Faith,Life,Lifestyle,World Race

When Faith Becomes Greater Than Fitness

I’m sorry it’s been so long since I’ve done any type of fitness post. I promise I still love it πŸ™‚ It’s been a part of my life this year, just not as much as normal because I’ve been a missionary constantly on the move. I knew before I signed up for the World Race that this would be a year of sacrifice and surrender. A year without routine, structure, schedules, and constants. I’ve loved every bit of it. It’s been good for my mind and heart. I went from immersing myself into the fitness/health/wellness world 24/7 (at least that’s what it felt like) to pretty much not at all and I think it’s been the healthiest thing for me. It’s a fun niche to be in, but it can also leave you feeling discontent and inadequate. It also causes a lot of comparison. None of these feelings are fun.

 

This year allowed me to take a step back from all of the noise in my head and around me. It’s given me a new perspective.

 

In the past I’ve struggled with obsessing over weight, food, and exercise. I used to shame myself for eating certain things or missing a workout. I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s fallen into disordered eating and over exercising.

 

God did a lot of work in me before I left. I knew this trip meant I wouldn’t be able to control what I ate all the time or if I would get to workout. He freed me from a lot of those negative thoughts and feelings before I left. However, I’m human and they still come up occasionally but this year has been such a year of reinforcement. Reinforcement that my worth is found in the Lord and not in how much I weigh, eat or exercise. It’s given me time to process through how I want to live when I get home. How I want to approach feelings of discontent and inadequacy when they pop into my brain in the future. Most of which comes back to the spiritual aspect.

 

In order to truly be physically fit, you’ve got to be spiritually fit. They go hand in hand. I’m not saying you can’t be fit if you’re not a Christian. NOT IT AT ALL. I’m just saying it’s hard to have one without the other. You may be in the best shape of your life, but something will still be missing. Being spiritually fit gives you the eyes to see that we’re made for so much more than having a six pack and big biceps. Those things of course are awesome, but how are you going to use them? To post pictures on social media? Or to help someone in need? Maybe it’s both? Only you know that.

 

We’re made for Kingdom purposes. It’s something I need to remind myself of often because I’m guilty of forgetting.

 

Anyway, I just wanted to share what God’s been revealing to me this past year. If you’ve been caught up in the same thoughts or feelings as me or are worried about going on the World Race because of them feel free to reach out (—> hannaheault@gmail.com). I would love to talk to you or answer any questions.

 

I also just want to share as a racer about to go into month 11 that:

β€’I’ve gotten to choose my meals most months

β€’every month has had space to workout

β€’sport ministry and manual labor are a thing (aka a month of working out)

 

So no need to stress πŸ™‚

 

Oh and I thought I would share a few random workouts I’ve done this past year in a future post so GET READY.

 


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