Catholic Fit Mom: New 6 Week Group: Oct. 7th

A few weeks ago, I started a 6 week Catholic Fit Mom challenge where a group of ladies were challenged to exercises, to drink water, to prayer, and to encourage other ladies on this beautiful journey towards wellness of body, mind, and soul.

Thanks to the motivation of the points and the encouragement of the ladies, I was able to lose weight, gain some muscles and truly change the course towards being a healthy well-rounded daughter of God.

We are doing it again!

October 7th.

Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary

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The base of the challenge will be using Dustin’s Fit Mom for Life program.  We will use the  journal questions and his talks as a base line in our weekly conferences call.
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Fit Mom For Life programs comes with workout videos, a journal, and weekly menu for a lifetime membership. One does not need to sign up for Fit Mom for Life program to be in the challenge.  You just use your own exercises program.
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We will have a calendar with ways to gain as many points as one can with weekly winners and one grand winner. We will meet up once a week via conference call to talk about the week and ways to encourage each other.
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For this new 6 weeks challenge, I feel that God is calling me to add a special twist to this challenge. He has led me to a beautiful book through a dear friend of mine called Captivating; Unveiling the Mystery of a Women’s Soul.
The message of Captivating is this: Your heart matters more than anything else in all creation. The desires you had as a little girl and the longings you still feel as a woman are telling you of the life God created you to live. He offers to come now as the Hero of your story, to rescue your heart and release you to live as a fully alive and feminine woman. A woman who is truly captivating.
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This books as been a great blessing in my own life as I truly start seeing how I am so loved. How my heart is finally free and alive! During our conference calls, we will also discus this book.
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What you need to do to join us?
1. Prayed about it.  Ask the Holy Spirit if now is the time for you take a turn towards being challenge in your well-being of body, mind, and soul!
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2. Sign up by emailing me at catholicfitmomforlife@gmail.com  and paying  the entrance fee of either:  A) $20 which includes the book, Captivating  or B.) $10 with no book.  The reason for a fee is that when one tends to put money on any program or challenge one tends to work at it harder as not to waste the money. We also use the money for the prices and we donate to a pro-life program such as pregnancy centers.
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3. Afterward, you will receive a few emails with instructions and printouts on how to be ready to start the challenge.
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I love this quote below from Corinthians because it sums it all for me.  My body is a temple, a beautiful temple created in the likeness and image of God, the King of Kings. A temple that is not only a body but a soul and a mind.  I have been purchased and at a price of King’s Son love and blood. So the least I can do for my Heavenly Father is to glorify Him in my body, in my words, in my actions, and in my love.
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You must know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is within the Spirit you have received from God. You are not your own. You have been purchased and at a price. So glorify God in your body. 

 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 

With the Love of Christ,

Cecilia

Weightless Wednesday – End to the Challenge.

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You must know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is within the Spirit you have received from God. You are not your own. You have been purchased and at a price. So glorify God in your body. 

 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 

Well, we just finish up our 6 week catholic fit mom challenge.

Here is a mini recap of what we went through these last 6 weeks.

*  Mindset plays a huge role in your success or failure in reaching your goals. You must believe that you are worth the effort and that it is possible. And you must find your motivation and set meaningful and challenging goals.

Nutrition plays the largest role in your ability to lose weight and stay disease-free. But it can also be one of the most challenging issues to address. Planning and preparing ahead of time is key, as well as becoming educated on what you are eating and where it is coming from.

Exercise is the best way to feel good, have more energy, develop confidence, and give you the momentum needed to make more challenging adjustments, such as changing what you eat. Exercising with a combination of strength training, burst training, and core training—done at high intensity!—will yield the best results.

 • The people that you surround yourself with are going to play a huge role in whether you can keep your momentum going and stay on a healthy track.

