Take the stairs!

I am becoming hyper-aware of my health and fitness. For most of my 25 years I have eaten what I want (mac & cheese, all the time! yumm), used the cheapest cosmetics (I’m mostly talking shampoo, soaps, toothpaste, etc), parked as close as possible to entrances, and almost always opted for the elevator over the stairs. But over the last year in particular, I’ve been realizing just how important my body is, and how disrespectfully I have been treating it. I’ve watched people eat whatever they want, whenever they want, however much they want, simply because the taste of the food in their mouths at that moment is more important to them than any accompanying consequences. Especially of those consequences aren’t immediate! And, if I am being totally honest with myself, this is the way I have always been too.

God gave me this body, the one I am in. Not some supermodel or athlete just this average weight, fairly tall, normal looking female body. And it may have taken me 25 years to realize it, but God gave this soul this body because this is the one that was perfect to his purposes. How cool is that! Yet I have disrespected and abused this body, at times even hated it and complained about it and wished God had done a better job with it.

How ungrateful of me! I have four limbs, five working senses, healthy lungs, an amazing mind (aren’t brains amazing??) and a beating heart! I am not torn down by cancer or disease, I am not crippled in any sense of the word, I am not deaf, mute or blind. So what has been holding me back all this time from accepting this awesome gift from God and striving to take care of it and use it the way that it was intended?

I don’t know what God has planned for my life. But I want to be ready for it. And I think taking care of this body that God calls a temple is at least someplace to start. So from now on, I will do my best to eat my vegetables and take the stairs.

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3 thoughts on “Take the stairs!

  1. mikereverb says:

    Then why did God inspire man to make doughnuts? Ice cream? Cake? I can’t help but see the divine in all that is mouthwatering delicious.

    Sigh . . .

    You’re right though: gotta take care of what we’ve got. Living longer as a result isn’t a bad perk for eating right and exercising either. 🙂

    • dhall8221 says:

      Those things are certainly not bad! People just have a tendency to get carried away with them. I mean, baking is one of my favorite things to do right now, but it would be a bad idea to binge on the things that I make simply because they’re delicious 😛

  2. Anna F. says:

    I had the same kind of realization a couple of years ago as well. Maybe it’s a quarter life crisis thing, but learning of others’ health complications makes me really appreciate my own health. And to think of the abuse I used to give my bod! I used to only have an apple and coffee until after 5 p.m. and then open the floodgates and it was totally Hungry Mungry. What can I say, I used to enjoy delaying pleasure. So yah, I can accept my massive thighs when they come with a healthy heart. Glad that you’re on the same route.

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