Ok, we have all done it. Thought some ridiculous diet would help us lose weight and KEEP IT OFF or had crazy ideas about how we should exercise. I am not sure where these crazy ideas come from and why they become in grained in our brain, but it seems each stage of life there is a new way of thinking weight loss and getting fit should be done. We have all fallen subject to them. I have had my own crazy diet and views of exercise over the past 25 years.
My earliest memory, unknowingly to my mother, was in the 10th grade. After gaining quite a bit of weight one summer while moving to a new town, I thought the only way to lose weight was to restrict my calories. My mother sent me off to school with lunch money only to spend it on a pack of crackers and a diet coke from the vending machine, all equaling about 150 calories of nothing nutritious.
I later recall hearing and feeling by stomach growl, continuously, while practicing piano in the afternoon and staring at the clock wondering when we would eat dinner. Of course my mother was so proud that I inhaled everything that was on the table and saved no left over’s……..I was famished.
What I Thought About Exercise
As a Kinesiology major in college, I taught “aerobics” as it was called back then, but my one fitness ambition was to be a runner. It did not come easy for me, but I was determined to defeat it. I remember attempting to go for a run the fall before turning 21 years old and thought, “If I don’t condition myself to run a whole mile straight before my birthday, I will never get it. I will be too old.” Ha! Did you laugh out loud reading that as I did? How crazy was it to think I would never be able to get in shape at an “older” age. Today, at age 42 I think I could run circles around that young 21 year old girl.
To truly learn how to have a healthy lifestyle, we have to develop a healthy mindset.
Romans 12:2 says
Do not conform to the things of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your MIND so that the perfect will of God may be done.
When we start my praying for God to transform our mind, we may have a new view of how we should eat and exercise to take care of the body He has given us.
With the right mindset and healthy way of living, I am happy to say I no longer follow a crazy diet or have a distorted view of my fitness level. I am curious, can you share the craziest thing you have ever thought you should be or have done to be fit?