I am so excited to start this Fit Now blog – a brand new baby four years in the making.
In 2010, I started a blog just for fun. I had stepped away from the fitness world for about a year, but I missed it terribly, so I decided to lead a small group about healthy living and started a blog.
I no longer had time to blog after my first baby was born. I was teaching a couple fitness classes and working as a virtual assistant part-time. My main job, full-time caring for my newborn at home, was a lot more work than I had anticipated.
Aside from the lack of time, the more I learned from dabbling in social media and blogging, the more I felt my blog was not what I wanted it to be. I wanted to wait until I was sure what I wanted to say.
Now I have an idea of what the Fit Now blog is all about.
The Fit Now blog is for new moms. It’s for anyone who wants helpful advice about nutrition and fitness, of course, but when I’m sharing, I imagine one of my friends with young kids and no time who needs creative ways to stay healthy. I’m writing to myself – I need the help, reminders and encouragement too!
The Fit Now blog includes practical tools and tips along with words of inspiration. My desire is to create useful information you can implement immediately (hence the name) and tools that will make your life easier. These tools include
- Meal plans
- Food logs
- Fitness and nutrition facts
- Motivation tips
- More to come in the future…
I also can’t help throwing in some motivational thoughts 🙂 People usually tell me they “just need to know what to do”. Knowing what to do is definitely a crucial piece of the puzzle, however, I’m really big into “why you need to do it”.
Actually putting the plan into action and staying consistent are more challenging, but also what brings true change.
God is first in all I do, including this blog. I want to honor God in my work. I believe He wants us to turn away from the messages we are constantly bombarded with (and believe) about needing to lose weight and get a “perfect” body. This can damage our image of who we truly are, and be a distraction from what is actually important in life.
He designed our body, and it is our responsibility to honor and take care of it, but the reason for doing so is not a number on the scale or looking great according to our standards. I am certainly not advocating that you just need to pray and if you have enough faith you’ll get skinny, or you should feel guilty if you ever eat some ice cream (there are times to celebrate and eat the fat and drink the sweet).
We need to care about nutrition, exercise and fitness to the extent are equipped to be well physically, emotionally, and spiritually so we can fulfill our call. I believe God wants us to
- Understand that He created our body purposefully and intentionally. You formed my Inward parts; You wove me together in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You for I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:13). The thing molded will not say to the molder, “Why did you make me like this,” will it? (Romans 9:21)
- Love and honor our bodies. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
- Run with endurance and fulfill our calling. Let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us (Hebrews 12:1). God has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity (2 Timothy 1:9)
- Stop comparing ourselves. Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the spirit, les us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original (Galatians 5:25-26 MSG).
I can guarantee I will be sharing this passage from Galatians (in the Message translation) again. It changed my perspective big time after I had my first child and lost all the weight in less than a year.
I was glad, but I realized, you know what…this is my body, this is what I’ve got!
I’ve wasted so much time since I was a teenager worrying about how I looked and always trying to lose a little more weight and get a little smaller. In reality, my weight has stayed more or less within a five-pound range over a decade. Why have I wasted so much time obsessing and nitpicking?
Don’t I have more interesting things to do with my life? Don’t you? I hope you’ll be able to take the information on this blog and use it to run with endurance the race before you!