A little unmotivated and zero excitement to get myself to the workout space in our downstairs living room floor. Yet I told myself I'd keep showing up for myself because muscles don't grow from pasta pizza long naps and lazy days 😂 and I can't stand the idea of flopping in the mud and dirt come race day for Spartan or Tough Mudder because I don't have the strength I know I'm capable of to climb lift or mount over whatever rope hill or wall that's most certainly waiting for me.
Races make me completely nervous but they also keep me motivated. It helps to have a measurement of my progress like a race to see have I really been trying and pushing my body to new limits or just playing it safe when I push play? Lately I think I'm just surviving through the workouts. It takes time to change your routine and even longer to make progress once you are consistent. I keep pushing myself because I want to find out what MY STRONG looks like. That means showing up and putting in the effort to be better. 💪🏼
Why do you work out?
This isn’t your typical before and after... The top pictures were taken in January 2016. I had been a runner for about 3 years and was training for my first marathon but I was gaining weight. I was so frustrated but I knew that it had to be what I was eating!
My coach hooked me up with 21 Day Fix Extreme and in 21 days with running and 21DFX, I lost 7.5 lbs and 9 inches! I was hooked on Beachbody and immediately signed up to be a coach so I could help others have amazing results too.
The bottom pictures were taken right after 80 Day Obsession. Yes I have put on weight since the beginning BUT my body and my mind are completely different.
I used to think that I didn’t need to do anything else. That running was enough. But adding in Beachbody workouts made me a stronger runner.
I will always be a runner until I can no longer. It does something that nothing else can. But I realize the importance of cross training. I realize the power of others on the same journey now.
I am thankful every day that I took a chance on my coach’s accountability group, because I don’t recognize pre-Beachbody Kristel anymore!
I’m going to be running a running accountability group for the next couple of months combining my love of both running and Beachbody workouts! If you’re interested in more info, comment below and I can add you into a sneak peek group to see if it’s something you want to do!
I don’t ever want to be in survivor mode, I hate that feeling😡! Just going through the motions and nothing changing😱. How sucky! 👎Nope no thanks! I hope you feel the same because there is so much damn opportunity out there and way too many people scared to take action. Let’s have a little more faith in ourselves shall we? I’m so blessed 😇to be constantly meeting such positive forces because I am taking advantage of the most incredible opportunity. My business is more than an income. It’s a way of life👊, to connect👯♀️, dream🌈, and stay on the healthy 🍎path. Girl...why are you not taking advantage of this with us?💁♀️
Speaking of connecting...Meet @dust4evr! Gay is a 60 year old ball of positive energy⚡️ and a part of my team. Her goals are to stay fit so she can keep up with her grandkids at the same time influence others her age to do the same. How rockstar🎸 is that?! I see her running around with those young girls and I’m not sure they can keep up with her?!? 🤣
I also met @jenthalmann1 and Monika today who are a part of my bigger coach fam. 👯♀️👯♀️👯♀️ Gimme all the positive ladies!! .
So why aren’t you doing this again? Or are you considering? Leave an emoji below and let’s chat! 🤜🤛
Finished up week 1 of #c25k yesterday!
I am still trying to have patience with myself as I get my body adjusted to working out AND running consistently. 😭 Running is hard for me. It's always been but it's the reason I've always had it in the back of my head.
If you saw my stories on goal setting I shared my goal of hitting a 30 minute 5k which is probably 15 minutes off what I can to now! It's basically around my best that managed to run in HS which is really only the surface of what I could be capable of. I never actually ran EVER before so I'm both excited and nervous to find out what I am capable of.
I see how many women on here crushing even faster goals and it inspires me everyday. Its easy to get discouraged by others' progress though so I definitely have to monitor how I intake social media. That's why I'm focusing on what I'm doing even more and sharing it along the way so that you can see the real struggle and process rather than just all the highlights. 🏃♀️
So if you're running along with me, huffing and puffing after some goals I'd love to hear them! Let's celebrate every run together! 😄 Whether you're trying to walk or run a mile or a marathon, what are you chasing out on those miles????
LEG DAY ✔️☠️🍑ALL.THE.SQUAATS & dead lifts
((Check the stories for a look @ the workout)) A post to come later about self talk and comparisons because Ive been beating myself up & I realized WHY. .
Why are we women such bitches to ourselves?!
