I have been involved in the fitness industry for the last thirty years, and my heart goes out to people who are in a constant battle with their bodies. The shame and condemnation associated with losing 50 pounds only to gain 60 back make for a frustrating life on the fitness rollercoaster.
I’ve trained people, wrote nutrition plans, and argued about the “perfect pant size.” The difference between winning and losing the body battle lies in one’s self-image. Do you see yourself overweight, out of shape, and weak? You might be thinking I can hardly look at myself in the mirror. Your reflection in the mirror is the reflection in your mind. If the picture on the inside of us doesn’t change … neither will the outside.
The Scripture says, “For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” We must become aware of the thoughts we have towards ourselves and listen to the tapes running in our head. The words you’re saying can sabotage your success. All the dieting and exercise in the world will not change the image you have of yourself, that comes with renewing your mind. When you close your eyes, who do you want to be? Hold that picture in your head, and your outside will soon match your inside.
Mental Muscle Challenge: Put up a vision board. Get a picture you can look at that will remind you of your goal to get fit once and for all.
“We cannot truly live for God or transform our societies if we hate what we see in the mirror.”
Dr. Caroline Leaf