I've got a quick story to tell...
I was driving in to where we pick up our mail in the countryside the other afternoon with my kids in the car and we quickly noticed things were askew, I mean, it was a crazy scene!
An elderly lady was chasing a car around which was driving in circles in reverse. She looked totally defeated and bedraggled and was in no way going to be successful at catching it!
I became totally perplexed wondering what sort of a creep would be in the driver's seat continually reversing just out of her reach?
After the two revolutions that we witnessed, I finally saw that the only one in the car was a massive dog in the passenger seat. What?!!!!
I quickly stopped my car and ran out without saying so much as a word to the woman. I was in full heroine mode!
With some effort I caught up to her car, opened the door and jumped in to finally apply the brakes and put it in park! Phew! What a rodeo!
We were both on the brink of tears due to the intensity, but decided to embrace three times and laugh our pants off. She was sooo relieved that a youngin' was able to arrest her run away Pathfinder.
She confessed that as she jumped out to check the mail she didn't get it all the way in park before she shut the door...and away, or rather around it went!
You just never know when your fitness and faith will be put to the test! We easily could have watched that vehicle careen off the road and through the surrounding fences had her wheel not mysteriously stayed turned the entire time or worse, she being eventually run over by her own vehicle.
A little shoutout to my guardian angel to whom I am grateful for quickly assisting me in controlling the situation. I am grateful that my health allowed me to be helpful to another. I gave thanks to the Lord for sure!
Sometimes life throws us into reverse and things get out of control. We get in a slump, we stop exercising, we eat badly, we are impatient, and so on and so forth.
How do we get back on course and start moving forward? I know for myself that it is only though prayer, discipline, determination, and perseverance. Sometimes it takes a heroic effort to get out the door, to put a healthy meal on the table, to love my family first before thinking of myself. If we just sit on the sideline and observe and do nothing then nothing will change and we'll just keep going in circles.
What are you doing to be in better shape, better health, more focused and prayerful? Take some time in prayer and seriously ask this question...because you, the unique YOU, is needed today. You can't afford to wait. You and I do not know when we'll be tested.
I believe in you! Believe also in yourself. By His grace, change is POSSIBLE. The God of the Impossible can work with whatever hurdles are on your track today.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phil 4:13
Let it be in your heart and on your lips.
P.S. Don't forget that the deadline for joining me for a the month of August W.I.S.E. Gals Group Training is quickly approaching. It would be great to have you part of the group. Registration closes tomorrow July 29th at midnight. Find out more how you can sign up here.
It's been another amazing summer in the Rocky Mountains where I live. I'm writing this surrounded by a forest of Aspen trees, spindly green grasses and wildflowers galore, the setting is truly amazing.
I'm taking this opportunity to reach out to you while babe is sleeping and my older children are off in the woods playing, consumed by their imaginations. I feel blessed.
I also have a feeling of urgency and purpose in reaching out to you. The times we are living in are tenuous and eventful, keeping us all on edge, watching and waiting. Are our lamps full as the virgins' were in Scripture? Are we keeping our bodies and souls fit for Christ and his mission for each of us?
Well, Fit Catholic Mom followers, here's my first go at a free eBook for you. It will provide inspiration and motivation to help you begin making the necessary changes you'd like to implement in your life.
At the end of the eBook there is an opportunity to join me for an August training session called W.I.S.E. Gals (Women Improving Sport/Spiritual Endurance) Find out more at the link below. Hurry because the deadline for signup is July 29th, 2016! Shoot me any questions you may have.
I look forward to providing more ways to connect with you and keep you on that straight and narrow that Our Lord calls all of us to.
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The truth is... this is my due date with baby #6! However, he is already 3 weeks old today and it's truth time, time for me to show you where I am and where I'm heading. You see, this pregnancy was like none other. After we lost our sweet baby Joseph a little over a year ago 2 hours after birth with a heart condition (www.rebeccadussault.com/blog/joseph-peace-dussault), I still had 9 lbs. on whence conceiving our newest boy. It almost felt as if I was pregnant for two years and it began to look like it too, as I topped out 168 lbs., having gained an additional 39 lbs. with this pregnancy.
