Finding Balance

In matters of fitness and health, I find it difficult to walk on the path that Jesus wants for me. Sometimes I feel like I’m walking a tightrope between two bodies of water; if I fall to the left, I land in the lake of gluttony and sloth, with my focus on food/momentary pleasure rather than on Christ. If I fall to the right, I’m in the lake of obsessing over calories and stressing out if I miss a workout, and I end up idolizing my body/self instead of keeping my heart centered on Christ. The problem with both of these scenarios is that they are dangerously self-centered. A while back a friend told me, “I finally feel like I’m at a good place where I don’t think about food, and exercise is just a part of my routine. I’m happy with my weight and my body, and I feel good.” I felt a momentary pang of something, perhaps jealousy, not because she hasn’t worked hard to get to that point physically and spiritually. I felt it because I so badly want to find that balance, but just can’t seem to grasp it. So I turned to scripture for encouragement, and of course the Word of God had a couple of things to tell me.

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, in the view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God- this is your true and proper worship. (Romans 12:1)

Scripture tells us that every thing we do is to be is an offering of worship to God. For me, this means diaper changes, toddler discipline, meal prep and clean up, diet and exercise…all of this is intended to be done in a manner pleasing to God, as a form of worship. My food choices and physical activity should honor Him. Instead of viewing meal time as a test of my will, or exercise as a dreaded task to check off my to-do list, I can approach it as an opportunity to worship. This is interesting to me, the idea that worship is not confined to singing during Sunday morning church. And with this new perspective, I head into the week with these scriptures as my focus, and take one step closer to finding the balance I seek.

How do you maintain balance when it comes to taking care of your body? Leave a comment!

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Guest Blogger: Motivation from Fit is Chic

You may have noticed the tagline on my homepage:

The chronicles of an imperfect journey of motherhood, fitness, and following Jesus.

I haven’t been paying much homage to the fitness aspect of that, besides mentioning that one of my New Year’s Resolutions was to get in shape, and although I realize I’m a few weeks late, I’m coming into the game hot off the bench! I’m 4 days into my Advocare 24 Day Challenge, and I’m not going to lie…I’m dreaming of carbs in my sleep and feeling pretty blah due to the detox process. Exercise has been tough this week because Evan has been under the weather and has wanted me to hold him constantly, but I’m determined to meet my fitness goals, so I’m calling in an expert: Mattie Claire, Founder and Creative Director of Fit is Chic. Beautiful, intelligent, well dressed, and real- this is Mattie. Read on for some tips to reach your fitness goals. (I’m already imagining doing The Towels Workout with Evan Jake on my back. Haha!)

 


Hi, Truth and Teething readers. Mattie from Fit is Chic here!

I would be telling a huge lie if I said I knew anything about being a mom, because I know absolutely nothing about being a mom. But what I do know is…being a mom is hard. And staying fit while being a mom is REALLY hard.

Really hard…but not impossible. Remember that, mommies. It is not impossible!

Between raising a tiny human, feeding and dressing yourself, making sure your husband (or boyfriend) is fed and happy, and staying sane, working out may seem out of reach. But with these at-home workouts, you can fit a quick workout in anytime!

The Towels Workout – All you need is a slick floor and two paper towels.

Fit is Chic’s 10-Minute Ab Routine – All you need is a mat or a soft-ish surface.  (Try doing this three times per week to tighten those core muscles!)

A Rainy-Day Workout – If you need a little cardio in your life, try this!

Four Minutes To Fit – This is a 4-minute workout. It’s not easy, but it’s effective. And just 4 minutes! C’mon, sister!

Build-a-Booty Workout – Your booty is the biggest muscle in your body. Working it out burns more calories than running a mile, so get after it!

If you’re wondering about the secret fit-mom formula…THERE ISN’T ONE! There is no secret code or pill or diet. There’s willpower. And there’s determination.  Reaching your fitness goals has everything to do with how much you want it. Because if you REALLY want it, you will make it happen.

I hope this post gives you just the teensiest bit of inspiration you might need. And if you ever have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I’m more than happy to help you!

You can find me on Instagram (@fitischic), Twitter (@fitischic), Facebook (Fit is Chic), and Pinterest (Mattie Claire) for further inspo!

Have a wonderful week; & stay fit, friends! Xo

Mattie Claire