For some time, focusing more on glorifying God and less on the fit of my jeans was hard. Over time, it became clear that treating my body with respect was the cake, and everything else was just icing. I’m not insinuating that we shouldn’t have goals; but with the right mindset, everything will fall into place.

Striving for a specific weight should never be the goal.

I often hear questions about what to eat, when to eat it, and how much to eat. While those are important, I think we’ve overcomplicated this whole healthy living thing. Whether flipping through channels or scrolling through Instagram, all things fitness and nutrition bombard our lives. Heck, even when I’m out to eat with my girlfriends, the conversation always moves toward weight loss or the new eating plan to try this week.

Again, are we overcomplicating it? Ketogenic. Vegan. Whole30. Raw Foods. Vegetarian. Paleo. Low carb. High fat. High carb. High fat. The list goes on and on. There’s nothing wrong with these; in fact, I was a vegetarian for three years and loved it. I’ve tried whole30, the Daniel Plan (my favorite), the raw food diet (my least favorite) and just about every other plan available. The options are countless. The foods to avoid in one plan are the foods to indulge in a different plan. When did it all get so complicated?

Remember the good old days? When you weren’t consumed with the next big diet? Yeah. Me either. That’s why it’s time to make that a reality in our lives. It’s time to go back to basics. I’ve shared my Beginner’s Guide to Living a Healthy & Whole Lifestyle, but I want to make it even more simple. Before you make any other decisions about nutrition or exercise, ask yourself this question:

Is this God’s best for me?

I want my motivation to be pleasing God in how I treat my body. As soon as we come to the realization that everything else is just the icing on the cake, we find our strength to rally the journey. I am at my healthiest and my happiest when I focus less on myself and more on what God has for me. Imagine what would happen if you did the same? Let’s take our focus off the inches and pounds and focus on all there is to gain: confidence, self-discipline, and a stronger relationship with God.

If you want to learn more about giving God the glory in your workouts and your eating habits – let’s chat. Being saturated in a faith and fitness community of women has changed everything for me, and I’m confident it can do the same for you.