Titus 2 tells us to be temperate, disciplined, and self-controlled women (just to mention a few), and that Jesus redeemed us (purchased our freedom) to be a people who are eager and enthusiastic about living a life that is good and filled with beneficial deeds. As I now have entered into the second month of change, I am severely inclined to encourage you in the way of doing and being these things in the area of your physical health and nutrition.
As a mother to three I understand the forgetting to eat or the grabbing a bit-size of
anything!food every time you pass the table with one empty hand. All this done to "be a good mother," to provide for all their needs before my own. I understand this all too well. In fact it is a daily struggle for me to keep myself in check and balance. They need me. Truth. They won't eat well (or at all) without me. Truth. But how many times does the meal or snack for them conclude and then we're on to the next thing that they need of me in, and I haven't taken 2 seconds to provide nourishment for myself? Far. Too. Many. Next question: How many days do I lose stamina, energy, strength, and more, becoming physically and also mentally/emotionally incapable of giving them my best? Answer: Every day that I do not ensure that this earthly body of mine, this temple of the Holy Spirit that I am a steward of, gets the nutrition & exercise that it requires (that includes the days where I ate "enough", but ate crapprocessed food).
Enough! It is a lie that we're putting our children first out of love for them while allowing ourselves to waste away into vessels that cannot truly provide for our families. Do I fix their lunch before mine? Yes (or at the same time). Do I allow them to coral me into something if I haven't gotten a chance to eat yet? No. Not anymore. I say very lovingly, with a smile on my face, "Momma needs to eat too to be healthy, just like you. Why don't you go play with toys or read a book until I am finished?" :) It is also very good for them to know that I was not put on this earth just to blindly cater to every need or want they have in their timing. It helps them learn they are not the center of the universe either. ;)
So eat, my friends! And eat well. Feed your bodies with food that helps it THRIVE. And exercise. Every day! I know, I know, but hear me: You only regret the workouts you did not do. Truth. I feel so much better and capable in my body to be who I need to be for myself, my children, my husband, and serving my Jesus (those are not listed in order of importance, haha). Even if it is just a morning of good, thorough, whole-body stretching - it is something. Let us be temperate, disciplined, self-controlled women in our health so we may be eager and enthusiastic about living a good and beneficial life.