A friend of mine recently asked me, “How do I get rid of the saggy parts of my body?” I was not really sure how to answer the question. For one thing, I have saggy parts myself, I just manage to keep them under wrap and out of sight.
The one body area women seem to have more problems with is the under arm. No matter how much we pump those weights, the bags seem to hang in there until the last bit of fat is trimmed down. We wear clothing to cover them up so they don’t swing around when we wave hello — I mean “Hello!” is what they say loud and clear if exposed! I can just see many of my fellow peeps out there nodding in agreement, we can all relate.
This weekend I dined at a friend’s home. She served the most incredible meal, complete with appetizer, salad, dinner, and dessert. I didn’t hold back. I fully indulged myself on cream cheese roll-ups, sweet salads, steak and potato, and a full dish of ice cream over cake to wrap it up. The next day I was at the gym, running, stepping and lifting weights to work off those extra calories. Honestly, I may have worked off a couple of extra pounds, but not all of them. It’s going to take a few more sessions this week to return to my former weight.
At one point, I looked in the mirror and I became frustrated with myself. How could I let myself go and eat all that food without a thought about how it would affect me? I lamented over favorite foods I would have to avoid in order to lose the extra pounds. I hated the thought that I would have to spend extra time at the gym when I wanted to blog, work on my book, and hang out with my hubby.
When I got home from working out, I tossed my towel in the hamper and headed for the shower. Ugh! I could see the flabby arms again. How despicable! Then a thought occurred to me, am I thinking too much about how I look? A familiar Bible verse floated across my mind, “Exercise daily in God — no spiritual flabbiness, please! Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever.” 1 Timothy 4: 8-10, MSG
Like a cleansing rain, I felt the truth of this statement flow over me. I needed to put away the anxiety and put on the proper attitude of a disciplined life. My spiritual training has taught me sagginess can exist in the mind. When we exercise only certain strengths, other lessor parts may cause us to lag behind. They sag.
The Online Dictionary defines sag as, “to yield through weakness, lack of effort, or the like: i.e., our spirits began to sag.” I take this as a serious flaw in daily spiritual exercise. If we, through lack of effort, fail to keep our minds focused, not practicing what we believe, then we will become weak in areas causing us to look and feel inadequate. Exercise the mind!
I came across this verse in the Message version of the Bible (Proverbs 14:30): “A sound mind makes for a robust body, but runaway emotions corrode the bones.” I had to look up robust. It means: strong, healthy, hardy, vigorous, suited to requiring bodily strength, and endurance. (OK, that is better than what I thought it meant: chubby.) This was trumpeting loud and clear what I needed to do . . . I needed to exercise my mind first and the rest would follow.
What am I talking about? Simply, as you keep in God’s Word, study it and meditate upon it, you will balance out the rest of your life. If your life is balanced, then all other things will come naturally. Yes, the way you look at things, even eating, will make sense. Your spiritual fitness will help you to strengthen out the weak saggy parts, both mentally and physically.
I hope I am making sense to you out there. Just rambling a bit about my thoughts and some times they just seem to be out there — way out there! Sharing from my experience is hopefully helping you in some way today.