New Year, New Me

Now that the holidays are over, the hangovers are gone and the New Year celebrations have come to an end, I decided to write my first blog post of 2016. I have to say I haven’t been this excited for a New Year in quite some time! Things have been kind of crazy since I moved to Colorado a little over 4 years ago. I immediately began a new relationship in a brand new town which quickly evolved into a marriage and a baby! My husband and I ended up moving to a new town in Colorado last year and then had our first son just 2 months before 2015! As you can imagine this past year has been a complete whirlwind for me. Now that our little dude is already 14 months old we finally feel like we can lay down some bigger, better goals! I have some big goals for myself, for my family and for our future. There are some exciting things on the horizon for us and we couldn’t be more excited to get this year started!

This year we have decided to focus on fitness/nutrition, personal development, career, finances and adventure! I want to focus on reading & writing more, fitness & nutrition and ramping up my Beachbody business (this means more support for you!) while my husband will be focusing on his new cloud accounting career. As always, our main focus for ourselves and our family is ALWAYS travel, adventure, experiencing new things and meeting new people! With us both working remotely we decided it’s high time we take advantage of that and maybe even fix up an old RV and take to the road 😉

Those are some big dreams we are working on behind the scenes but since this page is for health & fitness inspiration, I’m going to share my specific goals in that area with you!

In the fitness world and other industries they say your goals should always be S.M.A.R.T:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Realistic
  • Time-bound

These parameters are great guidelines. You can’t meet a goal unless you know:

  • The specific goal i.e. lose 15 lbs, lose 5% body fat, run a marathon in 4 hours and 30min, etc
  • How you are going to measure your progress towards the goal
  • Plan of action to achieve the goal
  • Timeline and date for achieving the goal

The only thing I DON’T like about the S.M.A.R.T guidelines is the “realistic” part. Let’s face it, nothing great has ever happened that seemed “realistic” at the time. For BIG goals to happen you need to stretch your mind and your body. Having a 6-pack, making 6 figures, selling all your stuff and moving to another country doesn’t seem realistic when you first start out but in order to achieve a big goal, you have to be a little crazy. You are going to have to do some uncomfortable, hard, and seemingly unrealistic things. Specific, measurable & timed goals? Sure. Realistic & achievable? I promise you aren’t going to think so at the start.  I’m not sure about you but most amazing things I’ve done in my life didn’t seem too smart, realistic or achievable until I did them.

I guess what I”m trying to say is, don’t limit yourself. Dream big, then dream bigger and then dream bigger than that. Many of the best inventions, ideas and creations in the world didn’t come from realistic thoughts, they came from thinking outside of the box, going against the advice of others and definitely NOT listening to what others thought during the process. You have to be a little crazy to get somewhere cool 🙂 This is my year to get uncomfortable!

Anyway that being said, I do have some very specific goals in terms of my health, fitness & personal development. I plan to focus on these throughout the whole year to just help increase my overall health and well-being.

  • Drink at least 64 oz of water per day
  • Workout (20 min or more) at least 5 days per week
  • Eat 5 salads per week
  • Drink 1 Shakeology per day
  • Read 3 books per month (2 personal development, 1 any topic)
  • Spend at least 20 minutes per day outside

In terms of a few bigger goals, in my free time I plan to:

  • Inspire & encourage others to live a healthy lifestyle and provide them the tools to do so
  • Learn some new digital skills such as website design, better content writing, social media marketing, etc
  • Spend more time outdoors with my son and husband
  • Go on more adventures

Now I want you to tell me ONE UN-realistic goal you have for 2016 and how you are going to achieve it! 2016 is mine! Will it be yours too??

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Holiday Survival Guide

I don’t know about you but I am totally one of those people who starts celebrating Christmas the day after Halloween. I learned the hard way that waiting until the day after Thanksgiving just doesn’t give me enough time to experience all the amazing joys of the holiday season! For instance:

*Seeing ALL the Christmas movies…a couple times. There’s even some new Christmas movies coming out this winter! YAY!

*Appreciating all the indoor and outdoor decorations, including those delicious evergreen and sugar cookie candles.

*Peppermint Mochas…need I say more? (Luckily there’s not a Starbucks within 35 miles of me so it will be easy to only have a couple this season!)

*Holiday parties! I want to throw one solely based on the fact that there are now Peanuts character CHRISTMAS PARTY decorations available.

