Weight loss can be a spiritual journey.
Have you ever thought about that?
It did not occur to me for a LOOOONG time. So, don’t worry, you’re not alone.
I was listening to the radio the other morning, and the announcer was talking about how he started on this journey to run a marathon purely out of selfishness. His wife wanted him to lose weight and as he put it, “I was tired of looking at myself in the mirror.”
So, he started running. But it turned into so much more than that very quickly. He put a purpose into his running by raising money for a local non-profit. Through this God opened his eyes to how He was working while he was running and trying to lose weight.
After hearing this, I realized, I too had a spiritual journey through weight loss. It is one of the most valuable journeys I have ever been on.
See, three years ago I was a mess. You wouldn’t have seen it on the outside. I had this beautiful family, a wonderful husband, a nice part-time job, a great house and so much more. Most Sundays I would show up to church with a smile on my face.
But there was a big problem. I had a surface level connection with God. From that shallow connection, my thoughts were running wild. I hated my body, I felt disappointed in my life, my marriage was tense and I was angry most of the time with my kids. It seemed liked there was nothing I truly enjoyed. Yes, I could find moments of happiness, but the consistent joy was not present.
Then, I decided I wanted to lose weight and get fit. It was purely superficial. I thought if I was thin, I would be happier, my husband and I would connect more and from that I wouldn’t be so angry all the time. If just this ONE thing changed, my whole life would be BETTER.
My whole life changed for the better, but it wasn’t because I lost weight.
It was because God took a hold of my life, rocked my world, and made me listen.
For that I am forever thankful to Him.
Now, I love more, serve more and trust like I have never knew I could.
If you’re reading this and thinking, “Wow, must be nice to feel good all the time”, STOP. I have miserable days just like the rest of you. There are times I just want to crawl under that covers and hope that no one will find me.
That’s not the point of my life. The point isn’t for it to be rainbows, sunshine and roses. It’s about living life abundantly. Life abundantly looks like understanding where your power comes from (God), knowing your choices (free will) and loving so deeply that you can’t imagine anything better. It is also about experiencing life and all it has to bring; the pain, loss, failure and hardship.
If you don’t have the darkness, you won’t TRULY appreciate the light.
That is abundant living. Being here, in this present moment, trusting God completely and choosing love through it ALL.
What amazes me, is that I learned all this through weight loss. It started on such a superficial journey and ended with something so deep.
God can take any journey you’re on and make into something AMAZING!
But we have to make the choice to let him.
And we have to start moving for God to work his miracles.
Are you ready? Maybe you start superficially too. Maybe you’re tired of bickering with your spouse. Maybe you think you yell too much to your kids. Maybe you hate your job. Or maybe, you are tired of being overweight. These are all the reasons my clients have started the journey. Now, they’re journey means so much more because it turned into a spiritual one.
It’s so amazing how God keeps working things out for our good…
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
Ready to start your journey but know you are going to need some support along the way? No problem. Sign up for a FREE consult with me and find out how your journey can end in abundant living. Click here!