1.16.2013

Healthy, Not Skinny

Before I share my eating and exercise habits, I think it's important to discuss some things.
I loathe the word "skinny".
I mean, it doesn't even sound pretty coming off the tongue.
When I hear the word skinny, some other words also come to mind.
Skeletal. Wimpy. Malnourished. Frail. Disintegrating.
On the other hand, I love the word "healthy."
When I hear that word I think of some other words, too. 
Longevity. Toned. Nourished. Alive. Energetic.
I'm not going to even go there with the word "fat."
Let's just say I'm not a fan of that word, either.
I think it's degrading and mean. 


Being a female in a 21st century society, I've struggled with body image.
Seeing "perfect"bodies all over magazine covers, television screens, and runways is enough to make any young woman question the quality of the composition of her own body.
Unfortunately, we live in a sin infested world.
Pornography and sexual temptations are all around us.
Consequently, women wonder if they are "good enough" to please a man's desires.
It's a vicious cycle of women leaving absolutely nothing to the imagination and men struggling with lustful temptations, ultimately leading to an abundance of sexual immorality.
But, it's never enough, is it? The void is never filled. The desires are never fully met. 
Sin.

I know of so many women who are obsessed with being skinny-whatever it takes.
Women who never really eat, they just nibble.
Women who are obsessed with numbers-being a certain weight/size, counting calories on end.
Women who are constantly comparing themselves to others, their closest friends included.
Women who, if I'm being totally honest, are deep down insecure.
The most frightening thing to me is that many of these women are mothers.
What kind of example are they setting for their children-sons and daughters alike?
Are they showing their sons and daughters that being rail-thin is what makes a woman desirable, beautiful?
It hurts me to see this all unfold.
And I'm ashamed that I have been that woman at some points in my life.
Our purpose here is not to be the skinniest of our friends. 
Our purpose is not to win the attention of every man we walk past.
The truth is that we are all fearfully and wonderfully made by a Creator that made us in His own image.
Our bodies are temples. We are all beautiful, especially in His sight.
Every freckle, every scar, every curve and every line...He knows them all.
We should want to take the very best care of our body to show thanks to God for giving us what we have.
I know this is the only body I have, so I want to make sure I feed and nourish it properly.
Our vehicles only take certain types of fuel, and they require regular maintenance and servicing. 
If we didn't put the right type of fuel in our vehicles or have them serviced, they wouldn't run for very long.
Our bodies are similar.
I know that genetics play a major factor in our body composition and medical history, but ultimately we  can improve our bodies by eating healthy and exercising regularly.
I also don't believe in diets.
They may work temporarily, but I just feel like they never work out long term for people.
What I do believe in is a lifestyle. 
Eating healthy and exercising isn't something I do just to lose weight, it's a way of life for me.
When I am on my deathbed I want to be able to look back and say that I did everything I could to live a long and healthy life, and whatever happens after that is God's will.
I want to be in good conscience. Have no regrets. Be guilt-free.
As a result, I am extremely conscientious of everything I put into my body.
There are several reasons why I want to live a long and healthy life.
I want to serve God to the very best of my ability for as long as possible.
I want to be here for my husband, for my future children and grandchildren.
Every single decision I make today affects my future children and grandchildren and so on.
Like everything else in our lives, I believe if we spend more time thanking God for the bodies He has given us, the less time we will spend criticizing and abusing them.
The more appreciative we are of something the more likely we are to take very good care of it.
I believe that every person is created uniquely, and it shouldn't be a goal for everyone to look the same.
It should be a goal for you to be healthy for YOU and the body you were blessed with.
I just wanted to be sure I prefaced my future posts on health and nutrition by stating all of this.
I never want to be misunderstood, nor do I want to come across like I am perfect and have all the answers.
I don't. I'm far from perfect and I don't try to be. 
I simply try to be the best version of me that I can, with a lot of mercy and grace from above.
"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well."  

Psalm 139:14

My next post is on Eating Clean and the next one is on Being Accountable.
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25 comments:

  1. Amen, sister. This is encouraging and convicting for me. I know that I need to be doing more to keep my body strong and healthy for the Lord... and this is the second time in a week that I've read a post like this. Time to make some lifestyle changes!

    I can't wait to read what you do to stay healthy!

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    1. Nicole-I'm so glad you were encouraged! You are beautiful and you look fabulous! You're going to be a gorgeous bride! xoxo

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  2. Word! This is the best "body" post I've ever read. I've been doing a lot of thinking and analyzing since my ectopic. Doubting my body, being mad at it. But, I am finally coming to terms with what happened being in the past, and that moving forward, the best thing I can do is eat healthily, get exercise, take care of my diabetes, and get enough rest. You are so right. It needs to be a lifestyle. Period. I've found that for me and my diabetes, "P&P" ... protein and produce work wonders, so I need to work on sticking to that as much as I can.
    Good post!! God only gave us one body. Hating it, and not appreciating it is the same as being ungrateful. Thanks!

