I shared this #TransformationTuesday on my Instagram page this last week, but I know not everyone follows me there so I also wanted to share it here.
There’s 14 years between these 2 photos. External proof that you should #LiftTheHeavyThings. However, the internal transformation, the mindset shift, and the personal growth that has occurred between that time in now is so vast it’s hard to explain. I went chasing a physical transformation, and ended up with way more other changes than I ever expected.
I’ve shared a much longer version of my story here if you want to read it too.
I credit falling in love with the discipline of weight training with almost every significant positive habit change that has occurred in my life over the last 9ish years (that’s when I started training on a consistent basis). Before that, I only did cardio and dabbled at best. I was never consistent. Throw in some disordered eating tendencies and diet mentality, and it’s no wonder you get limited results. I was always wondering why I never saw any muscle definition. 🙄 🤦🏻♀️ you need to 🏋🏻♀️ & eat right!
Anyhow, I digress. The point I really want to make is that exercise for me has been a keystone habit. It has been the one habit that served as a catalyst for so many other good habits. It made me recognize that change is possible.
It was the practice of discipline that accompanied it which spilled over to other areas of my life… I’ve paid off 6 figures in debt in the last 8 years. I’ve overcome disordered eating. I’ve laid down harmful habits.
Make no mistake, my faith in the Lord is my ultimate source of strength and the reason why I care about heading in the right direction, however I also believe in the power of faith in action. For me, that action step was the discipline of training.
Training lead me to want to fuel my body properly with healthy foods and enough calories to support it. Feeling in control of my physical well-being made me more confident mentally. This allowed for growth in my relationships and at work. I started to realize that change was possible, and that I could grow and add skill sets. I adopted a growth mindset and let go of my limiting belief systems. When my harmful behaviors were no longer holding me back, that removed a barrier that stunted by spiritual growth. I was able to grow closer to the Lord, and let go of guilt & shame.
I have even more great news too… The same process is possible for you!! Don’t get overwhelmed by all the things that you see need to be tackled. Just start somewhere and understand that once you get going, it will become a feed-forward cycle. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to leave me comment below—I’m happy to help!
I plan to share more of how I reached debt freedom and paid off over $100,000 in less than 9 years. In case you are interested, check out this sermon series our church did recently on overcoming the monster of debt.