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Halloween Survival Tips

Katie Coffee

I LOVE Halloween!! It is in my favorite season, comes with comfy sweatpants and cozy fires, and it begins the holiday stretch <3  BUT, with it comes some wellness challenges and I thought today would be a great day to talk about navigating this season without gaining weight or undoing your hard-earned progress! Let's get to it:
 

  • DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT buy any candy until the day before Halloween (or that day!)!

It doesn't matter if it is on sale. Your health is worth spending a few more dollars. Having that temptation in your house won't help anyone, including your kids! Can we agree on this? Keep the candy OUT until Halloween. You know there will be candy in your house for a few days after the holiday, so let's not add to that timeline with candy BEFORE Halloween.

  • When going to a party, bring something healthy!

I want you to be that "annoying healthy person"! Is that really such a bad thing to be?? Be the person who shows up to parties with a veggie tray, fruit platter, chickpea dip, etc. Actually, become KNOWN for that! It's funny how over the years this has become my role at family gatherings, and while my family teases me about it, I know they all appreciate having healthy options! If you bring something healthy, you know that you have a go-to food you can enjoy. Plus, you're giving all the party-goers a healthy option too!

  • Give yourself one or two days to enjoy the treats, then move on!

Allow yourself to enjoy Halloween guilt-free, and maybe even the day after, then get back to it! Remove the temptations, make a solid meal plan, schedule your gym time, and do what you're used to doing as far as living in your BEST health is concerned. It's important to enjoy the holidays without guilt, and it's equally important to hop right back into your routine! It will feel glorious to eat clean after all that candy :) 

Navigating Gatherings without Undoing Progress

Gatherings with friends and family are some of life's greatest blessings! They are a time to enjoy great company, great conversation, and most of the time, great food. But can we still enjoy parties and

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get-togethers and STILL stay on track with our health and fitness goals?

Yes, absolutely we can, and we MUST

. Because life is just too short to spend much time worrying about getting off-track while you're with friends and family at special events. I have some ways to set yourself up for success when going to a socialevent, while still staying on par with your fitness and health goals. Let's dive in!

  1. When you have an event planned (a birthday party, the Superbowl, a day of shopping and wine drinking with friends, etc.), be SURE to get your workout in ahead of time. Many events serve alcohol and if you have a drink, you will find exercising later nearly impossible! It's just too hard to get motivated after being super relaxed. So plan for success and get that workout done BEFORE your event. This goes for vacations, too. Get your workout in early so that you don't have to think about it for the rest of the day! That calorie burn will work for you all day long, even when you're having a cocktail by the pool, or a cupcake at a birthday party.
  2. If you're going to a gathering where everyone is asked to bring food, this is your chance to bring a healthy dish to share!  I think of this as my time to shine and show my friends and family that healthy can be delicious 😃 I make sure to bring a tried and true favorite clean recipe, like my Shakeology cookies, clean Buffalo Chicken Dip, or my Fiesta Dip. Not only does this encourage my loved ones to eat a bit healthier, but it helps ME because I know that there is going to be at least one dish that I can enjoy guilt-free at the party.

Fiesta Dip:

16 oz Greek yogurt

packet of Fiesta ranch seasoning

small can diced black olives

small can diced chiles

1/2 cup colby jack shredded cheese

Mix together and serve with blue tortilla chips and veggies

  1. Bring your own water and drink up before the event. I find that if I don't bring my own water to events, I sometimes find myself not being able to easily get water and then I end up drinking something I wouldn't normally choose. When I come with a water bottle in hand then I know I have a great option throughout the event. And don't forget to stay hydrated leading up to your gathering. Being hydrated helps keep you feeling full so you won't overeat, AND if you end up having a few drinks, it can help you avoid a nasty hangover later. Plus, I always find that if I'm holding a water, I have fewer hands to hold a huge plate of food!
  2. Your mental game is super important for navigating social events when it comes to food. Think of the event/gathering/party as one spot in your day. When it's over, it's over. There is no need to get off track BEFORE the event, and there is no need to go crazy AFTER the event. It's one part of your day. You might have some treats while you're there, but it does not needto leak into the rest of your day. The same goes for vacation. Pick a meal when you will allow yourself some fun treats, but then isolate them to that meal. One treat meal won't cause you to lose progress with your goals, but a whole week of treats will!
  3. Know your triggers and avoid them like the plague! Ha! For example, if I have a pop at a party I crave fast food. And the sugar in pop makes me crave more sugar. And before you know it, that stupid pop just cost me 800 calories in foods that provide no nutritional value. Oops! My husband's trigger is ice cream. Once he starts eating it, it's hard for him to stop. So he avoids ice cream as much as possible. Being aware of your triggers gives you the power to avoid them and make better choices.

