why can’t we be healthy???

Over the past few months I have been blogging about my 90 Day Body By Vi Challenge.   When I decided to partner with Visalus in July I got into the program for three main reasons.  First of all, I was really concerned about my own health.  I had really gotten myself into a very unhealthy state of being.  I was many pounds overweight and at the same time wasn’t really concerned about the junk that i was putting into my body.  In my time on the 90 Day Challenge I have lost almost 14 pounds.   I have become more conscious about what I am putting into my body, the need for exercise, and portion control.  Like any meat and junk food loving person their have been struggles and if I had stuck to the program always I would have been a lot further along my weightless track.  However I am making progress.

Reason #2 for joining, financially I was trying to do something to help raise some needed funds for my family.  So far doing ok, but need much more help.  This reason is not the reason I am writing this post…so I will keep this paragraph very short.

Reason #4 I was concerned about the health of those around me and thought that this might be a way I could help them.  Whether it be strangers in the fitness center or friends and family members, there is a health problem surrounding me that I wanted to help be a solution to.  The great news is that several friends and family have been getting on board with 90 Day Challenge and have had some great success.  However, sadly some others just haven’t been interested.

When I say sadly I am not referring to them not wanting to give Visalus a try.   It’s more about not being concerned about their health at all that concerns me.  Many have said that they just like eating what they like too much.  Unfortunately eating what they like is killing some of them with issues like being obese, high blood pressure, and diabetes.  Others have said they are just not disciplined enough.  But the thing with discipline is that it is there to protect us.  In the case of being healthy and diet it’s there to protect us from ourselves.  Others have said that right now they are just not at a place in their life where it means enough to them.  That there would have to be such a low point that they would realize they MUST do something now.   Unfortunately, not to be morbid, but for some that point comes too late.  The last and biggest excuse that I have heard is that people have tried diets before and when they come off of a diet the weight comes back and some times even more so.    To those people I encourage them that being healthy and dieting has to be a lifestyle and not just a fad to reach a short term goal.  To stay healthy you have to be healthy.

I know we don’t think of our health in terms of a spiritual battle as often as we should.  For me personally, I knew that truth, but didn’t live as though I cared until this past year.  God gives us many gifts and one of the gifts that he gives us is our bodies and our lives.  We are to use these gifts to bring Him glory and bring His Good News to others.   When we don’t take care of our abilities we hurt our ability to do this.  Whether it be physically being unable to get out and share Him or just the poor example that we set in our laziness and gluttony that hampers and hurts our testimony.  God also calls those of us who are parents to lead by example. What type of examples are we setting for our children.  I personally want to be able to be active and involved in the lives of my kids.  By doing so I can have the greatest influence for Christ in their lives.  Honestly, that was my biggest motivating factor in a lifestyle health change…I wanted to be there and be able to reach my own kids for Christ.

So why can’t we be healthy?  Honestly, while not the case for everyone, with the majority of us it’s because we don’t want to be.  We don’t want to sacrifice  or put in the effort that it takes to have a healthy lifestyle.  Saying no to drugs is a lot easier than saying no to a twinkie.

My challenge to you is this take a look at your healthy choices and dietary habits and ask yourself this question:  Are my healthy and dietary choices a help or a hinderance to my serving Christ?  If we are honest with ourselves I believe most of us can see areas that need change.  So I challenge you to get healthy for Christ.  If you need help, I am here to encourage and help you plot out what this make look like in your life.  Whether it be helping you develop and exercise plan, a dietary plan, or even sharing about Visalus I want to help you be a healthy you that honors Christ!

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