As to that first question, we have to remember that the number is not what matters. We have to be concerned with our lifestyle. What are we eating? How much are we eating? Do we leave room for fitness in our lives? We hear this over and over and yet we still focus on that "magic number" we want the scales to say when we step on it. I doubt I will ever be the same weight I was the day of my wedding. But I can be healthy and fit. What does that look like in my 30s, 40s, and 50s? Well, it probably changes. But we need to figure out what it means for us personally at each stage of life. What is my body type? How much can I eat and still feel well? How much exercise do I need to do each week to function at my best?
So yes! We have to keep fighting this battle for healthy and fit bodies! If we don't, we will end up in default mode, gaining weight and becoming less fit. I have to continually give focus to this matter of healthy eating and fitness. Sometimes I get lazy and that is the time I gain weight. I haven't done anything crazy like eat a whole container of ice cream or a whole bag of chips; I simply leave my guard down and don't pay as close attention as I should to what I am eating. Or I get busy and I don't get any exercise in.
May God bless if you are fighting the same fight. May we never give up being the best person we can be, keeping our eyes on what is important, and ridding ourselves of the ridiculous notion that we need to have the perfect body.