This question was answered on social media today by one of the fitness trainers I follow, and while her answer was “technically” true….I want to add more to the conversation.
Her answer was that a fit person doesn’t skip workouts, even when on vacation or during holidays.
Yes, it is true that, for the most part, those who consider themselves fit, don’t cancel their workouts for things like holidays or vacation. But, I think a fit person’s habits go much deeper than just not skipping their workouts.
I am in a season of my life where my workouts are at a much slower pace than before. I don’t really have a specific physical goal in mind right now. With the constant change our family is experiencing, God is directing my heart towards other areas that need nourishing and a health check up.
Things like dealing with stress effectively, my attitude when things don’t go my way (again), and how to stop hanging out with worry and doubt and start clinging to faith. (Watch this awesome Video that I saw this morning….it inspired me so much!)
The habits of a Fit person is one that looks similar on the surface (the workouts, the nutrition, etc), but very different in terms of their emotional state and well being.
A fit person has:
*Faith in the process– they realize that some seasons are going to be about goal setting and goal reaching and other seasons will be slower. But they understand the value of moving their body for their overall health
*The wisdom to rest– They know when their body has reached its limits. When it is time to slow down. To put aside the pressure of looking or feeling a certain way. That maintenance is a healthy by-product of the fit life. That their LIFE is not a fitness competition.
*The ability to be present and enjoy those they are around, even if they are surrounded by food they should refrain from- This one, I think is hardest because we live in a diet minded society. We constantly hear and see the list of Don’t Eat This in magazines, social media and nutrition plans. The fit person recognizes what works for them. What doesn’t serve them, and they are experiencing FREEDOM to abstain and still enjoy being in the presence of their friends and family. This is especially true during the holiday season. All those baked goods and rich foods are tempting, and they are delicious! But, the fit minded woman will choose her favorites without guilt and happily say no to the things that she doesn’t enjoy or need in her life.
*Joy and Freedom– She is not in prison to her fitness plan or her nutrition program. The whole point of her deciding to embark on this journey to being healthier was to bring her freedom. Freedom from foods dictating her emotions and keeping her in chains. The joy of God directing her steps as she stepped outside of her comfort zone and treated her body with care for the first time in who knows how long. She is working to break free from the chains and the lies the enemy has told her for so long about her body, her worth, her appearance, her value……and she hears the truth for the first time in a long time.
When I started the mission of Be a Size You, it was so important to me that women experience true freedom and joy and have faith in the process. I get frustrated with fitness programs and nutrition programs sometimes, because they can seem rigid even if they weren’t designed to be so, and when a person is just beginning their journey, their old habits are hard to break and the lies are still very loud in their minds. It takes time, it takes encouragement, it takes a lot of grace, and it isn’t just as simple as saying “fit people don’t skip workouts.”
It is so much more than that. So much more. I have been guilty of saying “No Excuses” before as a virtual health coach, but I am thankful that God has been laying me low to teach me how to better love and serve those who want to live well and truly “Be a Size You.”
Praying for each of you as you embark on your own personal journey of fitness, faith, and health. I am always here to help you. It is my greatest joy to serve you in that way.
Be a Size You,