Keeping the Temple of the Holy Spirit in order
Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body. Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body. 1 Corinthians 6:18-19
I am very convicted by this passage. Particularly the line, Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? In this context it is talking about keeping the body pure from sexual immorality but the language of our body being a temple is very powerful to me.
A temple was no ordinary place, but a place where God was, a sacred and special place that was to be treated with the upmost respect and care. One of the best parts of travelling to Europe is hanging out at the awesome Cathedrals, I love Cathedrals! Some of them took hundreds of years to build, using the finest craftsmanship possible. They wanted to give God their very best, and in being the most prominent building in the city they wanted to remind people that God is present. In a similar way the passage above explains that my body is a wonderful and grand creation by God, something to be cared for and valued and treated with respect. How I look and how I care for myself says a lot to people around me about how I value God’s creation.
I am not advocating vanity, or being obsessed with how I look, that is not the point of the passage; I realise that I am charged to look after my body as a way of honoring God. I honor God by looking after myself.
About a year ago I was overweight and unfit. So I made a decision, to lose weight, build muscle and get fit. Over this year I have lost a lot of weight, built muscle and am now fit. So I thought I would share my tips, what has worked for me as a way of encouraging you:
Don’t believe the TV adverts, seeing results takes many months, not weeks.
I exercise for an hour minimum 5 times a week, rest Wed and Sat.
4 times a week I do weights for 45 minutes to an hour then 30 mins – 1 hour of cardio
Once a week I run for an hour+ only
I mix the cardio up to keep it interesting. I swim, run, cycle, and walk (fast walking)
With weights I concentrate on a different muscle group each session: arms, back, legs, chest, shoulders. So each muscle group is only done a maximum of once a week.
Before breakfast I do 100 crunches (abs work) and as many pushups as I can.
I have learnt the importance of recovery for building muscle. Once I have worked out, letting my muscle rest and recover is essential.
I have discovered that I need to eat every 2 or 3 hours, small healthy meals.
I have learnt that protein is key as it feeds the muscle and assists with recovery. You are meant to have somewhere between 1 and 1.5 grams of protein for every kg you weigh (about 0.6 grams per pound) each day. I take protein powders, egg, nuts, cheese, meat (tuna, chicken breast) to name a few.
Every 6 or so weeks I take three days to a week off.
Every three months I have to change my exercise plan completely, variety is key as the body gets used to routine exercise and stops developing as fast.
I reduced the size of the portions I ate, started eating more fruit and veggies and salad.
I reduced the number of carbs I was eating each day by half.
I allow myself a treat once a week, chocolate, cake, ice cream etc..
I went from daily soft drink usage to having a couple of cans once a week.
It is essential to not be too hard on myself if I slip up, if I eat something I shouldn’t. Just get back into it and keep going.
And the key thing I have learnt is to persist. Results take absolutely ages, don’t be discouraged, just stay on target and eventually you will see the results you want!!
Oh take a before photo, I wish I had.
Now go for it!!! 🙂
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