 It was very nice and I really enjoyed the fellowship with other moms. I really enjoyed talking with them on Wednesday night. It was almost like a mom’s night out but in my pjs.  We are so many out there, trying our best to be what God has called us to be! We need each other, we need our health, we need Christ.

For myself, I lost over 10 pounds and I have gain some muscles and truly a new way of life.  It’s just the start.

I am going to start a new 6 week Catholic Fit Mom Challenge on October 7th, Feast day of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary just to finish in time for the end of my 40th year and Thanksgiving week!

I want to add a very special aspect to it. I am going to write another post on that aspect but it has to do with a book that it is truly changing my heart for Christ.

Stay in Tune!

With the love of Christ,

Cecilia

Job’s Why

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Job with his friends by Gerard Seghers
Job broke the silence and cursed the day of his birth. This is what he said:
May the day perish when I was born,
  and the night that told of a boy conceived.
Why did I not die new-born,
  not perish as I left the womb?
Why were there two knees to receive me,
  two breasts for me to suck?
Had there not been, I should now be lying in peace,
  wrapped in a restful slumber,
with the kings and high viziers of earth
  who build themselves vast vaults,
or with princes who have gold and to spare
  and houses crammed with silver.
Or put away like a still-born child that never came to be,
  like unborn babes that never see the light.
Down there, bad men bustle no more,
  there the weary rest.
Why give light to a man of grief?
  Why give life to those bitter of heart,
who long for a death that never comes,
  and hunt for it more than for a buried treasure?
They would be glad to see the grave-mound
  and shout with joy if they reached the tomb.
Why make this gift of light to a man who does not see his way,
  whom God baulks on every side?
Job 3:1-3,11-17, 20-23
Today’s reading took me by surprise. Those questions that Job asked, I ask myself daily.  After you lose a child in the womb or that still-born child that never see the light, you ask why?
Why my sweet little boys or my one baby girl?
Why does one child breathe the air and the other never open his eye?
I can’t answer these question or those asked by my sweet children here.
But I know that I will not live with a bitter of heart.
All I can do is to put my trust in my Lord and live.
“I wanna live like there’s no tomorrow
Love like I’m on borrowed time
It’s good to be alive.”
Jason Gray

Worry is useless.

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Weightless Wednesday: Challenge Week 2

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You must know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is within- the Spirit you have received from God. You are not your own. You have been purchased and at a price. So glorify God in your body. 

 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 

We had another successful week. Thanks to this challenge and eight awesome ladies joining me; I have been able to exercise everyday at least 30 minutes a day, drink at least 64 ounce of water, and lost 2 more pounds. (180)

Little by Little .

Our first week point winner was my sweet friend Ann Marie. She won a book by Scott Hahn, Hail, Holy Queen  in honor of the feast day of Queenship of Mary. Yeah!!

This week’s challenge, we are focusing on nutrition. Another reason why I like Dustin’s 6 week challenge program are these teaching videos and the journal.

Here is an insert from Dustin of Fit Mom for Life on nutrition.
Below are 16 guidelines that are the cornerstone of healthy eating and good nutrition. If you follow these most of the time, you will get great results, have more energy and feel better.

Rules to eat by 
1. Don’t eat carbs alone.
2. If you can’t pronounce the ingredients, don’t eat it.
3. If your great-grandma didn’t eat it, don’t eat it.
4. Eat breakfast.
5. Eat four to six small meals per day.
6. Keep your portion size under control.
7. Drink three to four quarts of water each day.
8. Don’t drink calories (juice, soda, alcohol. )
9. Avoid fake sugars.
10. Eat enough protein.
11. Don’t eat grains after 4 p.m.
12. Be careful what you eat in the evening.
13. Give yourself two to three cheat meals per week.
14. Be prepared.
15. Eat grass-fed meat and free range poultry.
16. Buy organic when possible and practical.

These rules don’t sound so easy but it is doable.  Anything with the strength of Christ is possible.   As an extra point challenge we have to write down in our journal for 3 days what we ate and what type of emotion went along with those meals.  I tell you this was harder than I thought.  But it would be good to see my eating pattern and what I can do to make it better.

