Ok. You’re out of shape. Right there with you. It’s easy to throw yourself a “pity-party,” go with the flow, and refuse to change anything. But will that get any result? Nope.
Take your clothes off and look in the mirror. Do you like what you see? I know I don’t like what I see when I look in the mirror. Once upon a time, I was quite an athlete. Unfortunately, I didn’t eat properly but I had a workout regimen that didn’t quit. Now, I look more “Michelin Man” than “Superman.”
That said, I don’t condemn me and I certainly don’t condemn you!
Romans 8:1 says:
1There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
In other words, don’t beat yourself up about your physical condition. You didn’t get here overnight; it was a process. Likewise, it will be a process getting from fat to fit; from tired to terrific! I know how to get to fit and I know how I moved away from it, therefore, I know how to get back. I want to help you reach your goal!
You have to start somewhere and you have to start sometime! This is the place and this is the time!
The toughest battlefield you will encounter on the road to physical fitness is the 5-to-6 inches between your ears! Before you can transform your body, you must first transform your mind.
Romans 12:1-2 says it thusly:
1I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.Â 2And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
True change comes from within. Conquer your mind, conquer your body. And how do you conquer your mind? By yielding your spirit to the Holy Spirit. You will only conquer your flesh by your spirit — your mind acts as the conduit.
Let’s start with a simple premise: garbage in, garbage out. Imagine what the worship experience would be like at your local church if the sanctuary is strewn about with fast-food containers, soda cans, and candy wrappers. You wouldn’t be able to focus on worship for all the junk. Some erstwhile saint should speak up and say, “let’s clean this mess up!”
Well, your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. Â 1 Corinthians 6: 19-20 declares:
19What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?Â 20For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
Ask yourself a few questions: What am I putting into my temple? And am I glorifying God in my body? Moreover, am I rendering the best possible service to God if my body is not well-maintained?
Let’s start by cleansing the temple. How much packaged, prepared food are you eating? How many sodas are you drinking? How much candy, cookies, and cakes are you eating? Cut your intake of these — by half is a good beginning. Â But to see real change, you’re going to have to drastically reduce or eliminate all the junk you’re eating. Turn to God’s bounty — eat plenty of FRESH (or frozen, if you must) vegetables and fruit.
Now let’s examine the lifestyle. Newton’s first law states that bodies in motion tend to stay in motion and bodies at rest tend to stay at rest. Are you in motion? Do you have an exercise routine? If not, you need one. If you check the health and fitness section of my website, you will find simple routines that, when regularly performed, will yield extraordinary results. If you don’t like mine, there’s a plethora of books and websites from which you can find an exercise program to suit you.
One more thing, it’s time to start a journal. Log everything you eat and drink. Chronicle your activities. You will then get a good idea of what your eating and activity habits look like. Once you know what your life looks like, it’s much easier to make changes.
Now, here’s the beautiful part. When you begin this journey, you will remember your starting point and the milestones along the way. If you happen to get lost, you’ll easily find your way back.
Remember, this is a marathon, not a sprint. Together, we’ll work toward a fit future!
Â© 2010 – Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)