Catholic Fitness

I know that there are many of us blogging mamas who have committed ourselves to weight loss and better health in 2011. I started my own postpartum fitness journey at the beginning of January. After alluding to my health and fitness goals in a December post, the good Lord sent me Lena, a fellow Catholic homeschooling mom, to be my accountability partner (the very same day). Since then, we've been working hard toward our toward our goals (physical and spiritual) ALL FOR Jesus through Mary.

When I initially wrote about my fitness goals, I had no idea how fruitful this partnership and journey would be. While we both have very specific physical targets, I think the greatest area of challenge and growth has been with my spiritual fitness.

Lena and I came up with a fitness motto for the year and have been encouraging each other to finish the race for Christ. My heartfelt thanks to Lena! But first and foremost to my Heavenly Father Who knows what I need and always provides.

‘I forget the past and strain ahead for what is still to come.  I am racing for the finish, for the prize to which God calls us upwards to receive in Christ Jesus.’ (Phil. 3:14)

Shortly after we began, I discovered that another Catholic mama, Cecilia, had similar goals and had invited the blogging world to join in her own race. I have been following her personal blog, Little Saints in the Making, for a while but now she has added another one, dedicated to Blessed Mother, and journaling her commitment to taking care of her body, her Temple of the Holy Spirit. In her first post, she shares that the Sacred Scriptures have helped redefine and strengthen her resolve this year...

Do you not know that your body is temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. (1 Cor. 6:19-20)

She writes:

"Your body, my body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. Glorify God in your body. What does Glorify God in my body really mean to me? Does it mean get on a diet, lose the weight and workout 24/7? Nah..
Glorify God. I was bought with a great price, you were bought with a great price. How do we say Thank you when are given something? We take care of it. No one has ever or will ever give you a gift greater than what Christ gave us.
So as I said, it hit me or maybe it was the Holy Spirit trying to speak to my deaf ear/heart, I have to Glorify God in my life through my works, my heart, words and my body. I can't let another year go by with the same not taken care body (high weight) and truly give Thanks to God.
So now what? where do I go? I am busy person, so are you?(I am writing this through a few days of busy work).
Do I join a gym? Go on a diet?
No, I get my magazine and read in bed in a winter lazy day. But what I found , was God's way of showing me How or at least the start of my How in Glorifying God."

What she discovered was a program called the Rosary Workout and she has been faithfully following it and recording her progress for us... with us. Dig into her blog a bit and I'm sure you'll be as inspired as I was. She understands that fitness is not just about beautification or strength of the body, but about purifying our temples so that we may be free and strong to serve Christ faithfully. One feature I particularly like is her selection of Monday Mortifications and her challenge for us to do the same. This Monday, she challenges us to consider the Heroic Minute, which is when we rise, without hesitation, at a fixed time. Ironically, I had only the day before been telling my children about this... and interiorly excusing myself from the commitment! I'm exhausted! I'm sick! I don't need to do it... I'M LAZY! 

Today, I thank God, once again, for the unexpected friendships with which He has provided me - even though some of us have never (and may never) meet in person - sisters who will never stop loving me and challenging me to love Christ more and more every day.

 * I must also give a huge digital hug here to my CAST sisters (and Daffy in particular) who have never met me but have never hesitated to love me so generously. You all know who you are! You ladies have taught me how to love more deeply and strive to more closely imitate Christ in his generosity. You have blessed me and raised the bar for me and I will always be grateful beyond words. Deo Gratias!

Posted on February 16, 2011 and filed under "fitness".