When I focused on my body image and not on God

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“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body (1 Corinthians 6:19-20, NRSV).

This summer my goal was to lose weight and gain muscle in order to get to a base I could maintain.  The cycle began: I exercise, watch my calories, indulge, feel guilty, exercise, etc.  I wasn’t seeing results.  I was focused on losing weight.  I was focused on body image.

I think I’ve been going about this exercise kick I’m on in all the wrong way.  I should be focused on exercising as a way to appreciate the gift of the body God gave me and my health.  I should focus on eating as appreciating the food God provides.

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31, NRSV).

I was exercising and eating healthy for me.  Not for God.  This is why it fell apart when I succumbed to temptation in food or not exercising.  I was trying to do it on my own, my own will.

Pride. Vanity. Stubbornness.

I needed to let go.

I needed to focus on God.

And so I begin anew in my journey to a more healthy me.

May you find God at the center of all you do and appreciate the gift of life He provides.

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