4 Pure Reasons for Losing Weight (and some not-so-pure reasons)

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A very wise woman once said to me {and I’m pretty sure her mother told her}:  “Your children would rather have a happy mother who’s 5 pounds overweight than an irritable one who is trying to lose it.”

I bring this up to encourage all of us to spend a moment thinking about why we want to lose weight.  I want to be as realistic as possible.  I have a “dream” weight, and a “goal” weight.  I’m pretty sure there’s no way I’ll get to my dream weight without such sacrifice that I would be very grumpy.  But I think I’ll be very happy with my goal weight and still get to enjoy a guilt-free treat now and then.

Here are some healthy reasons to consider weight loss:

1.  I’m responsible for the body God gave me.

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.  I Corinthians 6:19

I don’t know about you, but my body has gone through a lot.  35 years of life on earth (yes, now you know it all).  4 pregnancies and births.  Moves, travels, eating well and eating poorly, asthma and allergy struggles, raising all those babies…the list goes on.

Even though after a girl has been pregnant four times her body seems to want to stay in the pregnant state (at least this girl).  This tendency of the body is not an excuse for *ahem* overeating, late-night-tortilla-chip-binges, and naptime ice cream snacks {now you really know it all}.

2.  I need to be available to my family

I think this includes emotional and physical aspects.

I want to be able to swim with them.  To hike.  To surf watch them surf.  I want to be able to spend all day at the fair and the amusement park without holding everyone back.  These are important activities and I don’t want to always be on the sidelines when I can be active in my children’s lives!

And if I am allowing myself to be undisciplined in my eating and exercise, I am probably not going to feel that great about myself.  Which means I may have a harder time being emotionally available for my family.  I could begin to focus more and more on myself and my hardships and less and less on my children and their victories and struggles.

3.    I would like my children to learn self-discipline and healthy habits.

If I choose to constantly feed my children unhealthy options with no balance, they will not learn how to eat well.  And if I feed them wholesome well-balanced meals, but am constantly binging on junk myself, what do I think I am teaching them?

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.  Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.   So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air.  But I discipline my body and keep it under control,lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.  I Corinthians 9:24-27

4.  I want my husband (and family) to be proud of me.

Shaunti Feldhahn conducted in-depth anonymous surveys of men for her book For Women OnlyThere is a chapter titled “The Truth About The Way You Look Here is what her studies revealed:

Almost every man cares if his wife is out of shape and doesn’t make a true effort to change.

Feldhahn clarifies that men don’t necessarily want their wives to look like supermodels, but that our efforts matter most.  One man is quoted saying:

“It doesn’t mean you have to be a size 3…the bigger issue is that your husband sees that you are putting forth the effort to take care of yourself, for him.”

Now for some not-so-healthy views on weight loss:

  •  I am constantly comparing myself to others and never satisfied with how I was made.

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.  Psalm 139:14

  •  I am willing to sacrifice my family for my health and fitness goals.

I like to run.  It’s one of my favorite exercises.  But more often than not right now I shelf running and do exercise DVDs.  It’s what works in my family’s schedule right now.

I think that someday I’d like to train for a marathon, but I know that this isn’t the season for me.  It might be for another mother with different aged kids or whose husband has a different type of job, but it’s not for me.  If I chose to pursue a marathon right now I would be choosing to neglect my family.

If you have struggles with keeping pure motives for weight loss, know that it’s okay.  God accepts us all and we all have our downfalls.  One thing I am working on right now is eating when I feel overwhelmed emotionally.  If you would like prayer or support in any of these areas, feel free to email me:  christy at one fun mom dot com.

Can you think of more healthy or unhealthy reasons for weight loss?  Please share in the comments!

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Christy can be found at the beach chasing naked toddlers and cheering on her young surfers. She founded One Fun Mom to share her imperfect life and encourage moms to love how God made them. She's delighted to have you join her and her fabulous writing team as you all journey closer to God and learn to love others through His example.

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  1. I’m enjoying reading your journey, friend. You are very wise. Did you know that?
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  2. I seriously needed this. Very timely. On our way home from Chicago Sun. night I told my husband I was going to change my eating habits and start exercising. I am tired of feeling so tired, unmotivated, and just awful. I used to exercise so I know the difference in can make for my energy and my mentality. *LOADS* of difference.

    My knees can’t handle running on pavement (I used to run) and I can’t afford a treadmill. I have workout DVD’s but honestly, I get bored really easily. What to do. What to do. I’ll have to ponder and pray for some direction. I’m thinking good old fashioned walking and taking my kids along with me. And counting calories. I can do that. {Hello SparkPeople!} LOL

    Thanks for the encouragement, Christy!!
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    • It is so hard to be a mom AND get a workout. I don’t love DVDs either, but I’ve been doing them off and on. When I can walk or get a run in, I do.

      God always brings me creative solutions when I pray!!! (and often he brings me a workout partner too.)

  3. Such a great post Christy! I love the positive reasons for losing weight and also the ones that we need to rethink. I love your balance of a desire to care for your body and also be realistic about your season of life and other obligations. It is refreshing. :) And gives me hope that I can do it after number 3!

  4. I really like your fresh perspective on the different reasons we might want to lose weight. I have never been good about joining and attending a gym. Walking has always worked very well for me, except for when we have a series of rainy or very snowy days.

    I know I could get a treadmill and walk inside, but that has never appealed to me. Besides, sometimes I start to multitask, and I know from my friend’s experience that never mixes with treadmills!

    I feel healthier and refreshed after I take a long walk outside, and I very often get ideas for writing or solutions to problems, too. For me, it’s a win-win.
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    • Kim, I know what you mean. Though I love to run, I haven’t been able to as much lately. Exercise DVDs aren’t nearly as refreshing and fun for me, but sometimes a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do!

  5. I recently wrote a very similar post. Thanks for sharing!
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  7. This is so encouraging to me right now : )
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  8. I am slooowly getting it! This pregancy I have eaten sooo much better–nutritionally dense food and very little junk. And I feel sooo much better.

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