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    Day two of Jenny Craig is winding down to an end. It was challenging at times. Even though I had ate, I wanted to eat more. It was as if I was craving for something. So I had to throw extra willpower to stick to the plan. The food is filling and is planned out for me. So it takes all the guess work out of what I need to do for the day. I've been trying to lose weight for years. So now I recognize I need to take the burden of worrying about food away while I start this weight loss journey. It has helped me to not constantly think about food. Like normal thoughts for me would be "what am I going to eat for the day" "how much should I eat" "I'm eating now, what am I going to eat later." "I'm still hungry maybe I should've ate something different..." Tomorrow will be day 3 and I'm going to incorporate 30 minutes of exercise. Plus a nice soothing bath, using my Lush Bomb. I'm currently 275 pounds. My mini goal is to get out the 270s and my JC goal is 230 to start. My ending goal is 150.
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    Beautiful day today....so walked my little dude and later kept a promise I made to myself...walked one mile. 1.23 to be exact. Overall strange day, woke up scratchy throat and mild headache but I had to run out to get my little dude some groceries. Returned and was restless yet sleepy? I laid across my bed and watched some AcornTV..maybe dozed. Then thought..get that walk in. Well when I returned I found that restlessness gone and the sleepyness... So preparing my JC chickenpot pie and veggies and watching Midsomer Murders...have a mild crush on John Nettles. ** don't judge me** smile Ladies............Here's to less of us!
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    I need to start from over there first. January 2016 had me knowing I needed to restart.....again x?????. I was weighed and weight was 197...I couldn't believe it and yet I did. I started walking and joined every weight FB place and group ** sparkpeople and the like ** I came across. I was walking a mile and actually I was walking two miles when you counted the return trip. I got up to 5 miles..walking and run/jogging. I went too fast and would have sore heels that kept me from walking for several days then weeks. I wanted to get back into exercise mode however at my age, all the extreme, beastmode and killer routines just weren't for me. Heck, let me be real here....they weren't when I was younger!!! For some reason I just couldn't get into it...I think it was because I wanted to be outside and feel that rush when I am walking..feels so good. I started watching what I was eating. I decided to go to a weight clinic....ok..hold on! I went got weighed and was at 180-something...I had lost some weight! However the lady there told me she would NOT give me the usual program but would give me a food list. Pretty much what I was already doing. Ever been turned away from a weight clinic? lol lol lol. Then and there Jenny Craig popped up...I thought ok, it worked last time and if I could just 'get started' lose 20 to 40 pounds I could do the rest myself.....cost, cost, cost,cost of food. I bit the bullet. So there I am sitting with a JCC....I told her I didn't want to know how much I weighed...yet I did find out. She asked what my goal weight would be I said oh, 135-140...how much weight do you want to lose...oh, about 40 pounds....HA! losing that 40 pounds will put me under my goal weight! oh happy day. So I started and completed my first week. 4th day on, I could feel my energy levels rising. I only disliked one food selection, and I got in some exercise. I went to my JCC today..8-2-2017 and I have lost 3 pounds. No pooh poohing that amount for me!!! I am JAZZED to meet my second week and relearn,realigned and think forward NOW on a healthy calorie limit per day, real food portions and amounts to keep me at goal weight. Starting my next session of belly dance also! And no that is NOT me in the photo.....** smile ** Here's to less of me!!!
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    With in inches of the Goal!
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    Well put ... I feel like ME!
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    Today I weighed in at 260 lbs which was great since I started at almost 280. I am really excited and my BMI is under forty. I remember when I was gaining weight steadily the last couple of years and when the scale first reached 260 how depressed and ashamed I felt. I thought I would never get back to 200. I remember how it felt when the scale said 280 and I thought I am going to three hundred pounds soon if I don't stop. Now on the way down I won't forget how great it feels seeing that 260 again from the other side. Next stop seeing that 250 again!
