No Stress Allowed

Stressed out woman

Stress wasn’t meant for us to handle, so give it to God!

I just wanted to do a “traditional” type of blog today. Talk about my thoughts on life and reflect on things I’ve learned.

It’s funny, something really hit me today. Stress is bad! Yeah, we all know stress is bad, but it really hit me just HOW bad it is when applied to diet and fitness!

I find when I’m less stressed I get better results from my diet and exercise. Why? Stress releases adrenal Cortisol, which is pretty bad stuff, and can stop you from losing weight. I realized this fully a while ago. I was struggling on a weight loss plateau, and I was really stressing about it. It was frustrating, and it felt like I really couldn’t get past it (no doubt the enemy had his hand in my mental state at the time with all of the STRESS!). I would workout, eat healthy, and nothing would really happen, which made me stress even more.

This went on for a while, until one day I gave up. I was in prayer and talking to God and said “I’m sorry, but I give up, I can’t handle this anymore,” I felt God saying “Okay, if you’re going to give up, what are you going to do now?” I thought about it, and my response even surprised me “Well… I like how exercising makes me feel, so I’m not going to stop exercising. I like how my diet makes me feel and how the healthier foods effects me, so I’m not going to stop that. So I guess I’m going to keep dieting and exercise, but I’m not trying to lose weight anymore.” Finally! The stress lifted! That is when I FINALLY started to lose weight again! I shifted my focus from what was STRESSING me out to doing good things for my body and everything worked out.

This really isn’t too much of a surprise in retrospect, stress is bad! ┬áTake a look at this Bible verse:

Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV)
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

We’re not supposed to be stressed, we’re supposed to be thankful and give our requests to God, He takes care of it! Yes, we do the best we can, but God takes care of the rest. In my case it was both physical and spiritual stress that was hindering me. Physically I was stressed because I wasn’t losing weight, which made my body release Cortisol, which stopped my weight loss! The cycle went on and on. Once I off-loaded my stress to God, He worked it all out!

So, what is the summary of this? STRESS IS BAD! Also, don’t focus on weight loss, it will only stress you out. Instead, focus on treating you body (which just so happens to be the temple of the Holy Spirit) with respect and give it the best you can.

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