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Today I’m sharing about an issue many women get consumed with. I shared in February about loving yourself for who God created you to be. We are all amazing works of art with all our cellulite and love handles included. The world is constantly slamming us with how we need to measure up.
How many times throughout your week do you see advertisements for products guaranteed to help you drop inches, cut calories, lose weight and slip (yes finally slip, no laying on your bed to zip) into your precious pre-college (or baby) skinny jeans.
Ladies. I’m about to get real, raw and honest.
I’m talking about… Weight, BMI, Clothing Size, Measuring Up….
You see, I think we do need these elements in our lives, but not in the way we have allowed them to consume us. There are standards of healthy and these standards do need to be met.
But how Biblical are our standards?
God clearly calls us away from being gluttons. (Proverbs 23:21)
God clearly states our bodies are holy temples bought at a price. ( 1 Corinthians 3:16-17)
But does God ever say we shall be a certain pant size, a certain BMI, a certain weight?
Hmmm…if you can find that verse, please do fill me in because I first of all do not like being in the dark, but I more so do not like presenting wrong information.
Like I said, there are good points and bad points to each. They all are not bad in and of themselves. It’s how we VIEW them that causes the malfunction.
These measuring tools are just a sample of what can be predictors for health. I know plenty of “skinny” women who have good healthy BMIs, their weight is on target and their waist is below 35 inches, but their eating habits consist of dates with a clown, a king and a happy man with glasses (McDonald’s, Burger King, and Wendy’s). Where as I know many woman (like myself) who workout, eating 80/20 on the health scale, but heaven forbid have curves and we’re thrown into the other category.
Health is not a standard but a way of life.
I think this is where our world has messed up. We bottle “healthy” in quick fixes (that fail), unrealistic expectations (that set us up for failure), and a lifestyle that doesn’t echo where we should be.
#1: Find YOUR happy weight- this is the weight that when you eat balanced, workout, and take care of yourself (this means sleep too) your body naturally goes to. Everyone’s is different because God made us that way.
#2: Take a week and track your calories- Just one week. Track everything! After one week you can see where you eating unnecessary calories. But don’t restrict your calories to drastic measures. Utilize calorie calculators like this one, or this one to figure out where you should be. Be honest. If you have a desk job, don’t put that you’re active throughout your workday. If you want to continue tracking then do so, but don’t obsess.
#3: Measure yourself ONCE a month (preferably the 1st)- Measure your hips, waist (around your belly button or the smallest part of your torso), bust, arms, and thighs. Measuring this way is significantly more accurate than a scale.
#4: Lessen the importance of the scale- Science teacher moment, technically a scale just measure your gravitational pull. Plus depending on the weather, amount of water drank, time of month (ahem…) – your weight can fluctuate up to 8 lbs!!! I’m sorry that’s not worth the melt down. I personally don’t own one for these reasons.
#5: Go for Fit not Size- My clothing size varies on the store I am in. Each brand fits different and some brands just flat out are not made for my bubble butt, curvaceous body (their loss not mine). Forget a certain number.
Remember, it is not about measuring up to society, it is about being the best can be for Him.
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