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    I posted about the scale on the forums when I first started Jenny Craig. I dug around to find it - and want to keep it where I can find it easily - because the scale is the one thing that can ruin an otherwise good day, (even though I know the "truth" about the fickle scale). She can be a real mood wrecker! I have conversations with my scale. I call her Lady Di (my short for obedience!). (Well - in truth some days I call her the B word, or worse....). I actually have conversations with Lady Di. They go something like this: "Come on Di, ... we're friends!!!!" She usually says ... "It's not my job to blow sunshine up your arse." Or I say, "I'm putting you in the corner, and that's where you'll stay until you change your mind." She'll say, "why don't you put me in the kitchen, and then you can apologize". Sometimes I'll jump on it and say, "Skinny Up!" Sometimes I shout "Flab-U-Less!!", and of course there are times I mumble ... "What the ***#exploitive^***" And on and on go the scale conversations. But the truth is - I need to remember the TRUTH about this crazy relationship with the scale! Scale Weight = True Weight + Weight Variance (AKA weight of the annoying little gremlins that mess with your weight) One of the things I did to help me overcome my frustration with the "daily scale fluctuations" was to create a weigh in chart on graph paper - so that I could see the patterns over the period of a month. That completely changed my mind set on how our bodies deal with weight loss. My chart bounces all over the place in a weeks time - but when I draw a line from the first of the month to the end of the month the line goes straight down!! (well ... not straight down --- but one of those nice angles we use in geometry!) "Daily" Fluctuations are normal and has nothing to do with body fat. The things that make the scale bounce around are: Water Retention Water intake Excess Salt Intake Waste products Consumption of a late or bigger meal Constipation hormone changes Slow digestion Lack of a morning bowel movement Building muscle (lean muscle mass) Even if you have eaten more than you should, your TRUE body weight does not increase significantly over night. True weight gain or loss is a process that occurs over a longer period of time! This is key to remember! I wrote this down from some research I did on the subject: Mandatory Mind Training 1. Recording daily weight is just DATA. Your "indicator" is looking at the data from one week increments. 2. The best judge of your true body weight will be how your clothes fit, measuring your body fat % and measurements with a tape measure. 3. Short term Fluctuations in body weight are caused by factors irrelevant to your long term progress!!
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    I read something from a book that has helped my on this Journey of Change. I'm going to post what I wrote in my Journal which is a paraphrased version, some of which I added with my own thoughts. I'll have to look for the book to give credit to the original author. The Stages of Change in Permanent Weight Loss Stage One: The Launching Effect This stage involves the decision and willingness to begin a program. Any previous dieter has navigated this stage and actually lost some weight. In fact it is the initial success at this stage that causes "compulsive dieters" to try each new fad diet that comes out. The memory of this early success is more salient than ensuing failure to maintain the weight loss. Dieters risk becoming a "diet junkie" ... jumping from one diet to the next, to the next and never achieving success at any of them. It's the memory of the first couple of weeks that wires our brains to keep searching for this diet high. It's a great stage, but also a risky one because you have to move onto the next stage to find long term changes. Stage Two: The Transforming Effort This stage requires you to be diligent enough not to be dissuaded or stop the program when things become more difficult. What most often happens at this stage is that the body's natural adjustment to different eating habits causes the weight loss to slow down and plateau. There may actually be brief periods during which no weight is lost at all. When the weight does not come off as quickly as it did at the onset of your lifestyle changes, it is often misinterpreted as exhaustion of effort. Now is the time to trust yourself and your level of effort. DO NOT get discouraged and think that your program has stopped working because you are not losing as quickly. Now is the time to push through, staying the course and trust your body and your efforts. Even if you have a minor relapse, understand that it is part of the journey to eventual permanent weight loss. The body is a smart machine, and is working hard to "re-boot" the setting you had programmed into it with the lifestyle you were living! Remember, your brain is "re-booting" along with your body, and these changes are the foundation of permanent change! You can't skip past this step and expect true change! Now is the time to hunker down and stay the course, because once you persevere through this stage ... you will have made it to the best stage ..... Stage Three: The Progressive / Developed Effort You will arrive to a quality of energy that does not decrease or stagnate. When you sustain your effort at this stage, you will feel and energy level that seems to grow in power, eventually leading to a sense of freedom. Your new lifestyle is well into a new habit, and it has become your norm. Because of the changes in your brain, as well as your body, you are more likely to make it to this stage and stay here forever! Your identity has changed. You will not even identify with your old habits. You are liberated! True change has arrived! Timeframe for the Stages: Stage One comes and goes rather quickly. How long does stage Two last? Just as long as it takes. If you get into the river and let it take you where you need to be, you'll get there faster the less you fight it. If you struggle holding onto the rocks, clinging to the bank the season will last and last. If you will just release your grip, let your hands slide off the rocks and let the current take you .... the river will take you to where you need to be. Never give up just because of the time it will take to get through stage two. The days are going to pass one way or the other. So why not stay the course because you will arrive at Stage Three. And it's worth the time it takes.
