Before I tell you why I decided to post this very unflattering and topless picture of my young self, I want to share with you a recent conversation I had with my parents which made me laugh so hard. As you may know, I am a huge football fan and my favourite team is Manchester United. One of my favourite players who plays for the club is a certain lad called Paul Pogba (You might have heard of him🙃). So this one time I was watching a game, with my folks, in which Manchester United were playing against a team called Cardiff City and they happened to win that game. After the match, Paul Pogba took of his shirt, like he always does (revealing a very chiselled torso), and handed it to a young fan in the stands. The moment he took of his shirt I said, sternly, to my folks: “See… Now that’s the type of body I want to have!” My dad looked at my mom with a huge smirk on his face and said: “Your son wants to look like Pogba but hardly ever exercises!” after which we all started laughing uncontrollably. 😂
We all know how January is the peak month for new gym memberships and how everyone has made resolutions to start working out or atleast start eating healthily. Usually – about the third week in – people, sadly, start abandoning their resolutions and revert to their unhealthy, sedentary lifestyles. I too am guilty of this and have abandoned many fitness plans after a few weeks just because I wasnt seeing the desired results.
However, I’m adamant that this is the year all that changes! As you can see from the pic I put up, I’ve always been a skinny fella and I still haven’t quite filled my frame: I’m what gym rats might call a “hard gainer”. It takes me a long time to gain muscle mass and that has often discouraged me from pursuing my fitness goals. However, that’s not reason enough for me to quit trying! That’s actually more reason for me to put in extra work so that I may see better results in the future. In case you’re reading this and wondering why you should not give up on embarking on a fitness journey, here is some motivation:
🕍 1 Corinthians 16: 19 – 20 – “Don’t you know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit…?” Your body is a dwelling place for God’s Holy Spirit – if that isn’t reason enough for you to start living better then I’m lost for words. “You are not your own, you were bought at a price.” – That’s verse 20. If God is the landlord of our earthly vessels, why aren’t we being good tenants by taking good care of our bodies? Think about that.
😍 Psalm 139: 14 – “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful – I know that full well.” – God actually took His time creating you – He prides himself with His creation. Least you can do is to start loving yourself as well. I know how usually when we talk about body positivity we always talk about women but men can be insecure about their looks and bodies as well (sorry for being a sell out fellas!). Take me for example: It took me a while to accept my lanky, slender built because I had convinced myself that unless one looks like Jason Statham or Hugh Jackman, they are an inferior male. It was all in my mind! I, actually, am the workmanship of God! There’s no one else on this earth who can beat me at BEING ME! The moment I started accepting myself, I noticed even my confidence level picked up! Love yourself!
🙏 James 1: 3 – “Because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” One thing that has been a hindrance in me achieving my fitness goals is my lack of faith or belief in my own dreams. Sometimes I think about how I’d like to have a chiselled chest, great obliques, broad shoulders and major quads but then I find myself second guessing my ability to reach that vision. That’s what this bible verse means by “testing of faith”. It is during those moments of doubts and second-guessing that my faith is supposed to shine through – Now that’s what perseverance is all about! Set attainable fitness and wellness goals and work hard towards achieving them… It is possible!
May this be the year you finally start investing in your mental health, spiritual health and physical health as well. If you can imagine it, you can achieve it! Start small with a five minute jog or twenty crunches a day and work your way up to increase your endurance. If you start today, you will thank yourself in three months time.
I hope this has encouraged you to start pursuing that body and mind you’ve always wanted! 🙂