I know I do, but it seems almost impossible for the average person to feel healthy without losing their minds trying to figure out which diet and exercise plan is best. A quick internet search will prove my point…the possibilities are pretty close to endless.
Should I go vegan, vegetarian, lactovegetarian, Paleo, Alkaline?
Should I be doing 20, 30, or 40 minutes of cardio? How many times a week?
Let’s not stop there, what type of cardio is best?
And we haven’t even started talking about strength training!
For a while, I just shut down. Without even realizing what I was doing I made a choice to do nothing rather than face the possibility of making the wrong choice.
That’s no longer the case. I’ve chosen to no longer be paralyzed by indecision. The choice of doing nothing is no longer an option for me. I’ve decided that doing something is better than doing nothing. Even if that “something” can’t be neatly compartmentalized into a particular diet or exercise program.
Here’s what healthy looks like for me:
- Making better choices when I eat. I’m making sure that no less than 95% of the food that enters my body every single day be what I consider healthy. For me that means a whole lot more fresh veggies and fruits, healthier sources of protein (nuts, venison, free-range/all-natural chicken), organic dairy whenever possible, and lots and lots of water. It also means little to no “whites” (as in: sugar, flour, rice, bread).
- Moving. I’ve chosen to do some form of exercise at least 5 times a week. Right now my favorites are hula hooping, swimming, walking, and bike riding (I’ve worked my way up to biking for a ½ mile without feeling like I’m gonna die). My choices may not pass the muster with a personal trainer at the gym, but I’m moving, getting my heart rate elevated, getting the oxygen pumping and I’m spending time with my kids. That works for me.
- Squeezing out time for myself. This is just as important to my physical well-being as the above mentioned. So important that on most days I’m willing to wake up 2 or 3 hours before my kids. I can have a cup of coffee (one of my “not so healthy” indulgences), work on the blog, pray, read the Bible, and enjoy the peacefulness that only comes at the day’s beginning. It’s also important for me to cherish the rest that only a Sabbath day can bring. I guard that day, and the rest it brings, dearly.
While my plan isn’t set in stone and will, I’m sure, look a bit different over time, I’ve shifted my focus from chasing a jean size or a number on a scale and then feeling like a failure when I don’t meet an unrealistic goal in an unrealistic time frame to incorporating healthy choices into my everyday life – every day of my life.
The weight’s taking care of itself as I focus on what’s really important – the quality of my life and taking care of my body. And what a high calling that is, after all, my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;
1 Corinthians 6:19,20
I figure it’s kinda like the fruit of the Spirit only it’s the fruit of the physical. When the Holy Spirit lives in us and we have a relationship with our heavenly Father folks should be able to see the results of that by our Christ-like attitude.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
By that same token, if I’m eating well and exercising regularly, medical issues aside, then the results that I can see and feel should become obvious eventually.
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