Ten years ago today I held my son’s lifeless body in the palm of my hand sobbing with the raw intensity of fresh grief. He had been born into the arms of Jesus bypassing my own arms altogether. My emptiness and sorrow resulting from that loss plunged me into a dark abyss of despair and fear cloaked by a busy life and a practiced smile.
I tried to swallow the fear that surged within me, but I couldn’t keep it down. I desperately wanted to believe it was nothing, but this hadn’t happened to me before and I was already well into the second trimester.
As a busy mom of 8 children, I struggled for years to exercise consistently. My two biggest obstacles were motivation and time. Over the past two years, I’ve finally found ways to overcome my obstacles and push past my excuses. I now enjoy the benefits regular workouts so much that motivation is no longer a problem and I make the time to exercise consistently. I want to pass on what I’ve learned so you can reap the rewards of staying fit too.
What’s Your Motivation?
Nobody is born fit. Every fit person has to work for it both in the gym and in the kitchen. (Unfortunately, we cannot depend upon our success in one area to counterbalance our neglect of the other.) The biggest difference between people who are fit and people who aren’t is to what extent they’ve believed or rejected their own excuses.
Here’s the truth. Exercise is hard. Being unhealthy is hard. It’s difficult either way. Choose your hard. Do you want to continue to battle the health issues that wage war against you, or do you want to fight for a stronger body? That’s what you have to decide.
You’re Worth It!
Building a stronger body is a beautiful and healthy way to value yourself. When we neglect taking care of our bodies because all our time and effort is spent elsewhere, we are either under the delusion that we are invincible or we are showing by our actions that (at least subconsciously) we really don’t believe how valuable we are.
We don’t neglect what we value.
As you read this today, I encourage you to think about the many ways a strong body benefits you personally. What motivates you most to build a stronger body?
If you missed the introduction, go back and read it here. Then follow the link at the bottom to come back here. I’ll still be here when you get back! Don’t worry!
Over the next couple of days, we will also examine how keeping yourself strong and healthy impacts those around you and even your relationship with your Creator. But for today, we’re just going to focus on you.