Friday, November 16, 2012

Pinterest Keeps Me Motivated

One of my favorite things to look for on Pinterest is either a new quote or inspirational photo that pumps me up for my next workout. However, in absolutely no way do I condone comparing yourself to the some of the sleezy and unrealistic photos of body builders and sometimes surprisingly unhealthy fitness models. That's why it's extremely important to establish boundaries for yourself and to not get too caught up in appearance, but focus on total body health.

Any way, here are some of my most recent fitness finds on Pinterest. I just love them!

Pinned by Lexie Badali
When I shared my story on comparing my body to other pretty girls' bodies, I had to think deeper about why I'm passionate about healthy living — food, fitness and faith. Do I sometimes slip back into that mode of comparing myself to others? Yes, all the time. The difference is now I can take those thoughts captive and remember that God loves me no matter what I look like. Sure, he wants me to have the desires of my heart (which include a lean body and healthy spirit), and sure, he wants me to take care of the gift he so graciously gives us. Our bodies. 

When you work hard, you learn to appreciate the results you get from eating right and exercising your butt off. And you stop looking at everyone else's body and start thanking God for your own.

Pinned by Katy Fink
This one really perks up my day. Sometimes, I have rockin' workouts where I feel like I could go all day. Other times, I'm like, "What happened? Why am I wheezing after 15 minutes?"

Remember that as long as you get a good sweat in, you're better off than the majority of America. 

Pinned by Jen Chesnut
Yep. This is why I like to work out with my husband. It's always nice to catch your hubby checking out your bum when you're doing squats on the bosu across the gym. I'm pretty sure the idea to line the walls of every gym with full mirrors came from a man ....

Pinned by Jen Chesnut
Do you ever have those days where you just can't stop sweating? It's especially bad in the summer months. This reminds me that the more I sweat, the more my body is purging toxins. The fat cells are crying, but my body is crying tears of joy.

Pinned by Jen Chesnut
If anyone knows where to buy this tank, please let me know. More than anything, you must keep your body as a whole strong — physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. 

And to make sure we're all motivated to have rockin' bodies for the right reasons, I'll leave you with this Bible verse.
"But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do." (Galatians 5: 16-17, ESV)
What do you like on Pinterest to stay motivated? How else do you stay motivated?


  1. I'm pretty sure that shirt, and that saying actually, is a CrossFit thing (judging from a pro fitness blogger I follow). CrossFit is all over the place, maybe you could find one nearby and get it from them? And Pinterest is definitely my inspiration a lot!

    1. Oh, well there ya go! I should have known it was a slogan fo CrossFit. ;) Thanks, girl!

  2. I finally had a chance to read this blog post- GREAT post! It's funny that you posted this today- I have one posting Sunday morning at 8:00 about being beautiful. Would love your take on it after it posts. Thanks for sharing your motivation!

    1. Thanks, Tami! Love learning about your story on your blog. We all have one, and as girls, I think we all want to be beautiful — and that's okay — that's how God created us to be. We are the part of God's image that reflects his beauty, his tenderness, his sweetness.

      You can do it!

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