Guys, I want you to enjoy family gatherings without stressing over the choices you'll need to make. With a little preparation and practice, you will be able to find that social events don't have to ruin your progress, and can actually fit into your healthy lifestyle easily 😃

Find your BALANCE

Create a LIFESTYLE full of health, fitness, and BALANCE

During my four years as an online health and fitness coach I've tried a lot of different approaches to healthy living. Through trial and error, I've discovered what my favorite strategies are and these are the ones I share with my clients. My approach is one of balance and simplicity so that we can sustain this lifestyle longterm. It has worked for me, and it has worked for 100's of my clients, as well.

When I work with clients, I teach how to eat clean and exercise in a way that will get them results. If you follow my lead, there is NO WAY you won't achieve results! But the thing I am most proud of when it comes to coaching clients is how I weave my love for treat meals and rest days into my program so that we can find that balance between being on point with our nutrition, while also being about to relax the reins a bit and enjoy wine, chocolate, and the occasional donut!

Another way I have created balance in my health and fitness is by bringing my family with me. I see so many people trying to get healthy on their own and it breaks my heart. Not only does having a partner or a coach help immensely in achieving your goals, but so does getting your family on board. And I have strategies for doing this, as well.

Registration is NOW OPEN for my 4-Week Slim Down Program, where I will help you lose weight and inches, create a balanced approach to nutrition and fitness, and bring your family along, too! I'm only taking 25 clients for this program!

Feeling and looking your best doesn't mean you have to give up every food you love and exercise for 2 hours a day. I promise. Take my hand and let me lead you to a healthy lifestyle you can be proud of AND enjoy!

XO,

Katie

P.S. If you bring a friend with you, ask me how you can save 50% off of your registration fee!

Apple Cider Vinegar Tea - Why you need this!

Do you guys incorporate apple cider vinegar into your routine for better health? I'm relatively new to it. My friends and my mom introduced it to me when I was feeling sick one day. They said to me, "You've got to get your ACV out!" And I said, "Huh?? What do those letters mean??" After a little research, I not only learned what ACV stood for (apple cider vinegar), but also why it is an amazing product for better health. I tried drinking it straight and it was HORRIBLE, so I went back to my friends and they told me how to jazz it up. We call it Apple Cider Vinegar Tea because we drink it from mugs. There is no real tea in it.

Here is how I make it, there is no hard and fast rule, this is just how I like to drink it:

  • Start with 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar -- then I gradually increased the amount to 1 tablespoon
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • Shake some cinnamon

My husband Chris likes to add a squeeze of lemon or orange juice to match the flavor of the vinegar so this is also an option.

It is an excellent appetite suppressant so I often have this in the morning if I am fasting. I also enjoy it in the evening in my pjs, sitting in front of the fire. Ahhhh, doesn't that sound lovely?!

Here are some additional benefits of ACV:

Alleviates joint and inflammation in the body. If you know anything about inflammation, it is pretty much the root of all problems in the body. So, anything that can reduce inflammation is a good thing.

Soothes sore throats. This is the main reason why I drink ACV. Anytime I  feel a sore throat coming on or I feel achy, I will drink this, and  I swear the next day -- I  feel amazing. This "tea" has really been a game changer in our house to combat germs that our kids bring home.

Regulates acid reflux and improves digestive health.

Increases energy, improves skin, and helps to combat bad breath.

I buy Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar and it has "the mother" in it, which are the enzymes or the GOOD STUFF for your gut. Essentially, the "mother" is what makes the ACV so beneficial for you. It gives the vinegar a cloudy appearance before you shake it.

It is very important to use RAW honey. This means that it has not been heated and filtered during the bottling and packaging stages. The reason why you do not want the honey heated up is because when it is heated and filtered it loses all of its really great benefits.

MOM TIP: Buy your Raw honey at Sam's! A large jar, 40 ounces, will last you a long time, and it only costs about $10!

You can give this concoction to your kids, as it also benefits their immune system. I offer this tea to my kids when they are having stomach issues, a cold and even canker sores.


Are you interested in learning more tips & tricks to benefit your entire family? My new program, Family Wellness: Simplified, may be a great fit for you. Click the link to read more!

Get Your Kids to Eat Healthier Foods

My kids only eat 100% clean and healthy foods, always get 8 servings of veggies, 5 servings of fruits, and have very limited sweets. Just kidding!!  Did I get your attention? Guys, I want you to know and understand that my kids are very healthy little beings, but they have far from perfect nutrition!  They eat McD's like many children, they are obsessed with candy, and they would exist on "kid food" if I let them. But there are a few things I do to ensure that they are getting some of the nutrients they need.

