Don’t Bow to the Scale…You’re More Than a Number | Faith & Fitness Magazine

This is a great article by Tina Reale and posted on the Faith and Fitness site  The author does a wonderful job explaining how numbers (calories, weight on the scale, etc.) might provide useful information at times, but should not be used to determine your progress or success regarding to your fitness goals.  Reale lists flaws in using these numbers and the slippery slope that can ensue if we do so.  Finally, she shares how God called her to choose foods and activities for her health not her size. 


Don’t Bow to the Scale…You’re More Than a Number | Faith & Fitness Magazine


“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;  you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” (1 Corinthians: 6:19-20)

“The angel of the LORD came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.”  So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God.” (1 Kings 19: 7-8)


3 thoughts on “Don’t Bow to the Scale…You’re More Than a Number | Faith & Fitness Magazine

  1. As a Certified Nutrition Counselor, I have observed this battle for years in others and in myself. Most of what is being promoted from the world system is a lie from the enemy. God desires us to be healthy and whole. Loving God and seeking Him first will open up the way for each individual believer to eat for nourishment, pleasure, strength and energy. All of these benefits are derived from eating foods that our Creator designed for us in an atmosphere of joy and thanksgiving. I, for one, am no longer living in the prison of “don’t eat this, don’t touch that”. In fact, here is a great word from God in Colossians 2:8-23 (Message).

    Colossians 2:

    8-10Watch out for people who try to dazzle you with big words and intellectual double-talk. They want to drag you off into endless arguments that never amount to anything. They spread their ideas through the empty traditions of human beings and the empty superstitions of spirit beings. But that’s not the way of Christ. Everything of God gets expressed in him, so you can see and hear him clearly. You don’t need a telescope, a microscope, or a horoscope to realize the fullness of Christ, and the emptiness of the universe without him. When you come to him, that fullness comes together for you, too. His power extends over everything.

    11-15Entering into this fullness is not something you figure out or achieve. It’s not a matter of being circumcised or keeping a long list of laws. No, you’re already in—insiders—not through some secretive initiation rite but rather through what Christ has already gone through for you, destroying the power of sin. If it’s an initiation ritual you’re after, you’ve already been through it by submitting to baptism. Going under the water was a burial of your old life; coming up out of it was a resurrection, God raising you from the dead as he did Christ. When you were stuck in your old sin-dead life, you were incapable of responding to God. God brought you alive—right along with Christ! Think of it! All sins forgiven, the slate wiped clean, that old arrest warrant canceled and nailed to Christ’s cross. He stripped all the spiritual tyrants in the universe of their sham authority at the Cross and marched them naked through the streets.

    16-17So don’t put up with anyone pressuring you in details of diet, worship services, or holy days. All those things are mere shadows cast before what was to come; the substance is Christ.

    18-19Don’t tolerate people who try to run your life, ordering you to bow and scrape, insisting that you join their obsession with angels and that you seek out visions. They’re a lot of hot air, that’s all they are. They’re completely out of touch with the source of life, Christ, who puts us together in one piece, whose very breath and blood flow through us. He is the Head and we are the body. We can grow up healthy in God only as he nourishes us.

    20-23So, then, if with Christ you’ve put all that pretentious and infantile religion behind you, why do you let yourselves be bullied by it? “Don’t touch this! Don’t taste that! Don’t go near this!” Do you think things that are here today and gone tomorrow are worth that kind of attention? Such things sound impressive if said in a deep enough voice. They even give the illusion of being pious and humble and ascetic. But they’re just another way of showing off, making yourselves look important.

    1. Thank you for sharing this WORD! I know that many will find comfort through this. It is a wonderful blessing to learn to keep food in it’s proper place in our lives. I am often asked to share how I developed a ‘healthy relationship with food’. I usually tell people, “Well, first, I stopped trying to have a relationship with food at all!” I want to have a healthy relationship with myself, with Christ, and with those around me…I do not need a “relationship” with food. When we put food in its proper perspective, the enemy cannot use it to control us.

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