Fit Tip Tuesday: What’s Your Story?

New Year… New Resolutions…get fit…get healthy…change…you can do it!  The standard mottos and advertisements for the month of January, it has become a staple in modern American culture.  And even though I think these statements are awesome and provide some incredible motivation to make change in your life, I often sit and wonder, “Do people have a vision of who they are and who they want to be, or are they just caught up in the hyper-storm of change?’

Have you ever used Google to get directions for a trip?  There are two things that are necessary for this to even work: where you are starting from and where you are going.  In order to navigate your trip you must have both; one is completely ineffective without the other.  So I wonder why our journey of fitness and healthy living should be any different?  You see the end result you desire, you know you can get there but have you have plotted from where you are starting?  The most successful people understand where they are coming from and exactly where they are going.  There is no doubt the foundation from which they are functioning, and in turn, where they are headed.

Just like any healthy lifestyle or fitness journey, this should be no different.  So, what am I really saying? Am I saying you should settle because you haven’t done something before?  Should you not push yourself beyond your current limits? Absolutely NOT!  Understanding your starting point will help you push past ALL excuses and doubts or fears that might be holding you back!  The journey of change is never easy and you will be tempted to slow down or even stop. But when those temptations come, you will be equipped with the most powerful reason to keep going- YOUR STORY!

Imagine if Joni Eareckson Tada, who was paralyzed during a swimming accident as a teen, had decided to settle on being paralyzed rather than pushing herself in everything she pursued.  We wouldn’t have the music she creates, the charitable foundations she has started, the art she paints (with a paintbrush in her mouth), or any of the inspiration or motivation she pours out when she shares her heart.   She knew where she had come from and had to use that story to push her further and further in her journey of life.  She recognized that she couldn’t change her starting point but she could use it to motivate the new direction and path of her life.  Incredible!

You may not be physically paralyzed but are you allowing circumstances or situations in your life to paralyze your change?  Then I think it’s time for you to grab a pen and some paper, write your story and know your vision!  Know where you want to go, why you are going there and the reason you are moving forward from the place you currently are!  Proverbs tells us that without vision the people perish- such profound wisdom when we look at our journey of health (Prov 29:18).  There is no better motivation than to take an inventory of your current situation and prepare yourself to make that change, to move forward, and to head towards your vision.  You can totally do it!

“Dear Friend, I pray that you may prosper in every way and be in good health physically just as you are spiritually.” (3 Jn 1:2)


Angela Carl Buck holds her undergraduate from Liberty University, a Master of Arts from Liberty Theological Seminary, and a MDIV with a concentration in Women’s Ministry from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  In addition to maintaining her own ministry schedule of singing, missions, and speaking at Ladies retreats and conferences, she currently resides in Westerville, Ohio where she works in ministry and partnership in the Worship and Music department at Genoa, with her husband Pastor Kerry Buck. Angela is also on staff and works as the Connections Director at Genoa Baptist Church. She a leader in fitness and health and the founder of Redefine Ministries. Angela’s passion for fitness and health stems from a lifetime of abusing food and living significantly overweight.  Angela found freedom and through that process and is now living a life that has been changed not only physically but internally.  She leads others to redefine their own lives, sharing their stories and moving forward in optimum health physically and spiritually. Visit Angela’s website at