Saturday Sweat – Back at it!

Mannnn it felt good to get back to it today!

I did a workout designed specifically for the second trimester; it was all strength training, no cardio (my preference, if we’re being 100% honest!) and it felt so good after a few days off and a good stretch yesterday!

And lending more credence to my theory that my daily movement seriously helps stabilize my blood sugars, things have been MUCH better the last two days (days I moved) versus the three days that I didn’t!

Who else is moving today?

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Why do people spend so much time judging others? DO YOUR THING.

If you thought this was my new fave shirt… you’d be right!

Some people have enough time on their hands that they have to query why I do what I do with MY time, such as “why do you post what you wear everyday”, which landed in my insta messages today.

Short answer: because I can! 😉
Longer variant: because I can, and I’d like to think that since they motivate ME, maybe there’s someone else out there they motivate, and even if it’s just one person, that’s enough for me; I’m a helper and that’s what I like to do.

I can’t help everyone and I’ve never made claims to be able to… if only!

But today’s shirt brings a giggle and some Christmas cheer to myself, someone who’s found it hard to get into the holiday spirit in recent years.

What’s the harm? The answer is none!

So, CHEERS 😊

Kara Keepin’ It Real – Not Going Up In Weights

Let me keep it real here and say I am struggling mightily to not up my weights for the program I am currently in – especially as my trainer encouraged us to go up this week as we enter the third week of 8.

But I decided before I even took this program on again, after the 1-2 punch of doing it last time coupled with the 175 mile challenge, my body was taxed and it needed a slower pace, it needed me to be a little gentler… to recover from what it went through and to set up a conducive environment for what I’d like it to go through (conceiving a child).

But it is so hard. It is ALL ego, and ALL competitive spirit… but it’s still a challenge.

I know being gentler and focusing on form is what I need right now, and so that’s why I continue to work on that instead of upping weights… but in keeping it real, I will tell you that is a VERY tall order for my personality type!

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!

 

 

Wellness – Deadlifts!

Apparently, these new kicks had me feeling extra badassy, because I was deadlifting more than half my body weight today!

No big deal, right? Well actually, to me it is, because again, I keep flashing back to a time in my life where walking was painful, nevermind lifting anything.

And I didn’t go from not being able to lift anything to lifting more than half my weight… I progressed. I got stronger. It’s just another testament to how far I’ve come and the POWER of CONSISTENCY.

The sooner you honor yourself by showing up every day, the sooner you will be at your strongest!

Feel Good Friday – Halfway There!

 whooooa, we’re halfway there…

Ahhh, nothing like a little chocolate drank that will help my little legs RECOVER from that all-HIIT leg workout while celebrating the fact I am ALREADY halfway through this program!

In a fun mental flashback, I recall when the idea of completing a program start to finish was not only intimidating, but TERRIFYING.

Since that “limited mindset”, I have completed upwards of 10 programs start to finish, and I love doing that… however challenging, no matter how many moves make me feel like I’m dying, no matter the obstacles, I love rising up and seeing it through til the end; it’s a powerful reminder that I can do hard things as long as I BELIEVE I can do hard things!

Have you completed a program start to finish before?