Kids Eat Healthier Foods

Here are a few tips:

  1. Have a kid-accessible snack basket. We definitely still have "snack times", as they are little and if their snacking isn't regulated they would never be hungry for a meal. But this basket contains Mom approved snacks for them. I love Z bars, Fiber bars are a favorite for my little one's constipation, goldfish, etc.
  2. Keep healthy choices visible. Fruits are readily accessible, as are veggies (cut up and washed, with dip), and yogurts (bottom shelf of the fridge).
  3. Keep junk food out of the house. I don't buy junk food for the most part. Only for special occasions like birthdays or parties. This includes pop (they love Sprite!), chips, candy bars. If that is in the house, we will all eat it!!
  4. Create a mealtime plan. If I make a meal that is "unfamiliar" or more geared towards adults one night, then the next evening I will make sure to make something I know they will eat. I require the kids to try the meal I made, if they hate it, then they can eat their veggies of choice, fruit, and a yogurt. Sometimes I will make them a sandwich if I think the meal is way out of their comfort zone. But I don't make a habit of this.
  5. Cook with your kids. I cook with my kids daily so they take ownership of the kitchen and what we make. Some ideas for cooking with your kids are sorting veggie trays, mixing dips, cookies, muffins, sauces, casseroles, etc. Basically, any recipe where your kids can help stir and assemble.
  6. Hide those veggies! Muffins are an EASY way to get good things into your kids!  Example: Pumpkin muffins with chia seeds, pumpkin, coconut oil, honey, oats, grass fed butter for more healthy fats. Shakeology chocolate bites: coconut oil, honey, peanut butter, Shakeology. Freeze in fun trays and eat like candy.
  7. Talk to your kids regularly about why healthy choices are better for them. Put an emphasis on how those foods make you and them FEEL vs unhealthy choices and junk foods.

If you are looking on more ways to create healthier habits for your family, Click this link for more information about my Family Wellness Program, where I teach you how to get fit and how to bring your family along. I am also offering private coaching, as well. To discuss private coaching, email me  so we can set some goals for you!

XO,

Katie

Does this sound like you?

I got a really special text yesterday and I want to share it because I think it will resonate with a lot of people, especially moms. "I just have to tell you that every year I pray and ask God for a word to focus on throughout my year. This year I got the word 'balance'. Then I signed up for coaching with you and keep hearing you say the word. Coincidence?! I'm accepting it as serendipitous and I'm excited for how much balance I've found in my life just in the past week! Excited for more! And thanks for your help in getting me to a more balanced place in my life in regards to health, nutrition, fitness, and overall wellness!"

Wow! Messages like this are simply the best.

I strive to live a balanced life, and it's a fundamental part of my coaching as well. I want my clients to be able to rock a swimsuit, feel their absolute best, look forward to healthy foods and exercise, and also be able to enjoy a piece of cake at a birthday party. Because life was meant to be LIVED and ENJOYED, and if you get super fit and healthy but cannot enjoy a piece of birthday cake once in awhile, well, that seems sad. And if cake isn't your thing, how about ice cream? My point is that balance trumps perfection, and that's what I teach my clients as well.

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If you are looking for more balance in your life, I can help you, too! Click this link for more information about my Family Wellness Program, where I teach you how to get fit and how to bring your family along. I am also offering private coaching, as well. To discuss private coaching, email me  so we can set some goals for you!

XO,

Katie

The holidays are over, now what??

holidays overThanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's are all behind us now (sniff), and many of us are now saying, "Why didn't I exhibit a bit more self-control??" But you know what? What's done is done and there is no sense in getting upset about the past when we have this big, open, and exciting year waiting for us to knock our new goals out of the park!

I'm going to share a few SIMPLE things you can do to start reining in your nutrition and leaving any not-so-great health habits back in 2016 where they belong!

