Monday’s Motivation #3

I hope you all have a FABULOUS weekend!

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We ventured out of town to celebrate a wonderful friend’s birthday and also spectate her and her husband as they ran a half marathon Sunday!

That pretty lady on the left deserved a weekend of celebration! And a part in the hubby sammich πŸ˜‰

While they were racing, we hit the hotel gym for a workout…

And met them at the finish!
What an awesome way to ring in her birthday!

Let’s also kick off this week with Monday’s Motivation from Jackie! She’s continued to rock her own fitness journey through run runs and workouts and has goals to continue to inspire others like others have inspired her!

Motivational motto/quote: “When life kicks you, make sure it kicks you forward” – Gregg Butler (personal trainer, featured on the TV show ‘Work Out’ in the 2000’s)

What is your favorite way to MOVE!: I am absolutely in love with Body Pump! For those who don’t know, Body Pump is a group work-out class using a barbell. It’s such a fun way to get into weight lifting, that’s not as intimidating as the weight room. 

What is your #1 indulgence? Aside from the occasional treat, how do you substitute it?
 I try not to think of foods as “good” or “bad” as I just stick to eating whole foods and avoiding processed ingredients, but as far as my guilty pleasure food that I know I can’t eat everyday – I’d have to go with a big juicy cheeseburger! πŸ™‚ Sometimes I make a lighter version, like turkey burgers with feta cheese when I’m really craving one! πŸ™‚

What’s your go-to snack? My favorite snack is Greek yogurt with nuts, seeds, dried fruit, or <a href=”“>homemade granola</a>. It’s so delicious and filling!
What advice do you have for those starting on a fitness journey: Don’t be afraid to start, and don’t expect to see results immediately! So many people start working out and get discouraged when things don’t seem to change right away. Start slow, and add a little more physical activity into your schedule each week – and choose activities that you love! Make working out something you look forward to, not something you feel like you have to do – and then it comes easy! πŸ™‚
Dream destination race to do: I recently learned that the Rock and Roll Marathon series does international races – and there’s one in Ireland! That would be my dream race!

Favorite inspirational fitness personality/trainer/idol: I don’t know a ton of fitness personalities, but I’ve also been really inspired by Jillian Michael’s story (she was very overweight as a child) and her fighting spirit.
Workout apparel must have: I’m amazed at how expensive work-out clothes can be! I’m a big fan of the Target Champion line since it’s reasonably priced and well made, but when I want a splurge I definitely go with Athleta. I have my eye on a long-sleeve running jacket for fall right now! πŸ™‚

What do you wish you knew years ago that you know now?  I know I still have a lot to learn! πŸ™‚ But I wish I knew years ago that I had such an interested in health and wellness – I would have totally studied this field in college if I had known then what I know now! πŸ™‚
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Let’s show some love to Jackie!
Would you have taught your ‘old’ self healthy habits earlier had you know better?
Have you run in a birthday with a race!?

Today is also also motivating and inspiring as we remember Dr. Martin Luther King, one of my heroes! MUCH Our nations’s diversity was made possible by his bravery!

One of my favorite MLK quotes:
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

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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    January 20, 2014, 1:58 pm

    Rock N Roll Ireland?!? Wow, that would be an amazing experience.

    Great story, thanks for sharing!!

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    January 20, 2014, 3:01 pm

    How fun cheering on your friends for their half! Nice to meet you Jackie! I’m with you…a race in Ireland would be amazing!!!

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    January 20, 2014, 3:40 pm

    I’s love to do an overseas race too. That’d be so fun.
    And how awesome your friend got to run a half on her birthday.

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    January 20, 2014, 3:58 pm

    Looks like a great weekend! My best friend’s bf ran the marathon yesterday and I am just in freaking AWE!

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    January 20, 2014, 6:38 pm

    Always love your Motivational Mondays Kat. It is great that you are as good of spectathlete as you are an athlete. πŸ™‚

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    January 20, 2014, 7:37 pm

    I love that raced for her bday!! Such a great way to celebrate!

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    January 20, 2014, 10:04 pm

    Love that MLK quote! I’m with Jackie: RnR Dublin calls my name!

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    January 21, 2014, 2:32 am

    Wow, running in Ireland. That sounds incredible!

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    January 22, 2014, 4:27 pm

    Great advice for people starting out and fun to get to you, Jackie!

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