If you are only working on your body, which includes diet and exercise, there will be a point at which your soul person will cry out, "Alright already! you've progressed enough now it is time to celebrate" and that is the beginning of the end for this round of dieting.
If you are only focusing on your spirit person you may become healthy in spirit, but your body is still falling apart around you.
If you are primarily focused on your soul person, that is; emotions, intellect and mind, you may see marginal improvement, but you soon tire of the mental exercise required to stay healthy in that arena if you are not working on your body and spirit as well.
So, what is the conclusion? You must begin to develop a regimen of daily working on your whole person.
First, spend a little time in the morning working on your spirit person. I have a regimen I call "First Fruits." I give the first minutes of my day (after I brew a cup of coffee and become alert) prayer, reading God's word and worship. Because of my schedule, and the fact that I am usually up at least an hour before my wife, I can have a quality time of feeding my spirit person. You may only have 10 or 15 minutes; use what you have.
Second, I work on my soul person. I use Scripture memorization and meditation to set my mind on the right things and establish right thinking processes. The Scripture I use relates to promises God has made and are a reflection of his attitude toward me.
I'll get more in depth concerning this process in a later post, but for now I'll just give you an overview. I choose a Scripture from the book, Hope and Promises From God's Word, and read it slowly. Then I will quote the verse phrase by phrase and meditate upon how each phrase applies to me. Then I speak affirmations relative to the promise or statement in the passage. Finally I imagine scenarios where I am applying the truth in that Scripture.
Finally, when my spirit person and soul person have been properly exercised I will do an exercise routine which includes stretching, leg and thigh exercises, upper body and arms exercises. This is a 5-10 minute routine and is not meant to be body building. It is meant to get oxygen flowing through my brain to heighten my intellectual abilities as well as stimulate my body.
Before I eat breakfast I have thought through my eating for the day which includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks between each meal. Most nutritionists and health experts tell us that we should plan to eat 5-6 times a day. That's eating something every 2-3 hours. Of course eating the right foods and the right portions are vital here.
Just to remind you: B.I.G. is an acronym for Blessed Intersect Group. When you have given proper attention to spirit, body and soul you will be on the track to holistic health.
Remember the Group factor in the B.I.G. Challenge. We need one another for encouragement and motivation (Hebrews 10:25). If you aren't involved in a group that emphasizes this holistic approach to health, and you want to be, contact us. We'll be glad to help you.