Are you a body with a soul OR a soul with a body?
I prefer to think of myself as the latter. Although that's not as easy as it sounds. Living in the world we do today Hollywood bombards us with images of "perfect" looking people. Of course the question is asked: What do I have to do to look like that?? And these "perfect" people are always ready with an answer. "I work out 2 hours a day, 7 days a week." Not an appealing option if you ask me. "I don't eat anything white." I'm not making that up. I actually heard an actress say that once. And the answer that really gets me,"Oh I just have good genes." While that may be true when referring to the physical composition of their face, I know that body size all boils down to calories in vs calories out. And we can't forget the unbelievably expensive resources and procedures they have access to that you and I probably haven't even heard of.
God made us to be so much more that just the image that people see. Our soul needs just as much or maybe even more nourishment than our bodies do. And while I do believe that God expects us to take care of the body we've been given, I don't believe he wants us to spend so much time obsessing over it's appearance that we let it steal our joy. If you do have a few extra pounds that you want to lose (like I do) try to focus on feeding your soul and fueling your body. Put your energy into feeding the part of you that will make an eternal difference and remind yourself that food is fuel, not comfort! I have a terrible weakness for eating while I'm bored. Or eating because there's something else I'd rather not be doing...like laundry!
This year I want to focus more on mental and spiritual health... and I'm hoping that my body will follow suit.
Love as big and wide as the ocean,