Sculpting Your Body and Health for an Abundant Life
Live Your Abundant Life Blog
Aya Fubara Eneli, M.A., J.D.
Christian Life Coach, Author, Speaker and Attorney
As I complete my book on Goal Setting for Your Abundant Life, I can’t help but focus on the fact that while we may plan lofty and worthwhile goals and develop specific strategies for their attainment, but if we are not healthy, there is a very high likelihood that those goals will go unaccomplished.
Yet, in this fast-paced, high-tech world of ours, we seem to have forgotten the importance of taking care of bodies. Current statistics indicate that in the USA, 33.8% of adults and 17% of all children are considered obese. The percentage of overweight and obese individuals across the world is also on the rise, as is the occurrence of cardiovascular disease and other weight-related ailments.
For the vast majority of us, poor health and being overweight are consequences of the
choices we make daily regarding what we eat, how much we consume, our level of
physical activity, and how much rest we get. After 5 children and 4 miscarriages, and at the young age of 40, I decided it was time to set specific goals to ensure that my body is as healthy as it can be and I can focus on being my best for Christ.
My inspiration to get in the best shape and health of my life was inspired not just by the Word of God which admonishes us to treat our bodies as the temple of the Lord, but also by my mother who has stayed trim though she is a mother of 7 and grandmother of 15. I also have vivid memories of watching Diana Ross in concert at Caesars Palace back in the 1970s. At the time, she had three daughters. She was fit, trim, energetic and vibrant and I remember thinking, “I want to be like that as I get older.” Another source of inspiration is Dr. Bill Hensold, who even in his 80’s was still playing tennis with his grandchildren
and is still very physically active.
At the beginning of 2011, I made sure I included my vision of my health and fitness into my goals. First, I went on a 7-day cleanse and changed my diet. Secondly, I got a physical and complete blood work to get a baseline of my health. I also had my first mammogram. Next, I signed up with a Personal Trainer to coach me to the level of fitness I desired.
I chose to invest in a Personal Trainer because I knew I needed expertise and additional motivation to accomplish my goals of no more than 12% body fat. As a Life Coach myself, I also knew that statistically, if I trained myself I had about a 50% chance of making my goal, but scheduling a specific accountability opportunity with another would increase my probability of success to 95%. I want success.
Time is too short for me to play around with my goals. I wanted results so I committed to the sacrifice of paying the price for my dream body. I committed to the gym fee, the cost for a personal trainer, the time to exercise daily (except Sundays) no matter how busy my schedule, the modified diet which has become a lifestyle. I committed to building a body that would still be going and looking strong well unto my death of natural causes at the ripe age of 120 years or more. Many days, it is all I can do to drag myself to the gym.
When I began my modified diet I thought I would just die because I was no longer loading up my meals with sodium.
It is worth pointing out that any worthwhile goal will require sacrifice. Our problem today is that we want success but we do not want to pay the price for it. There are no shortcuts to great health. You can surgically alter your body, but until you transform your mind and make your health a top priority, every temporary success will be followed by colossal failure.
Recently, a young mother inquired as to what I do to stay in shape, even after 5
children. When I shared my diet and exercise plan with her, she immediately
concluded that it was too high a price for her to pay. In my opinion, good
health is always less expensive in the long run. Many other great minds concur
– Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness. – Edward Stanley
– Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it. – Plato
– The greatest wealth is health.” – Virgil
– To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. – Buddha
– Health is the first muse, and sleep is the condition to produce it. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
– To insure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life. – William Londen
So, here is my very basic plan to stay healthy and strong. I exercise for at least 40 minutes 5-6 days a week. My workout includes weights and cardio. I eat 4-5 small meals a day and on most days I stop eating carbohydrates by 5 p.m. I typically start off my day with a bowl of steel cut oats and some egg whites. I also use protein shakes and bars, and take multi-vitamins, vitamin C, and Calcium. I rarely drink soda, coffee, etc. I say NO to junk and after reading Tosca Reno’s Clean Diet I stay fired up to eat really healthy at least 6 days a week. The one area where I must improve is in how much sleep I get. You should aim for 6-8 hours of sleep depending on how your body functions.
I believe that God has given us the intellect and tools to live healthy, long and productive lives, but it is up to us to use wisdom. Rather than just hoping you will be healthy, how about putting a plan into place? Do you drink at least 6-8 glasses of water each day? Do you monitor your sugar and salt intake? Do you eat to live, rather than live to eat? Do you
abstain from drugs, excessive alcohol, cigarettes, sex with partners other than your spouse? Do you try to surround yourself with beauty and laughter so that your stress levels aren’t high? What specific steps do you take consistently to ensure you are doing your part to get or stay healthy and strong?
Jack LaLanne, best-selling fitness guru and health advocate noted, “Many so-called spiritual people, they overeat, drink too much, they smoke and don’t exercise. But they do go to church every week and pray ‘Please help my arthritis. Please help me bring up my strength, make me young again.’” God will do his part, but you have a role to play as well and you must cultivate the discipline to make the choices that will honor your life and your God.
Don’t wait till the beginning of next year to start getting your health in order. It takes just 21 days to establish a new habit, so why not get a jumpstart on your health today? Call me today for more information on how to get your healthy lifestyle on track or for a COMPLIMENTARY 15-minute Life Coaching session. You can also register for my 4-Week “Essentials to Your Abundant Life” Teleseminar beginning on November 1st at www.ayaeneli.com.
Aya Fubara Eneli is an author, attorney, motivational speaker and a Christian Life Coach. Her life’s purpose is to empower and equip people to live up to their highest potential. For more information or to book her for
your next event, visit https://www.ayaeneli.com/, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.