I hate working out.
I mean, I don’t know who loves working out, but that’s not the point.
A few months ago, I decided to take control of my health and work out. It started out great! I woke up every morning early to turn on my workout program. I would sweat and feel insanely accomplished and then go about my day. It was cool and I was so proud of myself. I mean, working out is something I always wanted to do, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. So when I started it was great. I thought it would last forever!
Boy, was I wrong.
Two weeks people. Two solid weeks. I lasted two weeks. And then, I would wake up feeling groggy and would be like “oh it’s okay, I’ll just do it tonight when I get home.” Then that turned into “I’m too tired .. I’ll do better in the morning.” Over and over and over again this happened until the idea of working out was far from my mind. I had fallen off. Like way off. I didn’t know that by putting off working out, I was inching closer and closer to not doing it at all.
Falling off happens. Sometimes more than we would like to admit. Maybe you fell off working out. Maybe you were on a roll eating healthy but that one stop to McDonalds stomped on that idea. Maybe you were committed to reading more, hanging out with your friends more, thinking more positively. Whatever it is, falling off is normal. We’re human and we can’t be perfect all the time. And actually we’re not called to be perfect because the only perfect one is Christ. We’re just called to be more like Him.
Falling off can be defeating. We can beat ourselves up and ultimately decide that maybe we aren’t strong enough to conquer the thing we wanted to do more of. But here are some tips that may help you navigate through falling off and how to get back on!
- The Bible states that God’s strength is made perfect in your weakness. Lean on the Lord when you have moments of temptation. Just simply call out to the Lord and ask for him to be your strength when you cannot. I promise, He will not let you down.
- Sometimes, we have to do things that we don’t like to grow. Like I said before, I hate working out, but I recognize that in order for me to be healthy and take care of the temple God gave me, I have to work out and be healthy in order for me to live a long life that honors God.
- Remember that you are human! And your story, including the parts of you falling off, can help someone else. People need to hear that even when you fail and fall down, God still gets the glory.
Okay, you fell off. Just remember that falling off, doesn’t mean staying down. Don’t let go of those goals. Keep fighting, and keep leaning on God.