Lately I've been thinking about my reasons for losing weight. I'd love to say that my primary reason is health, but that wouldn't be entirely accurate. If I were being honest, I'd say my #1 reason is to be more attractive. Which sounds so silly when I type it, but isn't that why we all pay attention to our weight? We all want to be pretty.
I lead a Bible Study for sophomore girls. Last week, we memorized 1 Timothy 2:10 (NLT)....
And it really made me stop and think about the importance looking attractive plays in my life. As a single girl, it's a big deal. It's been ingrained in my head that guys want a girl who looks a certain way, and I have only met a handful of single guys (if even that many) who contradict that thought. If I lose weight to simply be attractive to a male, then what will happen once I attract one? And if a guy is drawn to me because of the way I look, what will happen when I get old and my beauty fades away?
This week I learned that my reasons for eating the right foods, spending time in the gym, and losing weight have to be deeper than just wanting to be attractive. It has to be deeper than wanting to fit into a certain size or see a certain number on the scale. It has to revolve around health. Sure, losing weight and becoming smaller is a great benefit of health, but it can't be the primary reason for an entire lifestyle change if I want that lifestyle change to stick.
Last week on The Biggest Loser, one of the contestants said, "Health isn't a chore, it's a gift." There are people in the world that would love to be able to go for a walk, take a yoga class, or meet a friend at the gym, but for whatever reason they can't. I take so much for granted, and my health is one of the biggest. Weight loss is slowly becoming more about health than vanity, which hopefully is a sign that it is becoming a lifestyle instead of just a diet. Which is a good thing because I want to live a healthy and active life so I can make the most of the gift I've been given. God made me healthy, and I aim to make the most of it.