Philippians 3:12-14 (The Message Bible)

I'm not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don't get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I've got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I'm off and running, and I'm not turning back.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Attention: Deposits and debits may take up to 3 days to show on your account!

You're all familiar with that concept right? You write a check today...but it could be Thursday or Friday before you actually see it hit your account.
Well, I've discovered something profound. (more like DUH!, but profound to me nonetheless)
Our bodies are the same way!
When you spend several days eating "bad" and then say of yourself "wow, I can't believe I've been off my diet since "x" and I haven't gained a pound!"
Don't let yourself be fooled. Deep down you know better. There is no 'cheating the system' with eating. Sooner or later it WILL catch up with you. (just like that check you wrote knowing full well you didn't have the money in the bank to cover!)
The only way to 'get ahead' in your fitness account (your body) is to make more deposits than debits. Makes perfect sence!
So what are deposits? Work outs, veggies, vitamins, healthy meats and whole grains, fruit, water, more work outs!

The same is true when you're doing good. Just like a deposit might also take a few days to be available to you in your bank account; you also can't expect to eat good and work out for a day or two and BAM! see a huge credit (or difference) in your body. It just doesn't work that way.
I'm sure we've all been there where we've eaten well for a few days, worked out until we were exhausted and then the glorious day arrives when we step on the scale expecting to receive the reward for all our hard work---only to have our excitement instantly crushed when the scale still reads out the same old balance (weight) to us.
Believe me when I say I've BEEN THERE and DONE THAT!

But as my body has proven to me time and time again---just keep it up. At some point-you WILL reap the harvest of what you have sown--whether good or bad. Don't allow yourself to believe the lie that "it isn't working." Our bodies are ingenious and were created to be amazingly complex, but they aren't capable of manipulating the system and sabatoging our efforts.

I'm writing this to encourage you...if you're doing the right thing--eating good, getting in your work outs, do not let yourself get discouraged. There is only one result that comes from that kind of behavior---healthiness! Your body may respond quickly (lucky you) or it may drag it's heels so-to-speak, but it has no choice but to obey.
Likewise, if you are eating junk, missing your work-outs and are shocked every time you put on your size 4 pants and amazingly they still fit...don't let yourself be deceived. They don't call it "junk in the trunk" for nothin'!! Yo junk is on its way honey!

That being said---Now get out there and make your deposits!!!


Annie said...

Awesome blog!!! :)

Rene' said...

so true! I think I finally have this "law" down in my head so I DON'T go overboard again, but there were many times in the past where I'd overindulge, hop on the scale immediately and not see an increase, so I'd say "hey I can do this, its not hurting me", well, after several days in a row, or a week, suddenly that 5 pounds appears "overnight", and you're like "why was it that the 5th ice cream sundae made me gain 5 pounds, but the first 4 didn't?" DUH!!!! I'm glad after being clueless about this so many times, I am finally aware, so that if I do overindulge, I know I can't continue to repeat it or negative consequences will result. That's why we CAN give ourselves the freedom to "have that piece of cake" once in a while. It won't hurt u once in a while, its when we lose "moderation" that it hits our bottoms! :) thanks for the post!

Michelle said...

This was great!!

Miss Got Wings said...

so true. It's all so simple when you think about it. Why do we let ourselves complicate things so often? We know what's good for us to eat. We know that laziness breeds a big butt and thighs. It's all so darn simple when you think about it. This sounds a lot like one of Bethenny Frankel's rules to being naturally thin "Your diet is your bank account." It needs balance. It needs good investments. It needs a watchful eye. Great post!