“Shark Tank Meets Main Street” Sweepstakes

by Katie on October 27, 2014

Do you watch Shark Tank? I have caught a few episodes here and there and, boy oh boy are the contestants and products featured on the program impressive! Shark Tank recently held a casting call (which was sponsored by U.S. Cellular) in Des Moines. I personally know of two amazing local companies who showcased their unique and valuable products at the casting call. I’m anxiously awaiting to hear the news on if they were selected to be featured on the show!

I love that U.S. Cellular (USC) is supporting small businesses and their big ideas. My husband always has some of the coolest and most unique ideas for businesses and I love that Shark Tank and USC are giving people live him a place to voice their ideas and receive the much needed funding they need to make those dreams a reality.

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Progress Not Perfection

by Katie on October 13, 2014

IMG_1148I left you last week with knowing that I needed to make major life changes, but not knowing how or what I could do to really get motivated. In mid June I was browsing Facebook when I ran across a post from a girl I went to college with. She was starting an online fitness group and was looking for a test group. For 6 weeks, we were given 3 workouts a week that we could either do in our home or at the gym and then come back to the group and report our times to hold us accountable. These workouts were intense and hard and sometimes scary to look out all written out, but I knew this was my chance to start making changes.

Day 1 of the workout came and as I laid in bed waiting for my alarm to go off I felt panicked. I knew the workouts were going to be too hard for me…I thought that maybe   I would just post in the Facebook group that I was not feeling well…there was no way I was strong enough or brave enough to doIMG_1151 those workouts. But something inside of me told me to get out of bed and just give it a try, if I hated it I could quit, but I at least had to try one workout. I went the gym that morning and never missed a workout in all the mornings that followed in those next 6 weeks.

I was getting stronger and more confident in my workouts, but my eating was still suffering. I knew that if I wanted to see results both the eating and the exercising had to be in sync and given equal importance. I wrapped up the trial six week program and immediately signed up to continue on as a member when my fitness coach launched her new program. This time I was fully committed to not only the exercise portion, but the eating portion as well.

On August 4th, the new program launched. We were given 4 workouts a week plus a meal plan that included 5 dinners with recipes and a grocery list. I dove in to the program head first. I cut out most carbs and almost all added sugar. I went grocery shopping and filled my cart with fruits and veggies and meat. After the first week my stomach was noticeably flatter as much of the bloat was gone from all the processed and sugary foods that had been eliminated from my diet. The weeks went by and with each passing week I was seeing more and more changes. I started to be able to do burpess that were not modified, I ran 2 miles without stopping, My face thinned out, I could walk into my closet and almost everything fit, and I felt confident.

IMG_1329In the past I was ALWAYS looking for the quick fix. I wanted to see results the day after I started exercising and changing my eating habits. This is not healthy or realistic. I know now that the road to healthy living is a marathon not a sprint. This is something that does not have an end date. I do have some specific weight loss goals, but I’m in no hurry to reach them as I know that with the hard work and consistency they will be met at some point.

I’m down 15 lbs and although loosing the weight has been wonderful, this story isn’t all about the weight. This story is about making lifelong healthy choices to not only benefits me, but my family. This story is about the benefit of exercise and taking that time to better your body. This story is about how I don’t get out of breath when I walk up the stairs. This story is about taking it day by day. This story is about being afraid but saying “yes” and taking a risk. And most importantly this story is about being a good example to my two boys.

I’m not perfect. I still eat cookies and I still love wine and that is OK. One of my favorite quotes I’ve come to love during this journey is “Progress Not Perfection.” I don’t have to eat perfectly every single day. I don’t have to workout every single day to make progress. I eat healthy or “clean” about 85-90% of the time and enjoy myself the rest…without guilt. I workout 5 times a week and usually get an itch to do something on my “off days” and take a long walk with my family. I’m not perfect but I’m making progress.

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A Night at the Circus

by Katie on October 11, 2014


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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Super Circus HeroesSM, showcasing wonders from the marvelous to the magnificent, every day is extraordinary in this action-packed super circus, filled with superhuman athleticism, power and pageantry that will have Children Of All Ages discovering their own superhuman strength. Amazing elephants, horses, camels and more alongside astonishing acrobats, awe-inspiring aerialists and some over-the-top clowns that will have audiences in stitches… of laughter of course! Come join us in celebrating the bravery, courage and honor that lives inside all of us at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Super Circus Heroes: far from ordinary, beyond extraordinary!

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The Beginning: The Weight I Carried

October 7, 2014

I recently started making some major lifestyle changes for myself and my family. Here is Part 1 our story. Ever since Charlie was born almost three years ago (well even a little bit before I got pregnant with him) I’ve been struggling with my weight. I was the heaviest I’ve ever been and was desperate […]

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