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Get Fit From the Inside Out

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Get Fit From the Inside Out

We all have strongholds in our life.  We all have areas in our life where we personally struggle.   For many people it’s there weight and addiction to food.  The hard part about a food addiction stronghold is that it is highly visible.  It’s usually shows up as excess body weight and often times obesity. 

I have my own strongholds in my life, it’s just not as visible.  I have my nutrition and fitness down to a science, but it doesn’t mean that I can’t relate to someone who struggles with their weight.  My stronghold just happens to be in another area. 

So getting fit from the inside out can apply to any stronghold you are currently dealing with in your life whether it be your health, overeating, poor self-esteem, being a workaholic.  You name it; getting fit from the inside out is the only way to overcome these strongholds. 

What exactly does it mean to get fit from the inside out?  The bottom line is that it means to get fit spiritually.  It means to completely surrender your stronghold to God.  

As you begin this journey of getting fit from the inside out, it is imperative that you rely on God’s strength to make the necessary changes in your life.  Change can be hard especially when you try to do it on your own. 

The focus on your journey of getting fit from the inside out has to be on God.  We are all weak in flesh and must draw on God’s strength to makes changes in any area of our life.   So many people struggle with food addictions in today’s society.  Surrender this addiction to God.  Lean on His strength to help you overcome this addiction.

I want to challenge you to think of getting healthy in a new way.  It’s now about how much you weigh, it’s not about your outward appearance, it’s about growing spiritually and in the process you get fit and healthy too. 

We get too caught up in wanting to see pounds drop on the scale and we get frustrated and give up way too soon when we don’t see instant change.  When you focus on getting fit from the inside out it completely changes our perspective. 

It’s about drawing closer to God.  That is the only result that matters.  When you do that everything else will take care of itself. 

Don’t go on this journey alone.  Working with a faith-centered fitness coach can help you along the way through prayer, encouragement and inspiration.  There is a new way; there is a better way.  I would be honored to be part of your tribe to help you get fit from the inside out.  You can reach me at troy@troyismir.com for a complimentary consultation.

I will leave you with this scripture to meditate over.  “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God-this is your true and proper worship.”  Romans 12:1

Troy Ismir, MS

Spiritual Warrior

 

 

 

 

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Go for God (and Break through the Chains)

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Go for God (and Break through the Chains)

I recently started to dig back into reading one of my favorite books from one of my favorite spiritual teachers.  The book is called A Return to Love:  Reflections on the Principles of a Course in Miracles by Marianne Williamson. 

We all have our areas where we struggle in life and we have to break through barriers and self-limiting beliefs.   In her book, Marianne recounted a story about a woman who had lost a huge amount of weight.  When Marianne asked her how she did it, she replied, “I asked God to do it for me.  I just asked that he take the monkey off my back.  I didn’t even care if I was fat.  I told Him that if He wanted me to be fat, to make me comfortable with it.  I just wanted out of this Hell.”

Marianne, who also struggled with her weight earlier in her life, ultimately decided her weight didn’t really matter.  All that mattered was love.   If she could concentrate more on training her mind to live from a place of love, rather than fear, all of her problems would disappear. 

She shared that in Eastern religions that their philosophy is, “Go for God, and all that is not authentically you will drop.”  Once Marianne stopped thinking so much about her weight, she looked in the mirror one day and saw that it was gone.  She realized that her weight had nothing to do with her body, but with her mind. 

Does this story sound familiar to you?  What if you asked God to help you break through your chains?  Do you believe in miracles?  As this woman who lost a great deal of weight did, ask God to do it for you.  He will give you a miracle if you are open to receiving it and are willing to put the work in.

I recently received a miracle in my own life.  One area that I needed a miracle in was to release the need for external validation.  Looking for happiness and validation outside of myself.  I am sure many of you can relate to this as this is one of the most common human struggles. 

I asked God to release me from this need.  To know that my happiness comes from inside and ultimately from God.    The scripture that God put on my heart comes from John 14:27 which states, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you:  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” 

Making a change and breaking a pattern starts with a decision.   A decision that you are ready to break through the chains and go for God.  Once you do that miracles can happen instantly.  It doesn’t mean you stop going for God.  It will take continuous work on your mind and going for God in prayer and guidance.  The key is not to do this alone.  Ask God to do it for you and be willing to do the work. 

Once you break through those chains you will feel freer, lighter, more joyful and have internal peace like you never thought possible. 

If you are ready to reclaim your inner warrior and get fit from the inside out so you can have more vitality, adventure and purpose in your life, contact me at troy@troyismir.com.   I would love to be a part of your tribe to help you live the life you were created to live.

Troy Ismir, MS

Spiritual Warrior

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Embracing Uncertainty

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Embracing Uncertainty

“Uncertainty is the mark of a spiritual life.”  This is a quote from one of my favorite authors, John Eldredge.   The amount of risk you are willing to take is a reflection of how much you trust God. 

Embracing uncertainty has certainly been a journey for me.  It has taken me many years to get to the point of being courageous enough to take a huge risk.  If you have been following my journey you know I recently moved to Colorado after leaving my 6 figure job in pharmaceuticals along with all of the benefits that go along with that. 

But here was the problem.  I was bored and boredom is a very dangerous place for a man.  Fortunately, I was grounded enough in my faith and surrounded myself with strong Christian men that kept me focused on what truly is important in life.  

What kept me grounded was having a transcendent cause greater than myself.   My cause has been sharing my passion for my faith and fitness and through this, helping people see the possibilities for their own life. 

My mission in my life over the last several years has been to reclaim my inner warrior.  That warrior side that I had as a boy growing up and as a young man who played football in college. 

But as we all know, life can knock us down and beat the warrior out of us.  I had lost my inner warrior along the way while being in a bad marriage and lacking a strong faith and identity in Christ. 

My journey that I have been on is reclaiming my inner warrior and becoming a master of self.  To train each and every day physically, mentally and spiritually as if my life depends on it, because it does.   The only way I can make a difference in someone else’s life is if I master my own. 

This journey has led me to Colorado.  I moved here without having a job and taking a leap of faith that God would open doors for me through my faithfulness and boy did he ever. 

I start my new role on Monday as the Fitness Director at Miramont Lifestyle Fitness.  It has thousands of members at 4 different sites and an extremely talented group of fitness professionals that I am blessed enough to now be part of. 

I have been working out at this gym for years on my vacations to Colorado and have always thought this is one of the best health clubs in the country and now I get to play a role in making it even better.

This is a shining example of how God works out everything for good.   God has been shaping and preparing me for this leadership role for some time now.   I trace it back to the decision I made about 7 years ago while sitting at C3 church, in the midst of a painful divorce and making the commitment that I would use every ounce of pain that I was in at the time to do good, to make a difference in the world. 

I want to encourage you on your journey of self-mastery.   It’s a process that never ends, but it is one well worth taking.  God wants our whole life surrendered to him and he will keep knocking on the door until we decide to give him every part of our life. 

My friends, I believe this life of risk and uncertainty is worth taking.  As I am learning, living a life of uncertainty is the only way to live.   As Teddy Roosevelt encourages us through one of his famous quotes to get in the arena, get a little sweaty and bloody.  If you are going to fail, fail greatly.   That is why we were put here on earth.  To get in the game, to be spiritually alive, to live a life of fulfillment and purpose all for the glory of God. 

Troy Ismir, MS

Spiritual Warrior

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