I am so excited to talk about one of my favorite topics today – the mind, body, & spirit. They are truly the perfect trinity for a healthy body image. Since I was overweight half my life, I’ve struggled with a healthy body image. Even after losing 60 lbs it’s something that I struggle with almost daily. It is definitely a process, but it becomes easier every day when your mind, body, & spirit are aligned.
If you don’t know my story, it’s been a step by step process to align my mind, body, & spirit. At the age of 21, I was so tired of being unhappy with myself, drinking my problems away every day, & not feeling comfortable in my own body. I tried ever single thing possible to try to lose weight from pills, to Slim Fast, to the Atkins diet. You name it, I tried it.
After going through teenage years of being tormented & a verbally abusive marriage that ended in divorce at the young age of 19, I knew that I HAD to do something to change my life. I was so sick & tired of feeling depressed, I had no confidence, & just felt like there had to be more to life. I also met a very attractive guy in college who I was trying to impress after my divorce, so part of that was my motivation to look better. My mind, body & spirit were not aligned at this time of my life.
I was eating terrible foods because I worked in food & beverage, so I was constantly eating fried foods, desserts, & consuming alcohol. So, I decided to change what I was eating, cut my portions in half, & added a fruit or vegetable to each meal. I also started doing an at home workout DVD because I was too embarrassed to workout at the gym & didn’t know what to do. You’ll see in a minute that even though I was taking care of my body, my mind, body, & spirit were still out of balance.
After making these changes, I lost 30 lbs during my senior year of college in 2009. However, I continued drinking all the time & my relationship with the attractive guy from college wasn’t going that well. Then I graduated college & was in the real world at a full-time “grown up” job, so my partying had to stop. I moved in with a roommate who was also losing weight, so I started running with her. My mind, body, & spirit were still not aligned, even though I started taking care of my body.
I then lost another 30 lbs after eliminating alcohol in 2010, incorporating a variety of workouts, & improving my nutrition even more by eating healthy every day. I ended up going through a bad break up with her boyfriend after a couple of years. This is what started the process of aligning my mind, body, & spirit. You can see below what I looked like in 2009 to what I look like today in July of 2013.
Although my body was healthy, my mind & soul were not. I was not happy, confident, or close to God. I hit rock bottom in 2011 & was at a very depressed state, so I decided to start attending church more often. I then got baptized again, joined a life group, started volunteering at church & in the community, & reading my Bible & praying daily. Now that I had a healthier body, I was finally learning how to align my mind, body, & spirit to have a healthy body image.
I then learned towards the end of 2012 about having a relationship with God & living like Jesus. God then helped me to become more confident & happy with myself as a single woman. I had never been single before & felt like I couldn’t live without having a significant other. But, I began to realize all I needed was Jesus in her life & I fell in love with Him. At last my mind, body, & spirit were aligned because I learned about how God viewed me.
I am so passionate about helping others realize that the body, mind, & soul all work together. I know that there are so many women out there who are struggling, dark, & depressed like I was before. God has revealed that He is going to use me to help others through those same struggles to change their entire life. I want to change the world one life at a time by teaching women how to align their mind, body, & spirit.
He helped transform my life from being dark, disrespectful, depressed, and overweight to positive, caring, happy, and healthy. You can also align your mind, body, & spirit, which is the perfect trinity for a healthy body image. Learn to view yourself as God views you. If you ever have trouble figuring that out just remember this Bible verse which always gives me encouragement,
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” ~ Jeremiah 29:11
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Remember to always love yourself,