How Bout them Falcons

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I’ve been a GA peach for about 4 months now.  Who knew we’d move to GA just in time for the Atlanta Falcons (my NFL team now) to play in the Superbowl!  I have always been a fan of the Superbowl, but it will probably come as no surprise that I enjoy the Superbowl for reasons besides the actual sport of football.

I love the Superbowl because I am all about any reason to have a get together.  My FOMO (fear of missing out) self loves nothing more than to have people over or go to someones house, just for fun!  I love the commercials of Superbowl, most of the time.  I love the touchdown celebrations and the energy from the crowd.  And I love the food of Superbowl.  Y’all…

Cheeses, meats, and chocolates…oh my!

But something happened this year.  Something that junk food lovin’ Chelsea had never experienced before.  You see, I dove all in ready to embrace this lovely junk food weekend, and my body didn’t like it.

At the close of an eventful game, where *spoiler alert* the Atlanta Falcons did not win, I found myself in bed with a killer headache.  A headache from a sugar rush and over indulgence that was not welcomed by my body.

Did I mention this has never happened to me before?  Normally when my body crashes or hurts it’s from a need of sweets (carbs, junk, etc.)  not from an overload of sugar!

But do you want to know the craziest part?

I have never enjoyed a headache more in my life!  It hurt, don’t get me wrong.  But it communicated something much bigger.

My body is changing!

In this 2017 year I’ve committed to improving my physical health through fitness and nutrition.  And it’s happening!  The terrible headache of Superbowl 2017 is proof!  As I wished away the throbbing headache I couldn’t help but be thankful all at the same time.

Our bodies are incredible gifts!  It blows my mind when I think about how intricately designed we are by our Creator.  Our bodies are to be fueled to make much of Him, not harmed by our poor choices.  The past month of giving more attention to how I am caring for this temple of the Lord has not been without its challenges.

I’ve had successes and failures.  But you, oh sweet headache of Superbowl 2017, you have helped me see the successes are outweighing the fails.

So, in the nicest way possible I say, Bon Voyage sugar crashes and awful headaches, you are not welcome this year!

I am full swing ahead on my fitness & nutrition journey and doing it alongside a team of awesome encouragers and friends through Beachbody.  I’d love to share more with you and help you kick those sugar crashes and sloppy days too!

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21 Day Fix and More

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20 days ago I joined my first challenge group with Beachbody.  This challenge group consisted of a group of like minded ladies who wanted to commit to 21 days of nutritional eating and focused exercise.  We each had our own goals and reasons, but joined together in an online community, and encouraged one another and held each other accountable!  Over the past 20 days I have seen change in my life.

Physically– I have lost 5 pounds and quite a few inches of my baby bump have disappeared.  I have held planks, done push ups, burpees, and all kinds of other new exercies to tone and strengthen.  I have watched the foods I ate and followed a super easy nutrition plan through Beachbody.  I have NOT been on a diet.  I have chosen to take care of myself and the body the Lord has given me.

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Mentally- I have felt the “foggy mommy brain” begin to lift!  As I have fueled my body and gotten the daily exercise I need, I have been energized and ready to go with the events of the day.  Sugar crashes?  No, they haven’t happened over the past 20 days.  Emotional cries?  No, they are gone as well.

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Spiritually- I have asked myself the hard questions about why I want to be fit and take care of myself.  My main goal is not to see the number drop on the scale, although it has.  It is not to have my clothes feel better, although they do.  But I am focusing intentionally on my physical self this year in order to be able to say  YES to the calling the Lord has placed on my life.  Yes to my kids when they need mommy to have energy and patience.  Yes to my husband at the end of a long day.  Yes to a life of “ready”, ready to climb high mountains both literally and figuratively speaking.

This year I committed to taking my physical health more seriously.  No more starting over.  No more wishing I would have started yesterday.  But just simply saying yes, one moment at a time and taking the necessary steps to improve day by day.

The past 20 days with Beachbody have helped push me in this commitment and give me very practical ways to achieve this desire.  That is why I am posting today, to let you know I am not finished.

I have decided to become a Beachbody Coach! 

As a coach I will continue to do and even lead challenge groups like what I have been a part of this month.  I will place myself in community with like minded ladies who will encourage me in this on a daily basis.  But here’s the best part, I will invite YOU to do it too!

Throughout this month I have thought about so many of you who I know would LOVE the programs I am learning about through Beachbody.  Not only do I believe you will love them, but I believe you could do them and do them well.  At risk of sounding super cheesy (I promise these are my words and not an infomercial) the encouragement and accountability along with the incredible workouts and easy to follow nutrition guide of Beachbody are simply too good not to share.

Here is what you should know…

Next Monday, FEBRUARY 6th, a new challenge group will begin and I want you to join me!

If you are interested, even in the smallest way, would you send me a message on FB or shoot me an e-mail? csalter327@gmail.com.

I want to talk with you!

When I started with my challenge group 20 days ago I partnered up with my own coach, Lauren.  She quite literally held my hand and walked me through what program I should do, how to get started, and has spurred me on over the past 3 weeks.  She’s kind of great like that.  And now it’s my turn.  I’d like to do the same for you.

What do you think?

February 6th Challenge Group, who is with me?

