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Your Body is Your Temple

It takes a lot of energy and hard work to follow a healthy diet and exercise routine. Aside from making decisions that impact your daily routine, sometimes your diet affects those around you.

Sometimes it means offering up a new healthy dinner item that a family member or friend had never previously tasted and rocking their world at the possibilities of healthier food. Or sometimes it means putting off spending time with the puppy to put in more time at the gym. Or it can even mean asking your family to change their choice of restaurant for dinner so you have healthier options.

It is not hard to imagine that spending all this time and energy on yourself can make you feel a little selfish, and even a burden on others, but it is important to remember why you expend these efforts.

My reason? Aside from wanting to be healthy and stick around to love on my hubby for a long, long time and produce beautiful babies to love and care for...

"Do you not know that you are a temple of God 
and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?"
- 1 Corinthians 3:16

If you cannot find the motivation or dedication to workout and be healthy for yourself or your family, do it for God and the holy Spirit that dwells within you. Just sayin'.
Now isn't that just a divine reason?

In the book of Romans 12:1, Paul encourages us to think of our bodies as a "living sacrifice," that is "holy and pleasing to God." When God asked His believers to sacrifice a goat, did they offer up the weakest goat in their flock? I think not.

All too often, the question is asked, "How do you stay motivated?" The best answer is to make it a priority. Make it a priority to take care of yourself and to put God first, and your actions will follow.

Now that I've shared my motivation, share with me what motivates you?


  1. I wish I could be more motivated! I just really dont like veggies or healthy food so its so hard for me :(

  2. My gym is starting a Paleo challenge next Monday. I will be writing about that later this week or next. Hopefully I will get some new healthy recipes to share. Paleo comfort food is scrumptious, I hear (albeit healthy). It's a lot easier to maintain a healthy lifestyle when it's something you can enjoy!

  3. My motivation is that I just feel better. You know that light/healthy feeling you get when you've been eating well and the sluggish ick feeling you get when you don't? I try to remember that, but I certainly have my off days. Especially when I get off of my normal routine.

  4. I definitely felt the sluggish ick feeling yesterday. I went out with a bang over the weekend before starting my gym's Paleo challenge yesterday, and you could feel the after effects of my poor choices during Helen. I think we all were regretting our weekend meal choices. Especially when I thought I would be seeing it come back up after the workout. Luckily I maintained my composure!


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