Over 10 moms met at Tyler Athletic and Swim Club for Faith & Fitness. Brook Hill mom, Jessica Mize, shared her fitness journey and how her faith and fitness created a foundation for a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
As we approach the holidays when the days are shorter, the nights longer, the temperature cooler, and food in abundance, it is easy to form habits that lead to an unhealthy relationship with our bodies and minds.
Here are some ways to experience the freedom that can come with a disciplined physical and spiritual commitment to health.
• Reward yourself– Begin with the dessert first
• Have doable goals– No fad diets or crazy exercise routines. Just balance and consistency will pay off
o Physically– start by replacing one “bad thing” with one “healthy” thing. And/or start by adding in a 10 minute walk or workout to your daily routine and cut out 10 minutes of social media
o Spiritually– start by turning the music of in your car for a few minutes while you are alone and pray or start by waking up 5 extra minutes early and read the daily verse/devotion for the day. Input = Output
o Physically– create a plan for continuing to add a few minutes of exercise or a few extra healthy snacks into your day
o Spiritually– create a plan for continuing to add a few minutes of prayer to your day or scripture reading…this can be while you exercise!
• Allies and Advocates– You can make a difference but you cannot do it alone. We can accomplish way more with relationships. You can develop these relationships with the people around you by coming together with a common goal. You can develop these relationships outside of your circle by joining new groups. Ecclesiastes 4:12- “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend, a cord of three strands is not easily broken.”
o Allies– they work with you toward a common goal. They run with you and even push you. They are fellow participants and activists.
o Advocates– they work with you and speak up on your behalf
• Accountability– without regular accountability, we will most likely fail at reaching our goals and then sustaining them.
o Spiritual example with Church small group
o Physical example with weight loss
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “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.”
Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”
Romans 12:1-2 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Save the date for our Moms’ Ornament Exchange, December 6. For more details or to RSVP visit https://www.punchbowl.com/parties/ac7845fddcb29521b607.