I know that health and fitness is a perennial quest in our society, perhaps boarding on obsession for many, however I feel that for most of us it isn’t a quest that results in action.
The trends toward wearing fitness clothing, collecting fitness gear, and the money spent in research and development to find us better tools to track, gauge and enhance our fitness are all singularly good but not the best use of our collective funds.
I know that my current personal fitness drive has cost my family in the financial area. However it has reaped benefits in the family dynamic. My husband now actually has to spend a set period of time daily with the children. I find this ironic because this was something for which I wished.
I would beg and plead with him to set a specific daily time that he’d wake up and then spend at least 30 minutes daily with the children. I wanted it to be set in an appointment kind of way.
He didn’t refuse but his actions showed me that this was simply not his priority.
It is to me then highly ironic that his ‘fat phobia’ has him bending over backwards wanting to assist me as I try to work off the excess pounds. On the three mornings a week I go to Curves, he spends at least 1 hour with the children. On the other times I go out and do other exercises, he spends time with the children.
So that is a blessing.
I’m still working on my issues with spending money on this goal when I know the very same money could be put to excellent use in third world countries by the very agency my father was previously employed.
I struggle to find balance between the thought that my fitness goal is a matter of honouring the body and temple that God has placed in my care and my realization that there are some cheaper ways to accomplish this goals and put more of our funds toward other more significant causes.
I struggle with my nature because I know in the past I have stopped working on my personal fitness goals because without purchasing some of the tools I’ve bought this time I found it too frustrating. I then question myself and ask if it is self-interest or some fault that I should be able to place in God’s hands and conquer without materialistic tools.
I have to say I do have a certain amount of disgust as to how much money this society wastes on diets and fitness paraphernalia when we could simply funnel that money better and create a healthier world. In effect achieving the very personal goal for millions!
Anyhow, its time to go and cook my hubby dinner as he’s going to work for 3 p.m. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this subject!