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Bars Attack

Bars attack!  You may remember my Kashi Bar attack a couple weeks ago.

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Well, it happened again!  This time with Lara Bars!

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However, it is worse than x2…here’s the story…

And as always, if you don’t know me yet, be sure to read my story and follow along on Facebook.  You should also click the pic below and get email updates so you never miss a thing!

Lastly, good things come to those who share!  If my journey has been helpful, informational, motivating, inspiring, or entertaining for you, I would love and appreciate it if you helped share it with someone else!  Thank you!

Work From Home

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Did you know it was “Bring Your Pets To Work” Day today? That is if you work from home like me 🙂
If you want to spend all day with your fur-babies (or real babies) you CAN!

Are you a natural-born entrepreneur?
A leader?
Determined?
Focused?
A self-starter?
A go-getter?
Creative?
Willing to learn?
Willing to try?
Willing to take risks?
Willing to get uncomfortable and grow?
Wanting to help others with health, fitness and motivation?
Do you want to be your healthiest (mentally and physically)?
Do you want financial and time freedom for your family?
Are you frustrated with your career and life routine in general?
Do you feel like there is more to life than just working all…day…long?

That was me.  Wanting something different.  Wanting something that was MY OWN.  Knowing that I had the skills and ability to create something.  Something that would reward me emotionally and financially.  I made a HUGE leap of faith and will not be turning back.  I am starting a business and loving every minute of the newness, the excitement, the energy, and the hope for the future.  I would love for you to join my team if you are like me and want more from life!

Connect with me and let’s chat business and become wildly successful, amazingly fit, and fantastically HAPPY all by helping others (and yourself) get healthy! I’d love to get together for a fun coffee/business/catch-up/how have you been/lunch meeting! I’ve got lots of time as my schedule is flexible and my boss is pretty cool 😉

‪#‎goforit‬ ‪#‎whynot‬ ‪#‎yolo‬ ‪#‎ididit‬‪#‎stickittotheman‬ ‪#‎makeyourownrules‬ ‪#‎LIVE‬ ‪#‎breakfree‬ ‪#‎areyouhappy‬‪#‎gethappy‬ ‪#‎dontstandinyourway‬ ‪#‎makeithappen‬ ‪#‎takealeap‬ ‪#‎believe‬‪#‎jump‬ ‪#‎allin‬

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And as always, if you don’t know me yet, be sure to read my story and follow along on Facebook.  You should also click the pic below and get email updates so you never miss a thing!

Lastly, good things come to those who share!  If my journey has been helpful, informational, motivating, inspiring, or entertaining for you, I would love and appreciate it if you helped share it with someone else!  Thank you!

Weekly Workout Stats

Now that I have discovered that my Polar heart rate monitor has Bluetooth capabilities, pushing myself during my workouts is now that much more motivating because all the stats are tracked on my phone!!!!  Here is a summary of my weekly workout stats.  Hmmmmm…only got 3 in…better amp it up next week!Nov. 20Nov. 24Nov. 25And as always, if you don’t know me yet, be sure to read my story and follow along on Facebook.  You should also click the pic below and get email updates so you never miss a thing!  Also, good things come to those who share!  If my journey has been helpful/informational/motivating/inspiring/entertaining for you, I would love and appreciate it if you helped share it with someone else!

Random Things

Here are some random things for you today!  I got my new toys in the mail today!  I invested in a set of resistance bands for my upcoming program.  Found them on Amazon…very inexpensive!  Click here or on the picture to take you to Amazon to order some for yourself!  This set even came with a great carrying case so these will be perfect for getting workouts in while traveling!

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Moving on in no particular order!  I love coffee and I love my pet themed coffee mugs – I have one for my cats and one for my dog!

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Here was my lunch sometime this past week.  I used to be “afraid” of avocados because of their fat content.  But I know better now and enjoy these “good-fat” fruits often!

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Found this TUB of dates at Target!  They are organic too!  Very excited about this because I usually can only find whole dates at our co-op and they are super expensive.

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That’s all for random things today!

And as always, if you don’t know me yet, be sure to read my story and follow along on Facebook.  You should also click the pic below and get email updates so you never miss a thing!  Also, good things come to those who share!  If my journey has been helpful, informational, motivating, inspiring, or entertaining for you, I would love and appreciate it if you helped share it with someone else!  Thank you!

Why?

