Hello there! Happy Thursday to you! ❤ I hope you’re doing well 🙂 The topic of this post revolves around something I don’t often bring up, yet it is a crucial part of my life! Today, I’m talking about my health and fitness journey. I hope you enjoy!
This past December, I decided that I was ready to begin caring for my body better than I had been before. The fears of injury and restriction had been holding me back for a long time – and before I go on, I’d like to share why.
Since I was the age of thirteen, up until very recently, I’ve struggled with recurring hip pain and doing anything too physically-involved. Minor injuries kept me back from enjoying sports and anything physical activity-related.
I struggled for a long time to see how the Lord would use that pain for my good, because I was so tired of hurting. I wanted to be able to run, ride my bike, get involved in sports, etc. Having a recurring weakness made worse through strain affected me for years.
However, as I near my 18th birthday, I’ve noticed something huge – my hips have not bothered me for quite some time now. I couldn’t tell you the last time I found my hips hurting was, and that’s saying a LOT!
I still don’t know exactly why the Lord would have me do so little in the ways of exercise until now, but hey, not everything is for me to know. Maybe it was simply so that I wouldn’t take for granted the beautiful blessing it is to walk, run, dance, and be physically fit. ❤
Taking fitness slowly and building endurance has always been a struggle for me. That’s because when I’m passionate about something, then I’m all in! – which isn’t a smart mindset to have when it comes to creating any exercise routine. You have to build endurance and allow your body to adapt to those lifestyle changes! Otherwise, you’ll injure yourself, wear your body out, or ruin the initial mentality you had toward exercising: “I can do this!”
The fear I had throughout my pre-teen and teenage years held me back from doing anything than beginner-level exercising and stretching. That means that I wasn’t getting anywhere because I wasn’t sticking with any program that would help me build strength and move forward! It was smart of me, in a way, but I was more afraid than I should have been, and the agitation I felt toward my body hurt me more times than I can count.
Now, when it comes to how I eat, I’ve noticed a few things I need to change: I need to stick to serving sizes, and I have to curb my growing sugar addiction.
For the past few years, I’ve enjoyed eating the meals and snacks we have around the house. The majority of what we have and what I choose to eat are pretty good options, but I almost always serve myself too much. I’m tired of feeling more full than I need to! Even when the serving size suggestion is less than I would give myself, my body appreciates it when I eat a balance of nutrients, not just what looks good.
My sugar addiction, which I’ve started to notice is getting worse, is brought on when we stop somewhere to grab a snack/treat while we’re out of the house, when I bake homemade desserts, and when I get a craving for something sweet after nearly every dinner. My dad and brothers really like treats, and so do I now myself, but I must say that I’d rather have something once or twice a week than daily, haha! This is why I’m having to learn the art of resisting temptation.
I love filling my plate with food, but I don’t like how it makes me feel. Eating sugary foods is a lot of fun, but the fatigue that plagues me afterward isn’t worth it. Doing a relaxing activity is more fun than power-walking a few miles, but how good I feel after exercising is well worth the sacrifice.
I have a lot of goals in mind I am slowly putting in place in my life. My desire to do this is driven by the drive I feel for my wellbeing, overall health, and how much I want to care for the body the Lord has given me! It’s up to me to do the best that I can to care for and love the way my body is.
Here are some of my goals! If we have any in common, let me know in the comments below 🙂
- Drink soda once a week. Once I have this practice down, I’d love to change it to bi-weekly! I could easily have soda every day, which is so awful for me – I’d rather be drinking water.
- Exercise/Stretch every day. Whether I’m power-walking in my bedroom, riding bikes with my brother, or doing an easy stretching routine, I can totally do this! I love how it feels to get fit, which is why this needs to be a daily practice in my life.
- Eat out once a week. Sometimes, we’ll do more if things get hectic one week, but otherwise, I want to stick to eating the healthy foods here at home. It feels better to eat healthy.
- Stick to serving sizes! I have to stop serving more on my plate than I want to eat! I have to remember that it feels better to eat the right amount for me.
Thank you so much for reading my post! I hope this could be an encouragement to you, because it sure encourages me when I see how others are moving along on their health and fitness journey. ❤ Speaking of encouragement, I’d like to give a quick shoutout to my beautiful friend Jordan’s most recent fitness post – it really encouraged me to keep going on my own journey!
I hope you have a beautiful day! Let me know in the comments below how YOU’RE coming along on your health and fitness journey!
Have a blessed day! ❤