 

 

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Five Minute Friday- Refine

Five Minute Friday- Linking up with my sisters hosted by Kate Motaung.  A time to let go of edits and specifics and let the words flow.  Each Friday a new writing prompt is given and the timer is set.  Ready…

GO…

Inauguration Day.  Y’all, I have had the t.v. on all morning.  I have watched the greetings, the speeches, fancy lunches, and a lot of signatures.  In fact it was our lunch time entertainment:

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After lunch my 3 year old said, “Mom, has Donald Trump done his thing yet?  I’m ready to watch my show.”

I have been intrigued this year with a variety of things leading up to this election.  But when all is said and done I know the Lord sits on His throne and I rest in His Kingdom purposes.  So my watching of the inaugueration was for a variety of reasons, some deep and some pretty shallow.  Do you know what has held my attention the most this inaugueration?

I have loved watching the wives of the political leaders.  I cannot get over wondering what it must be like to be married to a man in such a large spotlight.  The pressure of the power and expectations is hard to imagine.  How taxing these rolls must be on their families and their marriages.  But yet, as I watched them stand next to their husbands I saw grace.

I saw beauty.  They were so polished and so refine.

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They smiled at the right times.  Shook hands with countless people.  All the while wearing classy dresses with perfectly styled hair.  And there I sat in the living room floor, yoga pants and all.  And it hit me…

These women did not just wake up looking this refined.  They did not learn just yesterday how to greet others, and walk in such confidence.  No, they’ve been trained.  They’ve been coached.  They’ve had to walk a road to get to this place.  And you know what, that journey does not end for them tomorrow.

No, they’ll continue to learn to “walk the walk & talk the talk”.  They’ll stumble and have mess ups all along the way.  But, they know their roll and they are keeping close those who will continue to shape them, refine them, into who they are supposed to be.

We too are being refined- made elegant and polished.  Not to be wives of politicians or even actresses on the red carpet (although, just for a night, I think that would be SO.MUCH.FUN!)  No, we are being refined by our creator.  Shaped and polished into His image, to make much of him and less of us.

It’s a process.  Painful at times.  But well worth the attention and effort.  One step at a time.

STOP!

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Resoluting & Routining…

It’s official, 2017 is in full swing.  I hope it feels good to you!  2017 is going to be here for a bit, how about we embrace it?  I cannot lie, I am glad to have the holidays and kiddos birthdays behind me and now begin to settle into a routine.

As a stay-at-home momma my routine is not given to me by a workplace but instead it is there for me to establish, along with 2 little kids.  And believe me when I say, they need a routine too!  So in the midst of learning our new days, I’m also making sure I’m following through with some of my resolutions.  Here are a few:

One book a month- Check!

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Trey bought me a short series by Karen Kingsbury for Christmas.  Angels Walking.  Let it be known, I have already finished book 1 of the series and it’s not even February!  I love Christian fiction and I love reading books in hard copy.  These are a pretty easy read, but still entertaining.  What are you reading this year?  I’d love to hear some suggestions.

Step forward in fitness- Check!

Y’all, I have committed.  I have taken the plunge.  I am currently on Day 9 of the 21 Day Fix from Beachbody!  I am blowing up my photos on my phone taking pictures like this:

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Sweaty, post workout, all from home pictures!  And even some like this:

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I am paying attention to my nutrition for the first time in a loooong time.  And did I mention I am loving it?!  There is a lot more to say about this and other blogs will follow, but I just had to get it out there.  Beachbody, I’m a fan!  Message me, I’d love to talk to you about it and I can always use some accountability!

Daily Jesus time- Check!

We have recently gotten plugged into a local church (Praise the Lord!).  This past week Trey and I both meet with a small group, discipleship group (D-Group).  These groups are going to read through the New Testament this year and get together weekly to check in and share what we learned.  I am super excited to get to know a new group of ladies and go deeper into the Word this year.

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I have my journal and ESV journal Bible and ready to dive deep this year.  And on a side note, do you see what my journal says?  Embrace, my word for 2017.

A new friend of mine is super crafty and I asked her if she would write embrace on my journal because I have the art skills of a second grader.  She did it 10,000,000 times better than I would have!  She also makes other cute things, you should check out her design shoppe here:  One Girl Design Shoppe.

What about you?  Have you picked a word?  Are you spending time in the Word?  Have you moved yet today?  It’s only the 19th, still the beginning of 2017.  Let’s start it off right!

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1 Year!

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We made it!  Friday morning, at 6:04 a.m. to be exact, Riley Faye completed her first year of life!

HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY RILEY!!!

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You have had quite the year.

You started like this in Frankfort KY…

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You have moved homes twice in your first year and even changed states!

You have learned to crawl, and crawl quickly!

You are pulling up on everything you can find.

You have smiled more than I ever thought possible for one little girl.

You have brought lots of love and sweetness into our home.

You entered the world almost 11 pounds, and at the close of your first year you’re right at 30 pounds.  You get it girl!

You have tasted a lot of different foods and haven’t found any that you don’t like.

You sleep like a champ!

You have 10 TEETH!

You love people, nothing makes you happier than having a friend by your side.

Your brother loves to play with you, and typically plays right on top of you.

You are pretty patient…sort of.  We all have our limits.

You ended your first year like this…

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It’s safe to say, you love your sweets!  You fit into our family perfectly!

Your Yaya, Pops, & Gammie celebrated your big day with us.

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Your Mimi & Poppi had plans to come but something crazy happened…

It snowed on your birthday!  In Georgia of all places!

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Riley, our courageous and big hearted girl.  We love you!  Thank you for a FULL year and for embracing the adventure with us.  We wouldn’t want it any other way!

Your crazy family…Dad, Mom, & Colby

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