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    You look FaNtAsTiC!! Gorgeous Girl!!!!!!! I'm going to Phoenix next month .... CAN'T WAIT!!!!! Golfing here I come!!!!! (A little hard to keep my game sharp on the snow). You are proof that what you are learning with J.C. is CHANGING YOUR HABITS for the LOOOOOOOOONG HAUL!! Sorry to cap ... but I just have to shout!!!! YES! We can go on vacation and lose weight!!! WHO ARE WE?? Okay ... done shouting ... but I am truly excited. YOU ARE INSPIRING!
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    Great pictures!! I love Arizona and apparently it loves you!! 4.2 pounds!!! Take us all on your next vacation...please.
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    Going through renovation is never easy. Especially when it's of your own body. It is so great to see the before and afters of other people. Not so easy when you actually have to live the time between the two pictures yourself. The fact is, I made it through my first week, and had my first weigh in at the center. My scale at home tells me one thing, and the scale at the center tells me another. That is strange, but I understand it is not all that unusual. At home, I hop on the cruel flat truth teller in the morning. My appointment with my consultant was at 6 PM. So I have to account for all the water and food I ingested during the day. In any case, the results were still positive, and I lost weight. According to my scale, 4 pounds, and at the center, 3 pounds. When you think about it, the fact that different scales can say different things about the same body is actually kinda funny. Or at least curious. It reminded me that we can't really trust the human way of measuring and judging things. Or people, for that matter. Proverbs 16:11 says: "A just balance and scales belong to the LORD; all the weights of the bag are His concern." When God weighs somebody, He is checking their character. And that will be a precise measurement every time. We definitely do not want to be found deficient in His book. In Daniel 5:27, we read about a king who was found deficient in God's scale, because he had defiled the objects that belonged to God's temple, and he had not humbled himself before the Lord (Daniel 5:22-24). This King had brought the cups that belonged to the temple, and used them during a pagan party. If eating and drinking in honor of man made idols while using God's vessels wasn't enough, that king was also reminded of how he had not worshiped the God in Heaven, and had not come to him in humble adoration. God takes His temple and all the things pertaining to it very seriously. I want to be found weighing just the right amount in God's scale. As for the unrealible human version, I hope to continue to see decreasing numbers each week. Since my body is His temple, I am sure God cares about both my spiritual and physical weight. As the verse in Proverbs said, He cares for "all the weights of the bag".
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    I loved this dress! It's too big now, but maybe I can get it altered .... truly loved it!!!!
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    You go this!! My goal is also 150 so I will meet you there.. Come on over to our march challenge. We are waiting for you to come say hi and join the crew I have never heard anyone say they did not like Jenny Craig,,,,You are in the right spot... and your present and future is here! Welcome.
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    That's the secret to long term health and weight management! Committed to staying the course ... progress ... not perfection!!!!! You go girl!
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    Even though tonight I wasn't perfect (I made excuses for not feeling well and hardly eating during the day) tomorrow will be better in the health department. I enjoyed the evening and I can't let anything ruin that! Definitely still committed to my JC plan!! Keep looking up, my fellow JCers!!
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    Am so grateful to have my health. Being home sick today isn't so great, especially because there is so much I'm missing out on doing at work. The way I feel about work is how I am beginning to feel about my lack of action at home. In the past year there has been a lot of change. Some of that change is not good, and there is a lot for the better. Bottom line? I'm grateful to have a husband who supports me even when I make bad choices, a job that affords me a life in southern California and a gym membership (and Jenny too!). My attitude is adjusting. I know I can do this. I'm beginning this blog to make myself accountable and lose this weight and 10 more pounds than I did when I joined in my late 20s just over a decade ago. Thank you for reading. I'd love to hear where your attitude is today...
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    Yes! I heart Peter Pan!
