ep. 15 | Fitness and Nutrition for God’s Glory with Amanda Wilson
On this episode of the Journeywomen podcast I had the privilege of chatting with Amanda Wilson.
Amanda is wife to Lee, mama to two boys, and a foster mom. Before kids she worked as an RN where her passion for overall wellness was ignited when she realized it was the very thing that could change the trajectory of many of the "health problems" she saw in the medical field. Now she loves equipping and encouraging others to be stewards of their bodies in practical and realistic ways, and finding individual wellness rhythms. Coffee, peanut butter, and chocolate are some of her food "happies", and she is always finding a way to sneak them into her day.
I asked Amanda to be a guest on the show because she’s not only passionate about fitness, but about glorifying God as well. This is one of my personal passions and I am so excited to welcome you into our conversation today.
Tell me a little about who you are and what you do.
When did you first get interested in fitness?
Why do you workout? So often Christian women have such a disconnect when it comes to their walk with the Lord and their physical fitness or body image. Why is that?
Have you always viewed health and fitness as a means by which to glorify God? If not, when did that mental shift happen for you? When did you make the connection that you can glorify God in all that you do, even eating and drinking?
What would you say to someone who has a tendency to workout as punishment, for example, because they’ve eaten too much, failed their diet, or stepped on the scale and saw a higher number than they were comfortable with?
Is goal setting important in regard to fitness and health? If so, how do you suggest we approach setting physical goals as believers? What are some examples of healthy goals?
Are there certain tips or tricks you’ve learned along the way that might help people move towards their fitness/health/nutrition goals?
Looking back, what would you say to your college self about fitness and nutrition?
For those of us who have families, can you make any recommendations for pursuing fitness and health as a lifestyle/doing it together (incorporating husbands/kids)?
Can you offer those of us in busy seasons, like mothering young kids, working long hours, or studying for finals, some encouragement for when we fail to meet our goals?
3 Questions I Ask Every Guest
What 3 resources would you recommend?
What are your 3 simple joys?
As a journeywoman, who is the most impactful person in your own journey with Jesus?
Note Worthy Quotes
“I think when women try to focus on health and fitness if they don’t have a good foundation they can start treading the waters of obsession. When they realize it’s taking precedence of their walk with God they often reel it back in and completely lose track of their health and fitness all together. There’s a balance that isn't really talked about. Our relationship with God certainly has a connection with how we steward our bodies.”
“If you’re being a good steward of your body it does translate into other areas of your life. You’ll be able to do things with excellence, which is what we’ve been commanded to do. It should be our pursuit as believers. In Romans 12 it talks about a transformation coming from the renewal of the mind and that doesn’t leave out the section of life regarding stewarding our bodies.”
“There is something really powerful about caring and nurturing for our bodies, because that means we’re being good stewards of the very thing that will allow us to carry out the roles and works that God has called us to do.”
“We can overcome emotions with the truth of what we know and follow that until our feelings catch up. If we have a foundation as to what knowledge then we can overcome emotion when we don’t feel like it or when we don’t feel motivated. Wanting to look fit isn’t going to carry you through seasons of your life where you should be paying attention to your health.”
“If a lifestyle of health and fitness is going to be sustainable, it cannot be your identity or something you idolize by making it your standard instead of making God your standard and then functioning under Him.”
“When you know who you are and whose you are, then you are be able to function within freedom and be able to approach health and fitness in a way that’s glorifying to God. That will not allow those things to put standards and expectations that create bondage.”
“I know who I am in Christ. My value is not dictated at all by my failures, the shape or size of my body. My value is in Christ. Knowing that, I can function in freedom and joyfully pursue health and fitness without bondage.”
“Our emotional response to things is telling of what’s in our hearts.”
“Goals have to be sustainable and attainable.”
Amanda's Simple Joys
Bible Study at a Coffee Shop
Walking Outside in the morning with her cup of coffee
Walking around the farmer’s market in Fayetteville
Connect with Amanda
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