Faith and fitness, the perfect blend

Faith and fitness, the perfect blend
Faith and fitness is the perfect blend to workout the body, mind, and soul.

You can train the body, and you can do exercises for your mind. But, what I've found is that faith and fitness is the perfect blend.

I didn't always emphasize the spiritual aspect of diet, nutrition, and exercise. I mean, I loved God, but my focus on my "spirit man" was like a mint the waiter brings after you've had a delicious meal. My faith was an afterthought, something I liked to get, but nothing I would have missed because I had already "filled" myself on worldly pleasures.

I never really thought of my body as a temple, even though, for the majority of my life, I've been on someone's pew almost every Sunday. I didn't even realize this until recently. I have been a believer in a higher presence of love and goodness all my life. I just never acted like it. I never knew to be obedient to God's Word, which is the bible, and attempt to live a holy and blameless life. For someone who's been a battered woman, addicted to drugs, on welfare, suicidal, and the epitome of a Friday partier, no, living a righteous life was  not at all my lifestyle.

Is it any wonder that I am who I am today?

There's an old gospel song that my grandmothers, my mother, and now I myself sing to my girls, and boy is it true:

As I look back over my life.

And I think things over.

I can truly say.

That I've been blessed.

I have a te-sti-mo-o-ny!

And I do. I mean, I really do.

This is why faith and fitness is the perfect blend to me, because thanks to God, I don't look like what I've been through.

When you do what you love, you never have to work another day in your life!

When you do what you love, you never have to work another day in your life!

Today, people see me as a fitness professional with an amazing body for someone who's birthed six daughters. They don't know I was on welfare, or that I was a high school dropout. They just see the letters after my name in emails I send to show that I've earned two graduate degrees and national fitness certifications.  Some people think it's vain to include post-nominal letters, but not me. I went through hell and back to get mine so I proudly list my accomplishments.

And that's the moral of my story: you can suffer much and then accomplish a lot, but without deliberate, intentional, focused attention on God, it's really all meaningless. Sure, you can become the world's strongest man, but what do all those muscles do for you when you're at you're weakest place emotionally? They sure can't carry you through hard times. Only the Lord can do that.

Or, what about all these athletes and entertainers with inexplicable amounts of wealth, who have no spiritual foundation and spiral out of control in front of  the entire world? They show us that money can buy all sorts of nice cars, things, and "bling," but as the old cliche goes, "Money can't buy you happiness," and it absolutely does not give common sense.

This is why I love the person I am today. I've found the perfect blend for health, happiness, and holiness, and it comes through my daily blend of my faith with my fitness regimen. And, God being God, complete with sense of humor and an uncanny ability to work things for our good down to the most unbelievable detail, even created a space for me to teach this kind of workout to others. I am a now a health and fitness evangelist sharing that good news that you can train the body, and you can do exercises for your mind, but for a life that is grounded, complete, fulfilling, and blessed, the perfect blend is to merge faith and fitness. --EA

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Come experience a perfect blend of faith and fitness at the Kroc Center on Saturday, June 14th.

Come experience a perfect blend of faith and fitness at the Kroc Center on Saturday, June 14th.

About  Me: I'm a wife, mom of six daughters, blogger, and fitness instructor at the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center located on the South side of Chicago. The Salvation Army Kroc Center exists to express the mission and ministry of The Salvation Army through a safe, enriching and sacred environment where all individuals have access to opportunities to reach their physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potential--and I love it! At the end of every class, we end in prayer, and there is a spiritual component to every activity, fitness class, and program we have at the Kroc. If you are in, or visiting the Chicagoland area, you must stop by to see this state of the art facility. You will love it!

I am a also a proud promoter of the Body by Vi 90 Day Challenge which helps people lose weight, build muscle, and feel great, 10 pounds at a time. Last year, through the Vi Challenge, I won $1,000 for losing 10lbs as a part of Project 10 which gives five women and five men $1000 each every Monday as part of Vi's initiative to celebrate and reward people for the important milestone of the first ten pounds, plus, we also donate 30 meals to a child in need every time a person loses, or builds, 10 pounds. I love the Vi Challenge and I love being able to help people with every aspect of their physical, spiritual, and nutritional needs. I do what I love and I love what I do!

The Body by Vi 90-Day Challenge is North America's #1 Weight Loss and Fitness Challenge Platform.

The Body by Vi 90-Day Challenge is North America's #1 Weight Loss and Fitness Challenge Platform.

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