IMG_4924Another story for you. It all started on a cool November evening (last night). I was happily drinking my water at work and avoiding the Diet Coke, when a to-go order was mistakenly made. Hmmmm…a whole bag of free tasty food. “I’ll take it.” I said. Chris would be very happy to have a big ol’ serving of pasta and chicken! There was also some bread and salad.

As the night progressed, I grew more and more hungry. Like starving. As I drove home with the bag of food sitting next to me and my stomach rumbling, I thought “I’ll have a little bit of that bread and garlic butter” and “I’ll have some of the pasta too since the sauce is meatless” and “salad – that is healthy.”

I walked in the door. Chris was starving too as he spotted the bag of food. And just like that we ravenously ripped open the plastic bag and ripped open the cardboard boxes.

We shredded the tin foil as we peeled it off the wrapped bread. We ripped the bread apart with our hands and dunked it into the small butter cups – no cutlery was necessary. It was like a snow storm of disposable wrappers, containers, and food.

We stood in the kitchen over the countertops while we inhaled and shoveled food into our mouths! No talking. Just eating. And within minutes ALL was gone. Bread, butter, pasta, salad, more bread, more butter. The counter was littered with empty containers, crumbs of bread, butter stains, and smears of red pasta sauce. It reminded me of murder scene in a way.

BUT I didn’t stop there! No, then I needed SUGAR! IF there had been any type of candy/chocolate/cake in the house it would have been bad. But there wasn’t. What did I turn to?!?! The damn Kashi Bars! Why? Why? Why?

Again, I KNOW I am not the only one that does these crazy things. It is truly like something possesses me. But it’s a NEW DAY! Here’s to a more balanced brain today!

And as always, if you don’t know me yet, be sure to read my story and follow along on Facebook.  You should also click the pic below and get email updates so you never miss a thing!  Also, good things come to those who share!  If my journey has been helpful, informational, motivating, inspiring, or entertaining for you, I would love and appreciate it if you helped share it with someone else!  Thank you!

How to Open a Pomegranate

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Wondering how to open a pomegranate?  Here is a great trick to make getting the seeds out easy and mess-free!

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And as always, if you don’t know me yet, be sure to read my story and follow along on Facebook.  You should also click the pic below and get email updates so you never miss a thing!  Also, good things come to those who share!  If my journey has been helpful, informational, motivating, inspiring, or entertaining for you, I would love and appreciate it if you helped share it with someone else!  Thank you!

When and How You Should Start

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Are you like me?! Do you tell yourself “I’ll start tomorrow” or “I’ll start Monday” or “I’ll start after the holidays” or “I’ll start __________”. QUIT doing that! You are sabotaging yourself. A healthy lifestyle is not a start and finish process. You DO have to start (and there will most likely be MANY “starts” but there is NO FINISH.

When and how should you start?  I have an online Facebook Fitness and Nutrition Challenge Group starting monthly for people working through a fitness program and nutrition plan all from the comfort of your own home.

Along with the daily workouts, the programs comes with a nutrition plan that is heavily focused on portion control, a daily superfood nutrition shake (no chemicals, artificial sweeteners, etc.), and good old fashioned clean, healthy eating! No quick fixes! Just hard work, dedication, and determination!

I lead the group by posting daily and challengers (that’s YOU) check-in daily with me posting about workouts, how the day went eating-wise, etc. We motivate each other. We share struggles and accomplishments. We exchange ideas, tips, and recipes, etc. After losing nearly 60 pounds myself, I know the power of group support and accountability. That is one of the main reason I decided to become an online coach!

Along with the group on Facebook, you will also (if you choose) have access to try 30 days of online streaming where you can try many other home workout programs on your computer – so you can get a ton of variety!

Does this kind of thing sound like something you think you would benefit from? ANSWER: YES!!!

Connect with me so we can get you all set up!  You can find me on Facebook by clicking here or you can email me at headofkate@gmail.com!

Start Before You Are Ready

IMG_4883As some of you know, getting up early is not easy for me.  However, I am proud to say that TWO days in a row now I have been up at 6:00!  Thank you to Chris for helping with this.  Lately, I have been a BIG proponent of following this advice…

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Of all the lessons I have learned in life, this one is pre-tty, pre-tty important!  Start BEFORE you are ready.  With ANYTHING that I have been wanting to do lately, I follow this motto.  Don’t get me wrong, my brain often gets trapped in the “planning” phase.  I am now much more aware of how much time I spend THINKING about something I want to do rather than just DOING IT!  No more wasting time planning (because things never go as planned anyway).  Plus, the sooner I jump into something, the sooner I get to the fun parts – making mistakes and LEARNING how to get better at it.

