I’m not a gym junkie. I have discovered that I really am not a person who loves getting up at 6 AM and going to the gym. It’s not that I don’t like getting up early.
I’ve always been a bit of an independent person when it comes to exercise. When I was really struggling with ED, part of the reason I didn’t like going to the gym was because I didn’t like seeing the other girls there that were so much ‘skinnier’, so much ‘prettier’, or ‘fitter’ than me. I was incredibly concerned that my looks just weren’t good enough.
That desire didn’t lessen until I began to read and search God’s Word more about beauty, and discover that the beauty He desires in a woman is not the pretty, fit, muscular body or the best clothes and most amazing fashion.
1 Peter 3:3-4 says, ‘Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.’
The more I realized that going to the gym wasn’t about how I looked or compared to others, but about my heart before God, my relationship with God, my peace with God, and my security in Christ, the more the bondage of those comparisons started to drift away.
But…. I still really like working out at home or outside far better than the gym…. Why, you ask?