Ok Amanda enough about grace… I get it. Did I lose you with all this talk about grace? Let’s talk about real life. For the last 11 years I have struggled with my weight. If I’m honest it’s probably longer than that. I can remember being adolescent and weighing in at 98 lbs attending Appetite Control classes with my aunt… I am now a 33 year old mom to 4. Anyways fast forward to today… it’s still on my mind! Boy do grace and health go hand in hand…
I could bore you with the details of the yoyo dieting and different workout programs that I have done and succeeded at only to get pregnant and reverse all the progress but instead I’m choosing to go a different route… see my sister sent me a message on instagram and I was heavily convicted about the way I speak about myself. (Remember that whole perfection thing? I’m so far from perfect that it’s easy for me to pick on myself…)
My sister sent me a direct message on IG with the above quote from Pastor Steven Furticks IG and simply stated,
“I feel like this describes you..”
OUCH.. that really hurt. But in a way that made me want to do better.
I’ve thought about this a lot and you know what, she’s absolutely right. I lost 10lbs recently and instead of being happy about my weight loss I can’t help but think about how far I have to go in my journey to get to my goal weight. Instead of being super pumped about losing 10+lbs I preoccupied with negative thoughts about the journey still ahead of me… “Breathe in – Breathe out – Grace Amanda…”
I started this blog as a way of being accountable to myself and I hope that through my journey of learning to love myself like God loves me that you are inspired as well. It’s hard to talk about areas in my life that take up a lot of space in my mind but there is power in speaking out and taking a stand. Let’s celebrate imperfect progress and joy in the journey of achieving health and fitness. Grace and health really do go hand in hand.