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    1. Beth! Thank you! I know what you mean about doubting your body. I've been there. I'm so proud of you-even thought we've never met I can tell how much you've grown over the past several months after all you've been through. I just want you to know that I see it and it's encouraging. You're special! xoxo

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  3. You're such an inspiration! Beautifully written post, friend!

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  4. Cherish, I LOVE this post! I haven't made a comment in a super long time but just wanted to tell you that this post has encouraged me so much! I have friend who is very conscious of her weight and is constantly worried about eating too much...I have also struggled with wanting to be as "skinny" as my friends but I have come to realize over the past month or so that being healthy is better than being "skinny"! This just emphasized the point for me!
    Thank you for always being Christ-honoring and such an encouragement on your blog! You and your husband are an inspiration and love reading about your lives!
    Love,
    Amanda

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    1. Amanda, thank YOU for taking the time to write such a meaningful comment because it has encouraged ME! This brought tears to my eyes. You are beautiful just the way you are and you are unique-embrace it and love it! Have a wonderful evening! xoxo

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  5. Cherish - This is SO what I needed to hear right now. I had a melt down the other night about wanting to be the "Perfect" Bride, and I used the word 'Skinny' several times because that's how I have always known to describe it. I use the word Healthy too, because that's honestly what its all about - being healthy. But I've started on this journey of working out and eating healthy because I want to look my best, not perfect, but the best for ME - not only on my wedding day but for my life. I just never knew where to start - but I guess there is never really an answer for that. So I made a "Motivation" board and listed 9 reasons to be motivation...My #1 was, I need to be healthy because I have Heart Problems and further down the list I reminded myself that I Deserve to be Healthy and Happy because I am Beautiful. I think that is something us, as women, have always battled with because of the cruelty and media in the world - We forget to let ourselves know that we are Beautiful.

    -Ashlee Michelle

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    1. Ashlee, Bless YOU!!! You are going to be a stunning bride! How could you not? You are as beautiful on the inside as the out! I am going to pray for you as you continue your journey of being healthy. Start in prayer. Ask God to help you stay focused and motivated to care for such a precious gift as your body. He will. Keep checking back as I plan to keep posting helpful things for all of you. I'm trying to think of a good way to make everyone accountable and be able to share their progress...hopefully I will think of something soon! Have a great day! xoxo

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  6. Great post! Really inspiring and so true!

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  7. I love the car analogy -- that's a great way to think about it and puts things in perspective. And, I really appreciate your motivation behind staying healthy. It's such a good reminder that we're only given one body to serve Christ with, so we need to be sure to nurture it in the most responsible ways. Love this post! Thank you!

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    1. Suzanne, thank you for you sweet words! The car analogy was the best I could come up with at the time, lol. Thank you for reading! Have a great day! xoxo

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  8. Cherish, I feel like you have just been bringin' it with your posts lately! You are such an encouragement! I have definitely been actively trying to live a healthier lifestyle for these reasons lately- more water and more exercise to just be a healthier me! Love that you shared this!

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    1. Caitlin, You made me cry! You are such a sweet friend. We HAVE to meet one day :). I'm proud of you! You are so beautiful and smart and I'm glad you've been making progress for yourself! Have a blessed day! xoxo

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  9. I loved this post! It was so inspiring and encouraging.Cherish, you are so beautiful! I love all of your posts pictures, and that picture of you and Brandon by the waterfall is gorgeous!! You are such an inspiration and you are such a great outlook on everything! Thank you!! :)

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    1. Kaitlin, I just finished collecting myself and wiping away the tears from readying these other sweet comments, and here I am all choked up again. Thank you for encouraging me and for your heartfelt words. You are precious and beautiful. Have a blessed day! xoxo

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  10. Such a BEAUTIFULLY written post by a sweet girl who is BEAUTIFUL from the INSIDE-out! You glow, you inspire. I am so thankful I stumbled on your blog so long ago. You are precious!

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  11. I forgot to mention that Candace Cameron Bure has a GREAT book that goes right along with your recent posts...it's called "Reshaping It All". It is GREAT!

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    1. All of these comments are making me cry tears of joy! You are so precious!! You have truly made my day. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for reading and for your encouragement-it means the world to me. I haven't heard of that book, but I will certainly have to check it out! Thank you for sharing and have a blessed weekend!! xoxo

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