She looked so confused. I simply asked my daughter to grab me my jeans off the shelf in my closet and bring them to me. What could possibly be so difficult.
“Mom, how am I suppose to know WHICH jeans you want me to grab? And why do you have so many different jeans in your closet?”
Ahhhh! The answer to the puzzling look. I only wear two pairs of the jeans on that shelf. The others – well, they are either too big, too small, or “too maternity,” or too….well, they just don’t fit.
Her smile was sweet. She has seen me exercise and work to fit into those jeans each and every time I have another baby. The sweating, the running of stairs and the perseverance.
“Well, you look pretty just the way you are mom.” **sniff** God sure did bless me with precious daughters.
Some day, I will be helping my daughters adjust to womanhood and the balance of staying fit and fighting the natural progression of life. My daughters exercise with me, they juice with me for our family, and have learned and appreciate the benefits of feeding our bodies whole, nutritious foods. And they know – it is not all about fitting into THOSE jeans.
So, here’s the skinny on fit.
There is a time, a place and a healthy benefit to finding your optimal health and fitness as a journey and a positive step in a forward direction.
Every time I walk into my closet and see the jeans that don’t quite fit yet, I know there may never be a day that I will slip into those. I also remind myself that the “other” jeans on the shelf that are too big are the baby steps that brought me to feeling so much better today – mentally, physically and spiritually.
A journey that cannot be finished by sheer-will-power and determination. A purposed plan of action with reasonable guidelines – one of which includes failure. For when we lean on Jesus for EVERYTHING – there will be victory.
Victory – In all shapes and sizes. For when we grasp that optimal health is not about the skinny or the fat – we embrace the ultimate goal – We are to be good stewards of our bodies.
So, where do we go from here? How does a women find the balance with the scale and feeding her family – all while living out her daily schedule?
Join me as we begin a series on whole-food eating and exercise for the busy woman?
We will discuss stages of womanhood, what is realistic for weight loss and gain, and what really is – Healthy eating?
Do you love or hate to exercise? How can you get creative with a daily routine without resenting it?
Will you ever see the scale tip in “your favor?” Is a healthy diet for you and your family overwhelming you?
Chime in gals. I am all in! Here’s the skinny – We are all in this together!