One of my favorite female preachers Joyce Meyer has in her book and in a daily devotion spoken on how the Lord laid her to start working out and eating healthy. It really meant alot to me seeing a woman in her 70s understand that the body God gave to her must stay fit and healthy. Sometimes when I encourage moms and friends to workout and eat a balanced diet, I am not just after encouraging them to be slim and trendy to fit into the world’s idea of a woman, I am virtually encouraging women to live as the Lord intended.
Its one year since I started losing weight and choosing healthy options. I thank God for wisdom on how to eat to his glory (not saying I have not fallen short of my fitness goals and eaten in a manner I’ve had to repent before God) and for knowledge on how to workout. Now I am better informed on foods that are suitable for me and those I must never eat. I know that most foods on the shelves of our supermarkets are NOT and will never be good for the human body. I am of the opinion that God directs and leads each person on how to eat even though we are all entitled to how and what we eat. I strongly believe that food either heals and keeps the body well or endangers the body.
Gladly, with the little knowledge garnered, I can preach the fitness message to people who tell me they have tried everything in the books to lose weight and do not seem to lose weight that there is a way out. I boldly say it is possible to shake off the excess weight and stay fit and healthy. Personally I believe God did not create our bodies to become either overweight or obese. Listen dear friends, God created ALL things for his good pleasure (including a sound mind and a healthy body). He made man in his likeness (to be more like him), he gave man custody of the things he created to tend and care for them (wisdom). The one who made man a custodian had created the seed bearing plants and all the fruit trees for food, and yes, God had from the beginning till date given man authority to rule, dominate, multiple and fill the earth. The very things God created were for man to live a fruitful life in the earth. Of course, God has given every man the ability to choose. He who gave man the power to choose life or death further advises us to choose life. He has called us to an abundant – healthy, active/busy (but stress free and sick free) wholesome – life. He did not create anyone to be a glutton, who does not say no to food or know when he/she has had enough. He loves moderation!
My food story
I used to love food and I still like good food because God created it to satisfy hunger and keep my body well nourished. But I knew I had to resist overeating a loaded plate of rice and stew including a second helping. When I was much younger, some family members nicknamed me a “dustbin” because of how much food I gulped. I could finish a loaf of sliced bread, chunks of meat, a bowl of garri (blended cassava meal) and soup with palm oil floating all over my plate. I could also finish a tin of powdered milk under a week etc. I needed to learn self control when it has to do with food. Yes I have been chubby all my life but this was no more an excuse for me to look like a couch potato suffering from all kinds of body ache. I had tried on many occasions to lose weight but the problem was that I never took charge of one thing … food! With God’s help, on the 25th of May 2013, I decided that I was done with all the excuses in this world, i jumped on the fitness train.
Did it work?
I trusted the journey to God because as rewarding as it is to exercise, it used to be strenuous and very tough in the past. I gained control over my appetite for food. Some people began to comment that I ate abnormal, boring foods but believe me, food became more healthy and interesting. I have been learning how best to eat just to stay healthy for God and my family.
Over to you, Is most of your problem really food?
Search yourself! Don’t joke with food (Your case could be different from research which shows that other factors contribute to being overweight or obese). I hear people make comments like “I don’t eat much, i do not know why I am fat”. But wait till you catch the commenter eating and see the quantity of food gulped down in one sitting (I was a culprit!). One lady said she used to unbuckle her belt so she could eat to stupor. The quality and quantity of food we eat each day matters. We all have a certain amount of calories we should consume a day, exercise helps to burn up the calories we eat (try to eat fewer calories). Guess what? I used to eat five or more bananas a day not knowing that I was eating more than my body required. Bananas are healthy but we must not consume more than one or two a day.
Are you making excuses?
I respect one lady who said she has four boys, a full time job, a business, no nanny, no driver. She has to do all the house chores with her boys. Yet, with her busy life, she puts in a workout and has taken charge of what she eats on a daily to stay fit. I would add that if we pushed ourselves out of our comfort and excuse filled zone, we would achieve alot. If you do not like the weight on you, then you must be ready to make adjustments and create time for even thirty minutes physical exercises.
God through John said that he prays above all things that we prosper and be in GOOD health, even as our souls prosper.
It is very important to the Lord that we live a rounded life, that nothing deters us from bringing glory to God, that our bodies are sound, healthy and well. God is so detailed, he’s interested in every bit of our lives including living healthy. You need a healthy body to accomplish his purpose. For some weeks of not eating as clean as I would desire to, I cried to God for help, to supply the wherewithal and to help me eat moderately. Healthy foods we all know are expensive but I’ve figured out that on a low budget, you can eat as healthy as possible.
Start this journey with God, he leads and directs – I hear God tell me when and how to eat and what I should not eat – He certainly places a demand on us,showing us how to go about living healthy.
Refuse to whine or be intimidated. Instead be ready learn and stay motivated by other women on the fitness journey.