My Healthy Journey

One of the greatest ways we can show our love to God is for our body, mind and soul to be healthy. For some, this is not easy. It took me awhile to realize I needed to change my mind and my attitude about myself. I needed to tell myself I was worth it, especially in God’s eyes.

This scripture from 3 John 1:2 best explains it: “Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.”

The more I read His word, the more I believe it.  It is a blessing to be able to share this with you, in hopes that you can see it, too.

God wants all of us to take care of our bodies.

My wake-up call came when I had a routine appointment with my Rheumatologist.  I see her every four months, which includes the mandatory weigh-in. I knew I had put on weight because my clothes were no longer fitting.   I was also experiencing more pain in my ankles. To me, this was more important since I had to start using a cane in the evenings to get around. I was, also, looking at the possibility of needing ankle surgery. The pain was unbearable at times. My next blog will explain this further.  When I left the doctor that day I knew I had to do something.

Once I put my mind to it, the easier it became to make the changes I needed to.

The first thing I had to do was figure out what things in my life I had to change. There are various reasons why an individual is unhealthy. Our busy lives lead to poor eating habits or there could be a lack of knowledge about what is healthy. Relationship issues may be causing depression or a lack of self-worth. In my case, it was all of the above. I had sunk into a hole I knew I had to get out of in order to take care of my family. It wasn’t just about me.

It takes will-power to be healthy.

I started changing the way I thought about myself. It took time and I still struggle, but seeing me as the person God sees me as, has given me hope. I stopped focusing on how I thought others perceived me.

Fresh vegetables are important components of a...

Fresh vegetables are important components of a healthy diet. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With the help of a dietary supplement, I started eating better. Instead of calling it a “diet”, I referred to it as my “healthy journey.” I also found it helped to not necessarily eliminate the foods I enjoyed, but to limit the amount I ate. I started saying “No”, even if it was to myself, instead of taking that second helping. I drank more water and less pop. I found I liked healthier food choices, so it became a habit for me to eat better. I stopped making excuses such as, “Well, it’s so hard when you have a family”, or “I don’t have time to make a healthy meal.”

In my self-evaluation, I found I had a lot of time-wasters in my life I had to eliminate.

I like the scripture from 1 Corinthians 6:12, which refers to this.  It says, “Everything is permissible for me’ – but not everything is beneficial.”   Once I started using my time more efficiently, I could start preparing healthier meals.

I’ve been on this healthy journey for just over a year now. I feel better about myself and I know I’m worth it. Knowing this, has kept me on this path. I’ve lost most of the weight to reach my goal. I feel better physically and my activity level has increased because I no longer feel pain quite as much. I no longer have to use a cane and ankle surgery is no longer needed. It doesn’t stop here, though. I will continue to be on this healthy journey for the rest of my life.

You are not alone.

I want each one of you to know you are worth it, too! If you need help in any area, please feel free to reach out. My friend and mentor, Dawn M. Garcia, has several articles on her blog which address this issue. One that may be helpful is I am His Daughter.  In fact, she may not realize she has played such a huge part in my healthy journey along with her husband, Pastor Reuben. They can both be contacted at True Life Covenant and would be happy to help in any way.

Stay tuned …

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