I started back to running today. This time last year, I started C25k and within a month I was easily doing 5k and in 2 months, 10k. I know my body can do it. Since this time last year I have shed nearly 70 pounds. I still have around 50 to go. What has changed is my mindset.
The reason I love running is because once my body subjects itself to the torture and relinquishes the endorphins over, my mind clears and I can focus on finding an answer to something that's plaguing me.
Today, it was food.
I know that God provides us with everything on earth we need to survive and more. Our nourishment and answer to our health problems is found within our food. However, so much is being done to what God made perfect that it is becoming harmful to us.
I know that God provides us with what we need to survive but we over stock our fridge and pantries with things that will go to waste. It's okay to store up in planning ahead but without a plan it is wasteful.
I know that I lived to eat. I love food, flavors and textures. I love a colorful, full plate but do I eat it all, should I eat it all? That depends.
Today, I thought of gluttony!!
Gluttony is what leads to obesity. It's what led me there. Gluttony is severely frowned upon in the Bible just like other lifestyles that are not of God. A person who is a glutton is a disgrace to his father, lazy, becomes poor, and it is better to put a knife to your throat than to become a glutton. That sounds harsh but becoming a slave to food is a slow painful death even with the pleasure the food gives us. Proverbs 23:2, 21, 28:7, Titus 1:12.
The mindset must change.
We must re-educate ourselves on what is healthy, portions and we must learn to eat to live, not live to eat. The changes are gradual sometimes and sometimes we dive right in. My body is a temple and I should treat it as such. I should respect that God created it perfectly and that He gave me the tools to better health. I strive to buy food in a manner that is not wasteful and clean as well as growing our own. I am eating leaner to become leaner and to have the energy to have the clear mind to become closer to Christ so that he can continue to show the way.
Food is Fuel!