Monthly Archives: April 2013

Beyond The Label

 

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When buying food, one thing you SHOULD do is check the nutrition label. It tells all about the hidden things that you might not know is inside the food you are buying. You might be thinking the product is healthy, but one look at the label and you would know better. Looking at labels is essential to eating healthy and physical fitness. Avoiding sugars and sodium are two important rules to remember. Sugar of course leading to fat, and sodium one of the biggest causes of bloating (a girl’s worst enemy).

When it comes to spiritual fitness however, going by a label can be one of the most dangerous things you can do. What label am I talking about? The one on the outside of YOU. In the past I have had the hardest time with this and is one reason I have had a battle with staying on track with my physical fitness.

“Hello my name is..”

For a long time there would be a lot of negative words to follow that phrase for me. Anxious, easily angered, selfish, quitter, fake. I was taking what others thought, told, and have labeled me and put it right on the outside of the box of my life. I took what the Devil tried to make me think was on the inside of me for truth. Dangerous.

Why is this so dangerous? Because this is all false. Every negative thought comes from the Devil and is not truth. Just because you have quit your workout and diet before doesn’t mean you are a “quitter”. It means you messed up and good news, you have another shot. You might have done selfish things instead of laying yourself down for your friends in the past, but that doesn’t mean you are “selfish”. It means you have another day to prove your friendship.

Going by the label that others give you can make you think that what you have on the inside is no good. God says different. You are His masterpiece. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10.

You are made of good, perfection in the eyes of the Lord. Putting a label on yourself can discourage you from sticking with this journey to become fit for Him. Your label should say “forgiven, transformed, renewed, strong in Christ, pure”. Challenge yourself to see the good in yourself. Put God’s label on your life. Every day is a new day to be what He has perfectly made you to be.

A great song that describes this is “Hello, My Name Is” -Matthew West.

When people look at your nutrition label make sure they see what God has put inside of you.

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I don’t want to go on a tangent BUT…

I don’t want to go on a tangent BUT.. I will anyway.

“I can do all things through CHRIST who strengthens me.” Phil 4:13.

Five days ago my husband and I started a 24 Day Challenge to get healthy. Not to lose weight, but be healthy. Let me tell you, like I joke with my husband, I see why it’s not called the 24 Day “walk in the park”!

On my journey to become a personal trainer I knew that I have to lead by example. You don’t want a trainer telling you to avoid this and that when you catch them at Pizza Hut the night after your workout, right? So we decided to buy in to the company Advocare and try out their challenge pack. I thought I knew what I was getting us into…

I thought I was getting us into a challenge that wouldn’t be that hard and we would try it and maybe stick with it. However I knew, being renewed in Christ, that He would give us the strength this time to stick with it. And He has. We are on Day 5 of the 10 day cleanse. In the past I would start things like eating healthy. I would go “organic”, then seeing it cost an arm, leg, and my entire salary, it lasted a week. Then I tried other nutrition plans with workout DVDs. I would stop a couple weeks in because I still felt like I needed it spelled out for me how to eat healthy. Instead I would get lost in the food aisles and end up just getting my favorite Sour Cream and Cheddar chips instead. It would depress me so much that I got to thinking my character is not strong enough for anything.

Five days ago we cleaned out the cabinets, went to the store with the easy meal guide, and set in our HEARTS, that we will do this thing.

Here is what is the amazing UNEXPECTED results I have seen so far..

My husband and I have already felt so much better.

I have energy for my daughter and to chase her around the house, clean, and focus for the entire day.

My sinuses have almost completely cleared.

My headaches are few and far between.

After a long day of the Navy my husband comes home and wants to go out with the family or take care of things around the house.

Since doing this together we have spent more time and laughs with each other.

We have found new things in each other: encouragers, partners.

Most importantly we have found that no matter the challenge or diet, that we couldn’t do a single day without Christ. You may think this sounds extreme but it is TRUTH. I have literally found myself praying to Him “Lord, take these desires out of my heart. Give me strength to eat right for you. To prove to others and You that you are all I need.”

Sorry about the tangent but I would feel guilty not sharing what God has done with us so far. I cannot wait to see where we will be in 19 days!!

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Who Is Your Partner?

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“Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Galations 6:1-2

On this journey to become fit, one thing is crucial, and often overlooked. Partnership.

When you make changes to become fit it is extremely important to have someone to keep you accountable, not only physically but spiritually. For the days that you want to quit your diet or quit your workouts. The days that you are down on yourself, mentally. The days you feel spiritually beat up. Having someone behind you and beside you, can make all the difference.

For my physical walk, at the moment my husband is my accountability partner. We are on a 24 Day Challenge to get healthy. He helps me with cleaning out the cabinets, buying the right foods, and the days we both are CRAVING taco bell, helping each other in a positive way to avoid temptation. Reminding each other of our goals to be healthy for Christ. We both have God as our #1 motivation but having each other makes it that much easier to achieve our goals.

