Find Your Why // Spiritually Fit Day 4

Sunday, July 17, 2016

I'm too busy. I'm too old. I'm young enough I don't have to worry about it. It’s boring. I have to take care of my kids. I’m too fat. I have back problems. Im already naturally thin. I don't like to go to the gym.

If we're being honest with ourselves, we have used one of these excuses to get out of a workout or a healthy meal at some point. The truth is, working out or eating healthy are not always our natural first selection, especially since some of us do not enjoy it. We love a big bowl of pasta, the moist cake with a glob of frosting, all the while laying on the couch watching the latest tv drama or Netflix right. We even refer to this as relaxing and unwinding often as if it actually helps or benefits us in some way.

What is the real reason you don't always take care of yourself? 

Whatever it may be, write it down and tear it up because it's time to stop using excuses to hold yourself back. You are the only one who can make the healthy choices in your life. We are all motivated and driven by different things; maybe you genuinely have a love for healthy cooking and nutrition, maybe you love to look in the mirror and feel strong, maybe you love being able to set a good example for your kids and show them what it is like to push through hard things for results you want. No matter what your why is, we all have one. This is the one thing that will make you keep going.

For me, my why is simply myself. I struggled with self-confidence for a long time, then when I started working out, I got unhealthy and obsessive about it because I thought it would make me who I wanted to be over night. I had to do some soul searching and let God refine me a bit in my understanding about what a healthy life actually looked like. 

In Hebrews 12:11-12, we are told that "no discipline is pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen you feeble arms and weak knees." This verse stands true in all forms of discipline, but what a great way to think about our healthy and fitness journeys in life.

Whether you think you have a health and fitness journey or not, you do. Just because you do not workout or eat healthy does not mean that this does not t apply to you. One day it will.

Our bodies are not eternal. They deteriorate, age and reap the effects of the things we ingest. Even if you think that since you are naturally thin you don't have to worry about anything health and fitness related, it is important to know that one day your bones, muscles and body systems will need strength. If you haven't been training them and fueling them, they will surely fail you much sooner.

You have one body.
No matter what it looks like now. it is your responsibility to take care of it. Decide today from this point on to take a good look at your health. Not just physically, but mentally and spiritually too. And be honest with yourself about how you are doing. 

I am currently 39 weeks pregnant. I work a full-time job that takes me at least an hour both ways to commute most days, I am a fitness coach, my husband is a fire fighter and we own a lawn business. In addition, we are heavily involved within the heart of our church community and we spend a good deal of time with our families.

Do I really have time to workout and eat healthy? Is it convenient and easy? How do I fit it all in?
These are questions I get asked all the time.

I laugh a little on the inside and just think, “I have no idea!” 

The truth is, I have to prioritize. Are there days where we have a family dinner right after I get off work and I woke up late so I didn't get a workout in...and I'm exhausted when I get home at 10pm from dinner so there is no way I'm about to workout before bed so I just don't fit it in? Sure. I mean, hello, I'm human and pregnant!

Life happens and sometimes our perfect little schedules and plans do not always work out perfectly, but give yourself a little grace. That one workout is not worth a single minute of guilt! No journey is perfect.

I live by the 80/20 rule! Eat healthy and workout 80% of the time, the other 20% is free game. Sometimes that 20% means a large ice-cream sundae, other times it means I get fried chicken instead of grilled on my salad. I don't limit myself to what it has to look like, i just give myself that grace ahead of time so that I never have to feel bad about it.

Life if all about balance. We constantly fall off track with one thing or another. We we slack in our spiritual lives, God gives us grace. We we slack at home, our families give us grace. We slack in our jobs, (hopefully) we receive grace. We fall off the train with our healthy lifestyles, give yourself grace. I cannot tell you how many times women come to me, beating themselves us because they feel like they are not enough in some area- most often in being a mom, wife or in their physical appearance. It breaks my heart because I know this is not what God wants for us. I think He absolutely wants us to take care of ourselves, but in the right ways.

Decide what your why is.
Make a plan.
Find some verses to motivate you.
Find some accountability (message me personally if you have to!)
And give yourself a little grace while you start the journey to being the best you that you can be!

About the Author

Brittney resides in Alabama where she is a fire wife, expecting mommy of a baby girl and a fitness coach. She is went to school for interior design, spent 6+ years serving in student ministry and as youth pastors with her husband! They love diy projects, fishing and spending time around good food with their families! With her most recent adventure becoming a fitness coach she desires to help women see the real importance in living a healthy life and what that really means. If you want to find some delicious recipes, motivation and constant baby bump pics follow her on Instagram @bzshears! 


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