No, not physical hits. While opening my email, I noticed an article on the one exercise not to do. Since I’d seen this warning before elsewhere, I thought I’d take a quick peek anyway at this short article on Jillian Michaels, fitness trainer.
Yahoo posted this interview with Jillian, which was conducted by NewBeauty. I knew these things, but these three points practically hit me over the head. But not for the obvious reason. Beat with me.
NewBeauty: What’s the biggest mistakes you see people make when they try to lose weight?
Jillian Michaels: They follow fad diets and don’t adhere to the simple science of weight loss because it isn’t easy. Weight loss is a matter of eating less and using common sense with your food choices. That’s all there is to it. You don’t need to fast periodically or cut out food groups.
NB: You post a lot of funny quotes on your social media — is there mantra or an inspirational quote that you love or default to?
JM: Honestly, for me it’s always about the pep talk. Whenever I am overwhelmed or intimidated I just tell myself “you got this. You’ve been through worse. You’ve suffered through more. You’ve overcome greater obstacles. Focus on the task at hand and power through it.”
NB: What’s the most common question you get asked and what’s your answer?
JM: People want to know how I stay motivated. The answer is about identifying your “why.” In life, anything worth having comes at a cost. There is always work and sacrifice involved. That’s why I always say “Work with purpose is passion, work without purpose is punishment.” Think of all the ways working out and eating right will benefit you in the long term and let that drive you. Whether it’s wearing skinny jeans, living to be 100, keeping up with your young kids, or having sex with the lights on—there is no reason too profound or too superficial as long as it’s important to you and worth the work associated with the goal.
Okay. Let’s turn these inside out (or would that be outside in?). Here’s how they hit me…and what stood out spiritually:
*Point #1: Following fad diets! Weight loss is a matter of eating less and using common sense with your choices.
We can *eat* of the wrong things spiritually and partake too much, getting fat on the world’s buffet offering of temptations. Simplifying our choices slims down our souls. Cuts away the fat!
*Point #2: Pep talk! We are our own worst enemy. We speak negativity to ourselves, things we’d never say to anyone else. Each of us is a beautiful creation of God. A Masterpiece! Would we talk to God the way we talk to ourselves? No, yet, we do.
When overwhelmed, frustrated, or intimidated, we need to encourage ourselves by saying…
*I’ve got this.
*I’ve been through worse.
*I’ve suffered through more.
*I’ve overcome greater obstacles.
*Focus on the task at hand and power through it.
*Read God’s Word. Spend time in His presence.
*Point #3: Purpose and passion! Without purpose and passion, our lives have no meaning. “In life, anything worth having comes at a cost.” This is so true. We then give up something in order to gain something of greater value. A relationship with the Lord will cost some of us more than time. As David said, “I will not offer to the Lord my God sacrifices that have cost me nothing.” (2 Sam. 24:24a GNT)
~Lord, may I be positive not only toward others but also toward myself. May I always follow Your purpose for my life and have passion to pursue it. May my spiritual diet be of Your Word alone. Amen!
*Oh, in case you’re wondering, the one exercise not to do? The elliptical!