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Here at Faithful Workouts, when we say ‘love yourself,’ we are NOT focusing on what the world tells us about self love. The world often tells us that we are amazing, we can do anything, and that we need to love ourselves. Though this message sounds positive, its root is in our egos, and that is NOT what Christ wants for us. The self love we are focusing on is the kind Christ speaks about in the bible. Multiple times throughout the Gospels, Jesus commands his disciples and other listeners to  “…love those around you as you love yourself” Matthew 19:19 (TPT), or more famously said, “…love your neighbor as well as you love yourself” Luke 10:27 (TPT). So what does that exactly mean? Doesn’t that mean we need to love ourselves like society says? Well, yes and no-let’s break it down.

The bible tells us exactly what love is, and why we so desperately need it. “This is love: He loved us long before we loved him. It was his love, not ours. He proved it by sending his Son to be the pleasing sacrificial offering to take away our sins.” 1 John 4:10 (TPT) Further along in this chapter, we can read that “Our love for others is our grateful response to the love God first demonstrated to us” 1 John 4:19 (TPT). The only love we truly have is God’s love, and any expression of love we feel or receive is a direct extension of the love from our Heavenly Father. That is a POWERFUL thing to come to terms with, and it’s why understanding ‘self love’ in a Christian context is so important. 

 In order to love yourself you need to first know that you are unconditionally loved by the creator of the universe who sacrificed everything to save you, and that there is nothing you could do or say in your lifetime to separate yourself from this love. You were bought at the highest price, eternally saved, and completely forgiven by Christ on the cross. This is the love that covers you every day. So, to love yourself is not to look in the mirror and say “I am amazing all on my own.” Rather, it is to know who your Father is, how much He loves you, and that you are to let this love permeate every area of your life. 

You are not to degrade yourself or treat yourself poorly; Jesus didn’t save you so you could do that. You are to respect and love yourself as Christ would in mind, body, and spirit. Self love doesn’t mean you believe you are enough, it is recognizing that you have been saved from your sin and that the love and forgiveness of Jesus is more than enough to redeem you. To let the love of Christ cover and guide your thoughts, feelings, and actions is to love yourself. 

 I often hear from people who go on diets or start a new exercise program because they hate their body (so sad) Our hope with our “Love Yourself Healthy” challenge is that you will be motivated to make healthy changes because you love your body and want to take good care of it. Our thoughts play a huge part in our actions so if we can change our thoughts we increase our success rate in changing our actions. 

So here’s what we want you to do. Write down 3 goals. We want you to come up with SMART goals which means they need to be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. We also want your goals to be action orientated not results oriented, so your goal would be about your daily activity, not the result you hope to achieve. The last part of the goal setting is you have to begin with the words, “Because I love myself I will…..” (this is the part that may feel super uncomfortable, but go with it) 

So let me share my goals with you so you can see how this comes together. 

        Because I love myself I will eat at least 3 servings of vegetables each day

        Because I love myself I will go for a prayer walk 4 times a week.

        Because I love myself I will read at least 1 chapter in my Bible each day.

Notice that each of my goals are specific, measurable (don’t just say I will exercise more or I will eat healthier make it more specific and measurable) achievable, realistic and timely PLUS they are based on actions not results. 

I know it’s not easy to love yourself so we’ve created daily emails to go along with this challenge. To receive our daily emails and access the workouts created specifically for our Love Yourself Healthy Challenge you can sign up for our online membership.  It’s only $5.97/month and you can try it for FREE for 7 days. 

For more information and to sign up CLICK HERE 

Love and prayers to you, Michelle

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91 Comments

  1. Claire Johnson February 7, 2020 at 11:35 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sending this email to me! I am in a rough season
    This is exactly what I need to redirect my life!

    • Kat February 9, 2020 at 4:16 pm - Reply

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    • Michelle Spadafora February 9, 2020 at 10:39 pm - Reply

      Claire, I am so glad you have come to this challenge and I pray it will help you through your rough season.

  2. Amy February 7, 2020 at 11:55 pm - Reply

    I’m so excited for this! I totally agree that we need to learn to love ourselves in a Godly way. I meet and speak with women all the time who are not kind to themselves and we sometimes are not kind to each other, because we don’t love ourselves. Thank you for thinking of this, praying for Gods leading and guiding us on this journey.

