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  • The Strong Belles Lenten Challenge

    Feb 21, 2012 CATEGORIES: Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, SEC Football, Southern Belles, Southern Football, Southern Gentlemen, Southern Women, Strong Belles Challenge

    Thanks for the love, but this doesn't help me!

    Valentine’s day was last Tuesday. I spent the weekend in NYC ordering from, indulging in wonderful Cuban food, and sipping on celebratory drinks. Fat Tuesday is today.  I tend to take this fake holiday too seriously and eat as if I simply must put every senseless calorie in my mouth. TODAY.


    Thankfully,  Lent begins tomorrow. Yes, I’ll go so far as to say I need a power bigger than myself to get me back on track!

    How convenient that Lent comes just a few months after our big self-improving New Year declarations.  Lent, thankfully, is only 46 days and that feels a little easier to manage than 365 days of commitment.

    My personal Lenten promises tend to be more about enhancing my life rather than depriving myself.  I would rather volunteer more, have lunch once a week with a new friend, or add more yoga to my day.  That’s partially because I hope that whatever I do add will take hold as habit after 46 days. And don’t they say habits are hard to break?

    So how does all of this relate to Gridiron Belles and football?

    The purpose of me writing Gridiron Belles was not only to promote the gentility and class of Southern Belles and Gents but to empower women with knowledge about an ever so popular game that nearly every Southerner obsesses over. I wanted to provide women with knowledge. Knowledge is power.

    What was once accepted and expected of Belles, to just be pretty and quiet, is no longer what makes a Belle a Belle.  Belles are not frail creatures waiting to be told who or how to be.  We don’t need to wait for direction from a man or suggestions from our families.  In my mind, a Belle is a woman who is strong, proud, capable, motivated, respectful of herself and others, goal driven, and eager to take on the challenges of life to achieve her dreams. All while being a lady.

    A Belle is nothing if she is not well-rounded  and her own biggest cheerleader.

    Still looking for the connection?

    I have found over the years that how physically fit I am directly influences how emotionally fit I am. If I’m emotionally unfit, I begin to doubt myself, my work, my purpose, etc. One quick, exhausting workout remedies the situation. SO… in an effort to further empower and encourage women to be the greatest version of themselves they can be, I am inviting you to join my Lenten promise.

    I am vowing to do 100 push-ups and 100 sit ups each day of Lent.  To make sure that my body is in as great of shape as my mind is. I want to live everyday not only as a Gridiron Belle but a strong and beautiful belle.

    Here is how it’s going to work:

    Each day, I will post on facebook when I complete my push-ups and sit-ups.  When you complete yours, just “Like” the status or comment about your sets to motivate others.  At the end of lent, there will be a Gridiron Belle prize for the Belle who completed the most days of being a strong belle.

    I”ll be posting a picture of my arms/shoulders at the beginning and at the end.(Feel free to send in pictures of you as well, but please keep them belle appropriate!)  Not only am I projecting that I will be more productive and happier but that my arms will be ready for a strapless KY Derby dress and for the upcoming season of tailgating!  Yes, I’ll still let the Gents carry the coolers and tents, but that’s not because I wont be strong enough to do it myself…

    Brandi Chastain, one of the strongest Belles out there! I want that feeling of success everyday...

    So go ahead and have that extra slice of king cake today–tomorrow we start a new challenge of making a habit out of being fabulous –everyday–inside and out!

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh