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Prom Fit in a Positive Way
By Kyle Jane Heskett
“I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
– Psalm 139:14 (NASB)
Prom is supposed to be fun, and the perfect excuse to get dolled up. Unfortunately, it can also bring out insecurities, especially towards our bodies. It can trap us into thinking that there is no hope.
No one is perfect. As pretty as Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, or other celebrities are, they all have physical flaws. So, you are in good company and have nothing to be ashamed of. Even so, it’s good to know we do not have to draw our confidence from other humans. We can be deceived into thinking something is wrong with us if we have any imperfections. But, we can draw our confidence from the God of the universe, who knows every hair on our head and is absolutely wild about us. Scripture proves our worth. You are wonderfully made and that is the absolute truth.
With that in mind, prom is still around the corner and you want to look good! There is nothing wrong with that. With so much pressure to be flawless, it is a huge temptation for women today to take things to the extreme. However, there are ways to take care of your wonderfully-made body and honor God. Below are a few things you can do to aid in that process.
This is absolutely the most important thing. You may wonder what this has to do with your body. On the contrary, our spiritual health directly influences our emotional and physical health. When we are more satisfied with God, the things of this world begin to fade in importance. This includes our physical flaws. Our pursuit of health will not be an attempt to fit into the world’s standards of beauty, but instead to value our bodies as a temple for the Holy Spirit. There are many ways to spend time with Him.
Don’t fall for every complicated diet out there. Simply eating healthy will give you the best results. It gives you energy, keeps you focused, and makes you feel great from the inside out. It may take time to adjust to eating healthy if you are not used to it, but give it time. Do some research on which foods are healthy and filling. Perhaps ask your doctor or a school nurse for some ideas. Eat when you are hungry, stop when you are full, and drink plenty of water.
People tend to think they must devote themselves to an intense workout routine from the start. If you are not used to exercising, this can cause more harm than good to your body. Start by doing a little each day. You don’t even have to use any equipment to get a good workout. Use your own body weight. I have never been one to exercise often, but when I do some simple arm, leg and core exercises consistently, I feel better and still see results. Sit-ups, push-ups, leg lifts, planks, squats, walking and running are just some options for you. There are plenty of videos on Youtube or articles on the internet for beginners that can show you some routines.
At the end of the day, everyone has a different body type. Don’t measure your worth with a scale, because a healthy weight for someone else may be different for you. If there is anything Psalm 139 shows us, it’s that we are beautiful, not because of what we look like, but because God made us.
“For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.”
Psalm 139: 13-16 (ESV)