Monday, January 14, 2008

Out of Egypt, Part 1

I was overwhelmed by the response to by post Friday through comments and email! I am so excited to see how God might work through each of us to encourage one another. Being fit and healthy is so important and affects so many areas of our lives. I pray that our focus will always be to bring honor to Him through our effort to be fit and healthy. While my story is one that includes weight loss, I know many of you are seeking not to lose weight, but to be eat healthier and start exercising. Wherever you fall, I am thrilled by your desire to be "fit for service." What a great gift to give our children -- being good examples of being fit and healthy.

For me, my weight and health was not an issue until after I had my children. I grew up blessed to be athletic and fit. I never had to watch what I ate very carefully (which would be a curse later as I got older!) I played lots of different sports up through playing volleyball in college and later coaching. I was even a certified aerobics instructor through my grad school years, with one of my degrees in physical education! So, you see, just because you are knowledgeable in the area of fitness or have been fit at a certain point in your life, you are not above slipping into bad habits that can suddenly lead to a place of bondage.

For many women, this does happen during the child-bearing years. Your body experiences a lot of changes, and the stress of being a new mom can make it harder to set fitness goals--there just does not seem to be the time or energy to devote to keeping in shape. Personally, I found this to be true. I let myself become a lazy eater and a sporadic exerciser. Putting on weight and acquiring bad habits can be a slippery slope. A few pounds here and there adds up--I know on my 5'10" frame, the extra weight found places to hide before I even noticed the scale going up.

The unfortunate reality is that being out of shape affects so many others areas of our lives--our marriages, our ability to be active with our children, our confidence, our attitudes, and our ability to serve, just to name of few. Being out of shape is truly like being in bondage--we are controlled by unhealthy eating and laziness. I hit a point and made a decision that I could not go on like that. No food or other distraction was worth what it was costing me to be out of shape.

When you look at our nation, most of our prominent health problems stem in part from obesity, bad eating habits, and lack of regular exercise. We truly are at a crisis point. The sad thing is that this problem is not becoming an issue for children. We are seeing health issues in children that we have never seen before. If for no other reason, get fit and healthy as an example to your children.

I have titled my posts about my weight loss journey "Out of Egypt," because I truly believe that being unhealthy and out of shape is a place of bondage that Satan desires to keep us so that we will be less effective as Christians. Because we serve an almighty God, we do not have to stay there! He desires to lead us "out of Egypt," out of a place of bondage. As the verse that my blog is based on says, "He brought me out into a spacious place, He rescued me because He delighted in me! (Psalm 18:19)"

Wednesday I will share a bit about how I lost the weight--my eating and exercise approach. This is at times "a desert experience." I will share some of the lessons that God taught me during this time.

In Christ,
Kelly

12 comments:

Mocha with Linda said...

Oh wow!! This SO resonated with me. I, too, am 5'10". I never had to worry one bit about my weight - in fact, I was always thin. I could eat whatever I wanted and never gain a pound.

Then I hit my 40's after having both kids in my early-mid 30's. Whose body is this?! Add in a medication that tends to keep the pounds on, and whew! The discipline of watching what I eat is a new experience. I don't really think I have food "issues" (stress, control, etc); I've just never had to be diligent & disciplined before.

And I hate exercise and my tendency towards migraines when I do is discouraging.

I look forward to reading more of your journey.

Mel's World said...

Kelly,

I am truly looking forward to seeing how God WILL use your testimony to bless so many others.

Thanks for your transparency,
Melissa

Melissa @ Breath of Life said...

I can't wait!

DeeDee said...

Can't wait for Wednesday!

Chappyswife said...

Can't wait, Kelly!

Dianne said...

I traveled this same journey over the past few years. The pounds chunked on here and there and before I knew it, I was almost 40 lbs. over my marriage weight. If I kept going at the same rate (4 lbs./year) in ten years, I was really going to have some problems. I feel so much better these days. More than just losing a few lbs, it was a learning experience for me. I'm glad you're doing this and think it will be very helpful to others.

Praise and Coffee said...

Kelly,
I love this. I am 5'10" too and can hide the weight- but I know it's there and I really need to be more disciplined with exercise. I am on the treadmill again and it feels so good.
Your posts are inspiring me to keep it up!

Hugs,
Sue

Wendy said...

Great thoughts - I found it hard to get out of the habit of eating more once I was done being pregnant and nursing. I had to relearn what it was like before.

Angie said...

Kelly---this was for me. I just told my sister today how I am stressing...and eating....and then stressing and eating more! I have not "prayed" about this as I should have. I know better. This was very encouraging to me. Why do I turn to food when stress strikes??? The comfort of chocolate? Yeah.
I will WILL try my best to be more diligent about what I am doing...my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit...as all of our are. I am not taking good care of His house. Thanks for this good reminder.
Thank you for your kind comment on my CWO post! You're a blessing!

Cyndi said...

I haven't gotten a chance yet to welcome you "back to blogging!" And you have just jumped right back in with your jogging shoes on... I love it! This is an area I've been thinking a LOT about lately, and I'm so glad you are writing so thoughtfully about this topic on your wonderful blog. I can't wait to read more!

Deidre said...

I can't wait, Kelly! I so need to do this right now. Not so much becuase of the weight, but I need to eat healthier and exercise (which mirrors discipline in many other areas of my life).

Lisa said...

Hi Kelly!
Thanks for visiting my blog! Now I know two cute Kellys from blogland! :) Just met the other not long ago.

I will look forward to visiting you again. Please come by and see me, as well.

Journeying with you!
Lisa :)