Can This Curse Become a Blessing?

Physical Faith, Part 7: How many battles have I fought to overcome my unhealth with just my willpower alone? For so many years, I said to myself, “You got yourself into this, it is your responsibility to get yourself out.” Oh, how I wish I could have seen earlier what a fool I was for not letting God be the source of my strength, for not asking the Creator of my body to give me the help and motivation to take care of it! My stubborn independence just left me more and more discouraged each time I would fail, year after year. But it doesn’t have to be this way!

Falling Off the Wagon & Getting Back On

Physical Faith, Part 5: Well, I failed. Here I am writing this series on healthy living and I am thoroughly bruised from my recent fall off the exercise wagon. Man, it sucks to be here — again. It seems like just when I get some good momentum going, life takes a turn and all of my hard work falls by the wayside. I can’t necessarily blame “life” for this either because I am the one making most of these major life decisions that keep rocking my routine, like moving into the house we just bought. However, it doesn’t negate the fact that I fell, hard, out of the habit of exercising. What’s a girl to do about it?

Building a Supportive Environment

Physical Faith, Part 4: Take it from someone who knows, creating a supportive environment is three-quarters of the battle when it comes to sticking with healthy living. Every addict knows that after they get sober, if they jump right back into the same friend group, hangout spots, or environment at home, they will fail every time. Why is that? Because as committed as we are to staying clean, each of us only has a fixed and finite amount of willpower at our disposal each day. If we have to use up our entire allotment trying our best not to eat those darn cookies staring at us from the kitchen counter, we will have nothing left to meet the barrage of other temptations that meet us throughout our day. If we want to stay clean, we have to create a clean environment, one that uses up as little of our willpower as humanly possible.

How to Create New Habits

Physical Faith, Part 3: Motivation is not what you should hang your hat on when it comes to the nitty gritty of daily making healthier decisions. You have to go further because even if you have the best reason in the world to take care of your body motivation is, as we all know, a fickle mistress. So we must move from motivation to something more dependable, something that is going to stick around even when we don’t want it there. What we need are habits.