I’ve been trying to make my afternoon post for hours (not an exaggeration) and it’s not working. 🙈 In fact, the look on my face in this picture SAYS IT ALL. 🙌🏻
I’m a generally confident person, but I straight up DO NOT feel great about myself today. 😩 It’s day one of shark week and my hormones are ruling my brain. 🧠 My self-esteem is low and my attitude is negative. I couldn’t even capture a workout video to share because I was being so judgmental of myself. 🙄
I’m not sharing this to drag you down, but rather, to show you THE TRUTH!! 🤷🏻♀️ I don’t give a 🤬 what we health coaches or fitness models or body positive people preach to you on Instagram— we do NOT live perfectly confident lives 24/7.
Am I happy person overall? Definitely! Do I also have bad days? For sure! And this is one of them. 🤣
I wanted to share this moment in time for all of you who look at what I do (the workouts, the coaching, etc.) and think, “I could never do what she does.”
I am human AF. I am NOTHING special, and you can ABSOLUTELY do every single thing I do. You simply have to decide you WANT to. 💃🏻
So this is your friendly daily reminder that you are awesome. You are capable. Someone here in California 🙋🏻♀️ believes in you. And just because you’re having a bad day (or even a bad season) doesn’t mean you have to have a bad life.💕
WHEW!! Okay. Thanks for letting me get that off my chest, VonFrankenTribe. I feel better now. 😜🔩💚
This morning I did my very first virtual 5k. I did @flexitpink Pink Pumpkin Run which benefits Here For The Girls. My miles were dedicated to my Aunt who is a breast cancer survivor and all the other ladies, and men, who have had to fight cancer 💕
Remember those health and fitness goals you wanted to achieve back in January? 💁♀️
Have you: (you don’t have to answer publicly)
A: Hit them but hungry for more - (Heck ya🤜🤛)
B: Actively working on them(but may need help 🙋♀️)
C: Haven’t started? (Whoops! 😬)
Well...if you need any help with A, B, or C AND getting a jumpstart into 2019 I am here to help. I used to be a total 🎢roller coaster🎡 when it came to my heath and fitness about 5 years ago. I still for sure struggle with my nutrition but not nearly as much as I used to. .
If you are at all interested, I’m going to share some ideas 💡 based on what works for me in a small group. You can try the workouts and if you happen to like them, there is also an awesome ⚡️FLASH sale ⚡️going on too until 10/20 which does not happen very often!
Hit me up with your fave emoji or question and happy to help! 🤸🏼♀️💕👊🦄
Anyone else feel awkward AF taking gym mirror selfies? 🙋♀️ Probably because I have no idea how or where to hold the phone or stand or where to look. AND that I try to do it when no one is around or I hink they don't see me 😂 Maybe I should quit trying, too much to think about. It's Wednesday... my Thursday, since I'm road tripping on Friday. Hope you have a kick ass day!
I’m trying really hard to get back in my groove again. I SHOULD be extra motivated with my half marathon being 18 days away... but I’m having a real hard time for some reason. I powered through a quick 5k after work today, I was planning on 6 but I didn’t properly hydrate or fuel for it and the fatigue set in really hard after mile 3. I don’t want to risk an injury so I stopped. Send good vibes my way over the next two weeks to push myself.
Who else loves the F word....FREE!!??🙌🏼 Did a 20 minute sneak peek workout into the next program being released. It’s an updated version of one that came out a year ago.
I loved it for many reasons including...
-combo of conditioning and strength
-modifier in them all (had to modify pushups...one day I will do them all my toes!)
-the trainer Chris speaks love and light into you!! (NO need to listen to music while doing this workout!) SO if you want to check out this 20 minute workout for FREE, comment below!!😊❤️👊🏼
A new calendar is up!
I was pulling down my first round schedule, the first time I check marked (or marked with hearts actually in my case) ALL the boxes of a fitness program when I realized how significant this little paper was. It was the first time I didn't feel overwhelmed by my fitness program. The first time I felt strong even if I did moves modified or could only push out 2/10 reps.
I always put up my workout calendar as a reminder to myself of what I say I'll show up for and now it's a reminder for all the days I stood committed to me. Not because I felt I had to or should but because I wanted to. I showed up for 32 workouts over eight weeks. Some days I showed up with dread, fatigue, and much complaint. I decided to leave my calendar up as a reminder that I can do hard things, that I'm worth it.
