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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!

Is Excess Keeping You from Achieving Your Goals?

11 Feb

KateUpdates Make it Happen

I love Mondays. I’ll admit I haven’t always liked them but the past couple years have taught me to see Mondays as the springboard for each new week. Mondays are a new beginning, a fresh start and, to me, they hold the most potential of any day in the week. So, I love Mondays.

On this momentous day, I wanted to share a thought with you that may sound a little funny but stick with me and it will make sense. This is it: Is excess holding you back? Is having too much of a “good” thing keeping you from achieving your goals?

Excess can come in the form of …

  • Too much work
  • Too much play
  • Too much sugar
  • Too much sleep
  • Too much snacking
  • Too much alone time
  • Too much time with people
  • Too much social media time
  • Too much structure
  • Too much free-time
  • Too much … too much!

Are you living a lifestyle of ‘too much’ in certain areas? Is it time for you to practice discipline, diminishing excess, to free yourself and achieve your goals? Even a good thing, when turned to excess, can become destructive. It’s like the saying goes, “‘Everything is permissible’–but not everything is beneficial. ‘Everything is permissible’–but not everything is constructive.” I Cor. 10:23

If an activity, habit or lack thereof is keeping you from accomplishing your goals, maybe it’s time to reevaluate the time and attention you’re giving to that thing/activity/person.

Just a little food for thought …

~ Kate

Accept Your Flaws and No One Can Use Them Against You

21 Jan

Kateupdates Not PerfectKateupdates Happy Monday!

Woah it’s been a crazy few days. So, as I’m sure you noticed, I didn’t share my grocery basket with you yesterday but that is only because I didn’t get to go grocery shopping as planned. Instead, my amazing husband is going to hit up the grocery store for me since he has MLK day off. This whole starting a business thing is proving to be pretty time-consuming and until I’m completely done with my “office-job” next month, Daniel has been pitching in and helping even more than usual. ::love him::

OK so today I want to encourage you with this thought: you will never be perfect. I’m not trying to single you out here because the same thing applies to me. This is a lesson I’ve been learning for some time and I need reminded of it because I’m a bit of a perfectionist. There, I said it. Whew. That means, when it comes to eating healthier and choosing to make my health a priority, it only makes sense that I would try to apply my perfectionist tendency to those topics as well.

And, because I let it “all hang out” here on my blog, Facebook page, YouTube channel, I get lots of feedback on what I’m eating, how I’m eating it and if there’s a better alternative. I love getting comments and learning right along with you as to what truly is healthiest to eat and do but I want to say that this health journey is never going to be perfect. Mistakes happen. Indulgences happen.

So, if you mistakenly eat something that has ingredients you typically avoid, don’t beat yourself up or freak out. Just avoid it in the future. Do I sometimes eat peanuts in my fruit and nut mix because that’s what the grocery had and I was hungry? YES. Did I eat cheese while hanging out with girlfriends last night, even though I’m allergic to dairy and it’s not really Paleo? Yep. I’m not perfect. Neither are you. And that’s OK.

Decide what’s important to you and don’t beat yourself up about the little things. The road to extraordinary isn’t perfect. It’s unique, just like you.

Good. Now that we got that out-of-the-way, we can have a way less stressful week. 😉

~ Kate

P.S. I’m going to share my grocery basket AND this fabulous recipe for Almond Meal Chicken Fingers soon so stay tuned.

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