I recently had someone ask me how/why I ‘like’ to run, ‘like’ to work out, etc. and where does my motivation come from.
Well, my reasons are not the norm that you may hear, or that I have heard- things like, I wanted to lose weight. I needed an outlet. I just do, I always have. I love to feel my body work! or the infamous, I just know I should, so I do.
No, my reasons are from deep inside my soul and from my current situation in life. I know that may sound cheesy, but it is true! I have gone from stressed out mother of 3 with an infant and having no sleep and trying to eat ‘okay’ meals with lost of treats and snacks to survive- to stressed mother of 3 under a small percentage of control (that comes with NO infants in my life, as they are totally unpredictable for me) since they are old enough to actually help and entertain themselves while I work out.
But to get to the bottom of my motivation: a heavenly promise. It’s true! In the LDS church, we have a book of scripture called the Doctrine and Covenants, that is a volume of revelations from modern day prophets, most of which comes from the Prophet Joseph Smith, who was called of God when the Lord’s church was first brought back to this earth in 1830. In one of those revelations, the prophet recorded what we call “the word of wisdom”. It states in that revelation that if we follow certain dietary guidelines as well as wake up early and go to bed early, that “…all saints who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments, shall receive health in their navel and marrow to their bones; and shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures; and shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint. And I, the Lord, give unto them a promise, that the destroying angel shall pass by them, as the children of Israel, and not slay them. Amen.”
As I have pondered this promise and the guidelines, I have often wondered how (before now) someone could seriously RUN and not be weary!!! I thought, “there must be some hidden symbolic meaning….”. I was wrong. The Lord is often very plain in his instructions to his children- this is one of those instances. After praying about it and doing some studying and searching out some exercise opportunities and Wii games and nutrition advice, I felt that I was prepared to set out to “prove” the Lord. (Malachi, 3:10 KJV) This personal revelation came around the beginning of November 2010.
So now that I had studied it out in my mind, felt support from my family and the Lord, I was determined to go to bed earlier (now that all my kids have a set bedtime routine, no babies, no night feedings) and to wake up earlier now that I was in control of those kinds of things. I was determined to eat better, and to exercise 3 days a week for 30 minutes come hell or high water! Many people who are close to me can probably look back and notice a change in my attitude- a change in my all around aura.
And many who have seen my recent endeavors with running and weight loss can attest to my success in many areas of this personal journey. However, what many have not seen, is the spiritual journey that has taken place. Yes. I have come to a powerful conclusion at this point (I am sure more is to come as life takes its course) that to a certain degree, and that degree is different for everyone, but to a certain degree, our spiritual strength and our physical capacities have a strong correlation. In other words, when we feel we are on top of the world- we can tackle our daily tasks- we can serve outside ourselves- we can DO IT- we are in control of our reactions to life- it seems to me, that during those times our spiritual strength and feelings of Faith in a Heavenly Father that loves us and is guiding us and has a plan for us become more firm and more real.
I could expound on a number of points I have brought out, but the main gist of this post is to let you know that I am not an extraordinary woman that found this motivation from the back of my closet just sitting there ready for the taking and it was just something I could do. It has been a journey for myself, proving the Lord out of motivation to partake of his promise of health and wisdom- of which promise I have indeed felt I have partaken of in a small portion- but I desire more- and I have found a few avenues to find it through exercise and running and eating right and controlling my sleeping habits and views of myself and can’t wait to find more!
This was a very personal account taken from parts of my journal and from questions and answers that I have already given to some people that wanted to know and may or may not help you in your journey to be healthy and take care of the amazing gift of BODY that God has given us for our earthy sojourn, but I hope it helped you in some way.