One of the best reasons to lose weight and get fit? So you can serve God.
Posted in , May 8, 2015
Editor's Note: Welcome to Day 8 of Guideposts' 14-Day Fitness Challenge! We're sharing stories that will inspire you to eat better and get in shape so you can feel your best. Today's challenge is to think of a new reason to get healthy. If you're just joining us, check out our previous challenges here.
If you’re in a mall in the mountains of North Carolina, and you hear loud wailing and weeping coming from the fitting room, there’s no need to worry—that’s just me trying on bathing suits.
For those of us who are horizontally-challenged, finding a new swimsuit ranks right up there with root canals, an IRS tax audit or facing a firing squad. Oh my word, can any of you relate?
Sometimes I feel like I’m a living history museum that features every bite I’ve ever eaten—and I keep adding new exhibits. It’s bad enough trying on dresses or slacks, but standing in that tiny fitting room in a bathing suit makes me acknowledge something I don’t want to admit: Cupcakes and bathing suits aren’t a good combination.
The dressing room is bad enough, but then comes that awful moment when you get to the beach or the pool and you have to pull off your oh-so-awesome cover-up while surrounded by all those skinny Barbie types. It always feels like I should have one of those planes flying overhead with a sign that reads, “The Goodyear Blimp has arrived!”
The only reason you’ll find me out in public in a bathing suit is because of my grandchildren. I don’t want to miss playing with them in the sand and hearing the sweet sound of their laughter. Hence the moments in the dressing room trying on a stack of evil bathing suits.
So you will understand how excited I was to hear about some special swimsuits one morning while watching TV. These suits were guaranteed to make a woman look ten pounds smaller. Yes! I immediately decided to buy six so I could layer them and look sixty pounds lighter. I wish.
Bathing suit season is a good motivator to lose weight but there’s an even more important reason—to get healthy. I’d always known that, but about seven or eight years ago when I started having some health issues with high blood pressure and blood sugar levels that were inching the wrong way, I realized I was going to have to make some changes.
Here are some things I’ve learned that might be helpful to you as well:
But you know what? Even something as simple as walking can make a huge difference. Just twenty minutes three times per week can help your cardiovascular health.
So go for a brisk walk. Ride a bike. Jog around the park. Or play a sport that you enjoy. You’ll feel better—and your doctor probably won’t fuss at you as much.
But when I got serious about getting healthier, I determined that I wouldn’t let my excuses derail me from what I needed to do. Too hot or too cold? Raining? I’d go to the mall and walk. It’s inside and temperature controlled. I’ve walked inside at Walmart and the grocery store. The key is to set a timer and don’tmake stops along the way.
Shucks, this former couch potato even trained for a 5K using the Couch-to-5K website. (Pause a moment while I adjust my halo.) When I got snowed in where I couldn’t get out to exercise, I jogged inside my house—around tables and the kitchen island, up the stairs, and from room to room—because I didn’t want the excuses to keep me from becoming fit and reaching my goal.
If any of you are wondering if I’m now excited about bathing suit season, I can sum it up in three words: Sweet mercy, no! I’m still nowhere near thin—but I’m grateful that my efforts are paying off with better health.
So if you’re out on the beach this summer and you see a horizontally-challenged old gal who looks like she’s trying to hide, make sure you stop by and say howdy. I’d love to meet you. Let’s just agree to ignore the fact that we’re both in bathing suits.
And before we get off the topic, there’s one final reason to lose weight and get fit--do it so you can serve God. This is the most important reason. When we don’t feel well because we’re out-of-shape and sluggish, we can’t do things for Him at our full potential.
Physically fit and spiritually fit. Those are good goals for all of us.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)