Week 1

Faith: 

The Missing Piece

Perhaps this isn’t your first attempt to stick to a diet and fitness plan to improve your health.  Sadly, it’s been reported that 93-percent of all fad exercise, fitness and diet plans fail, which is dismal.  Another sad statistic is Americans spent over $60 billion in 2013 trying to lose weight yet our obesity rates continue to climb. Why is it so difficult to remain dedicated and faithful to diet and fitness when our health is at risk? What has to change in order for you to succeed? 

I have to believe the answer is found in the commentary of 2 Chronicles in the NLT Study Bible; ”The secret to victory is first to admit the futility of unaided human effort and then to trust God to save. His power works best through those who recognize their limitations. It is those who think they can do it on their own that are in the greatest danger.” 

Although 2 Chronicles isn’t about diet, exercise and striving for a healthier lifestyle, this statement is critical in your journey towards better health because it reveals two things:

  1. You can’t do this on your own
  2. You need God’s help

It’s important you believe the significance of this message and act upon it, if you want to break free from the fitness frustration cycle. 

This is my 30th year in the fitness industry, and for three decades I have seen thousands of people get trapped in the fitness frustration cycle. Perhaps this has happened to you. You make a passionate resolution to lose weight year after year on January 1st. Then you dive head first into the latest exercise and diet craze that promises you lose 10 pounds within the first week. When you turn the calendar to February 1st you might have lost a few pounds, but you’re also losing your passion to lose weight. By March 1st you’ve packed the pounds you lost back on and gained another five! You’re not alone. Take heart!  You don’t have to become one of millions entrapped by the fitness frustration cycle.  

God revealed to me an entirely new concept to help you become dedicated to a fitness and diet regimen.  It truly is a unique approach to fitness, and the first step it to re-think fitness because success starts by changing the way you think!

How do you re-think fitness? Romans 12:2 has the answer, “let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think …”.

We can’t make healthy changes if we maintain a defeatist attitude.  Remember; our thoughts matter.  If we believe we’re going to fail, we will.  If we change our thinking and believe, with God’s help, we can take control of our diet and become dedicated to a fitness regime, we will be on our way to a healthy lifestyle. 

Let’s read a bit further into Romans 12:2 “. . .let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do.”

WOW!  God changes the way we think and then we are able to change our actions. To make a lifestyle transformation it starts by changing the way we think!  Our thoughts matter!!  This is super important so please don’t read this too quickly. Pray over Romans 12:2, consider memorizing the verse and ask God to transform you by changing the way you think.   

Faithful Workouts is going to challenge you to change the way you think. We are going to challenge you to look at fitness from a new perspective. My prayer is you keep your mind and heart open to what God will reveal to you during this journey.  Most likely your journey will not be a direct path, there will be some wrong turns, but if you stick with this plan and allow God to change the way you think, you will finally break free from your old habits!

 

**Do you believe that God can change the way you think? Has God ever changed your thoughts or desires? If you have a hard time believing He can change you, why do you think you feel this way?

 

Food: 

Benefits of Healthy Eating

I’m sure you have heard that eating healthy is important -- but trying to figure out what a healthy diet looks like can be confusing. There are so many different theories, plans and diets available, how do you know which is the best for you? 

Before we get into the “how-to” of eating healthy let’s first get you excited to start making changes by listing a few of the benefits of properly fueling your body:

* Healthy eating helps you maintain a healthy weight

* Healthy eating helps you fight off illness and diseases

* Healthy eating can increase your energy levels

* Healthy eating can save you money in health care costs.

* Healthy eating can keep you more mentally alert.

Proper nutrition provides energy, keeps your heart beating, your brain active, your muscles working, builds and strengthens bones, muscles and tendons and also regulate bodily processes such as blood pressure. 

On the other hand, when we fill our bodies with foods loaded with sugar, chemicals, unhealthy fats…. we can also destroy our health. I love how Ann Wigmore states it, “The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.”  

You have a choice to make each day, are you going to improve your health with what you eat or are you going to diminish your health?

During this program, our hope is that our future articles will motivate you to fuel your body with the foods that God created. Upcoming articles include:

Nutrient Dense Calories 

Dietary Variety

What Fats Should I Eat

Why Are Antioxidants Important

What Does Fiber Do For My Body

Why diets don’t work

Knowledge is powerful. The more you can understand how food effects your body, the more motivated you will be to change. We will also supply you with ways to make healthy eating quick and easy! 

**Which of the benefits of eating healthy most excites you? 

Weekly Goals

Each week you will be asked to set goals. Your goals can be about faith, fitness or food (or all 3). I highly recommend that you write them down and post them on your mirror or someplace you will see them often. When setting goals make them action oriented goals, not result goals. By this I mean make goals based on your actions not the results. An action goal would be, “I will exercise at least 3 times a week. Each workout will be at least 20 minutes”. A result goal would be, “I will lose 1” in my thigh measurement.” 

I suggest this because here is what I have seen happen so often, someone sets a result goal, they eat healthy and exercise yet they don’t meet their goal. They get discouraged and they turn back to their old ways. When you eat healthy and exercise you are improving your health but you might not instantly see the result you wanted. Stay focused on doing the next right thing and be patient with the results. 

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