So today was the second day of my new workout plan and I am practically dying due to soreness, but it feels great to be exercising again. What tends to happen with me is I get super pumped up about working out for a short period of time, and as soon as I miss one day (other than Sundays because it's good to give your body a day of rest, and I choose to make Sundays my rest days!) I just stop working out entirely. So this time I decided to do a few things differently. First, I decided to start blogging about this. I think being healthy is a wonderful way to worship Jesus. I know it sounds strange initially, to want to get fit for God. But the bible tells us time and time again that our bodies are temples for the Holy Spirit to dwell in - so one way we can glorify God is by keeping our temples healthy!
"Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body."
-1 Corinthians 6:19-20
I also like to refer to a verse in the book of Romans which says, "I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship" (Romans 12:1).
The second thing I did was download a few free apps on my phone specifically for fitness. There are several applications smart phone users can get for workout videos and lessons, healthy eating, keeping track of your workouts, etc. Depending on what type of exercise you like to do, there are apps literally for every type of physical activity - from cycling to running to at-home exercising with your own body weight. Anyway, I downloaded Fitocracy, a few apps from the free Daily Workout series, and signed up for Fitsugar, which is available at the App store under "Popsugar" and is also accessible online.
Lastly, I decided to set a very short term goal paired with a reward for myself if I reach that goal. So in two weeks from yesterday (which will be December 10th), if I exercised everyday of the two weeks (minus Sundays) I'm going to treat myself to a new workout shirt!
I'm the kind of girl who needs that extra motivation to be physically fit. It's hard to find motivation because my bodyweight is actually below the "target weight" for my height, and I'm just above the "normal" mark. I've been blessed with a fairly good metabolism, I suppose, and I've grown used to eating whatever I want. So because I'm not exercising for the purpose of losing weight, I find motivation quite scarce and I tend to become complacent about being healthy. I also want to get fit because I'm anemic and I have a particularly difficult time building up muscle. So I really need to work at toning my body and building lean muscle. This way I can gradually build up a strong body to match the strong faith God is building up in me!
So as I was contemplating how to prevent myself from quitting and becoming discouraged, I remembered how my parents used to get me to do things - rewards! When I was getting potty-trained, it was little toy army soldiers; when I was just beginning to get homework in elementary school, it was a chart for gold stars; when I started doing chores around the house, it was allowance money; and so on and so forth. So I decided to employ the same tactic and reward myself with little things every few weeks. And as I get more and more consistent and start making progress in building muscle, the target date will move further and further away. The goal is that eventually I won't need rewards as a crutch, because I will be more motivated by wanting to be fit for the Lord, for my future husband, and for myself, than by getting material rewards. But until I start making progress and seeing the results (which is a reward in itself!), I find it a little too hard for me to keep myself accountable.
Anyway if any of you are trying to get strong and healthy to glorify God with your body, stay tuned for more updates! And in the meantime, check out my workout/healthy-eating board on Pinterest by clicking here!
See y'all soon!