Monday’s Motivation #50 + back home!

Back to life for sure today! What a fun-filled birthday weekend!

Many of you already have seen through Instagram, but we just got back from a weekend away at Universal Studios Orlando! We were able to stay at the lovely Royal Pacific hotel and enjoy ALL SORTS of fun at the parks –  including the Macy’s Holiday Parade AND my surprise at the Blue Man Group show!

Who cut the photo line? She did! No, she did!
There was even a 10k run and quickie hotel workout yesterday – it didn’t completely make up for ‘enjoying’ the weekend, but hey it happened 😉

It was a fun, albeit QUICK it seems, getaway – but nothing like coming back to the usual to get you in gear for Motivational Monday!

This week’s Featured Sneakers Monday Motivation comes from Annie, a fellow Sweatpink sister who LOVES to power lift – motivating others to not only be beautiful but also to be STRONG!

What is your favorite way to workout/exercise: (running, crossfit, etc what is it?!) Weight training specifically powerlifting but I also really love circuit training as well.  

What is your #1 cheat food: (be honest 😉 Pizza wins, hands down!  I love mine with thin, crispy crust, lots of cheese and a little sauce.  Can I add a dessert?  If I can I’d pick dessert pizza.  Cinnamon streusel…… yum-o

What advice do you have for those starting on a fitness journey: (What can you share with others from your own journey?) Starting and staying committed to a clean diet and workout routine is hard. If it were easy, everyone would do it. There will be great days and really tough days but I promise it’s worth it.  As Tom Hanks says in my favorite movie, A League of Their Own, “The hard is what makes it great.”

Dream destination race/location: (dream big!) I’m not a distance runner, or runner at all really but doing anything in Europe would be cool.  

Favorite inspirational fitness personality/trainer: (if you have one) Oh man!  Where do I start?!  The girls over at Girls Gone Strong are pretty amazing.  As far as celebrity trainer, I’d have to say Bob Harper.  I know it sounds a little cliche but I love his balance between listening empathetically and kicking your butt. 🙂 

Workout apparel must have (+brand): (what brands and pieces do you HAVE to have?) OLD NAVY!  I’m dead serious!  I have everything from lulu (although they are great, just pricey) to Underarmour, to Nike and I love Old Navy’s compression workout pants better then anyone else.  I wear my workout clothes everyday, everywhere.  They hold up to baby spit up, dog drool, house cleaning and so much in between.  Of course, they’re great for working out too.  If I had an unlimited budget I’d shop at Lululemon Athletica and Athleta more often.  

Motivational motto/quote: (quote that moves you) Progress, not perfection  

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Let’s show some love to Annie!
What do you do to keep up with your fitness away on stay- or va-cation?

HI! I'M KAT - I am a pug-mom, wife, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, & Fitness Coach focusing on living the fit life while tackling work, coaching others - doing it all! My blog is to hold me accountable for all the goals I plan on accomplishing and also a way for me to try to inspire others through my own experiences - if I can do it ANYONE can! Fitness is a huge part of my life as well as travel and seeing all that life has to be lived! PAY IT FORWARD!

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    December 16, 2013, 4:53 pm

    “Progress not perfection!!” I need to focus on that today.

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    December 16, 2013, 9:32 pm

    You are such a busy bee, I love it!! I also love Annie’s quote!

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    December 16, 2013, 11:25 pm

    Your weekends are so action packed….Universal looks really fun and sometime we must check out the Harry Potter world there! Annie is great for motivation Monday. I need to get stronger in my upper body for running and this post made me realize that needs to be more of a priority!

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    December 17, 2013, 12:57 am

    I love her attitude & honesty – LOVE!!!! Loved all your IG posts too! 🙂

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    December 17, 2013, 1:39 am

    I do love that quote.

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    December 17, 2013, 12:05 pm

    Love your birthday weekend! We used to have season passes to Universal, I miss it! I definitely strive for progress, not perfection. Clearly 😉

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    December 17, 2013, 1:57 pm

    What a fun weekend Kat! An awesome way to celebrate your birthday! Nice to meet you Annie! I wish my arms looked like yours!

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    December 17, 2013, 2:56 pm

    OLD NAVY! That brings back so many memories!

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    December 17, 2013, 5:09 pm

    Love it, typically my vacations involve a race so that is my fitness on the go 😉

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    December 17, 2013, 7:41 pm

    Thanks so much for the feature! Your weekend looks amazing! Have a Merry Christmas!

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    December 18, 2013, 2:17 am

    Love Annie’s quote! Also love that she loves Old Navy workout gear 🙂 It’s pretty great AND affordable!

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