I love my post-baby body. I am proud of what my body accomplished. Stop and think about it for a moment–the human body is an amazing work of art by our creator! God made our bodies as a temporary residence for our souls here on earth. But the quality and quantity of time we have to spend in our temporary bodies are influenced by how we treat our bodies.
Sore, sluggish, fatigued. That is how I feel. When I brush my hair, handfuls of loose hair come drifting out. All I can think is Ugh, here again.
I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t always treat my body like I love and appreciate it. I know the old adages “You are what you eat” and “Use it or lose it!”. Still, when stress hits, I seek coping mechanisms like ice cream and watching TV.
These provide a small break from “grind,” yet they don’t actually help relieve stress or breathe energy into my tired bones. My self-image is not about a number on a scale; rather the way my body feels. When I am carrying around extra weight, eating too much junk, and not exercising, my body lets me know.
Two years ago I faced up to the fact that I was not taking care of my body. I had put on about 20 pounds and felt horrible. And that influenced how I felt emotionally because our minds, bodies, and spirits are interconnected. I lost around 15 pounds by going off birth control, taking more walks, saying no to ice cream (at least every night–I still ate ice cream), and eating WAY more fresh fruits and vegetables. I was really balanced and healthy until about three months ago when Rebekah was born.
We had been pretty healthy before and throughout the pregnancy. But since then it has been hard. For one thing, our lives and schedules have been turned upside down by a baby. For another, we undertook a very large transition and move across the country. Between the stress and constant transition, we’ve been seeking to recharge through eating greasy foods and watching TV rather than through methods that actually relieve stress like walks and healthy fresh fruits, vegetables, and water.
As I rebuild to a place of health, I invite you to join me. Throughout the coming weeks I am going to be sharing some posts focused on regaining physical health and how that connects to our emotional and spiritual health as well.
What can you look forward to this summer? Well, let me tell you!
1. A great guest post by Braiden Chastain, a passionate blogger focused on helping women embrace their bodies and develop balanced lifestyles that glorify God. She is going to share excellent tips on how busy moms can pursue healthy habits (plus she is debuting some youtube videos with easy daily exercises)!
2. I am going to try and make a weekly special blog post called “Snack Attack” where I share some healthy, yet yummy snacks, that are easy to prep and affordable to make. Because if I don’t have some yummy, healthy snacks accessible, I will go straight for the empty calories in Cheetos!
3. I also want to share a couple devotionals throughout July on the importance of balance and pursuing health physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Finally, I don’t believe that being healthy means never watching TV or eating foods that we love. It is about balance.
What is your biggest hurdle when it comes to maintaining a balanced life and staying healthy? Time? Dr. Pepper addiction? Let me know in the comments below!