    • Jessie Allen February 8, 2020 at 6:05 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much for posting. I need this challenge!!

    • Kat February 9, 2020 at 4:17 pm - Reply

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    • Denise Brown February 10, 2020 at 1:19 pm - Reply

      I am excited about doing this. This is the first time I stepped out and really trust in the Lord to help me through it.

  3. Lynda February 8, 2020 at 1:26 am - Reply

    Please sign me up

    • Kat February 9, 2020 at 4:17 pm - Reply

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    • Michelle Spadafora February 9, 2020 at 10:40 pm - Reply

      If you entered your info. below or if you are already on our email list you will get all the info. regarding the challenge. So glad you want to join!

  4. Hannah February 8, 2020 at 1:58 am - Reply

    Thank you so much! I need this challenge! Looking forward to it! God bless!

    • Kat February 9, 2020 at 4:17 pm - Reply

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    • Michelle Spadafora February 9, 2020 at 10:40 pm - Reply

      I think we ALL need to be reminded of God’s love for us so that we can love ourselves too. So glad you are joining this.

  5. cherdman5@gmail.com February 8, 2020 at 2:37 am - Reply

    My first Faithful workouts challenge ever.

    • Kat February 9, 2020 at 4:18 pm - Reply

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    • jklitzke@regis.edu February 13, 2020 at 6:06 pm - Reply

      Welcome! I am so excited you’ve joined us for this challenge 🙂 How has it been for you for the last few days?

  6. Dorothy February 8, 2020 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    I am going to be 68 next month and I am just about ready to give up. Losing weight and exercise has gotten very difficult. I hope this will encourage me to keep trying.

    • Kat February 9, 2020 at 4:18 pm - Reply

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  7. Suzanne February 8, 2020 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    Michelle,
    Thank you for another challenge. I am looking forward to this one. Is there any chance you could do a live workout in the evening for those of us who work during the day on the East Coast?
    Blessings,
    Suzanne

    • Connie February 8, 2020 at 2:00 pm - Reply

      I’m on weight watchers right now but I’m in a rut and not losing so hopefully this will help

      • Kat February 9, 2020 at 4:19 pm - Reply

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    • Kat February 9, 2020 at 4:19 pm - Reply

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    • Michelle Spadafora February 9, 2020 at 10:41 pm - Reply

      I can’t do a workout the evening of the 12th but I will do an evening workout LIVE soon. Thanks for the suggestion.

  8. rarrowood@windstream.net February 8, 2020 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    I’m so happy for another challenge! Thank you Michelle for all you do ! Faithful workouts is such a blessing to me.
    God Bless,
    Rose

    • Kat February 9, 2020 at 4:20 pm - Reply

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    • Michelle Spadafora February 9, 2020 at 10:42 pm - Reply

      Thanks Rose – I do love doing challenges but I am more excited for this one than any other one we’ve done. Pls join me in praying that many come to feel God’s love and be able to love themselves.

  9. Cheryl February 8, 2020 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    Perfect timing, I look forward to the challenge! Thank you.

    • Kat February 9, 2020 at 4:21 pm - Reply

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    • Michelle Spadafora February 9, 2020 at 10:43 pm - Reply

      So glad to hear the timing is perfect for you. I pray you will hear God’s truth and let His love into your heart in a new way.

  10. Barbara Robertson February 8, 2020 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this. The way we show Gods love is through love, and I agree we should live ourselves. And I dont like the me in the mirror so please sign me up!:)

    • Kat February 9, 2020 at 4:21 pm - Reply

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    • Michelle Spadafora February 9, 2020 at 10:44 pm - Reply

      Thank you for being honest about how you feel when you look in the mirror. I know God has something sweet to whisper to you about this. If you entered your email below or if you are already on our email list you will be entered into the challenge.

  11. Giselle February 8, 2020 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    My problems aren’t with my weight. I eat healthfully and exercise almost daily, either weightlifting, speed walking, or running intervals. I am completely undisciplined, however, in going to bed at night. I go to bed at 1:00 or 2:00 every morning, then I get up between 8:00 and 9:30, which has a negative impact on my day because I feel like I’m “playing catch-up”—and I’m out of sync with the rest of the world! I have hundreds of books, many of which have been on my shelves for decades, but I hardly read because I’ve slept too late and I have too many things to do. I will be turning 60 years old next summer, and I plan to use this challenge to finally love myself enough to go to bed early, get up early, and read in my beautiful parlor every day.

