Sunday Well Spent – Food Prep

It doesn’t matter if it’s a “holiday weekend” – we still have to setup for success, because we still have to fuel ourselves and make good choices.

My nutrition is ESPECIALLY important during this time as I grow this little baby – he or she needs nutrients and nourishment too!

I also made banana bread, and washed and cut strawberries and pineapple – yummy stuff thats ready to grab!

So take a little time today (or tomorrow!), and set yourself up for successful choices.

Because… shhh, come closer… you ARE worth good choices, and you ARE NOT too busy to take time for yourself 💕

 

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Flashback Friday – WHY

•WHY?•

The other night during a meeting, we were encouraged to revisit our WHY, and I’ll confess, it had been a while since I paid any attention to WHY I workout, WHY I eat sensibly, WHY I manage my stress and emotions, WHY I share all of that with you all…

I’d love to act like I just GREW UP and realized it’s time to take care of myself… but truthfully, there was something MAJOR propelling me into action.

The dreaded D word – Diabetes. (And yes, I DO still carry my original A1c around with me to remind myself how far I have come!)

Many people know that when I made an appointment with my primary care physician to get my blood sugars checked out after fairly alarming results at a work-sponsored health fair, I simply expected a stern “get your carb and candy habit under control”… I DID NOT expect to leave the office with a Diabetic diagnosis!

And so after that seemingly crippling information processed through my brain and my emotions, I sprang into action, because I’m a LOT of things, but PASSIVE isn’t one of them!

I plugged into LEARNING more about food and nutrition, I started doing workouts I ENJOYED – ones that left me feeling ENERGIZED, not annoyed, I plugged into a COMMUNITY of others just trying to be their best selves, and I made small but super MEANINGFUL changes to how I handle things mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

My ongoing challenge group and the community have played a HUGE role in keeping me accountable to healthy habits and I am so GRATEFUL for such a safe, uplifting, empowering place!

If YOU need that kind of love, motivation and support, we got you and would LOVE to have you; you are NEVER alone in anything you are dealing with, and we are ALWAYS better together!

You know where to find me 💕

Sunday Vibes – Balance is KEY

So when I post things like pics of lasagna, or last nights cheesy as eff au gratin, it usually gets me a private message or two from well meaning (I hope?!) people who ask if as a Diabetic, I should be eating that?

For me personally, I’m fine with indulgences like that because I go to great lengths to make the majority of my nutrition cleaner and healthier, so those treats are just that – treats.

They are the exception, not the rule.

I don’t believe in deprivation, I believe in LIVING life while we have a life to live, and YES, that includes things like cheesy potatoes and cinnamon rolls, too!

The rest of my life is balanced out enough between my nutrition and my fitness efforts that I don’t order a side of guilt when I indulge – I ENJOY it and recognize it as the TREAT it is.

Balance means different things for different people, but I love that so many people follow my journey!

Move It Monday – LIIFT4 Round 2!

Back at it! Round 2 began today!

“But Kara, I thought you were taking it a little easier?!”

And I am… I won’t be running as much, and I’m not focusing on increasing my weights as much as I am focusing on my nutrition, and mastering FORM…

But I still need to workout, I still need to move my body. That’s stress relief for me and now is definitely NOT the time to eliminate a much needed source of that!

Transformation Tuesday – LIIFT 4 Results!

8 weeks, 32 workouts, 6.25 inches

So I mean, could you imagine what a transformation I might have if I could get my nutrition dialed in?!

I might be unstoppable! 😉

I’m still pretty happy with my results, but I am also a little relieved that summer and it’s abundance of parties and cookouts and BBQ’s (oh my!) are on the way out!

I don’t struggle with fitness nearly as much as I struggle with nutrition, so for the next go, I am FOCUSING more on nutrition – I NEED that!

Next round starts the 24th – you with us?! You can request to join us here!

 

 

Freefallin’…

Freefallin’.

That’s what I have been doing lately, at least nutritionally (and if I am being honest, in many other aspects of life, too…)

But nutritionally I have definitely been throwing WAY too much caution to the wind and not only am I feeling as such within my emotions, my body is feeling the effects too.

It started with birthday cake (what, I shared!) and then leftover birthday cake, and it just sent me into a tailspin – much more alcoholic beverages, much more candy (something I actually hadn’t had too much of in 2018!), just a lot more choices that haven’t nourished me.

The good news? It’s Monday and I am ready to get back on track towards making such indulgences the exception, not the rule!

Like anyone else, I have my moments of veering waaaay off track – but I have also righted my own ship many a time, so I know I can do this! 😊

Do you ever struggle nutritionally?

Transformation Tuesday – 21 Day Ultimate Reset

}} 4.25 {{

Nope, it’s not a date. It doesn’t need a dollar sign. And it’s not a score.

It represents what I LOST in toxic/gunk-filled inches, during my 21 day experience known as the Ultimate Reset!

And 4.25 might not seem like a lot but, I will tell you something, ridding your body of that much toxicity really does something to ya! It’s hard to put into words but I just feel so fresh, so cleaned out and light.

It literally feels like someone hit the Reset button and eliminated years and years of bad habits, chemicals (I wasn’t always as food-wise as I might be now!), and tons of other stuff that was bogging me down!

If this doesn’t lend credence to the notion it’s all about what you do/don’t eat, I don’t know what will. Other than yoga 3 times a week, I didn’t work out the whole 3 weeks, so these results are ALL nutrition-based!

Now, I just wish there was a way to measure what it did for me MENTALLY, because wow, did that ever help!

I feel lean and clean – if you wanna feel that way too, let’s chat!