*My happiness! I have to admit that the winter and Christmas seasons have always made me happy and from about mid-October through Dec 31st I’m freaking tickled 😉

And I don’t care about the haters out there- making fun of and yelling at people who start their Christmas festivities early. I’ll be over here in my Christmas PJs, sippin on some cocoa, watching Elf for a third time, and enjoying my Christmas decorations, scents, carols and recipes for 2 WHOLE months… you can be a scrooge, no skin off my festive back 😉

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BUT let’s get to the point of this post and that is HOLIDAY SURVIVAL. Yes with all the cookies, movies, carols, snowmen, peppermint mochas, party-planning, etc… it does turn into SURVIVAL SEASON for many of us. I know a lot of folks have the mindset of just “making it through the holidays”, whether that is due to finances, hectic schedules, family issues, personal situations, food battles or any of the other millions of things that can make the holiday stressful instead of fun. And what do we do when we are STRESSED….or EXCITED… or CELEBRATING…. or SAD??

WE EAT!!!!

I know, because I’m a huge emotional eater myself. It’s something that is WILDLY hard for me to control without focus, SUPPORT, and motivation. I know the holiday season always gets the best of me and I end up walking my ass through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly twirly gum drops, and then I walk through a Starbucks fountain of never-ending peppermint mochas, and then I sit my ass on my couch wrapped up in a snowman blanket and drink Bailey’s Irish Cream til I pass out….

Ok.. so I’m exaggerating  A LITTLE BIT. But you know what I mean. Holidays are HARD. Hard to moderate indulgences, hard to focus, hard to stay disciplined with health & fitness.

So how am I going to stay on track through the whole holiday season WHILE STILL ENJOYING the things I love in moderation? With the help of some awesome friends of course! I have a whole crew of supporters, motivators and cheerleaders right at my fingertips. I’m talking about people who wake up at the crack of dawn to workout, inspiring me to do the same. People who say no to that extra cookie and show me a great alternative. People who share healthy recipe and snack ideas with me. People on my sidelines saying “Katie, you can do it! Katie, you have the POWER to make good choices! Katie, you are WORTH THE CHANGES you want to see in your life! Katie, you have the WILL AND THE DISCIPLINE to see those changes through! KATIE YOU ARE A BADASS MOTHER *&^%$ WHO IS STRONGER, WISER AND FITTER THAN YOU’VE EVER BEEN BEFORE.”

“KATIE,

Guess what- when you start to hear these things enough, you start to believe them and you start to believe them because they are true. They are true now, they were true yesterday and they will be true tomorrow. It’s up to YOU to decide when you’ll start to believe it yourself. It’s up to YOU to decide if this December will be when you finally decide to say “I’M WORTH IT”.. or maybe you’ll wait til January… or February… or you’ll find yourself sitting here next November wishing you started sooner.

And please let me explain, I’m not just talking about weight loss here. I’m talking about gaining strength, having energy, reducing cravings, dropping binge diets and discovering clean eating. I’m talking about self-confidence, self-improvement, meeting new people, giving and receiving inspiration, learning, growing and LEANING on people who want to help you. Leaning on people who are in the same boat as you. People who are as imperfect as you are. People who have cheat meals. People who drink beer. People who still get their ass up and work their ass out because it gives them the confidence and the stress-relief that we all need a little more of in our lives.

So tell me this… How would it change your life if you spent this holiday season FULL OF ENERGY? Or if you ended the holiday season A FEW POUNDS LIGHTER? What if you started the NEW YEAR FEELING REFRESHED… not feeling tired, worn, broken?

What if….

You let me help you do it?

I am helping run a 30 day HOLIDAY SURVIVAL support group starting on November 30th and running it until the end of the year!

Holiday Survival Guide

Here is what you can expect from this group:

1.  A health and fitness program to fit your needs in 30 minutes or less each day.

2.  Sample meal plans and recipes to help you stay accountable, to help you with quick easy meals and snacks to fit your lifestyle.

3.  Daily accountability through a closed online support group.

4.  Tips on handling holiday parties, a restaurant guide, traveling tips, healthy alternatives to holiday favorites.

5.  Motivation, Accountability every single day to help you end the year stronger than you started.

6. ME!! As your personal coach and support system, showing up with you daily, doing our workouts, saying NO to things that don’t serve us well and saying YES to things that do.

Let’s rock in the New Year feeling confident!!! And let’s do it by learning how to moderate, stay disciplined and HAVE FUN at the same time 🙂

So what are the requirements to participate in this group?? Check out the details below- would love to have you join us!!

1.  You must be a customer of mine on TeamBeachbody, which means that I am assigned as your FREE coach.  If you already have a coach please reach out to the person you work with.  If you do not have an account, complete the application or message me on Facebook or Instagram!

2.  You must commit to a  fitness program and nutrition plan in which we will discuss options that are best for you, your ability level, your time constraints and your needs.

3.  You must commit to checking into the accountability group daily and reporting progress.

Are you in?

Let’s ring in the New Year looking F%@#ing FABULOUS.