Who is Catholic Fit Mom for life?
Well, she is a mother, a follower of Jesus Christ and his beloved bride, the Catholic Church. She tries to live up to her vocation to motherhood and marriage to the best of her abilities among the craziness of life. Even if she falls into the sins of the world, she brings herself back into the arms of her mother as she seeks God’s mercy.
She wants to live a full life knowing that wellness of body, mind, and soul is the way.
Yet, her fitness might not be what the world would call fit, with Abs of steel, arms cut and a size 2 jeans. No, She walks, she runs, she plays a DVD during nap time for a quick workout, she might even hit the gym while kids are in school or early before they arise.
Whatever way she can, she will. She doesn’t care what others do as long as she gives it a try for herself.
She seeks food to nourish her most of the time and as well to indulge when there is a need for it.
She knows that she has battles to fight, family to care for, and dreams to fulfill. She needs the strength to do it. Sometimes she is strong, other times she is weak.
Yet, she takes moments during the day to rest her mind with words of encouragement from books, a blog post, Facebook post, and most important from the Gospel.
She knows she needs to feed her soul and build up her mindset and strengthen the body, for the battle is real and the attacks come from all different angles.
She knows its a messy vocation, that looks different every day with struggles, joys, disappointments, and achievements. Yet, she knows that this life is beautiful and worth it.
She knows that no matter what, She can always count on the mercy of God to keep her going.
She, my sister in Christ, is you and me!
Welcome, my sisters in Christ, to Catholic Fit Moms for Life.
I am Maria Cecilia, a Cuban-American homeschool mother of 10 children (5 are saints), living in South Mississippi with my husband of 18 years (2001) and a fluffy corgi.
I grew up in South Florida using my love language of fitness to break the language and culture barriers.
My vocation of motherhood and marriage took me by surprise and turn my world upside. It was a beautiful change but there was too many years of being a “self-made martyr” that took years of living well from me.
At the end of the Year of Mercy, 2016, I encounter the Merciful God that I was seeking my whole life. I saw that I didn’t need to be a self-made matry to show true love and mercy.
What I needed to do was show myself real love, real self-care. Once I started to seek this merciful love journey of wellness, I started to live out God’s greatest commandment:
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. – Matthew 22:35-40
I was able to see that seeking wellness in body, mind, and soul, I was able to really live out my vocation in a personal merciful way.
Having that personal relationship with Christ, it showed me that the gift of my life needed first a merciful love self-care so that I could be that intentional disciple of Christ to my family, friends, and the world around me.
Once I had the mindset of this merciful love, I was able to really see results in my body, mind, and soul.
So with this new profound transformation in my life and inspiration of the Holy Spirit, I began to share this with other mothers like myself yet unique in their ways that we can be both a mother as well a healthy strong daughter of a King.
This new life has brought me great joys, sufferings, sweat, and peace. Before this mindset and heart change, I would of never thought I would be on the road to become a kettlebell instructor, a Catholic Mom life coach, and advocator for wellness in body, mind, and soul.
It let me to be open to the Holy Spirit, creating this Merciful Love Challenge where I am able to offer many mothers the opportunity to start their wellness journey along with finding God’s mercy in their self-care.
We are all called to Holiness, yes, even us mothers in the midst of beeps, the cries, and busyness of life.
We can be holy as we seek this personal relationship with Christ which will bring you to see that self-care, self-love is personal to Christ.
“There is only one sadness, it is to not be a saint.” – Leon Bloys
Let me encourage you to seek this wellness journey with me, as sisters in Christ.
Learn more about our Merciful Love Challenge and please reach out to me with any questions, concerns, together we will be intentional disciples!