Hi sweet friends! I’m SO excited you clicked on this post! I want to introduce you to a friend of mine named Libby. She’s a Exercise Physiologist from Lynchburg, VA, but is currently living in Indiana with her husband, her cat, and her adorable german shepherd, Indy! I have followed Libby on Instagram for a while and have been so encouraged by her exercise tips and “how-to’s,” but what sets her apart is that she seamlessly lets her faith flow into her work with so much grace! So I asked her to share a little about how she sees fitness and health as part of her faith. A few months ago, God really started speaking to me about healthy living. Not just exercising, but how I eat, what I eat, and how I see myself after eating. They’re all connected! In February I shared two posts that showed the enemy’s use of food (or lack of). You can find the post where I share a little bit of my story here: The Food god. If you haven’t checked out Becca’s testimony that I shared a few weeks ago, you should definitely give it a read too!
So here’s Libby:
Your body does not belong to you. While we are free to think, talk, act, eat, how we’d like, we are ‘renting’ our bodies. Not only are our bodies not our own but the power that brought Jesus back from the dead is living inside of us. If you are a Christian, you hear this, you know this, but have you ever fully grasped it? Wherever you are right now, reading this, sit in silence and let it sink in.
Growing up in church you know that you are to honor God with your body, but somehow that has become more associated with guarding our eyes, saving ourselves for marriage, dressing modestly, and less of taking care of our bodies. I am not dismissing the importance of the former and giving the latter hierarchy, rather I am asking you to open your eyes to the importance of taking care of our physical bodies.
I am an Exercise Physiologist so I have lived and breathed all things health and fitness for a while. I have worked with all different types of people, demographics, body type, Chronic illnesses, fitness goals, ect. One thing I have found in common is that people seem to be all or nothing when it comes to taking care of their body. They are striving for the number on the scale to go down and inches to start disappearing. Often, if they don’t start seeing physical results, they are out the door. Working out and eating healthy has become more associated with aesthetics than actual health.
Why is this?
When we make decisions, subconsciously, we weigh the outcomes, set expectations, and decide what is and what isn’t worth our time and money. When we don’t immeditately see the number on the scale gone down or feel our clothes fitting looser, we decide it’s not worth it and quit.
If you have found yourself in the “all or nothing mindset”, you need a mindset shift.
First, we need to realize that living a healthy lifestyle isn’t all or nothing. You don’t have to be vegan, low carb, gluten free, run 3x a week, lift 5x a week, drink a gallon of water, take all your supplements, to be considered “healthy.” For some, a healthy lifestyle is going on walks 3-4 days a week, getting a healthy balance of protein, carbs, and fats, while still enjoying foods they love in moderation. You have to find what works for you, something that you could maintain the rest of your life, create a habit of, which in turn will become your routine.
Second, you need to find motivation that doesn’t include measurements, scales, and loose fitting clothing. If 1 Corinthians 16:9 doesn’t motivate you to take care of your body, ask God to drive it into your heart and bring importance to it, I have no doubt that He will. We need to start viewing exercise and proper nutrition as glorifying God by taking care of the body he entrusted to us.
You have a unique, divine, purpose while you are here on earth. God needs you healthy and able to work in that purpose until your day comes to be with Him. You may only be in your 20’s or 30’s thinking, “this doesn’t apply to me, I’m too young to think about death,” but let me ask you, how fast have the last 20 or 30 years flown by? You may be perfectly healthy now, but that might not always be the case. Let’s start taking care of our bodies now!
I pray this has boldly yet lovingly spoken to you to start your health journey!
To your faith and health,
Libby Perritt | EP-C
Wasn't that great? I love how Libby's mindset. I think it's so easy to keep our faith "in one box" and our life in another, but that's so not how it should be! Our faith should manifest itself into every single action we take and goal we have. We have to consistently remind ourselves to keep our thoughts and actions in line with the word of God.
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