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Try it: Tone It Up

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The week leading up to the New Year is always difficult for me. The rush and joy of the holidays are over, the weather is gross and I miss my Dad and sister a little more than usual. So I take inventory on the past year, decide what I want to change and plan to attack my New Year’s Resolutions… until February when, like everyone else, life gets in the way and I fall off track.

I was almost 5 months postpartum and things were not snapping back into place after Baby #3. Granted I started off pregnancy #3 a little squishier than usual too, exercise has never been something I stick with. I knew I wanted to get healthier and to be totally honest, I really just wanted to look better. I knew I would be limited with an infant’s demands and schedule, so it would have to be something I could do quickly and on my own time. Childcare at the gym didn’t start until the baby was 6 months old and classes at other studios were out do to lack of childcare. I had a drawer full of exercise videos, but I knew myself well enough to know I wouldn’t stick with them.

Then I remembered watching a show on Bravo while I was pregnant. Toned Up, featured two super fit, quirky and inspiring BFFs, Karena and Katrina, who created workout videos on the beach in Southern California. I was instantly addicted to the show… I mean it was on Bravo, and I am a Bravoholic to the core. But I was pregnant and not looking to workout, so I had forgot about it until I was staring at my lumpy postpartum body. I checked out Tone It Up, and found they were starting their Love Your Body Challenge on New Year’s Day. I decided to give it a try.

My fitness buddy on our first workout together.
My fitness buddy on our first workout together.

I started January 1st, just like everyone else. But a few weeks in I realized, I had finally found what I was looking for… and so much more! First, I could stream the free YouTube videos to my living room television. The videos were easy enough for a beginner, but still challenging as my fitness level improved. The weekly workout schedule takes the guesswork out of what to do when and keeps me from getting bored. The videos are quick and efficient, perfect for first thing in the morning (#tiubootycall) or fitting in during nap time, your lunch break or after work. At first I struggled through the workouts, but Karena and Katrina are so inspiring… it’s like they are there with you and know you are about to give up and they will say “stay with me” or “remember why you started” and just like that I could push through and finish. It sounds a little silly, but here we are in October and I haven’t given up… I’m actually in the middle of the Fit For Fall challenge!!

Getting fit and giving back!! These girls do things right!
Getting fit and giving back!! These girls do things right!

The best part of Tone It Up, and the part I had no idea I was looking for, is the community. I started an Instagram account for fitness accountability, you can follow me @kateandsmalls.tiu. There I found the most amazing group of real, inspiring, and always motivating women. If I’m feeling lazy, I scroll through my IG feed and see women from around world that have killed their workouts and it really motivates me to get up and do something. If I’m having a hard day or had a bad workout, there are women who sympathize, support and encourage me. When I feel like I’m not seeing any changes, there are women that share their journey, progress pictures and reminders that these changes take time. Everyone’s journey is different, we each have our own struggles and goals, but we, as the TIU community, are there for one another through it all! And I know I’m not the only one who’s day is made by a little trainer love, @karenakatrina are always encouraging the TIU team on IG.

<3 what these two have created

Not only are these women gorgeous, but they are smart too! Growing an empire of their own. They now have 3 Beach Babe DVDs full of amazing workout videos in fabulous locations. Their book, Tone It Up: 28 Days to Fit, Fierce, and Fabulous, is a great way to help create new habits and focus on your health. They have created Perfect Fit protein powder, quinoa crisps (which are amazing!!) and tea. They have Tone It Up apparel which includes new affordable workout clothes and helped design some amazing Maaji bikinis… totally a goal of mine to wear one some day! And the Holy Grail, the TIU Nutrition Plan filled with tons of recipes and guides you to make better choices. It has taught me not only what I should be eating but when I should be eating certain things. They also include updates for life!

These pictures are mortifying to make public, but you can't deny the progress.
These pictures are mortifying to make public, but you can’t deny the progress.
Half way thru the Bikini Series. Four weeks being on the Nutrition Plan = progress!!
Half way thru the Bikini Series. Four weeks being on the Nutrition Plan = progress!!

