Forming a Tech Tribe to Find and Keep Better Physical & Spiritual Health

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I tend to be fairly transparent with most of my life (most of it…). So today, I’m going to be consistent with that by sharing a little struggle I’m facing and asking for your prayers and input.

I’m also asking for your spiritual companionship. With most major challenges in my life, I’ve found that when I try to “gut out” a solution on my own, even with prayer, I inevitably fail. This week, I had some news from my personal physician which caused me to look long and hard at my physical health. This isn’t a major health scare, but it’s also something that I’ve sort of known for a while could become an issue (bad grammar alert – trying to avoid the specifics so please bear with me.)

To “fix” this issue–and I do believe that it can indeed be “fixed”–will require both concerted effort and spiritual perseverance. I need to make some major changes to my lifestyle related to physical activity, but especially my nutrition. I can offer all kinds of excuses, but none of them are valid.

To accomplish these changes feels too challenging to do on my own. So this morning, I “outed” myself to three dear friends who are all spiritual sisters. They are also very practical women who know me well enough to call “B.S.” when I flounder and give up. Being accountable in this way helps me enormously. It also gives me the spiritual firepower of friends who are praying for my wellbeing. I need and want to be strong and healthy so that I can continue doing the work I love. But this work also too often becomes my crutch, my excuse for not doing things like properly feeding our family.

Today, along with sharing this struggle with trusted confidants, I have created a small plan of action which includes:

  1. Specifically including this struggle in my morning prayer and asking for God’s strength to overcome the challenges which will come along each day.
  2. Reopening my membership at MyFitnessPal to track my food intake. My “fitness” stats are already being tracked regularly with my Apple Watch.
  3. Committing myself to blogging at least once per week on this topic at my personal blog. Many of these posts will also be shared at CatholicMom.com.

Today, I’m inviting you to be a part of my “tech tribe”. If you would like to be a part of this journey, I would love to walk alongside you. Feel free to be a silent companion, to participate in the combox below to answer the specific questions I will pose each week, or to email me privately (lisa at catholicmom.com) to share privately. I won’t promise an immediate response, but I will pray for you by name daily and will do my best to communicate as I can to support you too!

A question for you: Have you ever had a time when you hit “rock bottom” on an issue and couldn’t see a fix? What and who helped you to find peace and healing? If you are currently in this situation, please know that you are in my prayers.

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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

14 Comments

  1. My goodness, God’s timing certainly is amazing. Just this week I finally decided to do something about my weight. The decision to do it was far more difficult than actually do it! I had felt oppressed and hopeless about my weight for years and it was the worst this summer as the weight kept shifting forward. I equate oppressive feelings like that with an elephant sitting on me (like in that ad about COPD on TV). My elephant took a hike this week and I believe it’s because I’ve been spending time in front of the tabernacle (something I recently started doing)–God gifted me with grace. So now I find you want to work to become healthier too and to form this tribe and I just smile and shake my head in amazement at His goodness. Count me in! 🙂

    • Susan, I have always been amazed at how things like this work! Thank you for letting me count you in! You are always a tremendous role model for me in so many ways!

  2. We need to set up a CatholicMom.com Get Healthy Check-In. Once a week, in a combox near you. I’m in, except for that part where every morsel of food eaten is noted, because there is NO WAY I’m admitting in writing to my M&M consumption.

      • I took all the candy and snacks out of my desk drawer (holy cow, there was a lot of stuff in there!) and put it where I have to make an effort to get it. I have resolved NOT to eat at my desk. Period. I know that’s a problem area for me.

        My goal this week is to get in my “5 a day” of fruits and vegetables. If I fill up on those, I won’t go looking for sweets. In a normal day I usually only get in about 2. This needs to improve!

        And I bought a box of fudge pops (low in fat, only 12 carbs) and that will be my evening treat.

  3. I started the Atkins Diet this past weekend because it was the only one that had ever worked for me. I did it 15 years ago and lost 20 lbs. It was cool to see how God unlocked those memories bit by bit as I said yes to his request that I take better care of myself. Despite my having done that diet so long ago, I remembered a lot of what makes it work. Before I depended upon the paperback book; now it’s online with its own app. So that makes it fun too! Today I realized that I had already received a beautiful perk of this lifestyle change – more energy! I have been plagued with morning fog in my head – very unfocused, so tired, overwhelmed by my workload. Worst of all, I had lost my joie de vivre. Now it’s back and I know it’s because of grace.

    I look forward to reading about your progress, and Barb’s and anyone else who gets involved with this. We have to get Allison on board because she’s doing this too!

    • Susan, hooray for feeling the fog lift. I’m using the myfitnessapp because it plays nicely with my apple watch. It’s also incredible how awesome of a nutritional “drill down” it gives me. Helping me to see specifically the nutrients and fat/protein/carbs ratio… that’s an issue that I have to keep control of, so I like that I can look at my wrist and see where I am for the day…

  4. I would like to join you in your health journey. I have a weight issue that directly contributes to most of my poor health. I need a jump start and i read your post. I also flounder a great deal so a push is often needed. I can join hands and heart wth you and your cause and offer spiritual support and prayers for you and those interested also.

    • Donna, welcome to the “tribe” (for lack of a better name!) Please know that you will specifically be in my prayers, especially during these first few very challenging days (and the hard ones to come!)

  5. I’m in, not only for myself but for my husband. For me two things are helpful, having a “tribe” and focusing not on numbers but on quality of life. When I avoid all processed carbs and work out I feel so much better mentally and physically and emotionally. I have learned so much in the last year about how our bodies work but implementing all is not easy. Support is vital. This will be a great help to all of us, I’m sure of it!

    • Deanna, so glad you are “in”! I look forward to prayerfully walking this path with you. And can I just say that your reflection today truly blessed me?! I’m taking a “stay awake” attitude with respect to this situation. I know you mentioned “not focusing on numbers” – but it sounds to me like intentionality is guiding you. That’s what I need, and “staying awake” to the truth of this situation but also to God’s omnipresent love for me will help.

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