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Workout Wednesday

 

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?  For you have been purchased at a price.  Therefore glorify God in your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

Part of this learning thing I have going on is accepting that everything I have is God’s first. It is not mine. I need to treat everything I have as though it belongs to God. My first lesson in that was learning that my children were not mine. God lent them to me and trusted me to take care of them. When I figured that one out it changed the way I looked at parenting in a very positive direction. At times, I felt overwhelmed with knowing the responsibility that came along with it, but also came to realization of the fact that these beautiful children that were entrusted to my care were God’s children first and He loves them.

Now, I am learning how I belong to God. I have a responsibility to take care of myself. So with that in mind at the end of November last year I started exercising again for the first time in six months. (I tried to start 6 months prior but an injury put it on hold). One thing I knew was I had to modify the way I looked at the time I spent exercising. In the past I would workout for an hour in the morning then an hour or so in the evenings. That is alot of time for working out and not a lot for much else. So in November for 7 weeks I worked out 5 times a week for at least 20 minutes. Then when I went to the doctor and learned that I had only lost 2 lbs I was devastated. For me it has always been a battle with that scale. I have read all of the don’t let the number determine your success. But I can’t help it. So with that news of just a 2 lbs loss, I gave up. I said nope, not going to do it. Then God has been speaking to me. Reminding me that I need to take care of myself. I need to do everything in moderation and that means exercising. So this week I am back on the exercise wagon. I am aiming for moderation and balance. So 20 minutes a day at least 5 times a week. That seems pretty doable to me.

What do you do to help with exercising in moderation?

 

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Balance. What does that mean?

I find as I get older it gets harder to find a balance. Maybe its not really harder to find the balance, but maybe my expectations are different. I know the order of importance has changed for me.

It used to be:

  1. Health
  2. Financial
  3. Family
  4. Spirituality

Now it is:

  1. Spirituality
  2. Family
  3. Health
  4. Financial.

Spirituality: After really thinking about it the order is important but not as important as getting the balance right. The one thing I know that has to come first is God, no matter what, He needs to be in the drivers seat of my life. No matter what. Balanced or not. This is so much harder than we might at first think. It’s so easy to go through life thinking we know whats best for us. Forgetting that the author of life really does know what He is doing. Making decisions without first asking God’s will can be a painful experience. But no matter how many times I find myself making decisions without knowing for sure it is God’s will, He is always lovingly waiting for me to come to Him to find answers. So what does the category of spirituality mean for me. Well it means taking time out every day to talk with God. To feel His presence in my life. I have heard it said, give Him the best part of your day everyday.

Family: With God being the most important part of my balance. His gift of my family comes next. I want to love the family he has given me unconditionally. First, my husband. God has given me such a wonderful gift in my husband. My hubby shows me daily God’s love for us. He works very hard at giving our family everything we need. He shows me daily how seriously he takes being my husband. Then my children have been loaned to us and I hope to help them be who God created them to be. It is a scary responsibility that God has given us. I see everyday how wonderful these two young adults are and hope that I am doing all that God has asked me to in taking care of them. Family, part of this balance is loving my family and helping them strive to gt to Heaven. 

Health. Corinthians 6:19 “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the holy spirit within you whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20 For you have been purchased at a price. Therefore glorify God in your Body. How many times have I heard this at Mass, or read it in the bible? We are a temple of the Holy Spirit. Health is a very important part of this balance that I am searching for. If I am healthy I can focus on all other areas of my life.

Financial: To be perfectly honest this one is the hardest for me. If I start thinking about being financially sound, I start feeling guilty for wanting more. I have just recently been taking the Church’s teachings on tithing seriously. 10% no matter what. It feels great! Over the past couple of months one of the things I have learned in my prayer time and walking through this tough time, is no matter what, it is God’s first. Everything we get is a gift from God. Everything. I am not sure that I have ever really understood that until recently. But as I continue to tithe I continue to understand more about tithing. Not just money, but also talent and time. So financially, I am still in prayer mode. I want to be financially responsible. I want to use any financial gifts from God for His glory. I am asking God to teach me and trust my husband and I with our finances. Teach me to learn to serve you God only.  Matthew 6:24 No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.

