Over the next 2 nights, I want to share with you a few key observations from my journey that I believe will encourage you as much as they have encouraged me!
As I am on this journey to healthy living, exercise has become a critical part of what I do, an integral part of my daily routine.
This in itself is almost hard to believe, because prior to only 6 weeks ago, I would easily make all kinds of excuses not to work out for weeks or months at a time! And if I did manage to get myself moving for a period of time, the trend over the last few years was to fall off right around week 4.
(We’ve passed that now – woohoo!)
I have become aware that for me to achieve my weight loss/fitness/strength goals, I need to build muscle and I need to burn fat. So I need to spend time working out, doing intense enough exercises to build up my muscles, to strengthen them, to help them work harder and faster, so that they will burn fat even when I am not actively working out, just going throughout my day. I need to build muscle and burn fat.
What is the fat? It’s the stuff that doesn’t belong – at least not in the quantities that I am storing it. I have had years of unhealthy eating. I have had a love affair with cake… cookies… brownies… honestly, I didn’t discriminate as long as it fit in the category of sweets. I loved these empty calories, which brought me great pleasure and momentary satisfaction, but if we’re looking at the facts, were doing far more harm than good to my body. They were my go to! Yet now that I am not eating them, (regularly anyway), and have committed to making healthy food choices, along with exercising, I am now attacking the fat.
I’d like to think that I am going through the same process in the rest of my life. As I’m decluttering my life, I’m trying to build muscle – I’m working on the areas of my life that need to be Strengthened, stretched and sustained to get me and my family to where we desire to be, to where God desires us to be. But I need to burn the fat – the distractions, the “stuff” that does not matter, that doesn’t build us up or help us to achieve our financial goals, our spiritual goals, our academic or professional goals, our entrepreneurial goals.
This is the unhealthy “stuff” we need to burn away – the doubts, the fears, the insecurities. We need to build our trust in God, that’s how we’re building our faith “muscles”.
**Stay tuned for part 2 entitled “Something’s Got to Intensify!”**