    • Kat February 9, 2020 at 4:22 pm - Reply

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    • Michelle Spadafora February 9, 2020 at 10:46 pm - Reply

      I feel like God will personally minister to each of us. He knows our struggles. I love the verse in Colossians where Paul says, “I work very hard at this as I depend on Christ’s mighty power that lives in me.” God will do His part and you need to do your part. Sit down and put together a night time plan that goes along with the schedule you want to keep. He is there to help!

      • Kat February 10, 2020 at 7:19 pm - Reply

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  12. Christina February 8, 2020 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    I Turned 50 in December, hate to say it but my body doesn’t work the same anymore, exercising is harder for me, I have had 3 car accidents that have left me with neck, spine and back issues making excercises more difficult to do. I have made clean eating a habit since April of last year. I see my body needs the excercise to show my Healthy achievements.

    • Kat February 9, 2020 at 4:22 pm - Reply

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    • Michelle Spadafora February 9, 2020 at 10:48 pm - Reply

      Christina, sorry to hear about your car accidents and the pain that comes from that. I do hope you will dive into this challenge with us. I also hope you will commit to doing core strengthening and stretching exercises. If you are a premium member go to the fitness tab on our membership site and under fitness you will see past challenges and check out our Healthy Back challenge.

      • Darla Autry February 10, 2020 at 11:53 am - Reply

        SMART GOALS:

        Be intentional in my devotions by:. 1. Every day, ask God to help me stay focused. 2. Get my weekly prayer list out to pray for others 3. Read Bible/daily dev 4. In my journal, write down the answers all daily devotion questions to the best of my ability.

        • Kat February 10, 2020 at 7:19 pm - Reply

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        • Michelle Spadafora February 10, 2020 at 8:35 pm - Reply

          Darla, great goals. Remember to start each goal with “Because I love myself I will …” It’s so important to see the beauty God has placed in you.

  13. Denise February 9, 2020 at 2:48 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this challenge. I will be 67 this month and have struggled with the changes that my body has gone thru. Accepting I will never be that 30 year old again is hard. I need to try to accept myself and be as healthy as possible.

    • Kat February 9, 2020 at 4:23 pm - Reply

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    • Michelle Spadafora February 9, 2020 at 10:49 pm - Reply

      I know it can be so challenging to age. We long for the body and strength we had when we were younger. Of course we can do things to help our body stay strong but in reality it will age. Learning to love your body with where it is can be so important. We will be sharing on this during the challenge

  14. Melodee February 9, 2020 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    A great challenge! Amazing I was reading a devotional from “Mornings with Jesus” that was on Loving Yourself and based on Matthew 22:37-39! I have gained more flexibility since exercising with you and feel great! I am excited about the challenge and will be thinking seriously about those goals!

    • Kat February 9, 2020 at 4:23 pm - Reply

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    • Michelle Spadafora February 9, 2020 at 10:50 pm - Reply

      I will go read Matthew 22:37-39. Thank you for sharing that with me. I am so glad to hear that you are feeling great. I can’t wait for this challenge!

    • Lisa February 11, 2020 at 2:00 am - Reply

      Because I love myself…
      I will increase my water intake daily.
      I will get up and move at my job 3 periods each day.
      I will read a chapter in my bible daily.

  15. Kat February 9, 2020 at 4:36 pm - Reply

    I look forward to this challenge.
    I commit to the the following goals:
    BECAUSE I LOVE MYSELF…
    1). …I will do a 30-minute or more exercise daily
    2). …track my progress with the tools FW provides to help me stay on task with my Physical & Spiritual health
    3). …I will feed my body with healthy portions of of the right foods in a timely way

    4). …while following the daily Bible reading Plan I will also write God’s word, for feeding my spiritual hunger.

    • Michelle Spadafora February 9, 2020 at 10:51 pm - Reply

      Kat – I love your goals and thank you for praying for others. I pray you will feel more and more of God’s love as you take great care of your body!

  16. Shelly February 10, 2020 at 12:01 am - Reply

    This is my first challenge with Faithful Workouts. I ran upon it on TV about a month ago and now follow it on INSTAGRAM. I’m really excited for the next ten days. Here are my goals: Because I love myself 1) I will do 30 minutes of exercise each day 2) I will not eat sugar 3) I will read a Psalm every day during my time with the Lord!!

