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I entered my information into the formula, anxious and afraid to see the results. My heart was beating fast. I knew it was time to take a hard honest look at the facts…and do something about it before it was too late.
Your BMI is 31.1 (kg/m2) at a weight of 181 lbs. and a height of 5’4’’
A BMI of 30 and above is considered to be Obese
The BMI is calculated using a formula that compares height and weight (kg/m2). It provides an acceptable measure of fatness and helps identify your risk of developing certain health problems – the higher your BMI – the greater your risk.
Note: BMI is not appropriate for anyone less than 18 years old, competitive athletes or body builders, pregnant or nursing women, or frail elderly persons.
This isn’t the first time I’ve been in this position. But it’s the worst it’s ever been and I’m so disappointed in myself. I knew the numbers. But there’s something about seeing the word “Obese” as my description that wakes me up and gets my attention.
Oh how I did not want to post this today. Mostly because it could potentially be embarrassing and sadly there are people out there who get pleasure out of watching someone in ministry struggle. But I also want to be totally honest.
Don’t worry, you will never be asked to post your weight or any other detail of your life that you are uncomfortable posting, that’s not what the Made to Crave study is about. I’m choosing to put myself front and center because I want you to know that your Bible study leader is way far from perfect and I’m on this journey with you. And I know that I am NOT defined by the numbers.
My body is not in a very healthy place right now. The numbers for me serve as an indication of where I am and where I need to be headed. But they aren’t who I am. Can I hear a thank you Jesus for that!
I know, for my health, that I should lose weight. My doctor has recommended it. I can feel it in my joints and by how easily I can become out of breath. My blood pressure is high (another indication that change is needed as shown by the numbers).
My mind is in good health. I know that I’m not defined by these high numbers, but I also know that God wants me to take better care of myself. If He needs me for anything, I want to be ready with my best to give. I can’t give Him my best if I am unhealthy.
Made to Crave is a book written to help us find our “want to.” Most of us know what we should do, but for whatever reason we don’t. Knowing what to do to get healthy is only part of it. Before we can move to the “how to” we have to find our “want to.” And we have to train ourselves to turn to God for our satisfaction. Not food. Not ___________________. (fill in the blank…what do you crave?)
Made to Crave has helped hundreds of thousands of women and men overcome their addictions to the unhealthy things that control their lives. And God knew we would have these struggles. His Word is PACKED with promises that we just need to hold on to and claim when we are challenged. He wants us to use His Word this way. That’s what Made to Crave is all about.
Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.
2 Corinthians 7:1
You know what your life needs. And if you join Proverbs 31 Ministries’ next online Bible study, Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst, our team and community will do all we can to be there for you. In this online study, you will have access to prayer, support, accountability, encouragement, and best of all Bible study.
Sign up today and you will automatically receive updates and information with all of the tools we have to offer you to help you on this (difficult) journey. You will never ever hear me say it’s going to be easy. But you will hear me say it’s possible.
Do you know others who struggle in this area and are ready to make 2014 be a year of healthy change? Invite them to sign up too! We have a group of ladies in our Proverbs 31 office who plan to meet once a week during lunch to discuss the study and support each other.
Are you alone in this? Have no fear, that’s why Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies exists! We are here for you! We want to walk with you every step of the way as you grow closer to God, learn to rely on His Word, and make big changes in your life.
I’m so sick of the way I feel inside and out as a result of my poor choices. I’m tired of defining myself by numbers that really don’t represent me very well at all. I’m ready to #CraveGod and I’m ready to do this now. How about you?
We Aren’t Alone
Do you struggle with defining yourself by numbers, behavior, addiction, or ____________? Without sharing all the details, let us know here that either yes you do struggle, you can identify with the struggle, or that you too have been in a similar struggle. It’s always comforting to know we aren’t alone. (If you are reading this in your email, click here to leave a comment.)
Big Blessings friends! I love you and I’m looking ahead with hopeful anticipation of all God will do through Made to Crave!