Last week, I posted a video on the Wellness Witness Facebook page about a 100 calorie serving sized Snickers bar that had been released. If you watched the video, you probably noticed how excited I was over this new product. Not especially because it was “100 calories”, but basically because I love a snickers bar in any shape or form or size. (If you missed the short video, you can find it HERE).
I don’t allow myself to eat one every time that I’d like to, or there would be no way to button my pants and there would be a shortage of them in my hometown.
I posted the video mainly to inform and to entertain, but some of the comments, emails, and private messages I got afterwards took the video quite seriously.
One response said, “I cannot believe that as someone working in the field of health and wellness that you would encourage anyone to eat a Snickers bar in good conscience“. Another woman said, “I can no longer follow your page if this is the type food you recommend“.
I am sorry to hear that, and I’ll be sorry to see her go, but, hear me, friends:
If living this “healthy” lifestyle means I could never have another Snickers bar (or insert your favorite treat food here) again, I’m not so sure that I’d continue.
And I don’t think that’s what the Lord has called me to.
I tried to live a life of perfection and I got worn. slap. out.
When I was consumed by doing everything exactly right and never veering off my perfectly orchestrated meal plan, I lost my joy. Truly.
It became completely ME focused. My food plan. My weight. My weight loss. My meal prep. Me ME ME.
See, I don’t believe that the Lord wants us to completely neglect our health, yet I also don’t believe that He wants us to become obsessed over it, either.
I felt like this might be a great chance for me to clear the air and to be completely transparent with you here so that you know my heart:
If you are looking to follow a healthy living page that always makes the perfect food choices, I’m sorry, that’s not me.
If you want to follow on social media a girl who always completes her workouts and never misses a Monday? No, that’s not me, either.
If you want to find a leader to give you the BEST nutrition and fitness advice in existence? Nope, I’m afraid that’s not me.
If you want to learn how to constantly navigate the field of fat-loss nutrition without ever veering “off plan”, you won’t see that here.
Hoping for professionally designed graphics, logos, images, grammar, and branding? This isn’t what you’ll find in this space.
And none of those things I just listed are bad. In fact, they are quite amazing skills. BUT- they. aren’t. me.
And If I’ve learned anything over the last 3 years of this journey, it’s that the Lord has given ME (and you!) a specific gifting and a calling and I have to be true to it.
So what can you count on from me?
If you’re looking for someone to cheer you on right where you’re at? I’m your girl.
If you need someone to help you navigate the line of freedom that lies in between obsession and neglect, I’m your guide.
If you’re tired of having someone spout off to you the one RIGHT way to do things and you need a friend to help you find the way YOU should go, I’m here.
If you’re tired of wearing the mask of perfection, weary with quick-fix plans and sick of prosperity (false) gospel promises? This is the community for you.
But most of the time, it will be more like this:
And the truth is, I’m not sorry.
I’m done with keeping up appearances. I’m done with competing with all of the other pages and blogs and websites out there. I’m done with feeling like I need to improve ANYTHING before it can be shared with the world. I’m over it and DONE.
It’s interesting timing for me, as I’m currently in an online-course and the unit we are studying is on branding. They’re talking about logo design and color schemes and finding your “flow” and the truth is, although those things matter, they are extremely low on my list.
What is at the top is this:
Serving and loving the women that the Lord has sent me really well.
Living authentically and hopefully cheering you on to do the same.
Encouraging the weary.
Leading forward in love.
The rest will fall into place.
So, yes, I admit it…I love a Snickers bar.
They bring me joy.
And I’m not sorry.
Here’s to living FREE, dear ones.