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So, yesterday I found myself planning out how I would start implementing a daily morning routine.  I was going to make a list, prioritize, plan out how much time each item would take, blah, blah, blah…then I became aware of what I was doing.  NO MORE PLANNING…JUST START DOING!!!  So I did.  This morning I got up and just started doing things that I WANT to do in the morning.  It went well.  Here is the order in which things happened:

1) Chris pulled covers off me

2) Groaning and begging to sleep 15 more minutes (NO – GET UP!!!!)

3) Poured coffee like a zombie and let myself truly wake up while I sat on the couch with NO social media

4) After the magic of coffee kicked in, I cleared the sink of dishes and got Chris’s shake and coffee ready

I knew I needed to feel more AWAKE so…

5) Put real clothes on (normally I mope around in my bathrobe in the morning), brushed my teeth, put  my hair up, and hung up the bathrobe

I want to start meditating in the morning so I thought “maybe I should get online and research apps.”  NO – JUST FIND ONE, DOWNLOAD IT, and START!  So I did.

6) 5 minutes of guided meditation with the first free app that popped up

7) Did my itty bitty workout while listening to a short 10 minute personal development podcast

8) Reread my journal (which includes my goals, daily affirmations, and other fun happy things)

9) Daily journaling/blogging (doing it right now 🙂 )

And after this…the BEAST

10) Daily workout – I WILL start doing this in the AM – no more procrastinating!

So, for some daily reflection, what are the things you are wasting time just “planning out” right now.  What should you just START?  What small action will you take today to get closer to whatever it is you want to do?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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And as always, if you don’t know me yet, be sure to read my story and follow along on Facebook.  You should also click the pic below and get email updates so you never miss a thing!  Also, good things come to those who share!  If my journey has been helpful/informational/motivating/inspiring/entertaining for you, I would love and appreciate it if you helped share it with someone else!

Vegan Alfredo Sauce

IMG_4835Take a guess at what makes this THICK, CREAMY, DECADENT, “CHEESY” sauce? It’s VEGAN and 100% clean eating deliciousness!

This creamy comfort food is made with cashews, a potato, and a can of white navy beans!  Here’s how to make it!

Vegan Alfredo Sauce
*1 cup cashews (soaked for an hour or more depending on your blender)
*1 cooked potatoe
*1 can white navy beans
*vegetable broth
*salt
*pepper

Soak the cashews for about an hour in water (more if you don’t have a very powerful blender).  Bake or boil the potato.  You can keep the skin on!  Put all the ingredients into a high power blender with some vegetable broth!  I didn’t measure how much broth I used.  I just kept adding it until it was the consistency I wanted.  SUPER easy!  You could also add in garlic and onion if you wanted!  Salt and pepper to taste!  Pour it over veggies or brown rice noodles or just eat it by the spoonful!  I used mine as a soup base with wild rice!

If you haven’t read my full story be sure to do that!  I have online fitness and nutrition groups starting soon on Facebook.  Be sure to head over there and click “like” to follow the fun!  You can also click below for email updates so you never miss a post!  I look forward to connecting with you!

Kate’s Black Bean “Burger” Salad

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You know how when you eat a delicious burger with lettuce, tomato, onions, ketchup, and mustard all the condiments just blend together with the lettuce into a creamy deliciousness?! Here is a way to get that taste and satisfaction but WITHOUT all the unwanted calories! I used to LIVE off this salad back in the day and forgot about it until recently!  Here’s how to make it!

Kate’s Black Bean “Burger” Salad Recipe

*spinach, kale, or other dark leafy greens

*1 onion

*1 cup black beans

*1 pickle spear

*1 Tbsp ketchup

*a quirt of yellow mustard

*cherry tomatoes

Cook up the onion with a tad bit of butter on medium low heat for about 15 minutes or until your liking.  You could just put in raw onion too (if you like that).  Add 1 cup of black beans to the pan to heat up.  Chop up the pickle spear into tiny chunks.  Combine all ingredients in a bowl, mix up, and pretend you are biting into a JUICY burger!  You can also get creative and add other tasty things like mushrooms!  Enjoy!

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If you haven’t read my full story be sure to do that!  I have online fitness and nutrition groups starting soon on Facebook.  Be sure to head over there and click “like” to follow the fun!  You can also click below for email updates so you never miss a post!  I look forward to connecting with you!