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    Ridiculous, right? I lost 0 weight the week before which is part of this equation, for sure. I may just have to go on vacation often. I went out to dinner. I snacked on veggies with a tiny taste of Humus... I did not have my JC desserts all nights. (One or two nights I did). I brought JC dressing with me. One night I had filet - and left half. Another night Branzino and ate every morsel. One nigh Salad with Salmon - always asked for stuff dry - it's just a meal... I am reading a book (Thanks Steph) and it says to be sure and take credit. So I guess I should. So credit: 1) I did not eat anything from the bread basker 2) I did have 1 bite of my friends desert... One bite that's it... Wow - who are you? 3) I ventured way out of my comfort zone going away with people I barely knew... 4) I at the JC Chicken salad (soooo not my favorite) for lunches on the course 5) I came home and resumed Jenny.... more or less - nice dinner out with a friend last night - where Likely I did overeat a bit. OK _ time to get back to exercising at the gym / I think I will work on eating less veggies while I cook. I make a mess of veggies to "volumize" but eating 5 carrots - is 150 calories? or even zucchini = it adds up and it is what I attribute my spectacular vacation success stories to - not eating too many "free" veggies and less bread/carbs than Jenny has. OOH also eating Barsoctti for breakfast at 160 calories vs JC fr toast (230 calories) all small ways to make a big difference. I could adopt this for my breakfast - but where's the fun in that? I am in it for the long haul... and JC french toast is 'da bomb. OK on my day off today So off to either plant flowers or clean out closet (making room for sister who is relocating to my place until her condo is renovated). She is super psyched to "diet" while staying with me - so glad to have her participating in healthy style. Ciao everyone - a few photos of vacay - No cl;ue who this person is!
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    It looks like a sailing ship floating in the sky. It reminds me of Peter Pan.
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    Hello Ms Jam. No I don't. It's a photo that I really liked.
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    That picture is beautiful! Is that where you live? Lucky you!
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    Waiting and hoping for rain and wondering.....why am I hungry? It must be part of the process..answered my own question. That happens often. And yeah, I'm thinking it must be part of the process and adjusting to eating a reasonable amount of calories and relearning to eat properly(?). At any rate I came to this blog and have decided that I will do so when I feel I must eat and I know I am not really hungry just ..something...I don't want to use bored because I don't feel that is it. I am wondering though why I want something sweet after I have just eaten a meal and think..wow, the ways I have programmed myself to sub food for some other things. I am thinking when I reach goal weight 1200-1500 will be my caloric limit and no less than 3 days a week for exercise. Alright then the eating urge has passed...I think.
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    Great idea - scale in the kitchen. I will try this !! Hope no one looks in the windows as I always weigh in my bday suit !
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    Such an exciting journey and path we are on.. Funny how this time on Jenny - it really works and I am still here! Glad you have climbed aboard. You Got this!!!
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    Ms Jam.....Thank you! I wanted to blog as it were, my real thoughts as they happen. So I wanted to say something, that if I looked back on it I can remember this is what you felt and thinking when you started.
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    What an inspiring post! Can't wait to see what the weeks ahead will have you posting ... as this first week is so full of POSITIVE! I love the spring flowers you posted. Makes me realize how close we are to Springtime - when everything feels brand new, and we get that extra pep in our step! You're going to arrive this spring with a bounce in your step for sure!!!!!!
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    Sounds great!!!! Good luck tomorrow on weigh in... Remember it's how you do for the long haul.. if one week is not good - just wait as the weightloss may be better the next week.
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    I don't know about air frying brussel sprouts. I have never tried that but I boil them in a little water just enough to tenderize them then a teaspoon of coconut oil in a skillet to coat them and what ever other seasoning you may add.
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    Great job and you look amazing! I was in Scottsdale the beginning of February and loved it, too! P.S. Still waiting to see you dressed in something other than black.
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    Love the before and after pictures! You look amazing!
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    @Liz Golden I love your Blog postings Liz .... I wish you would come back and post more!
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    Never forget why you started in the first place ......
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    Thanks for sharing!!! I'll be copying this into a word doc and keep it on my desktop!!
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    Wow! You look wonderful! What a great feeling for you to not only look better but to feel better! Awesome!
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    You look absolutely fabulous! For me, the weight loss has meant feeling like the me I saw myself as.
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    I think I have that same dress in purple. I love it! It's a little too large on me, now. You'd probably swim in yours.
