20160509_164844Recently, a new gym opened up only a few miles from my home.  I decided to join because I liked the concept of going anytime I wanted, it is affordable and I can workout or just walk on a treadmill no matter the weather.

A few months later, a new donut place opened up RIGHT NEXT DOOR!  Oh yes, on came all the comments!

“YAY, I can treat myself after I work out!”

“That place will  be my incentive to work out extra hard and burn more calories so I can eat a donut!”

“Oh, I’m glad that the gym is right next to the donut store so I can go work off my indulgence!” OR “Oh I’m glad that the gym is right next to the donut store because I will feel too guilty to go get a donut!”

“Why would they allow such a temptation to be right next to our gym?”food-guilt-doughnut-woman-1439828258-large-article-0

As I listened to all the comments, I realized that something has changed in me. Just a few years ago, I would have been saying the same kind of things!  I was deep in the “diet mentality” and saw donuts or any other kind of sweet or fatty food as “enemy #1”

When I saw the donut shop sign go up, I did think it was ironic and funny, but it really didn’t bother me at all.  I don’t work out so I can “earn” food!  If I am at a zero, I can have a donut.  They are not a “bad” food!

Colossians 2:21-23

21 “Don’t eat this,” “Don’t taste that,” “Don’t touch that”? 22 These rules are talking about earthly things that are gone after they are used. They are only human commands and teachings. 23 These rules may seem to be wise as part of a made-up religion in which people pretend to be humble and punish their bodies. But they don’t help people stop doing the evil that the sinful self wants to do.

 This doesn’t mean we will be eating donuts, cookies and sweets all the time!

1 Corinthians 10:23

“All things are allowed,” you say. But not all things are good. “All things are allowed.” But some things don’t help anyone.

Your body will crave the foods it needs and in time, you will be able to discern what foods work best for your body to keep you healthy and strong. BUT, in order to do this, we must break free of the mindset that the food is somehow bad.  When we allow ourselves to eat WHATEVER we desire, it takes the power from the food and turns our eyes to other things. (Which we look to Jesus to help us, guide us and strengthen us!)

Oh Dear Readers:


We do not have to exercise to “earn” our food!

We have been FREED from this diet mentality!

So….if in YOUR town a donut shoppe, cookie place, icecream parlor or cupcake place opens up next to YOUR gym….REMEMBER THIS:


Eat the foods you enjoy (and the ones that make your body feel good) between 0-5




Move your body for good health and to feel good.


 Live life.