How Seeking Weight Loss Brought Me to My Knees
Is God really interested in my body?
Before I get into my story, I want to be clear: this is not a weight loss site. This is not a post about how to lose weight. I don’t prescribe any methods of healthy living that has a specific end result of weight loss. But it would be irresponsible of me to think that women aren’t seeking weight loss. I, myself, spent years seeking weight loss. I still have times when I think to myself, “If I could only lose a few pounds.”
Weight loss consumes the minds of many women. For a long time, it was my mission in life. Someone would say to me, “You look like you’ve lost weight.” My response, “Always trying.” It was my sole focus. Everything I did, every thought I had, focused on seeking weight loss.
I devoured articles. I logged my food intake. I calculated the number of calories I burned exercising.
And I prayed.
I took these concerns to the Lord. Because, deep down, I knew that I shouldn’t allow this goal in life – what I felt was my life’s purpose – to distract me from the life I needed to be living…in the now.
But I couldn’t help myself. Seeking weight loss became an idol and yet it kept me on my knees before the Lord.
I don’t believe God judges us based on how much we weigh or what size dress we wear. But I do believe that He is interested in how we exist in our bodies.
I believe He is interested in how we care for and feel inside and think about our body.
He has entrusted to us one life and one body in which to live it.
We must take certain measures to ensure that we are healthy enough to live the life He’s called us to live. But that looks different for everyone.
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God has things for you to do and things for me to do in this life.
Seeking weight loss is not what He has mapped out for us. However, if we don’t practice healthy habits that lead to more energy, less stress, etc. then we can’t show up for this life He’s designed for us to live.
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:1-2 (NIV)
We are called to present ourselves to the Lord for His service. And to be able to do what He’s orchestrated for us to do, we must be well. Inside and out.
Which leads to the point that our minds and thoughts have to be right too. Filled with His Word, which is the truth, about who we are in Him.
God may not be interested in how much I weigh, but He is interested in all of me. He’s interested in using me, and using you, for His glory. He wants to be first in every area of our lives.
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” 1 Corinthians 10:31 (NIV)
Questions to consider:
- Should I be seeking weight loss?
- Can I seek weight loss without it consuming me?
We first need to be seeking Jesus. When we put Jesus first and submit our life, all of it, to Him, the rest begins to fall into place. Now, that doesn’t mean the rest simply takes care of itself. What it means is that our priorities shift and we can pursue those things that are important to Him – and to us – in a way that honors Him.
It’s how I learned to approach healthy living and how I help women approach it as well. With my Faith and Fitness Framework, we build a healthy life on a foundation of faith. What that looks like is first focusing on what God says about us so that we can begin to feel better about ourselves and live our best now…whatever now is. No longer waiting to feel good 5-10 pounds from now. Not waiting until we get through this season in life.
It’s time for us to embrace THIS age and stage of life and adapt accordingly.
After we put our relationship with Jesus first and start believing (and living like we believe!) what God says about us, we make time to move regularly, drink plenty of water, and become more mindful with our food choices so that we are caring for our bodies in a way that frees us up to live the life God designed for us to live.