Let’s Get Real: How to Restart Diet and Fitness Pt. 1

17 Jun

Hello My Lovely Updaters!

How was your weekend? I hope you’re having a super fun summer so far. I made another video for you! So, I’ve been really struggling with consistency in my eating habits and fitness. I decided to breakdown how to restart your diet and fitness goals by demonstrating this process myself.

I haven’t been eating Paleo consistently recently. It started with some business trips and family events and now I’m left struggling with food temptation and I’ve been letting the Cravings Monster win more often than not. SO, I wanted to “come clean” and want to encourage you to join me.

I will be working on resetting my diet and recommitting to fitness. Daniel and I are even having a little competition to see who can get “hotter” in a month’s time. I’ll share some of the workouts I’m doing for that shortly …

Take a minute to check out this video and then let me know either in the comments or on my Facebook page, if you’re committing to restart your diet and fitness too.

Let’s get healthier together!

~ Kate

How to Restart Your Diet and Fitness Pt. 1 [VIDEO]

Fitness #FollowFriday: Meet Ashleigh Townsend of AshPTraining!

14 Jun

Happy Friday!

This is the second edition of #FollowFriday here on my blog and today I have a really cool person to introduce you to: Ashleigh Townsend.

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Ashleigh is a professional soccer player, coach and CrossFit athlete in Halifax, UK. He’s also a Paleo eater! Actually, as I’m writing this I’m realizing I should hit him up for some beginner CrossFit advice (get ready for questions, Ashleigh!) Also, it looks like he may have been on the Columbus Crew at one point, which I totally didn’t know until now.

I met Ashleigh through my Whole30 journey. One of my favorite things about Ashleigh is his positive attitude. He shares regular inspirational thoughts on his blog, in addition to workouts, recipes and fitness tips. He believes that no matter where you are in your fitness/health journey, you can become better, stronger and happier if you put your mind to it. His motto: Train Hard. Eat Right. Live Well.

You should definitely check out Ashleigh’s blog because it has a great mix of fitness advice, WODs (workouts of the day) and even Paleo recipes. I like that he is consistent about sharing content on his blog. I know this is VERY hard to do.

You can connect Ashleigh and his team at AshPTraining on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.

I’ll leave you with this yummy *Paleo* Asparagus and Wild Garlic Soup recipe from his blog … Thanks Ashleigh!

Asparagus and Wild Garlic Soup




Sweat off onions in some butter, add asparagus and sweat a touch more. Then add the chopped wild garlic. Once softened add stock and coconut milk and season to taste, simmer for 10-15 mins. Allow to cool then blitz in the blender add more seasoning if needed. Serve and ENJOY!

PUSH: Persist Until Something Happens

10 Jun

Happy Monday!

Yesterday I was reminded that my mind can be my biggest asset or worst enemy depending on how I use it or where I let my thoughts lead me … When it comes to accomplishing goals, I can either harness my mind into discipline or let it wonder into laziness. It is possible to overcome temptation and choose self-discipline … it just takes determination and practice.

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It’s All in Your Mind

The true and lasting change you can experience through a disciplined mind is amazing. It seriously fills me with awe when I think about how far I’ve come in such a short amount of time simply by committing my mind to discipline.

There will always be excuses and reason not to pursue your goals. That’s just life. We’re always looking for an easier way to do things and that’s why we buy gadgets from infomercials and why we’re constantly on the look for 10 quick steps to skinny. The fact is that there really isn’t a super shortcut to being healthy.

Change Can Happen Quickly … You Just Have to Try.

The good news is that it actually doesn’t take that long once you commit to it and habits will form that make it easier to be healthy. For example, I completed my first half marathon in May and unfortunately, I strained my hip flexor. That meant that I couldn’t run for 3-4 weeks.

What’s funny is that before accomplishing the goal of a half marathon, I probably would have welcomed the break from running. Instead, I felt sad that I couldn’t run and discouraged because I didn’t want to lose the momentum I had worked so hard to gain. Fast forward a month later and I’m now just starting to run again. Physically, I feel like I’m pretty much starting from square one but mentally I still have the discipline to run a great distance.

It’s the same with eating Paleo. I might take a break for a special occasion but I always go back to that way of eating because I’ve experienced the benefits first hand and have the discipline to get back to my routine. Sure it’s hard sometimes. It’s especially hard if you wait a long time before getting back into your routine but it’s still much easier once you’ve created a habit.

Perspective is Everything

It doesn’t matter how far you have to go before accomplishing your goals or what others around you are doing. It’s all in your mind. You can choose to move forward to success or you can prolong your journey and make things harder on yourself. It takes sacrifice but you are stronger than you think. You’re strong enough to surprise yourself. Go ahead, give it a try and see what you can really do.

It’s all about perspective.

You’re stronger than you know.

~ Kate

P.S. Happy birthday shout out time! It’s Daniel’s birthday today!! I love you, Daniel Clay.