I found Love Beyond Looks: A 5-Week Bible Study On Body Image while searching the internet for bible study books. This book was published on January 26th, 2016 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. Do you want to be content and find joy in your body? Do you want to praise your Creator for making you the way He did?
Do you want to love yourself and others based on the inward person instead of the outward appearance? Love Beyond Looks is an interactive five week study on body image written for women desiring to grow in satisfaction with their bodies, the God who made them, and in relationships with others. The lesson material is divided into five days per week, including one day for group discussion. Love Beyond Looks teaches readers to identify lies about their own body in order to break free from shame, to replace judgement with appreciation for others, and to begin to establish a legacy for positive body image.
When I found Love Beyond Looks I was instantly curious. Kasey Shuler writes a beautiful and easy to read scripture filled bible study. I really enjoyed following this five week study. I learned a lot about myself and how God sees me as one of this creations. Shuler teaches you by encouraging you through your journey with her passion and faith. I felt challenged. Each week has four days of study with a memory verse, devotional, and questions for each day. You will find that each devotional contains lots of scripture. You could easily do this on your own or with a group of friends. I feel that this help me feel better about myself, the person I am on the inside which is more important then looks. I think this book would be a perfect gift for any teenager or adult that struggles with their appearance or body image.
- Why did you decide to become a fitness trainer?
My mom was a personal trainer, so I grew up bonding with her through physical activity like playing tennis and going to her group fitness classes. Fitness has always been a natural outlet for me, both to relieve stress and to boost my mood and energy levels. I took fitness classes regularly in college so I thought, “Why not get paid to do what I love?” I started teaching fitness classes in 2008 and graduated with a degree in Health Promotion and Behavior. I wanted not only to teach people how to get fit, but to know the reasons why. In Seattle, a corporate wellness company hired me to implement health incentives for employees at places like Starbucks corporate, and required me to be a personal trainer and design fitness programs for lunch hours and after work hours. I continued personal training after we moved and I had my daughter, because it’s a flexible job where I can still keep my family first and help other women be fit for their own life.
- What diet and nutrition education have you received?
I have my degree in Health Promotion in Behavior from the University of Georgia. I took classes in anatomy and kinesiology, as well as nutrition and public health. I have been a group fitness instructor for classes like Body Pump, spin, boot camp, and am now certified as a Revelation Wellness instructor which integrates faith and fitness. I am certified with the American College of Sports Medicine as a personal trainer, and a lifelong student of all things health and fitness.
- Imagine a client is discouraged during a training session. How do you keep him motivated?
Since I only train female clients, I’ll answer this question to address a female 🙂 I like to start out by dangling a donut in front of them as they run on a treadmill, and give them one bite per mile. Kidding! Donuts are delicious, but are not suitable for long-term motivation. My goal is to turn their love for donuts into a craving for kale! Before I start training a client, I sit down with them and we talk through their motivations. Why do they want to train with me? What are their expectations? What do they want out of life, and how can a fitness program support that mission? Discerning a client’s purpose helps me to design a program fit for their needs and wants, and when times get tough, I can remind them why they decided to start to keep them on track for the finish line.
- Do you have fitness goals for yourself? If so, what are they?
My main goal for fitness is to support my lifestyle. For me, this means moving regularly to sustain physical energy during the day and improve sleep, keep my mood steady by getting my heart rate up, maintaining body composition by strength training, and moving in all planes of motion to keep me agile and flexible for daily activities like getting on the floor with my daughter, carrying groceries across gravel, and running up a flight of stairs when I’m late. I’m also very goal-oriented and always on the lookout for a new challenge. Currently, I am signed up for a 5K trail run, so I am training for that. My last competition was a Strong (Wo)man contest, and before that it was a personal challenge to do a crow yoga pose without falling over. Variety is the spice of life, and the essence of fitness. I aim to keep all parts of me fit for life.
- Give me three essential exercises you suggest for all clients? Why are these in your top three?
Deadlift, Get-ups, Pull-up
These are my favorite because they mimic everyday life and do a sufficient job of training most large muscle groups. If I could add a fourth, it would be some type of push exercise, like pushing up from the floor. And of course, walking. I recommend walking every day, or as much as possible. Walking helps keep our bodies aligned properly, in addition to awarding us the benefits of improved cardiovascular health, energy levels, mood, and overall well-being. This was a hard question!
About the author:
Kasey Shuler lives in Athens, GA, with her husband and daughter. She is a mom, personal fitness trainer, and writer. Kasey writes Bible-based studies and stories, and hopes her Bible study, Love Beyond Looks, will be the first of many. She is also a fan of Dairy Queen blizzards, a good pun, Speed Scrabble, trampolines, and Nacho Libre. Combined. Connect to Kasey: Blog Goodreads Amazon Instagram