Thank you again for your prayers and thoughts.

With the love of Christ,

Cecilia

From Queenship to Back to School Give-away Update: Winner

 

Our Morning Basket winner is Michelle F . Congratulations. 

“He, the Son of God, reflects on His heavenly Mother the glory, the majesty and the dominion of His kingship, for, having been associated to the King of Martyrs in the unspeakable work of human Redemption as Mother and cooperator, she remains forever associated to Him, with a practically unlimited power, in the distribution of the graces which flow from the Redemption. Jesus is King throughout all eternity by nature and by right of conquest: through Him, with Him, and subordinate to Him, Mary is Queen by grace, by divine relationship, by right of conquest, and by singular choice [of the Father]. And her kingdom is as vast as that of her Son and God, since nothing is excluded from her dominion.”

 Pius XII, in his Radiomessage to Fatima, Bendito seja (AAS 38. 266)

Today, we started back to school.  I spent about half the summer preparing for the school year so that it can run as smooth as it can. I know that life with a fussing baby will throw me lots of curve balls but at least I have my gloves on to catch them.

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This little system saved our school last year after baby girl was born and so I spent all June doing the same. I do 16 weeks of prepare work for 4 kids.  We use Mother of Divine Grace and as being an enrolled family, we get our syllabus online. I can arrange them in whatever order and day that I think will fit our scheduled.  I print out the check list for the week and place it along with work  such as quizzes, maps, timeline cards, etc.

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All I have to do is pull out the week for each child and take to our school room. I put them in my binder and place the work on their desk for the day. It is a lot of work but so worth every bite of ink and time . I usually start the second semester little by little and finish off during the Thanksgiving week break.

Another life saver for myself is their daily check off list.  Each one has their list of their duties to do each day from morning chores, school , music practice, exercises, prayers, to evening chores.

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They don’t need to ask me what do I do next or while they are waiting for help on school. They just go and see what they can do on their check list and do it.

Since I started the Catholic Fit Mom Challenge , they wanted one. I made them a Back to School challenge. Talk about a great motivator to get up on their own, start morning time on time, and finish off their check list. (Why didn’t I think about that one sooner!)

I schedule our day into blocks from Morning Block , School Block A , Lunch , etc. I also had to schedule a time when I work with one on one because last year they would drive me crazy. One would ask for help and before you know it the other would ask for help.  My head would spin!!

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Now, they know when their time to work with me. I started with youngest to oldest (not the High schooler, she is first one in early morning)

The only thing new that I add this year was Morning time with our morning basket.  I just didn’t want to miss out on the small things and some important things due to lack of planning.

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We start off our school day with Morning time. I schedule an hour and half so that we have plenty of time without rushing.

Prayers: Rosary and Gospel reading of the day with reflection.

Saints/Feast Days: I am using Lessons From the Lives of Saints and other books on saints

Virtues: This is very important for me to get in daily. I want to help build up their character.  I had a hard time finding a program that I like. I have the PACE one but I never really like it. I use the suggestions for stories . After a lot of time and research , I found one that I like and it is so lovely.

Education in Virtues is a beautiful program designed to use in schools as well in the home.

The Disciple of Christ- Education in Virtue® is a Christian curriculum structured on the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas regarding the virtues and gifts of the Holy Spirit.  It aims to provide a consistent structure and systematic instruction for youth to learn about the virtues so that they can form the habits and dispositions necessary to live as disciples of Jesus Christ.

Baltimore Catechism: We are using number 2 to go along with the 5th grade syllabus . I also got the app Audio Catholic Kids that has a nice version of the BC # 2 since my kids also like to listen to them over and over.

Science/Nature Study:  This is very important along with Religion. We need strong students of science who are educate way that God had plan. This book that we are using, Kids Intro to Physics (and Beyond) has so much goodness, truth, and beauty all in one.

