By Leah Berdysz
My body is a temple, given to me by Christ . . .
I am all about becoming the strongest, healthiest, and happiest version of myself. I know that Christ has blessed me with many talents such as helping others and sharing my love for health, wellness, fitness, and aiding in the self-development of others, especially women, and for that I am forever grateful.
I am very passionate about health and wellness and I have learned that in order to grow our muscles we need to exercise, just as we need to pray to grow our relationship with Christ.
I developed this passion through experience.
I have worked with many young women teaching camps, physical education, and other activities and to see their growth is inspiring. To know they are learning and loving themselves more on a daily basis brings warmth to my heart. I often teach them that the amazing thing about our body is that it has the ability to push far beyond our limits.
Because I know Christ, I know my body is capable of so much more than my head often leads me to believe.
Christ made us in His image and because of this I know that Christ is with me during any challenge I face. I am a big believer in taking care of the body, mind, and soul, but at times it can become a challenge for me to balance all three, such as when I am juggling three jobs, school, extracurricular activities, and still trying to make time for my family, friends, and faith life.
Through this struggle I have learned that the closer I am to Christ the calmer and stronger I become.
There are times where something inside of me seems to be unsatisfied and unbalanced, causing me turmoil within. I am often internally challenged with keeping my body healthy and trying to look a certain way. At times I feel guilty for eating sweets or for enjoying a few too many slices of pizza.
It is unfortunate, but it is my reality, because I am a perfectionist.
I love fitness, but at times I just want to back off of it for a bit and when I do I often feel unattractive or unlovable, if to no one else, to myself. . So, what I have learned through this struggle in loving myself and my body is
it is okay to treat myself.
It is perfectly normal and okay to enjoy an ice cream cone on a warm summer day or share in eating a big bowl of pasta when out to dinner with friends every now and then. I am learning that balance is what is most important.
When I am tired, it is okay to let my body rest from the gym. When I am craving a cookie, it is okay to eat one. I need to forgive myself in these times and not feel guilty for missing a day or having a treat.
I need to love myself the way Christ loves me, unconditionally.
Throughout the process, I have learned that it is also extremely important to remember to nourish my body, so I eat healthy, whole foods, to nourish my mind, I try to count my blessings, and to nourish my soul I pray to the Lord.
When I am balanced and nourished in all aspects of life, I feel whole, happy, and at peace.
I have also learned in my struggles it is important to turn to Christ. When I turn to Him I find strength and know I am enough and capable of all things good. “I can do all things through Him that strengthens me,” just as Philippines 4:13 states. I find myself constantly repeating this or the phrase “the Lord is my rock and my strength.”
The Lord helps to rid me of weakness in every aspect of my life and helps bring balance to all I do.
I remind myself that nothing is too heavy for the Lord is with me. He is my strength. I believe in order to grow my relationship with Christ, it is so important to take care of my body, mind, and soul, because my body is in fact a temple that is given to me by Christ.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A student at John Carroll University pursuing a degree and exercise science and entrepreneurship. She has a passion for faith, family, and fitness. Her goal in life is to make a positive difference in the lives of others and help women especially to love themselves and have confidence in who they are.