For my mental walk, I have elders that I trust in my life. From my parents to church friends, pastor’s wives. When I am feeling down for whatever reason, because we all know as women some weeks just aren’t as good as others, those ladies are there to fill me with positive thinking.

For my spiritual walk, I have to admit I haven’t been as good about having a partner. But God speaks to ME through what He tells me to write in this blog too. I use to have several close friends in the states, but distance can unfortunately make those ties not as tight. After today I will find a friend to keep me uplifted and reminded of the scripture and what God feels towards me. And to admit to her the struggles I have so she can righteously uplift me with His Word. To remind each other of our goals to become fit spiritually for Him.

****REMEMBER– Make your partner a WOMAN, besides if the physical partner being your husband can work for you. The other two areas need to be women for a couple reasons: It is not good to get emotionally attached to a man that is not your husband and share things with him. Sometimes your husband is not the right choice because he will not understand and some things need to stay between women that can. Unless it is something serious that your husband or partner should know.***

Hope this encourages you to encourage someone else. We are all sisters in Christ! Not here to judge each other but lift each other up!

What Are You Waiting For?

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What is holding you back?! Start with baby steps  Do this easy workout every morning or whenever you get a chance. I do a variation of each of these workouts every day (except the day I rest)  It has worked wonders for my hips and abs that I have had trouble with since having my baby . 

Just try it! 

email me at fitgirlsforchrist@aol.com for more workout tips! or add me on facebook: Lauren Craig.

Christ Lives In Me

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“I have been crucified with Christ: I no longer live; but Christ lives in me: and the life which I live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Galations 2:20

Did you know that once you are saved that you are no longer your own? Christ now lives in you! You are here for a purpose. So many of us think this life is for US, but it’s not. We are only here to glorify God. Yet we put so much pressure on things in this world that won’t matter in eternity. Like what we wear, what we eat, or what we look like. This life isn’t about you and me. Thank God! We have a higher purpose. Live today like you are not living for you. Live for Him instead!

If you focus on doing everything, even eating, to glorify Him, you will be amazed at how easy it will come. Once you do, you will see your selfishness disappear. Live life knowing this is just a blink of your eye compared to eternity. OTHERS WILL SEE CHRIST IN YOU IN EVERYTHING YOU DO.

Don’t forget this blog is for YOU too! If you have a story or encouragement you would like to share email me: fitgirlsforchrist@aol.com.

Just Praise Him

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First off I want to say thank you! This page has reached over 600 views and has been shared several times. I have received messages from several girls telling of the impact the page has had on them. Praise God! There is also a Facebook page “Fit Girls For Christ”. Check it out for more encouragement!
It has been a few days since the last post for a few reasons.. Being a mom of a ever learning 7 month old, and also a trial I have been through lately. This past weekend I discovered a pinched nerve in my back. At first the worry of something worse, being that I am missing a disc in my back, then fear that this pain wouldn’t go away. I was unable to do my normal workout routine. 
The old me would have gotten so down that I would have not done anything physically, which would discourage me mentally, then my spiritual walk would suffer. I would find myself back at square one, a few cupcakes later. Instead I chose to hold onto the fact that He has made me new. I am not who I once was. 
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
How encouraging is that!? Even though you might have fallen off track in the past, that is NOT who you are today! So what if you messed up and didn’t work out or eat good yesterday. You are a new creature every day, every moment in Christ!
I chose to change my workout and go for walks outside instead. Not only was I still being active, but I had 30 minutes walking to clear my head and talk to God. Guess what He told me, “Don’t let your self talk defeat your physical walk.” Ok, Lord, I won’t. He doesn’t want you to either!
If you mess up this week, don’t beat yourself up. JUST PRAISE HIM, and he will give you the strength to start again. You aren’t who you were yesterday. See how strong this new you is. Try it out!

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What Do You Weigh?

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As women we usually have one number on our brain.. the number on the scale. Some people can get paranoid about stepping on it even more than once a day. But what number should really be the one you should check? What do you really weigh in the eyes of the One who matters?

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. ..” Matthew 6:25-34.

I love that passage. It shows we are worth so much more than we can imagine. Stop measuring your worth by the number on the scale. Instead focus on how much God cares for you and how He is there helping you get healthy for His glory. Don’t let a number consume your life. Get fit to feel better, look better on the inside which will radiate on the outside. People around you that you don’t even know look at your life. Let your body be a testimony to them.

This week focus on these numbers instead:

How many reps you can do to beat how many you did last workout.

How many times this week you will workout.

How many times you will pray this week.

How many times you will sit down and read God’s words.

How many people will you witness to this week.