Take a deep breath this morning, and reflect, on you.
What thoughts come to mind? Are they positive? Encouraging?
Or are you already beating yourself up for not doing this or that? For not being this or that?
Sadly, for many of us (myself included) we tend to focus our attention on the negative parts about ourselves… All the areas where there is a lot of room for growth.
Many times, that includes how we feel about our bodies, and translates into how we eat and exercise.
We get so fed up with our shortcomings that we cannot see ourselves the way God sees us – through a lens of love, joy and possibility.
God reminded me of this the other day after the gym. My workout was… ehhh. I didn’t get close to the gallon of water I aim to drink every day. And I was way over my calorie goal by hundreds of calories (almond butter is a blessing and curse).
All those self-deprecating thoughts were like a heavy weight. I started to think of myself as a hypocrite. How in the world am I out here encouraging people to lose weight and stay fit if I can’t keep it together all the time?
And then God whispered, that’s just it. You’re human. You are what you do most of the time, not some of the time.
I had to redirect my thinking. Yes, my workout wasn’t the best, but I did workout. No, I didn’t reach a gallon of water, but I also didn’t crack open a soda. Yes, I was over my calorie goal for the day, but I did eat tons of heart healthy foods like almonds, olive oil and salmon (again, almond butter is really good). I started to feel better about myself, which led to better decisions throughout the day.
Naomi Judd said “Your body hears everything your mind says.”
It’s true! How we think about ourselves, pours over into our decisions. Choose your thoughts wisely.