by Lori Alexander from The Transformed Wife – Called to Moderation in a Culture of Excess
Editor’s note: The entire post I’m quoting this from is filled with blaming and shaming on everything from alcohol use to internet habits, but I found her return yet again to weight to be telling. Does this not read like someone pissed off with the entire idea that they cannot eat that whole cake themselves? Plus this ‘be skinny but don’t exercise’ is a very bad idea for your health. I’m sure everyone has seen those ladies who are rail thin with zero muscle tone. Our bodies need a certain amount of physical exercise daily, everyone does regardless of the size of their bodies. Sorry, Ms. Alexander, life is not a ‘one size fits all’ existence.
Don’t listen to this nonsense if you are struggling with your weight. Eat the best you can but don’t beat yourself up with guilt when you blow it. It’s normal to have ups and downs, and eating patterns differ each day. Do what works for you, don’t worry what others, like Lori, think or say.
Moderation should define us! What does moderation even look like since it’s hard to find this quality in a nation that is overweight, gluttons, seekers of pleasure rather than seekers of God, spendthrifts, and entertainment seekers?
If you are tempted to overeat, remind yourself that you are going to be the master over your flesh from now on and it is going to be your slave. You aren’t going to allow it to bully you around anymore. Yes, you can take a couple bites of a rich, chocolate, gooey birthday cake. The cake doesn’t have to have mastery over you since Christ lives within you and you have everything you need for life and godliness. You can choose to have some cut up veggies for a snack instead of chips every time you are hungry. You. can. control. your. appetite!!!
We don’t need to exercise for hours every day. We don’t have to have a perfectly toned body like they show on all of the magazine covers and television shows. Our tummies don’t have to be flat and our arms perfectly toned. It’s okay to grow older and spend more time on things that have eternal value. Let’s become more like Jesus and learn to have a meek and quiet spirit instead, because true beauty comes from within and not our dead and dying flesh.
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