beauty & fitness pt 2

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Before I start giving recipes, or exercises, or beauty tips, and before we move on, I want to make *one* thing clear.

There will always be the deceiving lies media shove down our throats, those “I’m not good enough”, “I’m not pretty enough”, or “I’m too fat”, because of those toothpick-thin expectations of Hollywood.

It kills us, because we want to be beautiful, desirable even. But you don’t have to be skinny to be beautiful. You don’t have to be fit to be desirable. Our beauty comes from a deep, abiding love & passion for the Lord (Prov. 31:30).

God loves you *so* much, and you are fearfully and wonderfully made, and NOTHING, no mirror, no magazine article, no number on the scale can EVER change that.

Ever.

Now, I’m *not* saying that it’s wrong to eat well or exercise or to lose weight. Within themselves. In fact, I think it’s important to strive to be healthy. However, if you’re doing it to gain the approval of the world … then there’s a problem. If you’re doing it to impress your friends,  I just wanna let you know, that if they really were your friends, you wouldn’t *have* to impress them. Your friends would already accept you for who you are, not for how thin you are. And if they don’t…that’s their problem, not yours.

We both need to see ourselves how God sees us, not how man sees us.

Are you with me? 🙂

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Health is very important, especially for women. We cook, clean, make babies, grocery-shop, raise children, and are helpmeets to our husbands & fathers. We have a lot on our plate. 🙂

I believe that God has given us everything that we need to feel our best so we can do our best at these things, and be able to put all of our strength into what He has called us to do.

“She girds herself with strength,
And strengthens her arms.”

~ Proverbs 31:17

I don’t think that what we look like on the outside is more important than who we are on the inside, but I don’t think that’s an excuse to not take care of ourselves. I think it’s beautiful when a girl neither becomes obsessive about her health nor neglectful of her health, but rather when she’s in the middle: balanced. When she’s happy with who God made her and how God made her (whether she has a bigger forehead than most girls, or if she’s short, or has bigger thighs, or anything), but takes care of herself by eating healthy and exercising when she can, and doesn’t talk negatively about how she looks to others or to herself. Ever. (Which I know is not easy to do!)

We do, of course, need to eat healthy on a day-to-day basis. We need to strive to honour our bodies, which are temples of God.

Do we want a body that is sick and tired and lacks in the energy to do the things God has called us to do in this life?

I don’t know about you, but I don’t! If you really think about it, we could accomplish so much!

And yes, there are times to decline an unhealthy choice to make a more healthy choice. I’m still working on how to balance that. I’m not perfect at it. But I want to be able to feel my best. A big reason I’ve chosen this lifestyle is so … I can be the best me I can be, and be able to do the things which God has called me to do. 😀

And, yes, I do realize that this journey is not an easy one. But, as I like to say about a lot of things …

I don’t need easy. I just need possible.

beauty & fitness~ beginning the journey pt 1

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If you have read some of my “Awkward & Awesome” posts, you probably know that I’ve been starting to exercise a little bit. And what’s been on the back of my mind for a while is to share this part of my journey with you. It’s a new year, a fresh start. Why not? 🙂

So, if you also know me really, really well, you also know that I, as a matter of fact, have never liked to exercise.

Never. Ever.

But in the middle of December, I finally just got sick and tired of feeling … well … sick and tired.

Thus this journey.

For many years, I have had actually a lot of health problems for my age (being only 15), and it’s been dragging me down as time goes on.

In the past I have tried exercising and eating right consistently, but, until now, I haven’t even lasted four days, haha. But right now, at this point, I’ve had enough. I’m seriously going to go on this journey, but not alone.

And I know this might seem pretty strange to some people, but I want my body to give glory to God, because it is His creation. So, in some sense, it’s not even mine.

“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit [who is] in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

~ 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

And, to confess, I haven’t been treating my body as though I were giving glory to God. I haven’t. I have tried numerous times to get healthy, but for selfish reasons, and I have failed miserably.

But I’m not going to do that anymore. Now that I feel like I’m accountable to the Lord for how I treat my body, I treat it far better than I used to.

Of course, that isn’t to say that I don’t have those times where I gorge on seven or eight pieces of Reeses every now and then. Ahem. There’s nothing wrong with having a favorite dessert on occasion, or even one or two times a week, but when we overdo it, it can cause our bodies a lot of damage. Of course, I wouldn’t advise (even occasionally) gorging on almost ten Reeses Cups and making yourself sick 😛

When it comes to exercise, I love doing sit ups & the plank (my favorites). I’ve *just* started running (which is –*ahem*– not my favorite). This April I plan on going on a 3.1 mile run with some friends (I know it’s not much, but it’s still something). But ultimately, my goal is to be able to run a half-marathon — not by the end of the year per se, but something I will work up to.

Do you have plans to keep yourself fit? Or do you have any tips?

So, my dear friend, will you join me on this part of the journey? 🙂

*** Note: And, by the way, I have just found out that WordPress is adding ads to my posts. I will try to get rid of them if I can. So I don’t know what kind of ads they put on there, and I *really* hope none of them are inappropriate (please let me know if they are). If they are, my apologies, I currently am not in control of them, and, apparantly, my account only displays these ads to my readers and not to me for some reason. I will try to figure out this issue. Thank you for grace.