Keeper of His Home

by Chelsea McCafferty

I Want to Be Healthy….Because I Love Her

on September 30, 2014

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I have struggled with weight problems all of my life. I’ve never been at a healthy weight, and I’m well acquainted with all of the negative issues that come along with weight problems….medical problems, insecurities, relationship struggles and more. I’ve tried many different diets and exercise plans over the years. Some have been fads. Others have been prescribed failures from doctors. I did fen-fen for a while before they knew it caused heart problems. I’ve done cleanses. Off gluten. Off carbs. Off anything that tastes anything like anything pleasant!

Suffice to say, the problem hasn’t been the diets, but rather a lack of commitment to the end goal. I have lost weight only to gain it back. Recent health concerns and chronic pain problems, coupled with other issues that have been on my heart (which I will share about here) have caused me to take this more seriously at this time in my life. I am blessed to have a sister in the Lord who is helping me with motivation, coaching and so forth. She asked me, as we start this journey, to write out my “Why?” Why do I want to get healthier? Why do I want to lose weight? Below is my response. I’m being honest and real. I am also going to print this out and post it around my home, in my car, and carry it with me, as a reminder and encouragement to keep moving forward and working hard. Here are my Why’s and they all have to do with love:

  1. Because I Love Her….my sweet daughter, Tabitha. I want to be the best mom I can be for my darling girl, and any other children the Lord blesses me with. I’d love to have more children, and getting healthy may help in that area. I want to be healthy so that I have energy to play with her. I also want to be a good example to her. Weight issues run in my family, so she may struggle too. I want her to be proud of me. I want to be here to see her on her wedding day and to see her hold her first baby in her arms. I want to be healthy because I love Tabitha.
  2. Because I Love Him… hubby, William. This man, who loves me just as I am, would never ask me to change. Still, I know it would bless our marriage for we both to be healthier. We would have more energy for each other. We’d be able to get our work done more efficiently and quickly, relieving some tension and stress on the home. We can enjoy each other more. I want to be healthy because I love my husband.
  3. Because I Love God’s People….the church family. I want to be able to serve more, without being so tired. I know I’ll have more energy when I’m healthier. I’ll be able to be more hospitable. I’ll be stronger and able to work harder in serving others. I want to be healthy because I love God’s people.
  4. Because I Love Freedom….breaking the chains. Being unhealthy and overweight sometimes feels like being wrapped in heavy chains. I feel limited. I feel self-conscious. I often feel tied down and restrained from doing what I want to do. I also sometimes feel judged, but that’s not why I want to change. I want to feel free. I want to be free to do whatever I feel called to do without health or weight being a concern. I want to be healthy because I love being free.
  5. Because I Love the Idea of Waking Up and Feeling Good. Chronic pain and illness is no joke. It’s not always associated with weight, and I know that getting healthy won’t necessarily mean all of my health issues will go away, but I do know I’ll feel better. I want to feel better. I want to wake up and not have pain. I want to fight back and not allow chronic illness to steal my life away. I want to be healthy because I love feeling good.

These are my main Why’s. I share them in hopes that they may bless and help others, and also that, by declaring them, I am speaking to my own heart a determination to accomplish my goals. I would love it if you would pray for me for success and continued endurance. Also, if you long to be healthy too, please join me. We can do this! Thanks to my coach Erica for being willing to invest in me. It’s time to get to work. God bless!

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Phil. 4:13

5 responses to “I Want to Be Healthy….Because I Love Her

  1. Beautiful food for thought…always!!

  2. danamcaughty says:

    Beautiful food for thought….always!! Love your heart, and what you have to say to encourage the Body of Christ!

  3. Hali says:

    I love this so much! I’m not a mother or a wife yet, but this has inspired me so much. I am a kidney transplant recipient so it is very important for me to take care of my body. I’ve been really slacking when it comes to eating healthy and exercising. I want to change and have been praying for ways to find motivation to make the changes. I think I found my answer. Thank you!!! God and my family are the most important people to me. I would be nothing without them. So I think I’ll start over and have them be my motivation – not only my current family, but my future family. If I don’t take care of myself now, who knows what will happen for my future family.

    • Thanks so much for sharing your story. Praise the z Lord for your transplant. He is looking out for you. I’m so glad this was an encouragement and that you have a clear picture of your motivation. Praying for your journey to get healthier to be a great success. God bless!

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