Welcome! I'm thrilled that you're reading this! My name is Sara Anna Powers, and my goal is to equip you with tools that will help you step into your highest state of health. In January 2015, I formed a company called The Congruent Life, LLC. My deepest desire is to encourage you on your journey of living a congruent life in the area of health. I want to help you get to the place where your thoughts, words, and actions all align to help you reach your goal.
True health is about so much more than the physical. True health encompasses physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual health. I know this because I've lived it. I grew up struggling with body image issues and thought that if I could just be thin enough, life would be grand! I starved myself for four years, weighing 103 pounds at my lowest. I'm 5'7" tall; at that weight, I hadn't had a period in several years. I entered treatment for anorexia and, by God's grace, and through the assistance of a skilled team, supportive friends, and a loving family, I was able to get back to a healthy weight. I thought I was healed.
Fast forward a few years, and I was living in a new city, lonely, and working at a job I didn't enjoy. I fell into a depression, and food became my comfort. In the span of a year, I ate my way up to 220 pounds. I no longer recognized myself in the mirror. Only through becoming broken in spirit was I able to reach out for the help I needed to slowly begin making decisions which were healthier for my physical body. Since 2006, I've been in recovery from binge eating.
I realized from jumping between these two extreme weights (and every weight in between) that NO size or shape of body was going to make me happy. I realized that even if I had the "perfect" body physically, my mind was sick. I was obsessed with calories, fat grams, dress sizes, workout videos, and training logs. Whether at my thinnest, or at my heaviest, this obsession didn't change.
The shift for me came when I realized that although the people who loved me when I was 115 pounds wouldn't speak to me at 180 pounds, I was still the same person inside. Shifting dramatically in weight enabled me to uncover which people loved ME and to differentiate them from those who only loved a look or an image that I portrayed. I began to realize that I was just as beautiful inside at 205 pounds as I had been at 135. And I was just as beautiful inside at 105 pounds as I was at 135 pounds. However, neither a weight of 205 pounds nor one of 105 pounds was serving me well in a quest for health.
When I embraced my worthiness as a creation of God and as someone who was bought with a price by the blood of Jesus, that's when it clicked. That's when I began to make choices for my physical health that overflowed from my belief that I was a valuable, worthy, and completely lovable person. Naturally, I began to make choices more consistently that honored my body. I began to appreciate the parts of my body that I previously thought were flaws. I began to love myself as made in the image of God. The shift back down to a healthier weight was inevitable.
Humans were created with bodies, minds, souls, and spirits. Attention must be given to each of these areas for one to find true health. We pay so much attention to the physical when we discuss health. My goal is to shine light on the proposition that health is physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual. Through this site, I aim to equip you with tools in each of these areas as you grow in health each day. Here's to the journey! May it be fruitful, may it be blessed.