2016: Un-Apologetically Me Goals!

I LOVE JUMPING JACKS!
I LOVE DOING ALL VARIATIONS OF SQUATS!
I LOVE LUNGES!
I LOVE PUSH UPS!
I LOVE PULL UPS!
I LOVE PUSHING MY MUSCLES TO BE THE STRONGEST THEY CAN BE!

I use to think having muscles was unfeminine….WRONG!
My muscles use to produce feelings of “ugh…I look “fat”….bulky….”….all sorts of negative adjectives we tend to associate with when we are being critical of our bodies.

NOW…I have amazing freedom with my strength!

I have learned to TRULY LOVE each season with my body!

I love the amazing strength I feel with my HIIT workouts.  I am truly at peace with not running like I did 3 years ago right now.

I find my muscles have given me a freedom to feel feminine and strong all at the same time!

We each have muscles that grow,develop, strengthen, work for us in different ways.  We need to each embrace the design, shape, form of your body…your muscles….

FIND THE FREEDOM of loving each inch of your body!

Find the freedom of loving the workout that allows you to express the true you….that allows you to feel true freedom and joy in your movements, in your muscles!

My 2016 fitness goals are to continue to MOVE in a way that helps me feel un-apologetically me…

STRONG
AMAZING
POWERFUL
FEMININE
WOMAN
BEAUTIFUL
ME!!!

Mary, Self-Care, and October!!!

I feel called…driven…a woman on a mission to help ALL women….young and old to LOVE LOVE LOVE themselves!

 This is the thing…we have been sold a lie from society…from the media…that we are “less than” if we aren’t a specific size…if we don’t have certain measurements….if we don’t obtain a certain status in our carriers….if we aren’t going going going….

BUT…this is destroying the self-worth of our young girls…our women…

Then if you add in any sort of complication….health (mind, body and or soul)…well…this just makes it even more difficult for a woman to see the warrior they are!

We get mixed messages even within our Christian communities….such as if we are taking care of self well then we are being selfish….and if we are being selfish well we aren’t putting GOD first.

Here is my take on this….

Self love…self care….when done with God first and in mind….is always healthy…always beneficial.  Think about it….

If you are waking up in the morning taking a moment to praise God…give HIM your day….then you are loving yourself.  How?  You are saying “Lord I love the life you gave me enough to give you my very first minutes of the day!”

Then when you take a moment either in the morning or later in the day to exercise…move…strengthen your body….you are saying I love myself enough to take care of this body God has gifted me with….THUS I am honoring God by keeping it healthy and strong.

When you let your spouse…friends…coworkers you are going to go to a coffee shop to read or going to a spa for some pampering…you are saying I KNOW I need to step away from the hustle and bustle of life so I can keep balance and perspective with my life….and honoring God’s command to “rest”….He wants us to work hard…yes…but HE also needs us to rest….

It is in the rest that we restore, revive, renew our love for self….OUR LOVE FOR THE LORD….

Therefore….if we find ourselves not loving ourselves…comparing…criticizing…counting numbers on the scale or on our plate…..we are truly saying we are not loving GOD!

How?!

Well GOD made us….he doesn’t make junk!!!  God IS LOVE!!!  God cares about us!!!

When we look in the mirror we should see only the face of GOD not the carnival mirror effect of our society.

I have always found it interesting that the month of October is jammed packed with lots of “awareness’s”….breast cancer…heart care….domestic violence….etc….but even more interesting to me is the personal aspect of my faith….

As a Catholic we honor Mary….the mother of Christ….in October!

I don’t think it is coincidence that all these awareness’s are in the same month as honoring the blessed mother!

Here is a woman who did not succumb to vanity, society, selfish desires….BUT I do believe she took care of herself.  I do believe she understood the power of self-care!

This month I hope to share all the different ways we as women can continue to grow in our self care…our self love…our amazing power of being wonderful warrior women.

Our amazing power of being WONDERFUL WARRIOR WOMEN that is CHRIST centered!

NOT…
self-centered….
vanity based…
world centered….
unbalanced views….
society based…

BUT GOD….LOVE….SELF…CARE….AMAZING…POWER….

A love of self…a care of self…that when you look in the mirror you don’t focus on the curves….the physical…but instead you are able to look DEEP into your soul and say….

WOW YOU ARE AN AMAZING WONDERFUL WARRIOR WOMAN!!!

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