Hey Fit Chicks. Honesty is key to any friendship. And I’m going to reveal something about myself that you will find quite shocking. When it comes to food and fitness, I’m not perfect. I know. Pick yourself up off the floor and read on. . .
This past week, I have consumed my fair share of wonderfully unhealthy foods. There has been pie. There has been pizza. There has been cookie dough. A Happy Meal may have slipped in there. Right now some of you are questioning if I am even a personal trainer. Others of you are wondering whether I have been wallowing in guilt (pizza in hand) over my seemingly heinous actions. You know what? I haven’t. But that hasn’t always been the case. An extra helping of Mini Eggs used to equal hours spent stewing over my worth as a woman and why I couldn’t get it together. My state became further crazed by the expectation my body would suddenly quadruple in size overnight. And since I had already screwed things up for the day, I usually just went with it and rapidly consumed all chocolate within a fifty foot radius. How many of you do the same thing? Does a cookie or two for dessert (or breakfast) mean your day is ‘ruined’?
Now, I’m not suggesting you throw caution to the wind and polish off that four litre pail of maple walnut in your freezer without a second thought. Your body needs proper nourishment to function at its’ full capacity. What I’m saying is that the all or nothing approach doesn’t work, and it’s not healthy. And from a spiritual perspective, it’s holding you back from life and the plan God has for it.
Can you imagine if God treated us the way we treat ourselves? Can you fathom Him saying: ‘You messed up my entire plan today with that slip up. You may as well just stay where you are. Tomorrow we’ll see if you can do better’. Of course not. Because that’s not God. The God of this universe doesn’t write us off. He continues to love, continues to give grace, encourages us to keep going. So what gives you the right to hold yourself to a standard that even He doesn’t? Be inspired by the following passage:
“Not that I have now attained (this ideal), or have already been made perfect, but I press on to lay hold of (grasp) and make my own, that for which Christ Jesus (the Messiah) has laid hold of me and made me His own.” Philippians 3:12
Did you get that? We’re not perfect, but we don’t let that fact freeze us in our tracks. Christ made us His own. So we move on. We press on. I love it.
So be encouraged and give yourself a break. Enjoy the things you love without the super sized serving of guilt. And keep moving forward.