Hey guys, good evening!
How was your weekend? Praying it was blessed and flourishing in submission to God’s will.
Today I want to talk about something tricky, and that’s exercise after anorexia.
The Minnie Maud guidelines, which I highly suggest you read if you are transitioning into recovery from a restrictive eating disorder of any kind, suggest that any sort of intentional exercise during or after recovery should be banned. But from my heart, I beg each of you to be in prayer about this.
If in working out you are succumbing to your eating disorder, and therefore the enemy, then it is absolutely not something you should be doing. But if you through God are able to come to a peace in moving your body in a way that is in submission to Him, that’s fantastic. May the enemy have no place there. We are MEANT to move our bodies– that’s why it feels so good. We’re also meant to nourish them, well and often, in order to do so.
I am growing and praying about coming to peace with this. I used to truly love working out while blasting music, but it consumed my life when I was in the depths of my disorder. But I have currently found a love of intentional movement again, and lately have been doing tabata workouts for fun and for my body. It feels good, and I’ve been eating well. Something incredibly exciting and moving in my life is that I haven’t measured my food for a few days. This has been in complete submission to Christ, and only through His grace has it been possible. The care and obsession that goes into measuring food has no place in my life or a life in Christ, and while there are still voices in the back of my head that tell me I am weak without that measurement, my Spirit knows they are of the enemy.
Here is a Tabata workout I’m currently loving!
1.5 minutes of as many lunges with shoulder press (10 lb dumbbells) with as many reps as possible without sacrificing form. Rest 20 seconds and repeat.
1.5 minutes of hip thrusts, laying on back with heels on a chair, thighs at 90 degree angle, alternating with a crunch; as many reps as possible without sacrificing form. Rest 20 seconds and repeat.
1.5 minutes of triceps dips, arms at 90 degree angle to chair, extending leg upon pressing up from dip; as many reps as possible without sacrificing form. Rest 20 seconds and repeat.
1.5 minutes of leg raises, lying on back without arching, raising legs from ground, keeping them straight, and slowly lowering until inches off the floor; as many repos as possible without sacrificing form. Rest 20 seconds and repeat.