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Clearing Away the Fluff

Via Amanda – Running for Him

I pulled into the Starbucks drive thru and ordered a Venti sized drink. It sat on my counter, occasionally I sipped from it, but ultimately it became cold and my cup ran dry.
So I went to my computer to check my Facebook and play some games, but soon I was bored and I ran out of things to read.
Then, I turned on the TV. and found a show about local restaurants I should eat at and I dreamed of a date night for my Husband and I, the last one wasn’t that long ago, but we already need another.
Next, I tried to dream up some new designs for my business, something that everyone would just love and want to buy, but then I worried that it might not be good enough, so I kept thinking.
Later, I went for a run, hoping it would relieve some stress and I would return home with the best runners high and feel like I was finally back on track with my fitness, but as soon as I walked in the door life met me again and I already was thinking about my next escape.
At the end of my day I finally sat down with my Bible. I opened the page and I began to read and tears streamed down my face. Here in front of me was every promise and encouragement I could ever need. Here I found rest and relief in the words of my Savior, who has told me;
Man does not live on bread alone (Matt.4:4)
 
In all things work as if working for God… (Colossians 3:17)
 
God does not care about the strength of the legs, but about those who put their hope in him (Psalm 147:10-11)
All these distractions were what I thought were getting me through the day, but it wasn’t until I received the truth that my cup ran over with joy. It ran over into the next day , the next year, and eventually it will run over for my whole life.
If everyday I remind myself that the craving for designer coffee, the need to fill time, the pull to integrate into the social scene, the acceptance of others, the tireless efforts of self perfection, are all but a distraction from God pouring His love directly into me. Then, and only then will I realize how short I come and all that I’m missing.
Then will I be able to finally run the race set before me. To wisely discern between the fluff and truly being filled. To walk into every moment of my life ready to serve, ready to testify, ready to be the disciple I was made to be.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us…

Hebrews 12:1

Sunday’s Inspiration for your Perspiration 4/21/2013

Good Sunday everyone!  I hope you have had a wonderful week and kept your eyes on God.  Its been a week with hard news and terrible tragedy.  But we need to remember to look to Him for he is the one true light for our life’s journey.

This week we are posting a wonderful and inspirational fitness journey from Cerissa at Cerissabfit I hope you take a minute to read it.  It’s a wonderful insight on Cerissa taking a minute and stepping back to re-prioritize her life and put God at the center.  Something we ALL need to do at times.  Thanks Cerissa for sharing your story!

Here it is….

My Personal Journey to B. Fit From The Inside Out

I always promised myself I would be transparent about my life. I also promised myself that everything I did in life would be Christ centered. The last few months I’ve begun to feel discomfort with the direction my life has taken and hadn’t been living up to the tagline “My personal journey to B. Fit From the Inside Out”. Most people probably didn’t even know why I choose this as my tagline. And after reading this post you will understand.

Lately, I’ve been getting more recognition for blogging, it’s almost time for me to take my NASM personal training certification, and I have a lot of other wonderful things happening in my life. You would think I would be ecstatic but I was miserable. And a couple of weeks ago I realized why. It was because I was leaving Jesus out of the equation. I really struggled with saying much about Him because I didn’t want to offend anyone or lose any readers, clients, and/or customers. I was even told by someone when I was an Independent Beachbody coach not to mention religion or politics and my business should do fine. And I’m embarrassed to say that was exactly what I did.

So Saturday night I was reading through old posts and came across a post I wrote back in 2011 when I started out  blogging on Blogspot. I was so convicted after reading this post! Because, when I started blogging about my fitness journey I was going to use my blog as a ministry to minister to non-believers and other believers. I realized from reading the post “Inside Outside” how far away I had gotten away from the original ministry God had called me to. Today I decided to repost this old post as a reminder to myself of why I blog. And so you can also get to know me and my relationship with Christ a little better. The programs I used in the original post I no longer use but still highly recommend them. My appearance has drastically changed. I moved around pictures and added two to the orignal post. I corrected some mispelled words and bad grammar :) . But the words of this post are still the same.

If you are subscribed to my blog you already know I’m a very inconsistent blogger. But I encourage my fellow believers to hold me accountable and I will do the same for you. We will do this with an occasion blog series I will start on Wednesdays called “Wednesday’s Spiritual Inside Out Checkin.” So after my long intro here goes the original post…

“The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7)

I have been really silent about my weight loss. Because at first I thought it was going to be another failure. I have never been a slim girl. I was just blessed with a small waist and small chest which helped me not look as large. That all was wonderful in my younger years but as everyone knows as we age we tend to put on weight. The first time I put on weight was in 2005. I was tired of carrying the weight around so in February of 2008 I started working out about 4 hours a day 6 days a week. I ate whatever I wanted but managed to go from about a size 16 to a size 4 and from 200lbs to 145lbs in about 6 months.

February 2009

February 2009

But working out had pretty much become my idol and I planned my days around my workout schedule. So I really didn’t have much of a life. I also had plenty of time to follow this difficult regimen because at the time I was unemployed. Well, August of 2008 I started a job and had a hard time keeping up with my strenuous workout schedule and by the middle of 2009 all my weight had come back plus more. And by 2011 I was weighing in at 216lbs and I was wearing sizes 18 and 20.

September 2011

September 2011

My blood pressure was sky high, my childhood asthma was back, I was very depressed, my anxiety was out of control, I hated looking in the mirror, and food had become an idol in my life. Where in the past I use to plan my life around working out I would now plan my life around my next meal. I was very depressed and felt a void in my life. So this past Christmas 2011 I happened across the YouVersion App on my iPhone. I would read and listen to the Word of God on a daily and I begin to feel that void start to fade away. I started hungering for more so I started back attending church, listening to only gospel and praise & worship music, listening to Christian pastors, reading Christian books, and having regular daily email chats with other brothers and sisters in Christ. This all led to me recommitting my life to Christ.

I begin to reevaluate unhealthy relationships and letting go of many habitual sins and strongholds in my life. I temporarily deactivated my Facebook page and I really took some time to fall in love with Jesus. When Christmas came around I ordered myself a Christian book called Thin Within: A Grace-oriented Approach to Lasting Weight Loss. I had this book years ago but never made it through the first week because it really gets to the root of things and at that point in my life I was weak in my faith and I wasn’t emotionally or spiritually ready to deal with those issues. But years later I was finally at the point where I was ready to deal with my junk and baggage. Around the same time my Mama was trying to find a way that she could lose weight and happened across this free online program called Lord’s Table which is very similar to Thin Within but more in-depth and it last longer. I loved them both so I decided to do both programs since they were so similar. And believe it or not I begin to drop weight not from dieting or tons of exercising. Just by building a healthy relationship with the Lord and eating only when hungry and pushing away from the table when my stomach was comfortably full.

Frebruary 2012

February 2012

I still have my days when I relapse and eat past my comfort level but that’s the good thing about God’s Grace he forgives me when I stumble. I also have a wonderful Lord’s Table mentor who is with me every step of the way and prays for me and my journey on a daily. My Mama and I are each other’s accountability partners and we are very tough on each other but we also build one another up when we mess up. When people mention my weight loss my response is always “God is allowing the changes He is making on the inside of me to show on the outside.” I get many confused looks when I say this but I can’t take credit for any of the weight loss all glory goes to God.

April 2013

April 2013