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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Greatest Christmas Present…Ever!

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Gold, frankincence, and myrhh.

In our family, we have decided to use these three gifts as a framework for our Christmas shopping each year.  Gold, something special that you wouldn’t get everyday.  Frankincense is a perfume, so like perfume is for the body we purchase something for the body; clothes, shoes, etc.  And myrhh was an annointing oil, so we choose something “spiritual”; devotion book, Bible, music, etc.

These three gifts have been great to keep us from going crazy shopping and also gives us a few fun categories to choose from.  Most years I feel like we have come out pretty even in the giving realm.  I give Trey something good, he gives me something good.  Not this year.  This year my man hit it out of the park!

The best gifts are those you don’t see coming.  Not the ugly Christmas sweater kind, but the “you really understand me!” kind.  My gold this year…it was one of those kind of gifts to me.  Do you want to know what he got me?

TICKETS TO SEE DANCING WITH THE STARS ON TOUR!!!

If we are friends on Facebook you have probably seen me post a thing or two about DWTS.  Let’s just say I’m kind of a fan…

Dance + Reality TV + All the Feels = Fabulous Monday Nights!

So, Christmas morning when I opened up a box of tickets to see some of my favorite dancers, LIVE, you can imagine I freaked out a bit.  And I freaked out even more when I learned we’d be doing this New Years Eve!

That’s right, Trey and I dropped the kiddos off at Yaya & Pop’s house and we headed to ATL on New Years Eve!

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We had an awesome dinner out, just the two of us, and then headed to the theatre!  Y’all, I was a wreck of excitement.  I saw Backstreet Boys when I was in the 5th grade and I felt that excitement all over again!  I told Trey on the way in if I went a bit “fan girl” when they came out on stage I was sorry in advance.

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And then it happened!  The lights dimmed, we were told to take our seats, the show was about to begin!  And out they came…Sharna, Lindsey, Val, Artem, Emma, Gleb, Kio, and even Laurie (Olympic Gymnast and DWTS winner!)  I didn’t even know what to do.

We took Colby to see Daniel Tiger Live a few months ago and he just screamed and goofy laughed for like the first 2 minutes of the show because he just couldn’t understand seeing in real life what he’d watched on t.v. for so long…that was pretty much me at the beginning of the show.

A few minutes in I caught my breath as Trey told me I was going to have to sit back in my seat, ha!  And the show continued.

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I took a few pictures that turned out like poo…

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But, because I was there the pictures trigger those memories for me so I’m posting them here for reference in the future.

There is nothing quite like watching a show live in the theatre!  I love everything about dance.  Not because I’m a dancer (if you saw my sisters and I Zumba on Facebook you already know this, haha).  Because it does not come “easy” to me, I have such an appreciation and respect for those who can do it and do it well!

And let me tell you, the dancers we saw on New Years Eve were awesome!  If you watch the show, can I just tell you how much better Sharna & Val are in real life?!  I’ve never actually voted for anyone during the season, but I may just have to start this year.

I’ll even brag on Trey, what a trooper he was for taking me to such a “me” show!  He only checked the score of the games once!

We attempted a picture in front of the FOX sign after the show, and it definitely left something to be desired.  It was raining, cold, windy, and well you get it…

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After the show we returned home to an empty house!

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Lest you think we were party animals this New Years Eve, let me confess that we were asleep before midnight.  We may have had a great night out but lets not get crazy!

And, Trey, if you are reading this…you’ve raised the bar my man.  Cannot wait to see what you’ve got planned for next Christmas!

 

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