Hold up! Stop everything! I WILL NEVER FORGET THE MIRACLE MY BODY JUST PRODUCED! My beautiful child Remi Chariton is now in my arms, so in case you thought this post was going to go on and on in a vain manner about how I look these days, it's not. I just built, by God's grace and divine guidance, a human being in my body. His greatest feature being that of an immortal soul already loved by his Creator and Redeemer.
Onward? Yes, indeed! What follows is a pictorial essay of where I am physically...at my lowest. fitness. ever. This is my start line. This is the place I am running from, literally. Motherhood has never and will never, God willing, leave me in a place of weakness and inability. I am strong! I am mother! I will march my self back to being fit without compromising being faithful and keeping my healthy and Catholic perspective to it.
So here it goes... deep breath audience. This is the truth:
,With prayer, patience and perseverance I am going to overcome this. I will not set my expectations too high or too low. I will work hard and everyday be able to say I did the necessary things to affect a positive change. With my flesh in submission to my spirit all things are possible for God through me His lowly servant.
If you or anyone you know feels like they need a plan of action for spiritual and physical health, please reach out and contact me. I write monthly training plans and keep clients accountable in faith, fitness, food and family so each can reach and exceed their goals! All glory to God.
1. What causes you to want to balance being a wife, mother and athlete whereas, each of those things are hard enough on their own?
As a human being, I am a body, mind, and spirit all wrapped up into one. I have learned over time that if I put too much weight on any one of these three or ignore one or the other, I am not being fully human or fully who I was made to be as a Woman. In other words, I become imbalanced and inevitably fall if I do not keep all of these in check.
2. What do the days look like where you best accomplish this?
I used to be able to compartmentalize all of these three aspects and would be able to more concisely answer this, but with my 2 new little girls, I have to be more flexible and spontaneous. So, I would say the days it looks the best are when I wake up early, offer my day up to God and Mary through a morning offering of reaching, stretching, bowing and praying for others and offering up my mind, body and spirit for His glory over my own. By starting the day with these 5 minutes, it sets my day on course to be heavenly bounded and when I meet Jesus in this way each morning, my day may not be perfect but I can see it as a beautiful mess regardless. And it sets my body moving. After offering my day up and inviting God to be present, I get my family moving too with a healthy breakfast (like watermelon, fruit and veggie smoothie, yogurt,plantain muffins, eggs, or bacon)and my husband and I with a pot of bullet proof coffee, then we usually have story time and we love to play music and sing and dance together for a minute before really getting on with our day. Weather permitting, I saddle on my running shoes, strap down the girls in the double Bob and my son grabs his scooter or bike, all for a run with mom around town. On our runs, I use this opportunity to quiz my 8 year old on the Catechism, memorized poetry, skip counting, and just about anything oral. We get back home with all our review complete. Usually, I try to squeeze in the gospel reading for the day and the meditation from the Magnifcat during copywork. After dinner, we do a family rosary before bed, most nights and though we are usually dosing through it, we dose in the arms of our Mother. This is an imperfect, perfect day, when I'm ever mindful of my morning offering.
3. What are the greatest challenges to keeping physically fit and spiritually fit at this phase in your life?
I think the greatest challenge is my children who need me 24\7. I am a nurturer by nature and have a tendency to feel guilty when I try to take time out for my own formation. But I have learned that if I just take that time for myself whenever it's available and do what we women do best, multitask with these two areas, I am more devoted than when I try to compartmentalize them. I use my running as a time to pray a Rosary or just be quiet and listen to the Holy Spirit. Often as I run intervals around the track I may offer a lap up for people in my life who need prayer or pray Hail Marys or repeat a simple Jesus I Trust in You or Jesus, Have Mercy on me a Sinner prayer. And lately I often find myself offering up the suffering of an injury to God for some bigger purpose. So, there is much less distinction in my life between prayer and my activity. As Ryan Hall and Eric Little said in so many words, "It's when I am pouring my heart out on the track that I feel like I am most pleasing God. I feel him smiling down on me for doing what he created me to do." What better way must there be to worship?
