did I did not like what I saw.
Here’s what I saw: at 30, I was overweight, tired, stressed out and even had a received a high cholesterol test. I was shocked to find out, I could be on the same path as my father.
Seeing my handsome 47-year-old dad’s face paralyzed stopped me in my tracks and I knew I needed to do something.
We all have aha moments, and they’re typically painful.
Maybe you have a close family member suffering from a disease too or maybe your aha moment went something like this:
- You had a baby and feel there is no way you could ever get your body back.
- You saw a picture of yourself and didn’t recognize yourself and you feel sad about the weight you’ve gained.
- You tried on last seasons’ clothes and can’t get them on?
- You stand in your closet wondering what to wear to hide the weight you’ve gained.
- You feel noticeably tired and stressed all the time and find yourself eating to cope.
- You feel like you’re getting older and like what’s the point?
- You think it’s too late, and that you could never look or feel great again?
Me too…. I share these with you because I’ve felt every one of them!
But I found a way to beat it…
I noticed when I got in a workout, a few moments of time alone and spent time reading the word of God, I made better choices I stayed on track with my faith and fitness and most importantly, I saw myself the way God saw me. This isn’t a perfect amount of time given to any one of them, but I call it my FIT Power Hour. It doesn’t have to be done all at once, but let me tell you it changed me…everything about me. In real life it looks like this: I listen to the bible in the car while I drive to get my daughter from school, in the line at school waiting for her, I journal my thoughts, and first thing in the morning I get up and workout. This F.I.T. (Faith Inspired Transformation) Power Hour is the glue that holds my life together. When I stray away from it, I feel much more negative about myself and I don’t make the best choices. Instead of the miserable girl in the closet trying to camouflage my weight, I found strength and power in God in my F.I.T Power Hour and it was and is the game changer for my health.
Sometimes our harshest critic is looking back at us in the mirror… Is that you today? If so, will you ask yourself a different question? Why not me? And say, God has given me power and self-discipline!
I pray today that the word discipline shifts from one of work to one of choices. Choices we can make through the grace of God and not just grunt work! We are trained in our choices, so we can choose to change them. After all discipline means training.
Fast forward 15 years …at 45, and after a week of family vacation, I was asked to go to Australia to represent Oxygen Magazine at the Australian Health and Fitness Conference and shoot workout articles.
Here are some images from this experience. I share them with you, not to brag, but to give credit where credit is due! Only God could get an old lady like me 🙂 on the cover of magazines and shooting and writing articles to inspire women!
God has done amazing, incomprehensible things that I know I could never have done on my own.
Do you know God cares about you and your health?
Have you ever considered that you could combine your faith and fitness and walk out your health daily with God and tap into the power to train yourself to make the best choices with Him?
I’m here for you and I’m praying for you.
Get Healthy, Happy & Fit God’s Way,