What’s motivating you?
It may be the difference between success and failure.
Meaning, if we put the most important things first, the rest will fall into place. We don’t have to give up one for the other, but in the pursuit of the main goal, all of the other little goals will be achieved as well.
The same can be said of our fitness goals. Just hang with me for a minute, I’ll tie it all together….
Sidetracked by the Small Goals
In the pursuit of righteousness, it’s easy to get sidetracked with paying bills, doing good works, performing well at work, loving people well, being involved at church, etc. These very good things can distract us from seeking first the Kingdom – yet if we seek God alone, the rest of these concerns will take care of themselves as we live from a place of trust and peace, and not worry.
Rather than try to become more like God, as we spend more time focusing on Him and being in His presence, we naturally start to be more like him without trying.
I think we can look at our health, fitness, and body image the same way. Most of us (at least women) are fairly consumed with the way we look. It distracts us and often brings frustration and distress. The more we focus on getting skinny, losing fat, and avoiding certain foods, the more discouraging it can feel.
Most of my life, my workouts and eating habits have been motivated by being thin and looking good. Which is fine, it’s not bad to want that. But it shouldn’t always be the main thing, and it’s exhausting to always be fighting to achieve outward perfection.
A More Powerful Motivation
You know what has created the biggest, most lasting change for me – not only physically, but mentally? Pursuing strength and setting goals to improve my level of fitness.
About a year and a half ago I started watching Dana Linn Bailey videos on YouTube. Her ability to lift crazy amounts of weight, her physique, and her fun attitude with the sport helped to reignite a passion. The combination of her appearance and motivation to work hard and accomplish amazing things inspired me. It showed me how little I was really doing at the gym at that point in my life, and I began approaching it with a “DLB mindset.”
When I went into the gym, I started to focus on new machines, how much I could lift, how I could push my body to new levels. That became my focus – the strength, the overall improvement – and the rest started to fall into place. Muscles and veins started to appear where I’d never had them before!
Instead of obsessing about food I could and couldn’t have, I desired more healthy foods and the unhealthy ones lost appeal. I had a physical goal in mind and wanted to eat in a way that would increase my muscle mass and give me energy. Sugar, alcohol, and processed junk were not the way to do that.
The better I ate, the better I felt. So much so that feeling great became almost more of an “addiction” than yummy food. It stopped feeling like a battle to overcome the temptations of food – a freedom I never thought I’d experience.
My body changed so much in this season that I began getting compliments and questions on a regular basis. Yet my primary focus was, for once, not on how skinny I could get. As I pursued the “first things” – strength, athleticism, and accomplishment – the rest fell into place.
Maybe it’s being energetic for your kids, maybe it’s living a long, healthy life, maybe it’s increasing your endurance to run a marathon, or maybe it’s simply proving to yourself that you are capable of more than you think.These are the main goals that put us on a road to lasting change.
Whether it’s physical or spiritual growth or you’re pursuing, remember to seek first what is most important, and all of the other things will be added to you.