Yes, it is true that many of us reading this still need what looks and feels like 5 wardrobes.
It’s extreme…I know.
You might even read this headline and think, what a shame! How materialistic! Who does this?
Well, just ask any mother if her body has been fit, flabby, newly pregnant, very pregnant or postpartum and then you’ll see the need, even a very simple 5 is 5, no less.
Oh, and did I forget that most of us live where we need several different seasons of clothes depending on the climate? Yeah, that too.
What does this have to do with you and me Catholic mother? Everything.
We think about our flesh too much.
We attach a lot of our worth to what we look like too often.
We build an identity upon our physique too readily.
We thing we’re right and justified, when we’re all too wrong.
Our thigh size isn’t our measure of worth.
Our cup size says nothing of our impact.
Our thrift store clothing doesn’t tell our life’s accomplishments.
Thank goodness this all goes deeper than the skin just like the truth.
However, working with women for over 10 years has taught me that the flesh matters.
It is important, really important, but most often we haven’t correctly sorted the facts from the lies.
You can be doing the same exercises from one woman to the next and one will be building virtue while the other is feeding vanity.
It’s my express interest to retrain moms on how to properly view their flesh and to leverage it for their sanctity! You may want a flat stomach. Fine. Who doesn’t?
There are way too many ways to get there incorrectly! You might live in great deprivation through dieting, exercise excessively, get scrupulous with food to the point it become your God, take a drug(s) or even eat “normal” but eliminate that effect with bulimia.
Plain to see how WRONG all these modes are to bring down your weight and get that firm flat frontside.
On the other hand, if you were to eat what foods work with your system, know when to eat what so you can enjoy control and eat to heal at every meal, exercise at a proper and enjoyable amount and rise to your higher nature as a disciplined person, then you’ll strike gold…and maybe even a broiler plate for a belly.
The honest answer is that sport can and should be used as a school of moral excellence, and if that’s not on the top of your mind while working on your body, you may be twisting it out of true context and negating real development of your person.
Let your food, your faith and your fitness fuel you to life eternal and let me be your guide. Book a free call with me today to figure out your fuel! What makes you tick and what makes you sick?
My help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:2
HAPPY FEAST OF SAINT JOSEPH!
St. Edith Stein said, “emotions occupy the center of a woman’s soul.”
"Women are set apart and endowed with unique graces that," as Venerable Fulton Sheen once said, "determine the level of our society."
We must not neglect ourselves when we nurture others!
Often, too often, in fact, we knowingly neglect ourselves. We pour out, pour out, pour out…until we’re out.
This service, which women are particularly great at, is met with some resistance however.
In my many years of coaching mommas it’s clear to see that they get trapped on the wheel of service, but it is not with joy.
The sparks of resentment, exhaustion, and depletion constantly threaten to flare into an uncontrolled fire within them.
They speak of the outlets they let others enjoy, the cost absorbed so others may be active and engaged, but they themselves are battening on spoil.
One of the greatest servants, St. Mother Theresa, stated that the busier she and her sisters are in their care for the poor, the more they pray.
When more people need them, how dare they take more time for themselves! Was that your thought?
Rolling along here with me, I can hear you thinking that it is laying down our lives for others that is heroic. YES! In hating one’s life you’ll find it, while loving one’s life causes the loss of it. YES.
I am not here to twist Scripture. Even Jesus would go and take time up, out and away before entering more deeply into his preaching, ministry and ultimately death.
Mom’s need a slot, a piece of the pie. They likely need it worse than anyone else preciously because they are literally the servants of all.
If they DO NOT STOP off to drink deeply at the fonts of prayer, bodily movement and of optimized nutrition then they miss the mark…and they know it.
I was just speaking with a mother of 8 who regularly attended a gym to take in a series of classes and as the one class ended the male trainer yelled across the the gym asking her in a hyped voice, “who’d you do this for?”
She responded, “I did it for my 8 kids!” He roared back, “No, you did it for you!”
To understand how right she was…and how wrong he was.
The world will not sift this the same way, but you know that taking care of yourself ultimately makes you better available to take care of others.
Your center then, your emotions in the soul, will clearly and brilliantly speak truth.
Give yourself time for formation so you can gift yourself to others…fully and vulnerably.
P.S. I form women in how to find this balance of efforts. There is a balance and you MUST find it to thrive. Hop on a call with me at www.fitcatholicmom.com/talk to see what needs done to help tweak your lifestyle into greatness that glorifies Him.
Spots are limited due to caring for myself and my crew so grab yours NOW!
I didn’t sign up to live lopsided and neither did YOU.
I also didn’t sign up to exist on fumes wishing things were different…though I embrace learning to "die to self" in every form.
Any of us can really get into a rut and run the risk of operating lopsided whether for a few days, weeks or even years as I encounter in lots of moms.
Eventually we either pause long enough to criticize and correct ourselves back onto course or become resentful, impatient and full of self made blockages.
This isn’t what’s really in it for you or me! We were made for more.
You've bought a lie if you can't plainly see that this isn't right or good.
We pour ourselves out every single day, but also must get the fuel we need!
In fact, I like to think of lots of different little fonts to stop off at and get refueled for the greatness God certainly intends.
I, too, am just rising out of a rut of my own making these last few weeks!
I am a busy mom, wife, athlete, entrepreneur, farmer, homeschooler and parish volunteer just to categorize a few of my time expenses.
Well, it has been a rough up-start as I introduced my 17 year old to the world of taking all his classes through an online charter school in condensed fashion with 18 week semesters boiled into 6 week courses! Yikes.
I had no idea I’d spend this part of my year, albeit a small portion, returning to a rhythm of being in high school for several hours a day.
This is the effort it has taken and while it is an amazing opportunity for him, I had no idea it would rob me of a very significant portion of my time.
My prayer life got crowded and overly condensed.
My workouts started to slip.
My rest was quite compromised.
My overall ability to keep to my homeostasis or better yet, continue to live in a “holy tension” as I call it, was off-kilter!
Self made cycles of living lopsided!
We all have time for what we make time for and I just carved myself back into the picture and how much happier, healthier and holier I feel for it. Thank you most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
This isn’t just for me. It’s for YOU too.
I’d love to come alongside you for a time of formation and keep you accountable to the woman you want be, living the life you imagined…with energy and infectious JOY.
Now is the time!
Glorify the Lord by your very busy life and go ahead and give a call to me for a free chat. What would you loose by spending around an hour on the phone with me to see where you’re at and chart the path to where you need to go?
Inspired by Him,