I hope you will join me in my journey to sainthood. That journey includes finding a healthy balance. A balance that we can only get from God. I don’t know exactly what this balance will look like. And I know that it will be different for everyone. For me, I desire for God to show me what that balance is and to obtain it.

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Update: February 14,2016

Well it’s been another six months since I posted anything. I am always thinking about posting, when to post, what to post, but more importantly why am I posting? I think the biggest question I needed to answer was “why am I posting?”. I read blogs everyday, many,many amazing blogs. I absolutely love learning from them. But it always brings me back to the question why do I feel so drawn to blogs?

I have come to know that I need a place to put all these things I am learning and questioning everyday. At the end of each day I feel overwhelmed with everything and everyone God has put in my path. I don’t mean this in a negative way at all. I just feel so hungry for so many things in life right now. I feel God’s hand in everything.  Things that seem to all fall in that balance I talked about six months ago in the above post. I am very aware of all the wonderful people God has been putting in my life every day. And I value each and every one of them. There are moments of love, joy, peace, frustration, busyness, laughter and tears. And at the end of the day I want to be grateful for every one of those moments.

In processing all of this I started putting things from my head onto paper. Here is what I have come up with…..

Mindful Monday: Because there is always many things that I am not sure which category it fits in, Mindful Monday will allow me to write about this and that.

Tasty Tuesday: Sharing successes and failures with recipes and food choices.

Workout Wednesday: Talking about how we can take care of our physical.

Theology Thursday: Putting everything into perspective the best I can in God’s eyes.

Family and Finances Friday: Sharing things I am learning about finances and the importance of family, not just our immediate family but those who God has put into our lives.

I am so excited to discover who God brings along to share this journey with me. I hope you will share your stories and we can get to know each other.

Have a blessed day!!

~Toni

 

 

 

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Weathering storms and finding balance.

My story: First my story is long, very long. I have had a wonderful life full of twist and turns. I love my life, which includes God, my husband, two adult children and wonderful friends and family.  I love them all with all of my heart. Because I love them I continue to try to find that balance in my life. Balance in spirituality, family, friends, health and finances. I have had many good times and some very bad times. I have had many ups and downs. I am looking for friendships and accountability. Accountability for me and also helping others be accountable.

All of my adult life has been a struggle to being successful in the health part of that balancing I am working on. I have many times been successful in my quest for fitness.

Going back to the year 2010 I found myself overweight, unhappy, hopeless and struggling to figure out how to change that. I had been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and even though it meant that something was wrong with my body, I felt hope for the first time in a very long time. Hope that with a lot of hard work I could lose the weight. And I did!! I have always loved to exercise and was doing videos (turbo jam, etc) and going to step aerobics and that helped, I lost some weight. Then I took up running and it seemed like the inches flew off. I went from a size 18/20 to a size 14 by some time in 2011. I stayed in a size 14 for a very long time. It was so hard to lose any more weight. Then I bought Insanity……in two weeks’ time I went from a size 14 to a tight 10. I was ecstatic.  I hadn’t been that size since before my daughter was born. I kept up with the routine for quite some time. I remember the summer being spent riding bike with my husband, running and alternating beachbody workouts.

Then in 2012 there were a couple of storms brewing up in my life. My sister was diagnosed with breast cancer, my son and niece were going to college, my best friend moved away and my mom had a brain aneurysm.  Fast forward a few months my sister was doing great, the son and niece were adjusting well to college, my best friend was so happy in her new home and my mom’s brain surgery was a success. So what is the problem you may wonder?? I forgot to take care of me. I quit exercising, gained weight and lost control over my life.

It is now 2015 and I still have some storms going on, but they are calming down. I am healing from an injury on both of my feet. But I am ready to make a fresh start. I am ready to live again. I am ready to find a nice balance in my life. A balance that allows me to feel great, spend lots of time with God and my family and find financial peace.  I hope you will join me in weathering your storms and finding balance in your life.

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