Emo Fitness

So, I’m into this television show. I am in a stage in life in which I’m investing quite a bit in myself physically. I have lost a ton of weight in the last several months and I feel great. I think it is a brilliant strategy that my gym is constantly playing shows like The Biggest Loser. It keeps me motivated in my goals related to my health and physical well-being.

I have noticed that our culture has become obessed with the idea of being healthy. Every insanely unhealthy chain restaurant I visit now has the calories in the menu. The word Organic is now a norm instead of something only “Veggies” bought. There are all these shows and Magazines and eating trends that have popped up over the last few years. Maybe I am just out of touch, but I never knew what a Vegan was until a couple of years ago. Is our culture getting healthy?

I was at the gym a while back and what do ya know, this health-related show came on MTV. Let’s just say that on that day I saw Light infect the darkness that is MTV (Oh how I wish there was still music on the there every once in a while…).  The show is called “I Use To Be Fat.” The plot of the show is decent enough. They pick overweight teenagers and give them a trainer for about 100 days to help them change their lives.

On this episode there was a young man named Jordan. He was way overweight, had bad family problems, but seemed to have a somewhat positive personality. Then in walked someone who I think needs his own show. The tatted up, insanely charismatic trainer walked in with authority. His name is Joey. I noticed something different about this trainer as I later watched other episodes. Joey became a mentor to Jordan. The entire hour that I watched the program (and then again three times On Demand) he spent pumping Jordan up. He spoke positively to Jordan basically during the entire time on all the shows. Everytime Jordan completed a workout or a specific exercise excellently, Joey would get pumped and share a hug with Jordan in celebration. Joey’s personality made the show very entertaining to watch. He called Jordan things like “Sweet Prince” and taught him how to flex in a way that “devestates the entire area.” It was fun to watch their relationship grow into a real bond- and mentor-type relationship. Joey became more than a trainer; he became a positive light in Jordan’s life.

This MTV show made me think that maybe Jordan has his 100-pound-weight-loss success more because of the the positive talk Joey consistently gave rather than just the eating and working out. Maybe what changed his life was that fact that Joey was actually focusing Jordan’s Emo Fitness. Do you have healthy Emotional Fitness? Do you like yourself? Self talk has a lot to do with the success we have in life. The way we feel about ourselves matters way more than what others feel about us. Maybe the reason we often look for happiness in things that don’t matter is because we don’t like what we see in the mirror. Maybe people turn to food, clothes, unhealthy relationships, and possessions because they aren’t content with themselves. Maybe the reason people fail in relationships is because it is impossible to lift others up if their own self feelings are all out of whack.

Do you love yourself?  There is a character in the Bible whom I find interesting and relative to this question. He has an encounter with Jesus that I find particular provocative:

John 5:1-9 — The Healing at the Pool

1 Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. 3 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed…. 5 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”  7 “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”  8 Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” 9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.

Thirty-eight years?! Is this guy serious? Think about it, though. Can you imagine the self talk of this man after 38 years? If you were in a similar situation, at some point wouldn’t you think that you would just give up on yourself. When you see Jesus doing miracles in the Bible, he often touches the afflicted person. Maybe this man needed to live in the power of Jesus. Jesus tells him to…wiggle!

Maybe you need to live in the fact that you were created by God. Maybe it is time for you to get up from your mat of negative beliefs about yourself and live in the fact that the God of the universe has something incredible for you. But until you get up from your “Emo Mat,” he can’t really use you. Maybe it is time for you to start to invest in your Emotional Fitness; then maybe your “physical workouts” could actual mean something. Maybe it is time for you to… Get Up and WALK. Friends, it is time to do what it takes to be…Emo Fit.

Guest Writer