Michele Joan

Wife, Mother, Blogger & Author

Balancing Body, Mind and Soul

Last year I attended an amazing talk by my OB/GYN, Dr. Michael Parker, called “Can I Be As Holy As I Want If I Am Not Wholly Me.”  In short, the answer is no.  We have to take the time in our busy lives to balance body, mind and soul or we cannot do the job God is asking us to do.   When we are out of balance, we can’t be the best wives, mothers and friends we are called to be.  Since last May I have feed my intellect by joining a book club and starting blogging.  I am blessed to be able to attend daily mass, read many spiritual books and have Catholic radio to feed my soul.  The hardest thing for me is to keep on an exercise plan.

I know the importance of exercise and when I’m in the habit, I actually enjoy it.  I love the endorphin rush that peaks my mood and relieves the stress.  The problem is falling off the wagon and then trying to motivate myself to get back on and keep going.  Last February, my friend Ellen started an email exercise group where we all did the same exercise video and then emailed when we completed that days workout.  It was great to have the accountability and cheer leading of other friends, especially on days when it was easy to make excuses.  February went great, I slimmed up considerably, felt really great about myself and was in the habit of daily exercise.  Then the email list stopped.  I started another video on my own, but after a week of being sick in mid March, I had to take some time off.  Once I skipped a week, it was easy to decide to take a short break.  The next thing I new April was over and I hadn’t exercised in 6 weeks.

While picking up from school a few days ago, some moms were commenting on my weight loss and I shared with them the secret was my workout plan, Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred.   Its a perfect program for me because its only 27 minutes a day, a great workout, I can do it in my home and its very inexpensive.   My friends were so interested I started my own email accountability group!

Today, with twelve ladies by my side, we started the workout plan.  Its great to be back in the saddle and I’m looking forward to starting summer fit and trim!


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