This book introduces young people to physics starting with their natural wonder about the things around them. It builds on their common sense, making it clear and precise, and shows them how to go from their common sense to the advanced method of modern science. Finally, it shows them the need for the Unchangeable Changer, without which there is nothing. It shows that only through knowing physics do we know about Him. It shows how this world proves that He exists and that He is the Source of all the changing things we see. Readers will learn that physics is the base science and thus essential to all of their thinking.

We will also do at least two days of nature study using this book, The Nature Connection: An Outdoor Workbook for Kids, Families, and Classrooms.

Art / Music:  We are going to alternate days with Art/Music studies. We will focus on the Art history on Mondays and Wednesday  using Seton 5th grade Art . We will finish up the week with Draw3D on Fridays.  I enjoy Mark’s lessons, I am grateful to another MODG mother who introduce me to it. You can get it at homeschool buyers co-op Mark’s 3D drawings, for a 60% off discount.

We will be using Alfred’s Essentials of Music Theory book one and Meet the Great Composers.

To kick off the school year, I am giving away a book of your choice from our Morning Basket. Click below to Rafflecopter to see what you need to do to win.

I ask you for prayers for our family as we will pray for you.

May you have a fruitful year filled with God’s wisdom, truth, and beauty.

With the Love of Christ,

Cecilia

Weightless Wednesday: Challenge Week 1

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You must know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is within- the Spirit you have received from God. You are not your own. You have been purchased and at a price. So glorify God in your body. 

 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 

We started the 6 weeks challenge and have about 8 beautiful ladies joining me. I tell you it helps one knowing there are other ladies trying to do the same; living a healthier life.  The fun part of the challenge is trying to see how many points one can make in a week to be a winner.  We have points for exercises , water in take, keeping a journal and spiritual aspect. It’s focus is to hit all main parts of our whole being; body, mind, and soul!

We had some extra challenges to earn big points like taking our measurements, a before picture, and doing a fitness assessment. Talk about eye opener there!

This week we are also focusing on  SMART Goals.

Our goals should be SMART
 SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timed.
 
Goals need to be Specific so that it is clear what you are working towards. 
 If your goal is too generic, such as “lose weight” or “feel better,” there is no clear end point—you will not know when you’ve achieved your goal. 
 
It needs to be Measurable. You need to be able to quantify or otherwise measure whether or not you are making progress towards your goal. 
 
Good goals are also Attainable and Realistic. You can and should push yourself with ambitious goals that force you to stretch, but you should also have smaller goals that are attainable in a reasonable time frame so that you can see the progress you are making along the way.
 
 Finally, good goals are Timed. Without a deadline, a goal is just something you would like to do someday. Deadlines help keep you focused and accountable.
(Doran, G.T. “There’s a S.M.A.R.T. Way to Write Management’s Goals and Objectives.”)
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Here are my goals that I get an extra 5 points for writing them and sharing them.
1. To complete a couch to 5k training to be able to run a 5k at the end of 8 weeks. (This goal is longer than the challenge but it’s ok. I have done 5k before but it has been almost two years and I want to do another triathlon in the year to come.)
2. To lose at least one pound a week for the next 6 weeks by exercising daily for at least 30 minutes, eating a more paleo/whole 30 diet, and drinking plenty of water with no sodas.  I am going to add here my weight for pure fun (ha, ha); 182  at the start of challenge. (However, I would like to add since I have started working out again two weeks ago, I was at 186. Baby weight is still beautiful when you get to hold a sweet baby in your arms!!)
3. Praying the rosary for a straight 54 days by using the Rosary Novena.
What about you? Do you have any SMART Goals? Feel free to share them with us here or over at the facebook page.
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Thank you again for being there, out there wherever you are.  I will need some extra prayers since next week is the fall of it all with starting back to school. Where did summer go???
With the Love of Christ,
Cecilia
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