4. If you could enhance your routine in any way what would that be?
My trainer knows this about me:), but if I could be a big girl and go to bed early and wake up by 5 a.m., I think I could maybe get my things out of the way before I am needed by the crew. That said, for now, due to still nursing and near exhaustion and wanting that extra time with my husband after the kids go to bed at night, I think God is using this imperfection for good in that my family is a big part of my integration of body, mind and spirit throughout the day.
5. What advice would you give women in any stage of life who wants to up keep their temple fit within the proper Catholic perspective?
I have had to push reset a few times with frequent relocating as a Army wife, prenatal conditions, postnatal conditions, and just schedule changes. New norms will be needed at different stages. And the best way to not become stressed out, overwhelmed and obsessed about your physical fitness and to put it in its right, Catholic perspective and priority (and it is okay if it's up there on your priorities, by the way) is to frame your fitness in the realms of your faith. First seek God's guidance and ask for his presence and help in this pursuit. Realize that the best version of yourself physically, as well as mentally and spiritually, is the version where you put God's Will in the forefront of your goals. He wants you to be healthy, strong, and an inspiration of beauty for your children and all those watching. He wants others to see what it really means to be Catholic in body through your example and physical discipline. Check your reason and retrain it if need be to be for God's purposes, not your own flattery. God needs us as mothers and wives to be strong and healthy to serve others the best we can. I for one can fulfill my purpose of mother and wife a bit better when I am healthy in body. That's good. It's okay to want a fit temple. God needs fit temples. Others are watching how we act and look physically as Catholics. And our fitness will attract others to Him.
6. With diet playing a huge role in energy and outlook, can you tell us more about your recent food discovery or your ‘adult diet’ as you once called it.
Ha! Yes, my "adult diet" is much more intentional than my diet was in my teens and twenties. I have always been somewhat conscious of what I take in, but I often thought before that I could eat whatever I want because I am training for a marathon. Well, I have traded quantity for quality. My overly processed American cheese slices have been succulently replaced with grassfed Dublaner, coffee creamer with rich coconut oil and butter, and bready snacks with fresh fruits and vegetables. You guessed it. I have become a foodie. With a little experience and wisdom about the way my body responds, I have learned what foods energize me and which ones are like toxins to my system. My husband and I started a version of the Paleo Diet in early January this year, and it has revolutionized our view on food. We stick to as much fresh meat and produce as possible with the least amount of preservatives. This has shot our energy levels up to higher than they have been in years even with increased physical training and we have not had the common colds that plague us each spring. And once we removed the offenders from the pantry, I kids are quickly following suite. It seems that once your taste for quality foods is acquired, you just want more of the good stuff.
7. What are the top three reasons you are going to climb out of bed joyfully to be the best wife, mother and athlete again tomorrow and forever?
1. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit ( I guess that's 3 in 1) but because of their sacrifice, I am here to even be a wife, mother and athlete, and to have the ability to live a supernatural life this side of Heaven
2. My husband Edward and 3 children (Cole, Miriam and Anna)
3. Pursuit of Holiness- each day becoming closer to what God created me to be for His purposes
8. Anything else you’d like us to know about you, your family or your routines for health, happiness and holiness?
God gave me a purpose years ago for a life that is pure and simple wherever I am in my life. And as I grow up more each day, I learn what this really means. It means to simplify everything I am and do down to holiness. We are in a busy time in our lives, and because of that I have been forced to simplify and minimize. The accessories of our life were just put on a crate last week, to cross the Atlantic ocean AGAIN! And it was nice to really be intentional about what we value and kept versus what we chose to let go. I have had to do this same thing in my person with body, mind and spirit. With my body, through intentional, purposeful exercising and not excessive exercise, and through my mind and spirit, through prayer and the Sacraments of the Catholic church. Pure and Simple...