It took me 4 moths of sticking with the workouts to reward myself with the Nutrition Plan… and what a reward! The biggest changes I saw were when I started following the Nutrition Plan during the Bikini Series this past April. It was the missing piece. I still struggle with following the plan 100%, but I’m aiming for an 80/20 lifestyle. However, it is nice to know what to do to see results. I’m still a work in progress, but I’m getting there. I’m finding some balance, changing my body for the better, getting stronger, faster and more confident all while setting a good example for my smalls (who love to join in from time to time)! I have Tone It Up to thank for all of it! You don’t have to wait for the New Year to start, start now – go into the holiday season equipped with a plan! Do it for you, who knows you just may like it!!

xoxo,

kate

p.s. This is not a sponsored post, these are 100% my personal opinions. TIU has changed the way I view my body and think of exercise! If you are looking for a community of great women find them on Instagram by following #TIUteam for daily fitness inspiration and motivation.

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I Wish I Were A Runner

The journey begins

On my fitness journey I’ve discovered many things about myself, one of them is painfully obvious… I am not a runner. I run often, yet that does not a runner make. I always find it challenging and not enjoyable. I feel great when its over, but I’m completely miserable from beginning to end. I am not built for running. I have short legs, big boobs and apparently the lungs of an 80 year-old chain smoker. But it’s such and accessible form of exercise, I can do it anywhere and I can include the kids… its the perfect fit for my current situation, yet I loathe it.

I want, so badly, to be one of those girls in the cute outfit killing it on the treadmill,  or the fit mom effortlessly pushing the jogging stroller through the neighborhood or the uber-confident girl running on the beach in a bikini (seriously, how do you do that?!?). I want to feel that “runner’s high” that runner speak of. I’m not sure what kind of euphoric state I’m expecting, I’ve built it up so much in my mind, that I’m bound to be disappointed – but I still want to experience it. I want to cross the finish line at a race, any race, and feel that sense of accomplishment. I really want to be a runner!

I blame this Bugaboo ad for my unrealistic expectations!
I blame this Bugaboo ad for my unrealistic expectations! Seriously, I want the stroller and the body!

And in this day and age…there’s an app for that! I will admit this is not my first go around with the Couch to 5k (C25k) app. I tried it when I got my first smart phone. (I told you, I’ve always wanted to be a runner!) But just downloading the app didn’t make me a runner. I gave it a go, then it got hard and I quit. I’m an excellent quitter, I do it early and I do it often. Change is HARD!! And uncomfortable… but there is no progress without change. So I have started to use the C25k app again, and I have made it to Week 7 out of 8, I am running for 20 minutes non-stop!!! Which is nothing to most people, but to a want-to-be runner its pretty amazing. Its still a struggle, but I’m pushing through. This time I refuse to quit!!

And to make sure that I don’t quit this time… I signed up for a 5k!! A Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning! And yes, I was one of those people that mocked all those Turkey Trotters in years past… that day is a day dedicated to eating. But what a great tradition to start with my smalls, who will doing the 1 mile fun run! To not only tell them to make healthy choices, but to do it together. To lead by example and to show them that exercise is not something to loathe, it should be part of a healthy and balanced life style. Then we will come home and enjoy my favorite holiday… and not just because it’s about eating. Thanksgiving is the one holiday that is not centered around gifts or sweets, but being together with loved ones and being so thankful for each other and all the amazing things we are fortunate enough to experience in this life.

So for now, I will continue to run. I will push through with my headphones on, music blasting, cute outfit and jogging stroller in tow (I can totally look the part). Hoping that if I stick with it, it will become easier. That I will start to enjoy it. That I will cross that finish line. That I will become a runner!!

Every Sunday is now my 5k #SundayRunday
Every Sunday is now my 5k #SundayRunday

So for all the runners out there, how did you learn to love running? Any training tips?

xoxo,

kate

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