    • Kat February 10, 2020 at 12:47 am - Reply

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    • Michelle Spadafora February 10, 2020 at 8:36 pm - Reply

      Welcome Shelly to your first challenge with us. You picked a great time to join in. This is one of my favorite challenges! I love your goals too.

  17. Amy Sines February 10, 2020 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    I am loving the challenges… each one trains me more in fitness spiritually, physically, and emotionally. Thank you. I love myself enough to give God my first fruit each morning through journaling, prayer, daily Proverb wisdom, and Jesus Calling devotion… I love myself enough to continue meal prepping for the work week… I love myself enough to exercise 4 days/week. ❤️

    • Kat February 10, 2020 at 7:21 pm - Reply

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    • Michelle Spadafora February 10, 2020 at 8:37 pm - Reply

      Amy I love this “I love myself enough to…” such a great way of saying it. Thanks

  18. Latanya Williams February 10, 2020 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    Because I Love myself I will eat fruit 3 times a week Because I Love myself I will study Gods word 1 hour a day Because I Love myself I will spend 1 hour of me time per day

    • Kat February 10, 2020 at 7:21 pm - Reply

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  19. Kimberly Broadhead February 10, 2020 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    Michelle, I love how you differentiated loving ourselves the way God intends from the way the world does, where ego is inflated! My dependance on Him is daily, and functioning through His strength is daily for me. I love this challenge, and it comes at a perfect time for many of us…thanks for obeying the Lord! We love you and your ministry!❤

    • Kat February 10, 2020 at 7:22 pm - Reply

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    • Michelle Spadafora February 10, 2020 at 8:38 pm - Reply

      I am so glad you heard the importance of loving ourselves because of God. It’s not about our ego it’s really about our need for Him. Thank you for your kind words.

  20. Jeannie Selke February 10, 2020 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for inviting me into FW! I needed this encouragement so much. The last three years have been difficult physically and emotionally, but I realize daylight’s burnin’. I’m 68 and the ball is in my court, isn’t it? No one but me, with God’s help, can make things better. I believe God will help me to get up, put one foot in front of the other, munch on veggies, and most importantly, spend more time with Him in His Word. God bless you for reaching out!

    • Kat February 10, 2020 at 7:22 pm - Reply

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    • Michelle Spadafora February 10, 2020 at 8:44 pm - Reply

      God has always been there ready to help you. I love that you realize now is the time – ball is in your court! You got this!

  21. Cathy Weitner February 10, 2020 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    Thank you, Michelle, You are such a light of what it is like to love yourself! Without the ability to truly love ourselves, we could never follow the command to love others as we love ourselves. I believe it’s true that the God kind of Love in us, flowing from us will be the greatest way we can truly bring God’s Light to the world. You are amazing!

  22. Lora February 10, 2020 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    How beautiful, I never thought of myself this way before! Thank you

    • Michelle Spadafora February 10, 2020 at 8:44 pm - Reply

      Lora – I am so glad you are seeing yourself more the way that God’s see you. You are His beloved daughter!

  23. Dannette Salazar February 10, 2020 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    Good Morning, I just read through the challenge this morning and accept it.

    Because I love myself, I will
    1. (right now I spend time reading God’s word and praying,) I would like to spend more time with God and learn to be still and listen to what He has to say to me, then me rushing through this time of Bible study and living life.

    2. Eating, i need to plan my meals weekly and purchase food at the beginning of the week. I need to plan more vegetables and fruit in each meal.

    3. To set aside the time to work out from 15 minutes to 1 hour each day, focusing on one of these each day, stretching, weight training, and or cardio . With friends or on my own.

    • Kat February 10, 2020 at 7:23 pm - Reply

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    • Michelle Spadafora February 10, 2020 at 8:43 pm - Reply

      Welcome to the challenge. I love that your goals cover faith, fitness and food. It’s also really important to mi up your workout so it’s great that you are including a variety of exercises.

  24. starsign2012@yahoo.ca February 10, 2020 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    What an absolutely amazing post!!! I signed up for the challenge and already wrote it in Facebook. The best part because I love myself something that I really need to work on. Thank you so much

    • Kat February 10, 2020 at 7:24 pm - Reply

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    • Michelle Spadafora February 10, 2020 at 8:42 pm - Reply

      I think it’s something we all need to work on – I’m so glad you are joining in on the challenge.

