Everything starts with our thought process. I wrote this article because I had to renew my way of thinking. Once our mind is set on doing something, the body will follow.
Do you have the strength or the vigor to commit to daily exercise? How about the discipline to eat serving size portions of food and/or the power to resist fats and sweets? What about just choosing to live a healthier lifestyle without stress or strain? Very few of us have the strength to do all or some of these things. The change must come from within. Your spirit must be nurtured in order to have the strength to make that change and to take you to the next level.
How do you nurture your spirit? I’m glad you ask. The spirit must be renewed, re-educated, and re-trained. Reading related topics of concern is a start. The Word of God (the Bible) is the best source of information that will help to renew your way of thinking. Reading fitness publications and attending seminars, conventions, expos, health fairs, workshops, etc., are other ways of nurturing your spirit. Some of these publications and events are free, so look for and take advantage of these freebees.
Invite someone to exercise with you and attend events together. This will help you stay on track, be accountable, and also give support to someone else who has the same mindset as you. Doing the above will give you the encouragement to stay motivated.
Get into a habit of reading the “Nutrition Facts” on foods to find out the portion size and ingredients. Choose foods with vitamins and minerals, less fats and sugars.
Taking steps (big or small) about what we put into our bodies in order to live a healthier life is a move in the right direction.
We must also exercise some real faith. “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, evidence of things not seen.” What do you see yourself accomplishing? What is the goal and how can it be obtained? Have faith in seeing and believing that you can lose inches, body fat and pounds. “Write the vision and make it clear.” And most of all, don’t take your eyes off the prize, which is to succeed.
Nurture Your Spirit; It’s the Real Source of Your Strength!