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    Happy New Year! For the record it's Jan 2 - and I started this challenge officially 12/31. I'd say new me - but I am so glad I joined Jenny (seriously) in August! I guess the new me will be someone who keeps the weight off - and doesn't have being overweight define me. Had a few pictures taken at the gym to mark the start of this challenge - I had dribbled water on me - so I realize the picture is a bit strange. But it's still a way to mark the start of this challenge. i certainly could have worn a better workout outfit. Oh well - I am very glad I make it to the gym - the running for weight loss app is grueling (well not really but Week 5 Day 2 certainly is amazing... I may add get to Week 6 as part of my goals since all I do is keep doing Week 5 Day 2:). It works. After that 39 min jog/walk I then do the lean body app - just some weights. That is the easy part!! I may also join Orange Theory - amazing 60 minute workout with stations, heart rate etc. So that should help put some finishing touches on my weight loss until i get to maintenance. Really we are never finished. And I sdont't so what I really need to - leg lifts, etc.....I guess that is o the horizon as soon as I get up the focus...or willpower. Ok 20 pounds to go (More or less) - I am not stopping at this point (170-168ish) but well see how I look in 10-15 lbs.....One day maybe I will not wear black?
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    So for the past 22 weeks (maybe 23) I have been going mostly on Saturdays to Jenny Craig to see Madeline and weigh in and say hello. Periodically I have had them take my picture. Today's post-golf shot is below. Happy to be losing. l Lets see what it looks like at Goal in about 15 pounds or so,.
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    So, I guess not being motivated by the scales is still a work in progress for me.. Considering the title of this entry.. Hey, I said I'd work on it.. I am down two pounds, so a total of 12, which a amazing for me.. I find it very hard to lose weight.. I'm absolutely eating more on this plan than I was before, different things, and actually much more variety.. I'm finding I like things I didn't even know I liked.. Hummus? I didn't know I liked Hummus.. I love it! Who knew.. I think this whole community idea, and everybody talking about their stories is a good thing.. I relate to a lot of the posts, and realize my situation might not be specific to me at all, which is a good thing to know..
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    Well -today I got weighed in. Not that exciting. I lost weight - weight loss is going well. The program is going well. Who cares!!! Cause ...wait for it! Today I broke 90 on the golf course - I obliterated it and shot an 85!!! I am a new golfer (about 3 years in), I play mostly just weekends....and today I shot a 43 and a 42.... Wahoo!!! I had one hole at an 8 and one at a 7. Net net I shot an 85!!! Spectacular. No mulligan... Did I miscount one hole? Maybe.. its all possible - but not 5 strokes worth. I broke 90! L'chaim, Amen and Hallelujah!!! It's kind of cool that this is bigger than losing weight to me! Glad I am doing both!
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    Eating is something we do since the world was created. It is just part of who we are. But, we tend to abuse the gift of food. Often we let Self run the show. My Self likes chips, pizza, pasta, and chocolate. And not just in moderation. Self likes to go for it in a big way. Self likes to be in control. Actually, this eating issue is about control. Food is just one of the ways it manifests. The problem comes when we lose focus of what is important. It is no wonder that the first temptation to humans came in the form of a fruit. Eve did not eat the forbidden fruit because she was hungry, but because she put herSelf ahead of God. So many times we cannot control ourSelves, and go on eating even when our bodies don't need to. As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went on to the wilderness, to strengthen His connection with the Father. There, He spent 40 days without any food or water. Guess what was His first temptation at the end of that time? To turn stones into bread. His strong bond with the Father allowed Him to see exactly what was happening. He rebuked this temptation: "It is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but on every word that comes out of the mouth of God." (Matthew 4:4). To keep that divine connection is more important than to cater to Self's temporal needs. Jesus put God ahead of Self. I know temptation will arrive, leading me to eat the things I shouldn't. My goal is to tell those tempting thoughts to go hide behind the one who was victorious over this world. Food or Self must not stand between God and me.
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    The point of starting any diet, is to change. Some people focus on the amount of pounds they need to lose, some on being healthy, and others want to fit in a specific outfit and attend a special event. These are all good goals. But as I re-start this path, I ask myself, what is my goal for this change? I thought for a while, and something came to my mind. I have been given a gift. A home for this thing that makes me, well, me. God gave me this body. He says it is His temple. It's time for this house of mine to undergo a total renovation. It's a gut job. Ha! "Do you not know that your bodies are temples 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 bodies." (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)