  25. Cindy February 10, 2020 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    As tough as it was, I enjoyed the Points Challenge and because I love myself, I’d like to build on that challenge to 1) spend 30 min each morning in the Word, 2) increase my daily water intake to 60 oz and work harder at limiting my daily sugar intake to <24 g, and 3) do some kind of physical exercise daily, alternating between strength training and walking/running as I begin training for a 5K. The Points Challenge helped me to start thinking more seriously about the healthy changes I need to make, and this new challenge will help me stay focused on these changes and hopefully make them solid new habits!
    Thanks for your desire to help us love ourselves, Michelle,.I've struggled with this throughout my life because of bad choices I've made. God has really been challenging me to "Forget the former things and not dwell on the past. He is doing a NEW thing! He is making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland." Isaiah 43:18,19

    • Kat February 10, 2020 at 7:25 pm - Reply

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    • Michelle Spadafora February 10, 2020 at 8:41 pm - Reply

      I will also pray Isaiah 43: 18, 19 over you. I struggled with guilt from decisions I made in my past and it feels so good to be free from that. I loved hearing the Points Challenge was helpful – keep it up!

  26. Cris February 10, 2020 at 7:18 pm - Reply

    Michelle do you have a yoga chair exercise because I have arthritis in both my knees or chair exercise

    • Michelle Spadafora February 10, 2020 at 8:39 pm - Reply

      Cris we do have several videos for yoga in a chair. Can you email me at michelle@faithfulworkouts.com and let me know if you are part of our premium membership – I want to send you videos that you will be able to access. Thanks

  27. Cheryl Kelly February 10, 2020 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    Because I love myself, 1. I will only use 1 tsp of sugar in my tea, instead of two. 2. I will park my car further away so I can walk more. 3. I will read something for 15 minutes each day.

    • jklitzke@regis.edu February 13, 2020 at 6:11 pm - Reply

      Cheryl, great job coming up with these goals for this challenge. Reducing sugar intake is a big step on the way to a healthier you. I want to encourage you to dive into scripture for your reading time each day; encountering the word of God every day is a big stepping stone in strengthening our faith!

  28. Denise Brown February 10, 2020 at 9:09 pm - Reply

    I am trusting God to help me with this challenge.

  29. Shirley Pheasant February 11, 2020 at 12:49 am - Reply

    I’m excited for this challenge since I missed the last one due to my dad moving to nursing home and then having a heart attack. Thank God for the healing touch, he is doing well. Here are my 3 goals: 1. Walk 6000+ steps daily and exercise daily. 2. Eat 4 servings fruit and veggies daily. 3. End each day by reading a Psalm (I do this occasionally, but need motivation to make it a daily habit).

    • jklitzke@regis.edu February 13, 2020 at 6:09 pm - Reply

      Praise the Lord for His healing! Love how you’ve structured your goals around action instead of result 🙂

  30. Christina Kenkel February 11, 2020 at 2:10 am - Reply

    When we invite friends who aren’t members, will they have access to any of the workouts and features so they can see what the membership site is all about? I have invited three friends, but I’m having trouble knowing what they’ll have access to. Thanks for your help!

    • jklitzke@regis.edu February 13, 2020 at 6:19 pm - Reply

      Hi Christina, thanks for your question. If they are not premium members, they can still access tons of free workouts at faithfulworkouts.com They can also join a free 7 Day Kickstart with recipes, nutrition info, workouts and inspirational messages! Here’s the link for that kickstart: https://www.faithfulworkouts.com/7-day-kickstart They can also follow Faithful Workouts on Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube to see what FW is all about 🙂 Thank you so much for inviting them to do this challenge! In the mean time, maybe you and your friends could do the challenges you receive from the ‘Love Yourself Healthy’ email list together and motivate each other to achieve your goals! Hope this helped.

  31. Lisa Baker February 11, 2020 at 4:41 am - Reply

    Thank you for this!
    Because I love myself, I will take my lunch to work at least four times per week
    Because I love myself, I will go to the gym 3 times each week in February 2020
    Because I love myself, I will participate in a daily morning devotion during the month of February
    Because Ilove myself, I will write and send myself a love letter in February 2020

    • jklitzke@regis.edu February 13, 2020 at 6:08 pm - Reply

      These are wonderful goals!

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