How many times did you leave the boxes to your goals unchecked because you told yourself you couldn't? I can't tell you how many first days I've had because I use to be embarrassed by my endless efforts to do better each time and feeling like I wasn't good enough. The best way to develop confidence is by showing up consistently no matter how messy or imperfect you feel your actions and efforts are at the beginning. SHOW UP for you. You'll find yourself exactly where you're meant to and want to be.
My glorious post workout sweaty selfie. I finished season 1 of Royals. Oh. Em. Gee. Then did my push ups and plank (1:45) for the @flexitpink challenge. Also, fun fact about my headband... this was one of the headbands in my very first @hippierunners order from 3.5 yrs ago maybe? It reminded me of Lisa Frank. Ha! Hope you all have a meaningful day ❤
Monday... back again so soon??? Workout done. Follow up appt with my oncologist a little later this morning. It's a short week for me, I'm headed to AZ on Friday for my cousin's wedding on Saturday and meeting up with an old friend from school too when I get there. Busy week but looking forward to all of it!
Who just wants to feel good?😊🤚🏼 I mean like...you don’t give the scale as much power.
You don’t let food rule your emotions and your feelings about your worth.
You move your body because it feels fantastic afterwards, not as a punishment for what you ate.
I know with the holidays coming, I want to enjoy all the moments with my family and friends. I want to be in balance. Which means...moving my body, feeding it well, drinking the H2O and working on my mind! I’m not worried about the number on the scale moving down, but just for it to stay where it’s currently at and for me to feel happy and healthy.
I’m about to start a new program where the trainer speaks love and life into you!
👉🏼A schedule of doable workouts (modifiers for all of them!)
👉🏼A month of my awesome superfoods shake
👉🏼An awesome meal plan that is realistic and fuels your body properly
👉🏼Into my online accountability group
👉🏼Access to the group for free each month after your initial purchase.
👉🏼A money back guarantee!
So, what do you have to lose!? Drop an emoji & I can send you information for you to check out more details!
So my goal for my run this morning was 10 miles, but I had somewhere to be (and didn’t factor the wait time of crosswalks and red lights into my time) so I only made it through 8. I decided to go for round two with the husband so we did a mile jog to the neighborhood gym, 40 minutes of total body resistance band work, and a one mile jog back. So 10 miles ✅ strength training ✅. It’s been a great day.
Today I was THAT person, out running before the sun came up. I have always envied those people and their motivation to get up and run when it is so cold and windy, but today I have it a try... and I loved it. And got a wicked blister 3 miles in because I missed a spot with my glide 🙈. As part of my half training I knew it was important for me to start running outside more. For 5ks it isn’t that big of a deal, but 13 miles is a long time to jump from treadmill to outdoors. I have always been terrified of running outside alone, but even more so considering everything happening lately. I was going to bite my tongue because lord knows there is enough politics on social media already, so skip this if you want.
While on my run many things crossed through my mind, and I talked to a few of my running friends (male and female) to get their takes on it too after #mollietibbetts . I wanted to compare the things female runners have to consider that males don’t. They make special running weapons just for women (usually in pink 🙄) because men don’t have to think about it. Women shouldn’t make eye contact with people because it is inviting, but if you don’t then you are rude and could be targeted for that too. Women can’t run the same path multiple times a week because you never know who could be watching from their house down the road to catch you when no one is around. And men definitely don’t have to think about what they wear when they run, because if she’s in a sports bra and shorts (because it’s 98 degrees) she’s probably asking for it 🙄. Women should only run with one headphone in so they can hear their potential attacker coming. Women are trained to be checking to make sure no one is following them.
I have never considered myself to be a “hardcore feminist” but now that it’s “a scary time for men” it’s hard to feel sympathetic. We are groomed from a young age to constantly be aware of the world around us, learning self defense, and wearing clothes that are supposed to make us seem less desirable. It’s a scary life for women. Period. Thank you for attending my TEDtalk if you made it this far.
Holy upper body day Batman! So many options using my @bowflex Revolution. I got up 30 min earlier than planned because one of the boys got sick so I took advantage of the extra time to get some extra exercises in and some new ones too instead of going back to bed. Also knocked out my push ups and held a 1:30 plank for the @flexitpink challenge. Its Fri-yay! Have an amazing day ❤💪 P.S. this is the first week in a long time I got up and worked out before work every day 🎉