Have you ever looked in the mirror and felt ashamed, self-conscious, or anxious about your body? Have you felt uncomfortable or awkward in your body? Have you ever been convinced that only other people are attractive and that your body is a sign of failure? I have. Oh boy, I have.
Negative body image consumed my life in 2011 after the birth of my son. While I was completely in love with my son, I was definitely not in love with my body. I was so full of “stinking thinking” that you could probably smell it from a million miles away.
I had to find a way to stop this stinking thinking and that’s when Faith and Fitness: Living Healthy for Him was born. I love to write and find it quite therapeutic! Why not write and share my journey? I’ve shared the good (and awesome!), the bad, and the ugly in hopes that maybe my story will steer others away from going down the self-destructive path of negative body image.
On my weight loss journey, I discovered that the journey was not just about exercising and eating healthy. It was far more emotional and spiritual than I could have ever imagined. I became a Christian in high school, and my faith is a key part of who I am, and a key part of this blog. Over the past year, while trying to overcome negative body image, I have grown in my faith more than I ever have in my life. Over the past year, I have learned that desperation leads to defeat and that living in self-doubt is not the way I want to live my life. My God wants me to love my body, the body that He created especially for me. And that is why I am living healthy for Him now!
I just love the slogan of Faith & Fitness because it has become the motto of my life!
At Faith & Fitness, we are:
Learning to be emotionally, spiritually and physically fit.
These are some of my favorite posts!
Learning to be emotionally fit: While I have overcome negative body image, I still have to remind myself that I am made for more and that when I find myself feeling defeated, it becomes a battle of the heart.
Learning to be spiritually fit: More than once, I have had a reality check and been shown that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I have also learned that while physical beauty will eventually fade, biblical beauty never will.
Learning to be physically fit: Ever done Insanity? It’s hard, and literally insane! Ever run in the snow? Or how about train for a half marathon? Let me tell you a little about the importance of accountability. And you might want to check out my newest series about health and fitness tips: The Anti-Mommy Brain Study Group.
Faith and Fitness is a weight loss blog, a faith blog, and a mommy blog all tied into one!