To run or not to run?

                                                                                                                                                             Image courtesy of The Fitness Magazine

 Today starts a new summer of trying to become my best self, emotionally and physically. I'm starting to eat healthy and workout more not because I'm trying to look like a Victoria Secret model, but so I can treat my body how it should be treated. While it might seem like being skinny and pretty is super important, I've decided this dedication to fitness isn't about body image-- it's about making sure my body gets what it needs. While I hope my body could be somewhat less flabby (who doesn't), I realized I was looking at my stomach after every meal/workout hoping to see a change. I know that God didn't want us to worry and stress about how we look. We are all beautiful on the inside and worthy of the world.

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather it should be that of your inner self, the unfailing beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight.
-1 Peter 3:4-5

In the end, we are defined on who we are and what we did with our lives, not what we looked like or what our weight was. Now, this is easier said then done with all the pressures of the media, but I thought I would share my change over the last six months.

I gained 15 pounds last year and decided it was time to make a change. Like everything, moderation has been so important. Obviously I'm not helping my body if I eat two Big Macs and a large fry. After changing my diet over the past six months, I've found I don't even crave those foods because of how it makes my body feel after. I don't know who feels good after a greasy meal like that. So, I started eating a 1200 calorie diet and working out everyday. I was doing a lot of cardio, on the treadmill and the elliptical, for at least 30 minutes everyday. I lost those 15 pounds easily over a couple months and then have plateaued for the past couple of months.

Even though I stopped losing more pounds, I learned a lot about myself over the past 6 months. If you want a burger, eat a burger. I was making myself miserable by restricting my diet. If I did eat the burger, I would beat myself up about it. I would work out harder and eat less to make up for it. I quickly learned this isn't what life should be. I want to workout for me, to make my body stronger. I want to eat better, to give my body food that can sustain it. Eating healthy doesn't mean being perfect; life is meant to be enjoyed and not counting every single calorie. 

 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.
-1 Corinthians 9:25

We are being judged by what we do with our lives, not our pant size. So today starts a new day, no more counting calories and feeling guilty if I mess up. Working out and eating well is a way of life, not a dictatorship on your happiness. I am making this change for myself and because my body does not deserve to live on 1200 calories. Eat when you're hungry and workout for you. Run because you want to. Moderation is key and life is happier when self-discipline isn't life or death. So, focus on what you're doing with your life and less about calorie intake. Make memories with loved ones and never forget that you are loved and have a purpose.


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