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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

Assumed Body & Soul.

The Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory [Pius XII, Munificentissimus Deus 44].

 

Today is the feast day of the Assumption of Mary, Body and Soul into Heaven. A perfect feast day to start our fitness and wellness challenge. Why?   Mother Mary was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory. The body is as well important as the soul.   We are not only spiritual beings, we also have a body.

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 really need to take care of it.  We are whole creatures body, mind, and soul. You can’t take care of one and leave the other out. Just as in the Holy Trinity, we have God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. We need all three.

There is still time today to join us on our 6 weeks challenge. Just email me at catholicfitmomforlife@gmail.com and I will get you set up to start the challenge today.

Please also join us as we pray the Holy Rosary Novena for our nation!

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O glorious Mother Mary, meditating on the Mystery of Thy
Assumption into Heaven, when, consumed with the desire
to be united with thy divine Son in heaven, thy soul
departed from thy body and united itself to Him, Who, out
of the excessive love He bore for thee, His Mother, whose
virginal body was His first tabernacle, took that body into
heaven and there, amidst the acclaims of the angels and
saints, reinfused into it thy soul. – 54 Day Novena

 

With the Love of Christ,

Cecilia

 

Weightless Wednesday: The Grand Prize!

 

We are less than a week away from Catholic Fit Mom 6 weeks challenge.  We already have a challenge, “our prep work”  for 50 points.  I know for myself to be successful, I  need to be prepared.  I can’t just wake up on August 15th and say, ok, let”s do this. I need to be mentally and physically and spiritual ready  so I can have a greater success rate.

I am really looking forward to it. There is still time to join us.  But if you can’t for whatever reason, just read along on my  Weightless Wednesday post. I know that having to post about it will definitely help me to stay on track. Thank you readers for this opportunity.

Nothing beats healthy completion or working hard to get a prize at the end.  Yes, we will see other results such as sleeping better, more energy, happier, and the list is endless when one is taking care of their body, mind and soul.  Yet, who doesn’t like to win something.

We have a calendar made up with things to do to earn your points. You tally up your points daily and then send in your weekly points. The mom with the highest points at the end of the week, wins. We have 6 weekly prizes ranging from gift card to a spa salon near you, to a few spiritual/motherhood books, a rosary from Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico to a name a few.

However, the Big prize.  Are you ready!! A Pot. Not just any pot. But an Instant Pot. I got one not too long ago and I love it. I use it at least  4 times  a week to make dinner in half the time and mess.  I wish I could give one to  all the moms.  However, I can’t. Therefor, the mom with the highest point at the end of the 6 weeks will get one.

May Our Lady bless our efforts as we try to get strong and healthy so we can take care of our family. That is love.

As Mother Theresa said, ” Love begins by taking care of the closest ones at home.”  We should start with ourselves so that way we can love even more.

With the Love of Christ,

Cecilia

If you want more information on the challenge, email me at catholicfitmomforlife@gmail.com .

 

 

 

Challenge : A Why.

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I want to explain why I use Fit Mom for Life program and as a base for our challenge.

I use the Fit Mom for Life program because I find it to be a gentle yet hard program that is made for moms in mind.    Their 6 weeks challenge is very easy to use. I have access to it for life, that is not a bad deal. I went with the digital format since I like to have my workouts on my ipad or phone so that I can have it with me anywhere I go. There is a digital format , which is $47 , that is $7.80 a week for the six weeks, $1.1 a day.  There is also the hard copy which is $99 and you get everything in the mail.

  1. Work outs:  They have different moms in each work out. One of the mom does a low-key version of the exercises while the other does it harder. I really like Dustin’s approach to teaching the movements and how he encourages moms.
  2. Menu:  Easy meals. They give you a list and you choose what you want for that week. So it’s not set for you, you have a choice.  They give you the simple recipes as well.
  3. Journal: There is no major homework here. However, enough to get you thinking about your habits, your past and looking into your future. Great tips and education to get you on the right track.
  4. Community: I really like that I am surround by moms of all ages and bodies who have at least some clue to what is that I am going through in this beautiful yet crazy journey of Motherhood.

I also wanted to add that to join us to do this challenge, you don’t need get the Fit Mom for Life program. We ask that you pay a small fee of $10. Why a fee? (which it will be use for the prizes and donation to a Pro-Life program)  Well, I know for myself if I have to pay something whatever amount, I tend to be more serious about it.  There is something in my brain that says, ok you going to pay this amount you better make it work or not I lose more than I gain out of it. (The only losing I want to do is pounds!)  I hope that makes sense.

 

So what are you waiting for?  Are you going to join me and already the few ladies that are ready to take on the challenge?

I want to say Thank you, dear readers, friends, and family. I have to say that for me putting this out there on internet has made me already accountable to sticking to the program.  I am excited about the challenge and meeting and getting to know more awesome moms out there who are trying their best.

So email me over at catholicfitmomforlife@gmail.com, and let the fun begin.

 

With the love of Christ,

Cecilia

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