You Want Success? Ditch Easy.

22 Jul

Ditch Easy

The goal of being healthier or getting healthy, never ends. There isn’t a miracle pill, there’s not a foolproof plan, and it doesn’t happen overnight. The same time, the absolute joy that comes from feeling in control of your health is palpable.

It’s important for you to know, that you are not alone. We, are not alone. We’ve all felt out-of-control of our health at one time or another. Most likely, more than once. It’s unavoidable with so many unhealthy options we get on a daily basis, and the emotional ties that can exist between us and food.

Your Health is a Journey Not a Destination.

I had a conversation with my mom last night where we talked about how much adopting a Paleo lifestyle has impacted our lives individually, and our family as a whole. I’m proud to say the process started with me. Then it moved on to my mom and my baby sister, and now my dad and even my grandparents are eating Paleo.

Pretty cool, right? It’s totally awesome! I had no idea when I started this, that so many people would be impacted. It didn’t happen overnight. And that’s the point I want to leave you with today.

Getting healthy takes time. It takes time and commitment and you have to be creative. It’s not easy to run a half marathon, develop healthy eating habits, and face your greatest food temptations as a conqueror. It’s not easy, but it’s absolutely, beyond a shadow of a doubt, worth it.

If You Want Easy, You Don’t Want Success.

Let that sink in for a minute. Easy doesn’t equal success. Hard work, relentless focus and repetition breed success. I know that’s not a fun answer. It’s definitely not something you’d ever see in an infomercial that’s for sure! But, it’s the truth.

  • It’s easy to hit the McDonald’s drive-through instead of getting up early to prepare breakfast.
  • It’s easy to give in when your emotions are high, justifying that evening binge.
  • It’s easy to sleep in and not make time for fitness because you’re “too busy.”
  • It’s easy to lie to yourself.

Easy will never make you fit into your favorite jeans. Easy doesn’t turn heads. Easy isn’t sexy. Easy sucks.

Take Control of Today and Ditch Easy.

I’m not saying I don’t struggle with giving into ‘easy’ every day, because I definitely do. Being healthy is a daily, if not by the minute, commitment. The good news is: you CAN do it. You have the power to say no to easy, and take control of your health.  You have the power to resist temptation, and impress yourself.

It’s a process. It takes time. There is no ‘quick and easy’ way to true health. And, all that time, discipline and commitment makes victory that much sweeter.

Look for opportunities to ditch easy today, and instead move forward on your journey to health.




How to Restart Your Diet and Fitness Pt. 2 [VIDEO]

28 Jun

Happy Friday!

It’s time for another video! This is the second in a three-part series talking about how to restart your diet and fitness. I’ve been living this for the past couple weeks and wanted to report some of my progress and share four more tips to help you get back on track if you’re struggling.

I’ve been getting back to running over the past few weeks and I’m really starting to reap the benefits of regular exercise. I can tell because I have more energy and feel amazing. I’m more alert and feel more positive about my body (even though nothing has changed physically, mentally I can feel change.) I’ve also been drinking a ton of water, and keeping it as Paleo as possible.

You CAN Be Healthy Despite a Crazy Schedule

One big encouragement I want to give you is that you CAN have a healthy diet despite being busy. It may not be as exciting as all those pretty food blogs you see out there but that doesn’t matter. It’s about finding foods and meals that work for you and incorporating them into your daily routine. Maybe you rotate the same foods throughout the week because they’re healthy, tasty and don’t bore you. That’s OK !

It’s About You

Remember, this is about YOU and YOUR health not someone else. Do what works for you as long as it’s healthy and leading you into becoming a better, stronger, happier person.

Click the image to view Pt. 2 in this video series …

Happy Weekend!

~ Kate How to Restart Your Diet and Fitness Pt. 2

Change is coming … What do YOU want?

26 Jun

Hello Friends!

It’s been WAY too long since I’ve updated. So, I want to take a minute to explain why that is the case and what I’ve been up to. I’ve also got some fun ideas I want to get your opinion on …

Time to Fess Up

First, I have to be completely honest: I haven’t felt much like blogging lately. I’ve been seeing it as another item on my ‘to do’ list and it keeps getting pushed back. On the one hand, I’m sorry about that because I’ve missed you all. On the other, I think I needed the break to appreciate how much I do enjoy sharing in the journey of life and health with you. That said, thanks for your patience and I’m back 😉

Business and Pleasure

If you’ll recall, I launched my own start-up communications agency, Belle Communications, back in January. It’s been 6 months already! Business has really taken off and I’m SUPER thankful. At the same time, that’s resulted in a lot of new challenges in time management and just learning business in general. It’s kept me super busy to the point of feeling like I had too much on my plate. So, I started recruiting help and now I can breathe, think and continue to grow my business.

It’s been a fast, crazy, exciting journey and I can’t wait to see where the next 6 months take me.

What Do YOU Want ?

That brings me back to this blog. I’ve shared hundreds of inspirational thoughts, recipes, videos and challenges with you. I’ve been thinking about where I want to take this blog in the future and I want your input because this is just as much about you as me. I have lots of ideas but I want to make sure you’re on board. So tell me …

  • What kind of posts do you like reading the most?
  • Should I just keep posting as I have been or would you rather me do something like a daily video series?
  • Would you like to receive an inspirational note emailed to you every day?
  • How about a weekly or monthly email with health/Paleo resources, recipes and the latest from this blog?

This is your chance to have a direct impact on the future of this blog and the direction of the “Kate Updates” brand … So chime in below or you can email me: katebfinley (at)

Either way, I’m back so watch out 😉

Thank you so much for faithfully following me and sharing your health journey with me.



The Best is yet to Come