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July 17, 2013
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Brittany Arnold: Don't go fast, go far to get in shape

After I had Audrey, I, like many mothers, was also left with a nice portion of weight to lose and a body to get back into shape. I heard to many times that “you never get your body back,” and it was my goal to prove that wrong.
I did. I managed to lose twice as much weight as I gained and got into the best shape of my life.

Now, I am back in the baby weight boat and need to revisit the secret I found before.

Don’t go fast, go far

I never wanted to burden God with my weight issues. I thought it was incredibly selfish to go to God for my physical appearance when there are so many bigger problems in the world to pray about.

After reading Reshaping It All by Candance Cameron Bure, I realized God wants all of our problems. He gave us these bodies and wants us to treat them well.

Like many areas in my life, I found that I wasn’t giving God the control He deserved. I was trying to have control of my body.

I decided to give it to God and let my burdens go. God would be my trainer in my reshaping journey. You can let yourself down, but God will not.

That changed it all for me because no longer did I have fear that I would fail, gain weight or lose the confidence I was building. I have complete faith that I can accomplish whatever I set forth. However, no fancy pill or packaged diet space food was going to do it. I had to go old school: exercise, portion control, and an understanding of discipline and patience that I had never known before.

It seems easier said than done, and I’m not going to lie that my secret to a healthier post-baby body is hard. But, what it creates is a lifestyle change – not a temporary weight loss.

“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” (Hebrews 12:11, NIV)

Discipline: that was the tool I needed to succeed in exercising consistently, making wise food choices and eating smaller portions. As Bure says in her book, “We chose to sprint rather than train for the long run.”

I had been sprinting this whole time and it is the sprint that makes you tired fast. Sprinting is the diet that you go all out on for three weeks, but then give into that piece of pizza and before you know it, you tell yourself you’ll start again tomorrow and have a few more slices.

Training for the long run will keep you going and change your old ways. With training, your stomach will be full after half of what you normally would eat and you will actually listen when your mind tells you that you’re done. Yes, it is painful in the beginning and requires control, but boy does it make it worth it since you can enjoy all the foods you love just with some moderation.

Training also means patience. You can’t just get up and go run a half marathon if you’ve never ran. It is a slow build relying on your perseverance to just push it a little farther each time to reach the ultimate goal. Put patience into your weight goals.

Setting goals are great and can really keep you motivated, but change them up. Instead of telling yourself you will lose ten pounds by the end of the month, try to run a mile farther, walk all the way up that hill or drink twice the amount of water.

Remember, this is a lifestyle change. You’ve got all the time you need to keep perfecting your choices and seeing what works for your body and schedule. Having patience allows for small slip-ups, which you know you’ll make, but the ability to get right back on track immediately, not in the morning.

This is the hardest part to a successful body change: a mind change. Having faith and giving your weight issue to God, learning discipline, and accepting the long run, time and patience will start not only reshaping your body, but your life.

Brittany Arnold is married with two daughters. Read her Wednesdays on Douglas County Moms. Also check out her personal blog here.

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