I have many motivations moving me towards the goal to become healthier:
1. My family. Not only do I want to be able to be actively involved in their lives and to be able to enjoy playing with them - football, catch, whatever - I also want to hang around this world long enough to watch my kids grow up and grow old with my husband. (If I'd continued down the path I was on, I probably wouldn't have much of a chance at a long life.) At present time I also become embarrassed for my husband or children when they introduce me to a friend or associate. I feel like people look at my husband and think "poor guy" and my children's friends see the shell of what I have become rather than the fun, spunky/funky mom I actually am.
2. I want to feel better. I have lived with Fibromyalgia for half of my life, and I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired. In the past it has been hard to make myself exercise when my body was already so worn down and fatigued, but since I have started, it has made 110% difference in the way I feel in general. Praise God!!
3. I want to look better. Yep, I said it. I'm vain. I want to look better so that I will feel more accepted by others instead of feeling judged by my appearance rather than what I can contribute. This is my selfish desire. But it's true. So there it is.
4. I want to grow in my relationship with God. We Christian folks are so good at pointing fingers at people who fornicate, smoke, drink, and get high, and in the same breath justify unhealthy eating as an excuse for fellowship. It can't be justified - not when it leads to a life time of unhealthy habits that have turned into a hundred extra pounds that leave you without the ability to live the life of freedom that Christ died to give you. Again, I lay down my desires for more of Him.
I love the idea of replacing my cravings for food with prayer. As I seek to overcome a life time of unhealthy choices - soda, starches, chocolate, and cheescake - what better way to achieve it than by asking for His strength! It's killing two birds with one stone - drawing closer to Him and becoming healthier at the same time! This is a win/win, folks!
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9