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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 😃

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

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

New Year's Resolutions: A Guide

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Every year at this time there is A LOT of discussion about New Year's Resolutions, so I thought I'd add my two cents on the subject.

I am a BIG FAN of New Year's resolutions, but not because it's a new year. Because it provides an opportunity to hope and dream and improve ourselves and our lives. I think any chance to do that is...well...AWESOME!  And you may not know this about me, but goal setting is sort of my thing.  I LOVE doing it and have found a few things that make the process and the results more successful. Here are a few tips:

  1. Set the mood. Take yourself on a date to a coffee shop with a new journal or calendar, play some music, and enjoy time with yourself. Or, have an at-home date with your partner to goal set together in front of the fire. Or, well, you get the idea. Just plan some time where you can enjoy your goal setting--make it a "thing."
  2. Break your goals into categories. These are the ones I use: Health, Relationships, Finances, Faith, and Business/Career. Of course you can add or subtract if needed.
  3. For each category, write 2-4 statements in the positive. For example: "I will earn $5,000 per month." Or, "I will spend more one-on-one time with each of my children." Then, next to each of these statements, write some action items that would get you to that goal. These are your metrics. Your metrics are action items that YOU control.
  4. Hang up your goals where you see them regularly. Writing them down is the first way that they become REAL, the second is by seeing them frequently!
  5. Revisit your goals monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, and at the end of the year. Make adjustments as needed.
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If one of your New Year's goals is to improve your health and fitness, I'd love to help! Check out my BRAND NEW Family Wellness Program.  This program will help you lose weight, create beautiful muscle tone and definition, and create life-long health habits. We begin on January 9th!  Read more about it here.

Happy New Year, Friends!

XO, Katie

Our Latest Results from Core de Force

results Core de ForceWe are super proud of our results from Core de Force. My husband, Chris, joins me in this video this time to share his results and why he really enjoyed this cardio and kickboxing program. Chris lost 5 lbs. during this tricky holiday season and was still able to also enjoy some treats in moderation. I really loved the improvement I made with the program. I noticed my core getting stronger and my kicks getting higher. Although I generally enjoyed the program the only negative I have is that the workouts are longer than what I typically enjoy. Overall, we are very excited about our 30-day results and we are ready to go on vacation and show off our new muscles. Or, maybe we will just get a spray tan!

So, what's next? Anytime we finish a program, we always like to plan what next for us to keep our interests peaked and to keep our tone. Chris and I are creating a new program, Family Wellness: Simplified, that does not just focus on moms, but the entire family. I invite you to learn more about this program and how it can benefit you and your family in the new year!

Learn more about Family Wellness: Simplified, here!

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Watch the video below too!

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!

Pro and Cons - Gym vs Home, Whats best for you?

There are several pro and con reasons on why home vs gym workouts work will work the best for you. I tend to do both, so I understand both. Listen to the video and let me know what your thoughts are, share them here or on Facebook.

 

 

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.  

Tips for the Busy Mom to Get Her Workout in

Busy mom are you struggling to find time to get your workout in? Everyone is busy so it is important to plan when you can squeeze your daily sweat session in your day. Watch the video for tips to build your willpower muscle. Don't forget to connect with me on Facebook!

Meal Prep with Kids and How to Make it Work

Finding the time to meal prep when you have young kids is difficult, but, I have some amazing tips for you so that you can entertain your kids and finish your meal prep. Don't forget to connect with me on Facebook. 

Mom's here's a tip for you!

You want to stay on track with your health and fitness, but, you don't know how or even when to get everything in.  I have a tip for you! Watch the video below and connect with me on Facebook!

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!

 

What -- Can you believe this about peas?

Um, do you use the containers to track your portions? I thought I found the solution to that pesky green container. Watch this video and share your thoughts 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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We have the MEATS!

Meal prepping is the key to success. Today I am marinating  meat for the grill. Here are some quick marinades that you can use on your meats, TODAY! Don't forget to connect with me on Facebook!