The Honest Truth About Getting Fit
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.
It has been almost five months since I have kicked my healthiness into HIGH gear. To be honest, I am amazed at how easy it has been to stick with it! The first month or so was the hardest, making such drastic changes to my diet and committing so much time to the gym. But once I started seeing results it became much easier. Working out has always been the easy part, though I have learned that is just one part in the big picture.
If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you will find an excuse.
My improvements have been gradual, but healthy. I have lost about seven inches and only about ten pounds, but my gains have been much more substantial. Now, it is so easy to make healthy choices. I basically cut out all fast food, white breads, and processed foods. I cook all the time, and love it. I get plenty of rest, take vitamins and supplements regularly, and drink loads of water. I am able to motivate myself to go to the gym at least five days a week, no problem. I’m stronger and happier.
The honest truth about getting fit is this: you have to want it for the right reasons, and you have to want it bad enough.
Otherwise it will just be a fleeting hobby. Being healthy is a lifestyle. Accountability is essential. Perseverance is invaluable. But in the midst of something challenging you learn that you are able to discipline yourself in ways you never thought possible. I don’t know how many times my friend and I would be in the midst of an intense workout and say, “Wow, I never thought I was going to be able to finish that!”
The price of excellence is discipline.
In two months I am going to the other side of the world. It will be a challenging journey. We will be backpacking up mountains, sleeping on the floor, walking everywhere and carrying heavy loads. But I feel confident that physically I will be up for the task. Physically I will be prepared. I want to be fit so that I can honor God with my body, and can serve Him in unknown lands. I want so say, “Father, use my body in whatever way you need. I’m ready.”
I have seen what is possible in just five months, imagine what I can do in another five! The point is, things worth having take time to achieve. Once you control your mind, you can conquer your body. Forget skinny, get healthy!
“If we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.” (Romans 8:25)