For years I wanted to be thin. I loved the way I felt when I put on skinny jeans that fit, and at one point in my life I was willing to do anything to have that feeling, including doing major harm to my body by taking diet pills I bought from the “black market”, starving myself, and working out with such heavy weights I developed injuries and pain in my knees and shoulders. I didn’t care about what I was doing to my body as long as I looked thin.
As I grew older and gained a greater understanding of God’s love for me, I did start caring more about health and making sure I was taking care of my body to the best of my ability. But the negative self-talk was still there, lurking in the shadows, always making sure I knew I wasn’t good enough, thin enough, or self-disciplined enough.
These self-defeating thoughts brought on depression, which in turn brought on a seemingly uncontrollable desire to head for the nearest donut shop or fast food restaurant to self-medicate with my “drug” of choice. I never even really saw this as idolatry. I never saw that I was breaking God’s heart by allowing food to fill a place in my heart that He wanted to fill. And I never heard anything about this in church either. As a matter of fact, overindulgence in food was always “acceptable” in church and even laughed about at times. But in my heart of hearts, I knew something wasn’t right about my attitude. I knew I was living far beneath what God had for me, and as long of a journey it was for me to get there; I finally realized caring for my body, His temple, was about so much more than just losing weight. It was about freedom. It was about being in a position to express His glory in my life in the highest possible way. It was about letting go of all idols, anything that I put above my ultimate expression of love for Him.
To say that my life is radically different from what it was ten years ago is quite the understatement. And if I were to tell you it all started with my desire to be thin what would you think? I know; it seems a bit absurd to me too looking at the surface of that statement. But didn’t Esau lose his birthright because he wouldn’t control his appetite? It’s my belief that you can completely miss God’s best for your life if you live with food addiction and emotional eating, and I also believe that what Tonya Zavasta says in her book, Quantum Eating, is true: “Ifyou have not reached your optimum health and appearance, you have not met your destiny.”
I know many of you have a strong desire to lose weight and live at your best physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I believe you have that strong desire for a much bigger purpose than what you may realize. So as I continue to coach you in the future around weight loss and radiant health, be open for your Loving Father to, “do, exceedingly, abundantly, above all that you ask or think”. It’s about so much more than weight loss! And if you haven’t yet received my free eBook, “Ten Powerful Principles Every Christian Woman Needs to Lose Weight, just click here to get it!
Ginny Edwards is the founder and CEO of Ginny Edwards International , a coaching company dedicated to helping women transform their bodies and their health with the power of raw food. Ginny has been a professional life coach to Christian women for over nine years. Her passion for helping others live lives of excellence with the primary goal of bringing glory to God is inspiring women around the globe to pursue their own high calling which includes radiating health and life to all they encounter.