WCW: Katie Ringley

Look. At. This. Woman.

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Seriously. Look at her. 

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Her body is incredible and inspiring and why am I not doing crunches right now and eating only spinach?This is Katie Ringley and she is a total badass. Not the mass that I am personally going for, but absolutely gorgeous nonetheless. I highly recommend her profiles on all social media channels if you want that extra burst of joyous fitspo in your life! 

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Those legs, tho…

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I’d let her beat me up. Is that weird?

Oh, and have I mentioned that she manages to find incredible balance in her life and and has a fabulous sense of humor? 

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*from Katie’s Instagram

*from Katie's Instagram

*from Katie’s Instagram

She's even brilliant sweaty/post workout. Unfair.

She’s even brilliant sweaty/post workout. Unfair.

Yeah. Awesome. Follow Katie on Instagram, WordPress, and Facebook, and keep on kickin ass!

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My Mind Is Tellin’ Me No, But My Body’s Tellin’ Me Yes

Yesterday I was doing some research on “fitspo” instagrams, Whole30, and anything else that would get me psyched for my evening workout. It worked! I was jazzed and couldn’t wait to get my sneakers to the pavement. 

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Then traffic. It typically takes me 30-45mins to get home, but yesterday it took me 2 hours. RAGE. So much rage. Also, traffic makes me sleepy and want to eat junk food and watch Netflix. 

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Then my thoughtful fiancé offered to buy Chinese food or wine or anything my heart desired to make up for the shitty travel experience. Which would be awesome any other time, except I’m trying to be healthy and Chinese food isn’t “clean.” 

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Then by the time I got home it was too dark to go for a run. I like to have enough time to run out and back while it’s still light out due to safety reasons. I’m sure I could kick anyone’s ass who tried something funny, that’s not the point. “Really I’m worried for anyone who tried to get in my way,” she thought, sarcastically. 

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Then there was internet connectivity problems in my (what felt like 90 degree) room, so my “Own It” Spotify playlist kept cutting out during my workout.  

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But you know what? I did it. I did a TABATA workout with pushups, skull crushers, weighted shadow boxing, squats, calf raises, donkey kicks, weighted side crunches, bicycle crunches, regular crunches, and planks. I did every single one of my planks! My point is, there are days when it will seem like everything is against you. Anything that could go wrong, will. It will be 90 degrees in your room. But with every skip of your music you can push yourself harder, squat deeper, finish those damn planks. And it will make you feel better, trust me! 

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Fit Ass Friday

Inspiration!

Inspiration!

This is Chris Pratt. You might remember him from such entertainment as Parks and Rec, Moneyball, and Zero Dark Thirty. He was a fuzzy lil man peach until he started getting roles in major motion pictures, and now he is buff stuff. Feast your eyes upon the goodness, for it is Fit Ass Friday! 

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Oh, okay…

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Simply MARVELous (see what I did there?)

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Yay, muscles! Happy weekend, everyone 🙂

9 Stages Of Getting Up Early For A Run

 10:00pm, Night Before:

Heck yeah, fitness!

Heck yeah, fitness!

I’m so excited to run tomorrow! I can accomplish anything! Believe and you will achieve! Setting my alarm for 5:50am because I can totally be that person! Maybe I’ll even stretch out to some Enya after the run!

10:05pm, Night Before:

Nothing’s gonna ever keep you down!

Nothing’s gonna ever keep you down!

Okay, let’s be real. I’ll set an alarm for 6am just to be sure I get up. Still excited! …Aaaaaand just because I can’t be late for work, I’ll set my regular alarm for 7am as well. But I won’t need it because I’m a f*cking champion.

12:00am, Night Before:

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Scrollin’ infinitely…

Why am I still reading the internet? I need to get my butt to bed, there’s miles to run!

12:30am, Night Before:

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5:50am:

No way. Ever.

No way. Ever.

**alarm goes off** It’s still nighttime out there, eff that! 6am sounds better anyway, like when I get to work I can tell everyone I got up at 6am to run.

6:00am: 

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**alarm goes off** I’ll just run less miles so I can sleep another 20 minutes. Hey, at least I’m running at all. “Passing everyone on the couch,” as Pinterest says.

6:20am:

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At this point it would be a time crunch to run, shower, and get ready in time. I don’t want to add any stress to my day. Sleeping enough is important. My bed is so cozy. Another excuse. Whatever.

7:00am:

Oh past me, you're insane.

Oh past me, you’re dumb.

Well now I just haven’t slept well. I hate 10:00pm me. Why was I ever so optimistic? I can’t do anything.

7:20am:

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OH GOD WHAT THE HELL I’M LATE. Now I don’t even have time for breakfast, which is probably best- I don’t need the calories since I didn’t actually run. Crankybot, roll out.

My First Steps: 7 Day Clean Eating Challenge

Today I start a week long clean eating challenge. However, when I opened my email to find the sample menu for the week there were a few things that are allowed on the challenge that surprised me. For example: Dijon mustard, greek yogurt, rice cakes, and Ezekiel toast.

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What?

To me, “clean eating” meant that you can eat anything that doesn’t have a label, or even more simply, anything on the perimeter of the grocery store. So what’s with all the fluff, challenge? The last time I thought yogurt was an acceptable healthy snack my cellular phone had a hinge. 

But then I started really thinking about why I was surprised by these foods and I remembered my recent research into the raw food movement. I had gone down a wormhole into raw and RT4, subscribed to their YouTube channels, and became obsessed. These “true vegans” had subtly brainwashed me into thinking that anything other than 20 bananas for breakfast will kill you. In hindsight, that strict lifestyle couldn’t have been for me since despite all my research, I never actually practiced it! But that’s all for another post, really. On to the day one basics!

We’re meant to write down our “before” reflection to get a sense of where we start versus the magic we feel on day 7. I will also be checking in daily with the Facebook group and taking pictures of all my meals to share with the challenge community (a lovely idea). 

I feel: constantly tired, bloated, lazy, my eyes hurt, kind of sad all the time, no energy.

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If my insides were a gif…

Also, it would be great if I could poop regularly. Wish me luck!

UPDATE: If you are interested in more information about this challenge or want to reach out to the coach who set up this circus, her Facebook page is linked HERE!

I begin here.

I dust off the crumbs of the last Mint Chocolate Milano cookie in the package and add “organic zucchini” to my shopping list. Typical Sunday- I enjoy the last bits of indulgence before I re-commit to a healthy, vegan, paleo, raw till 4, gluten free, dolphin safe lifestyle, which will last only until my first excuse of the week. A bad day here, an “I deserve this” there, and I’m back to french fries and wine. Let’s be clear: I’m not fat. I’m definitely not fit. At this point in my life I am a gangly version of average. My body has adjusted to my sedentary job with an overall softness and general lack of purpose that is not uncommon in America.

But this time, what if? What if I don’t make excuses? What if I don’t split that doughnut with 5 of my coworkers? What if I really, genuinely give myself a chance? Cue the Chariots Of Fire and Eye Of The Tiger mashup!

My goals: Stop thinking of my health/wellness journey as a weekly challenge and try to test my limits and accomplish new feats daily. Take part in challenges to up my game, as I tend to do more when there is a competition. Treat yoself to food, but maybe once a week rather than once every few hours. Maybe, just MAYBE, have an acne-free face and one of those bitchin’ bodies you see on Tumblr memes #musclesaresexy.

So with this, I begin my new life. Bring it on, self! I am ready to be wowed by me.