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You are what you eat

In the last couple of years I’ve worked as a personal trainer part time.   I love helping people meet their weight loss goals.   Let me tell you about some of the clients I’ve had…..

The gym rat

Many of this type become frustrated from working out so hard only to find they have not lost an inch.  What’s that about, right?


I’ll tell you exactly why…..


They workout hard only to go home and not change a single thing about their eating habits.  Its been said that weight loss is 80% nutrition.  Wow, 80%!  That means that many have their efforts set on the wrong end of the spectrum.  What’s needed is attention to what is put in the mouth.  And what gets put in the mouth shows on the outside with no hiding…..


I can’t help but see this reflected in our own personal lives.  I’ve never met a human being who doesn’t want to be a good person, achieve their goals and live happily.   Everyone wants to do well in this life.  So why are so many not seeing this?


It’s because we’re focusing on the wrong end of the spectrum.  We’re “working out hard” when we need to be paying more attention to what goes into our heart (like mentioned yesterday).


How do things get into our heart?

  • through our eyes: what we see
  • through our ears: what we listen to


Everything that we see and hear has the potential to influence us to become all God wants us to be or take us completely in the opposite direction.

The well-intended

There are many who desire weight loss but aren’t willing to do what it takes to get it done.   Weight loss is easy, really.  Eat right, exercise and keep consistent.  I find many come to the first training session pumped and ready to take action!  The next session there’s still some enthusiasm, but confessions of the odd over-indulgence and missed workouts.   Slowly these type of clients dwindle off, sometimes not even showing up to scheduled sessions.  They give up.


What happened?


They lost sight of the goal and settled for the temporary.  Sure that cookie tastes GREAT in the moment, but in a second its gone.   And guess where its gone?   In my case, right onto the backside.


How much is that reality for all of us personally?   We desire to live for God, be productive with our lives and make a difference.   Then somewhere we get sidetracked with things that only serve the moment.  We compromise our values and beliefs for acceptance.  We slip on morals thinking we have immunity to the consequences that will follow.   Pleasure hypnotizes us and blinds us to the eternal.

Soon, we look inside and discover the passion we once had has disappeared only to be replaced with the damage the temporary left in our heart.


“So watch your step.  Use your head.  Make the most of every chance you get.  These are desperate times!  Don’t live carelessly, unthinkingly.  Make sure you understand what the Master (God) wants.” (Ephesians 5:15-17 The Message)

What do you want to be remembered for?

  • for how many episodes of Jersey Shore you watched?
  • for how popular you were?
  • for all the vacations you went on?
  • for how many times you got plastered?
  • for all the people you ignored?
  • for all the books you read?
  • for how sexy you were?
  • for how much money you made?
  • for how smart you were in school?
  • for how talented you were?
  • for the car you drove?
  • for how many relationships you had?


“What you do in life echoes in eternity” (Gladiator)


Do the things you presently do and allow yourself to see and hear reflect what you want echoed in eternity?  Is it what you want your life to show when you meet God Himself?   Is it building legacy for your children and their children to follow?


Another version of that verse in Ephesians 5 tell us to not be a fool.  Be wise.  Be careful how you walk in life.  Make the most of your time and understand what God’s will is.


Everything we allow to enter our hearts will either drive us towards this or away from it only to face regret.


We really are what we eat.    Just food for thought……


  1. craigy shore
    January 27, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    how dare you dis the shore !

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