  1. Don't go cold turkey.  If you've been eating whatever you want for 6 weeks, existing on salads alone is going to be BRUTAL! That kind of solution is a good set up for an early failure in achieving your goals. Instead, start a bit slower, maybe eliminating one thing at a time. If pop has crept back into your diet for example, start with that. Give yourself a week to detox from soda, and then you can work on the pastries you're eating for breakfast, or whatever the case may be. Remember, you are always striving for solutions you can continue LONG TERM, so you need to create a solid foundation.
  2. Water Water Water Water Water Water. Water is the cheapest and easiest way to flush the toxins and therefore, cravings, out of your system. Aim for 1/2 your weight in oz. each day, plus more if you are getting tough workouts in. Water will help you lose weight immediately, because when you are dehydrated, your body holds on to extra water (water weight). Plus, it will give your skin a healthy glow, too!
  3. Make a Plan. I don't just mean in your head, I mean a written plan. Write down your workouts, including the times. Write down your meals, including snacks if you need to. Your success is only as strong as your plan, so spend some time TODAY making a plan for the rest of the week if you don't already have one.
  4. Find a partner. Having someone to check in with, workout with, stay accountable to, boy that makes the difference! Even if it's just by text, or online, knowing that someone is watching what you're doing is a HUGE motivating factor. I can help with this! I offer coaching every month for clients who want a little or a lot of help with their health and fitness. If you need a partner, or a program, or advice, please connect with me so I can help you get started!
  5. Be kind to yourself. Even if you are not where you want to be with your health and fitness goals, self-hatred never did anyone any good. Be kind and love yourself no matter where you are today. And then love yourself enough to make the changes you need to make <3

XO,

Katie

Client Spotlight: Katy

client spotlightNot all of my clients are named Katy!  But this one is!!! Hahaha! I find that reading the success of others is a BIG motivator, wouldn't you agree? So I'm passing along another great story from another great Katy!

Katy approached me about helping her with some fitness goals she had a few months ago, and she was a bit apprehensive at first. But after one round, she is really sailing and honestly doesn't need me any more! Katy has created real habits in her life and found a love of fitness and nutrition in doing so. Read more about her results:

"So far on this journey I've done 3 rounds of the 21 Day Fix and I'm starting the last week of my first round of 21 Day Fix Extreme. I'm so happy and proud to report that I've lost about 15 pounds and 8.5 inches. I'm so glad I contacted Katie about starting these programs and making lifestyle changes because it's the first time I've seen results compared to other things I've tried in the past.

Katie's tips and coaching have helped healthy habits become a part of my daily life, not just something I do every once in a while. I love being part of her accountability groups. Having a daily goal that I'm going to report on helps motivate me to stay on track."

I can't wait to see Katy rock her summer wardrobe once the tundra thaws!


For the past 3.5 years I have offered monthly accountability groups to my clients, just like Katy spoke about above. You choose a program to work through and I coach you through it, cheer you on, and help when you need to troubleshoot.  If you are interested in joining a group just like Katy, please respond to this email and we can get you started!Another option I have for helping you reach your goals is by coaching you through a brand new program I have created based on what has worked to get me and my family in the best shape of our lives, Family Wellness: Simplified. This program has 5 more openings and we begin on Monday, January 9th! Click here to learn more about it.

Let's make this your healthiest year yet!
Katie

An AWESOME On Demand Solution for Partners!!

I want to share SOLUTIONS with you.  Always.  Sharing things that truly work for me--I want to share those things with YOU!  Remember how we talked last week about the gym vs. home workouts?  And how I said they BOTH deserve a place in your life? Well OMG, the latest announcement from Beachbody just made me feel pretty validated! First, let me say that we've been using BBOD since it began, and are big fans!  But the way it works currently is that there is a base library of programs available as a member.  100's of workouts that can be sorted by your preferences, like time, muscles worked, trainer, and type of workout.  Then, if you PURCHASE a program, it appears in your library as well.  Pretty awesome for traveling, variety, and convenience.
NOW, there is an even better option for LESS money!  You can now get ONE YEAR of BBOD WITH EVERY SINGLE PROGRAM EVER CREATED BY BEACHBODY for just over $5 per month!!  So now you and your spouse, partner, or roommate can have one subscription and work through separate programs!!
Launching on TODAY, you can get one month of Shakeology and 12 months of BBOD UPGRADED for $199!!! ! That's your fitness for the whole year!  What a great investment to make on yourself ️!!!

If you want to take advantage of this great deal, comment below with your email and I will get you set up!

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Home VS Gym Workouts - What do you prefer?

As a group fitness instructor, and also an online health and fitness coach, I have lots of experience with both classes and gyms AND home programs, but let me start by saying that until 3 years ago, I ONLY worked out in the gym.  Like, I could NOT physically exercise at home.  I had zero motivation in my home and enjoyed getting out of my house for my sweat sessions. Once I had THREE children under the age of three, however, it became increasingly difficult to leave the house to exercise, so I decided to try T25.  This is a cardio and strength program that only takes 25 minutes a day, 5 days per week.  And even though I enjoyed the program, I still preferred workouts OUT of my home, and felt that I had more energy and motivation when I wasn't at home.
But over the years, I've added more home programs to my collection.  I've also recruited my husband to join me in our home fitness.  And little by little, I've changed my tune 😃  I actually REALLY enjoy working out at home now, and I never thought I would say that!  But just like everything in life, the more you do it, the easier it becomes.

