Why You Should Work From the Inside Out

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I’ve followed diets.  I know calories.  I understand macros.  (“IIFYM” anyone???)  I’ve read books by all sorts of experts on diet and exercise.  I’ve used pills and powders and DVDs.  I did Weight Watchers when it was all about cans of tuna, lettuce, and carrot sticks dipped in mustard.  (Yes, you read that right!)   I’ve belonged to a gym.  I’ve taught exercise classes.  I’ve used computer programs to log my calories in and calories out.  I’ve restricted food and binged on exercise.  I’ve taken laxatives to “cleanse”.  

You get the picture.  I’ve tried A LOT of things.  Why?  What was my goal?  Results.  But what results exactly?  I just wanted to feel good in my body.  I was never shooting for a specific size or really even a specific number on the scale.  Sure, I wanted clothing sizes or scale numbers to go down, but I knew I’d never be a size 2.  I really didn’t want that.  At the end of the day, all I wanted was to feel good in my body.  I didn’t want to look in the mirror and cry or avoid mirrors altogether.

Was that too much to ask?  Of course not, but I was going about it all the wrong way.  

Yes, I grew up in church.  I was shy and therefore didn’t go out much and thus didn’t get into trouble or try things I shouldn’t.  I prayed.  I even prayed about my weight.  In fact, I cried to God about my weight (that I’ve never really had a problem with, according to a doctor anyway!).  BUT, I never really trusted Him with this area.  I’d read what Christian writers had to say about body weight and self image.  But I always had a better answer…..or rather Dr. Oz or the Oprah show or the Google search engines had answers for me.  LOTS of them, and expensive ones at that!  

But then I was about to turn 40.  I read the book “Made to Crave” by Lysa TerKeurst. It was my wake up call.  It was time.  I realized once and for all that I needed to change from the inside out.  I needed to work on my mind and my spirit.  

Now, I’m going to be 44 this year.  So to say that I read the book and I was “fixed” is to simplify it quite a bit and really just isn’t accurate.  BUT, I was on the right road….finally.  I slipped up and ordered diet pills and restricted calories and binged on exercise, but this time was different.  Daily I prayed and handed this to God.  Daily I sought Him to help me know the right ways to eat and exercise.  I got out in “left field” at times (and still do!), but never so far out that it was like starting all over again when I finally came back!  I began to realize that this was about me and my uniquely created body.  I couldn’t do things that worked for someone else.  If a diet promised a quick fix, then you can bet I knew it was a scam.  

But a journey it has been, and still is.  Why do I share it with you?  Because if I can save you from some of the hurt and pain by sharing a better way, I want to do that.  I’ve learned some things.  And the most important is this:  If you want results, you must start from the inside out.  

I’ve created a document that is simple but it includes some key scripture and prayer that will get you started on a Fit and Free life.  If that’s something you think might help you, and if you want to hear more about my journey and bumps along the road and how I handle them, just sign up for my email list.  I’ll send you the scriptures, and you’ll get a front row seat on my struggles as well as how I navigate this journey.  Let’s travel this road together!  

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Don’t you love this picture my friend’s son drew? It’s really quite simple “God, thank you for making me so wonderful.” If we could only make this our daily prayer.

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