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Have You Celebrated Yourself Lately?

11 Mar

KateUpdates Just DID it.

The weather was crazy over here in Ohio-land this weekend. It was in the upper 50’s on Saturday and yesterday, it was 68 degrees!! I am now officially cleaning out my closet and preparing for spring. That’s it. I cannot wait any longer! The weather wasn’t the only crazy thing that happened this weekend … I actually went running (!) AND I ran over 5 miles (!!!) blasting my previous distance (4 miles) out of the water. I’m so proud of myself.

As I was running in the gorgeous windy, sunshiney weather I was reminded about the need to celebrate. I don’t think we celebrate ourselves enough. I know I don’t. I’m talking about celebrating when you accomplish goals whether they’re little or big. Taking a breath and embracing the moment. Appreciating your hard work and acknowledging how far you’ve come.

Let’s take a moment right now and celebrate our accomplishments. There are definitely some amazing milestones worth celebrating.

  • Did you resist food temptation? Celebrate!
  • Did you workout when you didn’t feel like it? Celebrate!
  • Did you just beat a personal fitness record? Celebrate!
  • Have you made progress toward your 2013 goals? Celebrate!
  • Have you cut out negative influences resulting in a healthier you? Celebrate!

There are so many reasons to celebrate and we pass them by all too often. Today, my challenge to you is to give yourself a pat on the back. Do a crazy little dance. Jump up and down. Sing or shout and celebrate yourself. You deserve it.

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~ Kate

P.S. I have an exciting announcement! Very soon (maybe even in the next week!) I will be moving to a self-hosted site. You’ll be able to find me at KateUpdates.com (much easier than my previously long url). This will enable me to offer more helpful resources so I’m really excited about it. I will also be changing the look and feel of my blog so it’s going to be pretty awesome. Just a heads up … more to come!

Wake Up in Anticipation that Something Great is Going to Happen Today.

4 Mar

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Happy Musical Monday!

I’m so ready for this week. This week is going to be amazing. Yes, I can already tell! Last week was hard because I had a sinus infection and Daniel has been really sick with the flu. Being sick is no fun but watching someone you love go through sickness is even worse. Over the weekend I was reminded of how important it is to pray for people. There are so many people going through really tough stuff and sometimes, all you can do is pray for them. So, I commit to doing more of that.

I’ve also been thinking about conquering my fear of running a half marathon (it’s coming up in May!!!) and this week begins a focused effort to getting closer to my fitness goal. I’ve set some lofty goals in the past but this one in particular scares me. Somehow, I need to get to 13.1 miles in the next 2 months. Oy vey.

In preparation, I will be working out 6 days a week. I’m running 4 times a week and strength training the other two days. This goal is intimidating to say the least. As I’ve said before, I don’t have a history of running long distances but I do dream of being a gazelle. This is the first step.

I keep thinking of the future and visualizing what I will feel like when I finish the race. I can’t wait to see what my body looks like and what it feels like to have the stamina to finish 13.1. This is one of my 2013 goals that will soon be accomplished. Until then, I’m trying not to be scared and instead focus on making progress every day.

Which of your 2013 goals are you currently working on?

Are you scared? Challenged? Feeling energized? Do share …

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Musical Monday: Can You Handle This?

4 Feb

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It’s been a little while since I shared a Musical Monday post but after last night’s Super Bowl performance I feel inspired. Bring on the Destiny’s Child, baby! Talk about a song perfect for my running mix. Bootylicious wins every time.

And so it BEGINS. After a lengthy ordeal with my lower back, I am now cleared to begin running again. Just in time, too, because I have 3 months until my first-ever half marathon! I’m excited but a little nervous. I don’t think I can fully comprehend running 13.1 miles. I’ve never run over four so it’s a bit too much of a stress for my imagination just yet.

I can visualize finishing though. I’m definitely doing this. It’s one of my 2013 Goals so it will be done. Period. How are you doing on your 2013 goals? Making progress? Need to look at them and remind yourself what they were? Take this as your reminder :)

I’d love to hear any tips on running long distances, what gear to choose and how to run in winter weather.

Bring on the advice!

~ Kate

P.S. This week I will be sharing what an average day for me looks like food-wise. I think it will be a video post. Stay tuned!