Here are the pros of both:

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Social:
It's a social activity to go to the gym.  If you feel alive when you see and interact with people, going to the gym can be social fuel for you.
Mirrors:
Mirrors are a HUGE benefit to working out at the gym, since most of us don't have mirrors around us while we exercise at home.  The mirrors allow you to evaluate your form and technique, and also provide instant feedback on your progress.
Child watch:
If you find it difficult to exercise with young children at home (who doesn't?), child watch can be a life saver!  It also provides a safe space for the kids to play and burn some energy while you burn yours!!
Higher energy:
I love the energy of the gym.  And when we exercise at a gym, we feed off of that energy.  At home, we have to create our own energy, which is doable but requires a little effort 😃
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No travel time:
When you exercise at home, you save A LOT of time in travel time!  And when you're a busy mom, 30 minutes here and 30 minutes there can make a big difference.
No worry about clothes, hair, makeup, etc.:
You can wear whatever you're comfortable in-that old shirt, those mismatched socks, hair crazy.  No one will see you!!  This is especially helpful when you are low on clean laundry
Judgment free:
Even the very friendliest gyms have a little judgment.  Everyone is watching each other, sizing them up, and comparing themselves.  And while this can be motivating, it can also be exhausting.  There's none of this at home.
My hubby can do it with me 😃:
We can't usually get to the gym at the same time due to different schedules, but we ARE home together in the mornings and evenings.  So when we can schedule a sweat session together, we do it!  Because working out with someone is always more fun!
So which is better?  My honest opinion is that both working out at home and at the gym deserve a place in your fitness.  Switching things, up, even where you exercise, are key to preventing plateaus.

What are your thoughts? Do you prefer to workout at the gym or your house? Tell me below in the comments!

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Holiday Party Survival Tips

Here are some tips on how to make sure you can enjoy yourself without guilt while at a holiday party. The tip is "moderation", and I use this to schedule my day  so that I can enjoy the food and drinks at the party without guilt. Need some more tips? Connect with me on Facebook!

Gift Ideas for the Fitness Lovers

I was a guest on Q 96 this morning. We talked all about the perfect gifts for the fitness fanatic in your life. Check out the video below and then comment here or go to Facebook and tell me what your must-have fitness gift is this holiday!  

Homemade, healthy holiday gifts

Now is the time of the year that we spend time in the kitchen making goodies, this year I decided to make healthy holiday gifts. What are you making this year? Share below or let me know on my Facebook page.  

Have you ever said these things?

Have you ever said these things?I'm going to challenge 4 common complaints about making a lifestyle change. Oh, and my kids throw a fit in the middle! Connect with me on Facebook!

 

How to Enjoy Holiday Treats without the Guilt

I recently had a client as me, "how do you enjoy the holidays and also treat yourself with the holiday goodies?" My answer is balance! You should be able to enjoy some of your favorite treats but, not all of the cookies in the jar.

I teach my clients the 80/20 to eat clean and healthy meals and food. This allows you to eat and enjoy foods without feeling constricted.

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What is an Accountability Group?

So, you have heard me talk about accountability groups, but you aren't sure if they are for you? This video explains how accountability groups are for everyone! Want more information? Connect with me on Facebook!

Simple and Effective Behavior Charts Busy Moms

As a mom and a former elementary education teacher, I understand the importance of creating a system that reinforces positive behavior in the home and in school. I am just a mom that is learning how to navigate motherhood and all of its chaos, so when I find a technique that works for our household, I want to share it with other moms too!

This is a highly effective and simple system that has been working very well for our family.

For our family, I have created a simple weekly template in Google docs for each child that allows me us to measure their behavior accordingly.

As a busy mom sometimes these simple system can be forgotten, so we make sure we print out the behavior charts and hang them on their bedroom door. This simple trick allows us to ensure we are creating an effective system and a great visual reminder.

One of the most important ways to ensure that this simple system works is that you are rewarding your children as they accomplish they work on their behavior charts.

Do you want more ideas on easy parenting solutions, parenting hacks, and tips and tricks? Make sure you hit the connect with me below!

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Time Management

Yes, we all struggle with this. It doesn't matter if you are a stay at home mom, a working mom, a fitness coach, or a teacher, we all struggle with managing our time. Here are my time management to be successful!

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My Results from Insanity Max

Here are my results from the past two months from using Insanity Max -- all the reasons I decided to use this program and how it was beneficial for me! Don't forget to connect with me on Facebook!