I wish I could take credit for the idea but the inspiration for this blog came from Pastor Jeff Loaney of Chesterfield Presbyterian Church in the men’s discipleship group this past Thursday. In the discussion, which started at 6:30 in the “AM,” Jeff and I talked about the concept of honoring God in everything we do vs. doing the things we do (work, school, play, etc.) for other reasons.
Those reasons likely being:
To satisfy our own selfish needs, pleasure or validation
To impress or please someone in our lives (spouse, boss, etc.)
To create the illusion of control
Like a sledgehammer to the face the thought process of how this relates to fitness, nutrition, performance and weight loss hit me hard and the answers to many of the most frustrating questions
became clear. But first you need to answer this question: Who are you training for? What are your goals?
It is plausible you could be training to:
Look good in a swimsuit
Run a 5K
Kill an elk on a backcountry hunt
And those are all great reasons to train but for many of us, we either lose our focus of training and quit, train hard and not see the results we thought we would or a combination of the two. As a personal trainer and fitness coach for the last 22 years I was taught to help clients utilize two types of motivation and help them CRUSH their goals.
These types of motivation include:
1. External Motivation: Weight loss, what one looks like in the mirror or relying on validation from friends, family and colleagues
2. Internal Motivation: Use how you feel mentally and emotionally after a workout to fuel your motivation
Internal motivation is a better source than external but most of us still struggle to exercise regularly and eat healthy food in a manner that is sustainable. I believe the answer is as simple as while you are taking actions to make yourself look and feel better, maybe you should be focusing your efforts on honoring God instead of training for yourself.
1st Corinthians 6:20 states “For you were bought with a price. So glorify God with your body.”
Are you successful in your weight loss efforts or do you train hard, eat clean and get frustrated when the scale does not move? Are you leaving everything you have in the weight room but not seeing the results you believe you should be seeing?
If you are frustrated, on the verge of quitting or are dejected…..why? You were created by God to honor him right? You were not meant to appear on the cover of a magazine. You were created to be good stewards of the body he gave you.
Honoring God. This is still a concept I struggle with in my daily life. Pride gets in the way at every turn but as I move through this journey, I am learning to use my talents to honor God and serve his people. I am not perfect by any means but consider the possibilities if you switched your focus from how much the scale moves week to week to something like:
Training to be in shape to go on a mission trip in another country
Train to be the best mom and dad possible
Have the energy and stamina to serve others
Go on that backcountry hunt and kill that elk! God gave us dominion over all creatures, and he wants you to enjoy the splendors he created
Would that change your focus on an internal result such as how much you weigh or what you look like in your clothes?
I used to train just to look good. It was a self-centered and vain outlook. Funny thing is, when you train to honor God there is this incredible side-effect: You cease to care about the scale or what you look like in that outfit but are blessed with the physique, health and stamina you were looking for all along. It is stress free and it is awesome.
Yes, I am a GINORMOUS control freak. I have fought for years to control my success in relationships and business and failed miserably. When I began to let go and trust God, things changed in a hurry. Hey, there is nothing wrong with setting goals and developing plans, but God isn’t a genie who is going to snap his fingers and POOF! You are fit.
You still must do the work but when the alarm goes off at 5am and you are debating why you should get up to train, focus on who you are training for.
You may be surprised with your results.
Contributions made by Fit2Hunt Staff!