Healthy Mind

[mk_dropcaps style="fancy-style"]W[/mk_dropcaps]hat we think on and what we do with our bodies in exercise, not just what we put in nutritionally, has a major impact in our lasting success.  If your mindset, emotions and perspective are unhealthy, the behaviors we exhibit will eventually bend toward those patterns of unhealthy thought.  The issue is we often do not know if our thinking is faulty.  That is because those areas are usually our blind spots. And guess what?  Blind spots are things we cannot see on our own.  I know. Shocking, right?  How can we identify them?  We get to be a bit like Sherlock Holmes and deduce where our thinking and emotional processing is offline.  We start where there is a repeat track record of frustrations and failures.  Unwanted results and behaviors that do not produce fruit are where you should begin to dig to can uncover the root issue. For Example:  You find you have put on 10 pounds and are feeling sluggish.  You have tried multiple diets only to get short-lived success that ultimately results in the weight coming back on.  You are working out 3-4 times per week and are frustrated because the results you believe you should see are not coming.

We often fail to consider the importance of tending to our mental state when it comes to fitness.  What do your sleeping habits look like?  Are they erratic?  Think about your stress levels.  Are they higher than normal?  Do you have both a physical and emotional outlet for stress?  Do you have a strong community of friends and family to support and encourage you?

The emotional connection to food and exercise is often overlooked.  How you feel about your body will often dictate how you go about making changes in your health and fitness levels.  It is common for us to go to food to fill an emotional void.  We may lean on food to bring temporary relief when triggered by stress, a specific traumatic event, or even a change in schedule.  When you do not realize this habit, over time the negative results will creep in. You will then find that you turn to food or your poor behaviors to give you temporary relief and consequently reinforcing the bad habit.

How do you begin to bring lasting change?  Well, for all we have talked to up to this point it begins with having an awareness of what thoughts we allow to be dominant in our minds. As Proverbs 23:7 states,

[mk_blockquote style="line-style" font_family="none" text_size="16" align="center"]For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.[/mk_blockquote]

For a thought to be anchored in our hearts, it must have been repeated over and over in our minds in order to become a belief.  Our lives go in the direction of our most dominant thoughts.  That means they do not occur just once.  The enemy likes to distract us and convince us that just because we have a thought once that we are as bad as that thought.

But in 1 Corinthians 10:5 we are reminded that we have the authority to,

[mk_blockquote style="line-style" font_family="none" text_size="16" align="center"]take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.[/mk_blockquote]

Run every thought through the filter of God’s word and if it aligns with it, hold onto it as a promise.  If that thought does not line up, hold it prisoner restricting its repetition in your mind from having the floor as the “dominant” thought.  We hold the lies of the enemy captive so they do not hold us.

If you have that unsettled feeling in your heart as you read this, knowing you have some work to do on the climate of your mind, do not worry. You are not alone. I highly recommend you look into the resources of Dr. Caroline Leaf.  I have read two of her books, “Switch On Your Brain” and “Who Switched Off My Brain.”  Both books dig into the power of our mind to literally change the environment of our brain and resulting in a lasting change of our behaviors.  I have gone through her 21 Day Brain Detox plan and highly recommend it.  If you ‘d like more information, visit her website HERE.

Developing a healthy mind will not come in the course of reading one post like this.  However, I hope your eyes have been opened to see the impact of creating a healthy mind  and how it will literally transform you from the inside out.  You have the choice and have been given the keys for transformation.  The best is yet to come. Now just take the very first step.