Sunday Well Spent – Prep!

A couple of weeks ago I was chatting with someone who messaged me about my food prep post, saying “I wish I had time to meal prep!” and so since I was curious, I asked how she spends her time, because not to be a jerk, but this person is very active on social media – mine and her own, which eats up a lot of our free time, but people don’t seem to realize that…

So she said she works (I do, too), and she has to clean her house (I do, too), run errands (yep) and stuff like that, which are totally valid…

But it’s worth noting that my food prep takes me an hour. Yes, I realize I’m lucky not to have to prep for dinner and such, but to act like you don’t have an hour to set yourself up for success is just not realistic – you DO have an hour, you are just dedicating it to something you find more important.

Sorry, but I’m not sugarcoating stuff anymore – you MAKE TIME for what’s important, so if keeping up to date with Sally’s dating life is more important than prepping your food, BE HONEST with yourself about that.

Because, we all GET the same 24 hours in a day, we just don’t all UTILIZE them the same way.

STOP making excuses and START making effort, and you’ll find you DO have time.

(I say all of this with love, of course)

And what do you know – today the same person sent me a text with a pic of food and said she was getting ready to prep it all! I’m a proud mama bear right now 💕

My prep is done – how about you?

Sunday Well Spent – Prep That Food!

When it’s not even 0930 and your food prep is already done 👌🏼

I actually have had a lot of people who have been so sweet and complimented me on how well I’m doing in pregnancy nutrition so far, and while I have my struggles like anyone else, there are a few key things that help me…

• Making the time to set myself up for success and ease of access. It doesn’t take long, but it makes a huge difference!
• Having a supportive husband who handles the bulk of the meal cooking (I don’t mind prep but I don’t love cooking, haha) and ensures we get nourishing, nutritious foods.
• Allowing myself treats when the urge strikes and not feeling guilty about it. Life IS about balance, and as long as treats are your exception not your rule, they won’t override all your other nutrition efforts. Have the mindset that it’s okay to enjoy them and then ACTUALLY do just that.

In the end, no one is perfect and no one should be striving for that… but I’m here to tell you that actually taking a little time to set yourself up is a fantastic way to love and honor yourself (and in my case, also love and honor the life growing inside of me!)

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 💕

 

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!