By Michelle Spadafora

When you envision your ideal second half of life, what do you see? What are your hopes and dreams for 10 years? 20 Years? Even though I don’t know you, I am certain of one thing – you don’t have poor health included in your ideal life. You are not hoping for a heart attack in 10 years and diabetes in 20. Am I right?

If good health is something we all want, why is it that so many of us struggle with making healthy, lasting changes? If we know exercise is good for us, why is it so hard to make it part of our routine? If we know our nutrition affects our health, why is it so difficult to say no to unhealthy foods?  Why do why is it that so manyour obesity rates climb each year even though we spend billions of dollars trying to lose weight?

From my 30 years in the fitness industry and from God’s promises in Scripture, I believe moving from fitness frustration to healthy living starts by admitting you can’t do it on your own.

The commentary from II Chronicles in my NLT Study Bible states “The secret to victory is first to admit the futility of unaided human effort and then to trust God to save. His power works best through those who recognize their limitations. It is those who think they can do it on their own that are in the greatest danger.”

Once we believe we can’t do this on our own, it’s time to get back to the basics and learn our ABC’s.

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Ask God For Help

In John 16:24 we are told, Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.” In Matthew 7:7 God clearly tells us, Ask and it will be given to you.”

God wants to give us what we ask for so why is it that so many Christians don’t ask for God’s help with their health and fitness plan? For many, the reason is they don’t think God cares about what they eat or if they exercise.

The truth is, He cares about all parts of your life. “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you” (1 Peter 5:7). Is your health something you worry about? Is it something you care about? If so, then God wants to help you with it.

Believe He Can Help You

“I can do all things though him who strengthens me.Philippians 4:13

“Nothing is impossible with God.Luke 1:37

Do you believe these verses apply to all parts of your life, including your fitness plan? Do you believe the Holy Spirit, who lives in all believers, can direct you on your journey to better health? If you ask God for help, know His power is strong enough to change you.

If deep down you fear you won’t be able to be committed, talk to Him about your fears. If you are worried that you will start out strong and then fall into old habits, let Him know about your concerns.

If you struggle believing that He can help because you lack self-control, all the more reason to allow God to be at the center of your fitness plan. Self-control comes from God. It’s one of the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).  In 2 Timothy 1:7 we are reminded, “God does not give you the feeling of fear and timidity but He gives you power, love and self-control.”

Believing that God can help you is different from believing you can do it. The confidence we have in our success is not based off our own ability.  Our confidence comes from believing in God’s power.

Check Your Motivesscooter joy

God cares about all parts of your life and He wants to give you what you ask for but there’s a catch – your motives must be in-line with His will.

“The Lord examines their motives.Proverbs 16:2

“If we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.  And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.1 John 5:14-15

What are your motives for wanting to get fit?  The “world” tells you to exercise and diet so you’ll have a great looking body that will impress others but God doesn’t look at outward appearances (1 Samuel 16:7).

There is nothing wrong with having a body that looks fit and healthy.  However, if your only reasons for wanting to get fit are so you can look a certain way, God might not see how this furthers His plan for your life.  Therefore you may have to do it under your own steam without His power helping you. But if you want to make healthy changes so that you will have the energy and strength needed to respond to God’s calling, He will be there to help.

healthy change that lastsKeeping faithful to these ABC’s and making healthy, lasting changes will be challenging. You will be tempted to fall back into old habits.  Your life will be busy and you won’t make the time.  The promise of a new diet or pill guaranteeing weight loss will seem like the easier way.   Healthy change that lasts requires a change in the way you think.

“Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do (Romans 12:2). Too often, when we want to make a change, we focus only on what we are doing and neglect trying to change the way we think. Lasting transformation starts with our thoughts.

Old thought:  “I wish I didn’t have to exercise today.”

New thought:  “I am so thankful I am healthy enough to exercise today.”

Old thought:  “I can’t eat that, I’m on a diet.”

New thought:  “I am so thankful I have access to healthy food.”

Old thought:  “I have to lose 20 pounds before my reunion.”

New thought: “I can’t wait to get to a healthier weight so I will have the energy and strength to respond to anything God asks of me.”

Your Journey Can Begin Now

So there is no need to wait – Ask for God’s help, believe He can help you and check to make sure your motives are in line with His will.  Then get ready for an awesome journey to better health in your second half.


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Jeff Spadafora
Jeff Spadafora is the Director of Global Coaching Services and Product Development for The Halftime Institute. He spent 20 years as a leadership and executive development consultant for Fortune 1000 companies such as Ford Motor Company, Easter Seals. Compassion International, Compuware, Domino’s Pizza, Visteon, Northern Trust Bank, and Helene Curtis.

In 2005, Jeff was inspired by Bob Buford’s book Halftime and began his journey of discovering God’s true purpose for his second half. As he worked with his Halftime coach, it became clear that his calling is to help other people discover their calling.

He has coached over 130 men and women through the Halftime Journey and continues to make this a primary part of his ministry. As the leader of The Halftime Institute’s global coaching staff, he is also responsible for recruiting, training, and managing Halftime Certified coaches throughout the world.

In addition to being the lead designer of the Halftime curriculum and one of the primary facilitators of workshops for groups of people embarking on the Halftime journey, Jeff also writes and speaks globally about the issues of life purpose, joy, and kingdom impact.

His latest book, The Joy Model: A Step-by-Step Guide to a Life of Peace, Purpose, and Balance, is the result of a decade of personal growth, life coaching, coach leadership and study. WWW.THEJOYMODEL.COM

He lives in Evergreen Colorado with his wife Michelle and has 3 children. He enjoys fishing, hunting, skiing, mountain biking and everything else the great outdoors of Colorado has to offer.

“Too many people focus the better part of their lives on the wrong things: the company’s agenda, other peoples’ ideas of success . . . money. Over time, this leads to frustration and emptiness. True freedom comes as a people discover their God-given design and pour themselves into service for others.” –Jeff Spadafora

Checkout Jeff's Articles:
The “Cowboy” Approach to Your Second Half Just Doesn't Work
What Should I Do With My Life?
I Lost My Heart
A Journey
An Ancient Halftimer

Listen to his podcasts:
Eternal Leadership - Coaches Corner
Eternal Leadership - Smoldering Discontent
Knowledge for Men
Theology of Business
Professional Christian Coaching Today
iWork4Him - Joy and Happiness