You know when you meet someone for the first time and just have an instant connection? That's how I felt the first time I jumped on the phone with Megan! Megan's sweet spirit and joy is contagious. It's been so cool watching as the Lord has worked in and through her over the past 30 days. A few days ago we had a little catch up call and she shared how the 30 Day Summer Strong Support group had really pushed her spiritually and physically. I was so encouraged after we hung up and knew that I needed to convince her to share it because SOMEONE would be blessed by it! Megan is a REAL women, with a REAL job, REAL responsibility, and REAL goals. I pray that her story and experience blesses and encourages you today.
Here's Megan's story in her own words:
I have always been an active person, from sports growing up to making an effort to work out a few days a week in college and after graduating. I have always enjoyed working out, but purely for superficial and selfish reasons. I wanted to have the best body I could and to look and feel good in a bikini. There is nothing wrong with looking and feeling good in a bikini, but it is all about the mindset. I was so focused on myself. I would have the mindset of working out so that I could eat like crap, but then I would get mad at myself for not looking as good or as hot as I could in a bikini. I would then get insecure when I wouldn't look like my friends in a bikini. I caught myself comparing my body to others, others I didn't even know...at first it was just feeling that way at the beach, but then I started following fitness Instagram accounts and then I saw girls in bikinis on there, making me feel worse and more guilty.
I felt that way and had this constant cycle of emotional eating and then guilt which would then cause me to want to eat more. I would work out harder to burn it off just to then reward myself with food for having such a good workout. It was making me miserable and it was a mess and unhealthy. This is not how I wanted to live and surely it was not how God wanted me to live.
Then, I came across Caroline's Fit For His Glory instagram and discovered I didn't have to live this way, a way that so many women feel like they have to live with. I never believed God actually cared about my health and fitness. I never thought what I put into my body made a difference to God. But, I was so wrong. I loved reading her posts, but I wanted to get more. I was encouraged and I wanted to learn more so I signed up for the Fit For His Glory Challenge Group. I can truly say from the Summer Strong Challenge Group, Caroline's book suggestion of "Made to Crave" by Lysa Terkerust, and prayer, I was able to change the way I viewed myself, food, and God. I already felt close to God, but I was able to get closer to him in a way I never thought possible.
Caroline's heart for the Lord and for serving is so evident and she just pours out the love of Jesus in every conversation, post or live video through the group. She challenged me to change the way I viewed my life and if I was actually living it for Jesus in ALL areas--including in my workouts and my nutrition. My mindset changed and for the first time in my life, I actually started eating to fuel my body, not just for a temporary moment of satisfaction. This group helped me to realize food was/is my idol because I craved food more than I ever craved God. I loved the accountability for working out and eating right. The fact that I had 7 girls who would know what I put into my body each day really did make me change the way I ate.
I am thankful for this group and what I learned. I really do want to thank Caroline for many things--most importantly, her example of how she lived her life to honor Jesus in all areas. I feel like the fire that is my spiritual journey has been relit and it has grown significantly more than I ever have before. I learned so much about fitness and nutrition, but most importantly about my relationship with Jesus.
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