You Are More Than Just A Body
Hey yall, my name is Lexie Thiery! I'm a 21 year old, married, college student and business owner. It's truly a blessing to be able to be a part of a company and family like FLYTE. I thank God all the time for leading these people into my life. My story is anything but perfect, but God has used my rocky past to both grow me and be able to minister to others. So here's a short version of that story.
I've loved Christ since I was little, however there have been many seasons of my life where I've put things before him that I'm not proud of.
When I was younger, I was in an emotionally abusive relationship that rocked me to my core. It lead me to lose sight of my faith and my worth and start relying on the world to make me feel whole. These years in this relationship I let myself slip into a deep hole of depression and developed two eating disorders that took control of my life for the next 5 years. That abusive relationship ended and I continued to seek out my worth through boys who never truly saw my beauty. God was still always in the back of my mind, but I just CRAVED the love of a human being to love me the way I thought I should be loved. Every relationship after that I was cheated on, it became a common occurrence for me. It wasn't until my senior year that I finally came to my wits end. I was so tired of not being in control and loved, that I gave up. I gave up on trying to please the world and I fell to the knees of the Father that had loved me all along. I prayed that one day he would bring me a man who loved Him more than me, and the very next day I met my husband. My husband helped me through my eating disorders, lead me to fall deeper and deeper in love with Christ, and introduced me to weight lifting.
I fell in love with the feeling of being strong. It was something that I could control in my life, and I went head first into this industry. I've spent 4 years learning, growing, developing, and helping others through my story and my knowledge because more girls need to know how valuable they are.
Two years ago I decided that my calling was to pursue this fitness thing as a career. I wasn't sure how or when it would happen..but God was leading me. At that time, God started to open my eyes to what the fitness industry had become. It was too sexualized, valuing body fat percentages and small waists. I fell victim to this stigma. I played the comparison game almost every day and questioned why my body doesn't look like that. But from my history of eating disorders I KNEW that I wasn't going to conform to the patterns of this world again.
Romans 12:2 is my life verse. The verse that I hold onto every single day.
Two months ago, I decided to take a leap of faith and quit my job(s) to pursue being a full time online coach and spiritual mentor.
I’m on a mission to bridging the gap between faith and fitness because we are more than bodies. We are more than what we look like. We are more than what the media says we have to look like, do, or say.
God gave us fitness to glorify Him. When we train our bodies, we can better accomplish the plans he has for us.
In my business, I tell my girls that we need to practice self love daily just as we have to die to ourselves and take up our cross daily. If we start a fitness journey from a place of disgust or hate for our bodies to please the flesh, we will NEVER be satisfied when we get the “goal” body. My desire is that women see the beauty that God designed them to be RIGHT where they are. I want them to believe that it’s okay to want to change your body, but the amount of strength you will gain from choosing to see yourself from the eyes of our savior instead of the eyes of the world is indescribable. We can never fully love our bodies and treat them as the temple they are if we constantly let the world be the source of our standards.
I want all women to know that they are a Woman of Worth, and no matter what they've gone through they are loved, valued, appreciated, and seen as a masterpiece in the eyes of a Father who can NEVER hurt you.
Through chasing freedom in food, fitness, and faith..we can live our life as our best selves and become the most powerful servants of Christ.
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