Motivational Monday! Featured Sneakers & being plank-tastic

This weekend felt not as “oh-my-gosh-how-much-stuff-can-I-squish-onto-2-days” as the past ones have been. That’s not a bad thing persay, but the rundown feeling I get afterwards might be ;)
That may have been why pre-dinner last night I asked hubs to wait up a few minutes so I could squeeze in a plank-a-day – extra energy and all…it was my longest one ever! (The “honey-you’re-so-crazy-I-love-how-devoted-you-are” look was worth it ;) Good to know switching to side planks and still keeping abs engaged can help you go longer and harder!
Do Work.
By the way, I FINALLY got pumpkin while out grocery shopping and was able to make this for breafast:
Protein Pumpkin Goo!
 Thanks STUFTMama for the idea because I’d NEVER have thought of it! It’s a mix of canned pumpkin, vanilla whey protein, almond extract, stevia, and pumpkin spice (with a Kashi cookie on the top – 1/2 of one.) Yum city + healthy as all get-out!
For Kat’s Featured Sneakers on Motivational Monday this week, my pal Meghan from Little Girl in the Big World shares her passion for running and upcoming goal! (key words: DISNEY MARATHON) I know Meghan through our local blogger group and we’ve been buds since the Chevy fit for Life Tour event we did back in June. Check out her story!

Name: Meghan C

Blog: www.littlegirlinthebigworld.com

What is your favorite way to workout/exercise: It depends. Right now (and most of the time) it’s running, but after running four half marathons from October through March of last year (with one of the coming the day after a 15k + 5k combo) and keeping up a training plan that wore me out I needed a break. That’s when I found my love of BodyPump and BodyCombat. I had a running break, but now I’m over that! I’m ready to start training for the Disney Marathon in January!


What is your #1 cheat food: …oh gosh. I guess I’ll say chips. I love love love salt and vinegar chips as well as doritos. But for the most part I really don’t stop myself from eating something that I want. In proportion (although most of the time I don’t want junky foods). I’ve lost 22 pounds over the last 9 months, and I did it by really sticking to being fit and eating healthy. I didn’t do a diet of any kind. I know that if I’m not allowed to have something I won’t make it.

What advice do you have for those starting on a fitness journey: The first 1-2 months are the hardest. You’ll want to feel and look like you’ve been working out forever, but you won’t. You just have to keep going. You’ll suddenly have a moment after a little while where you realize it’s all paying off. I did Couch 2 5k last March-May to start running, and I hated that I had to walk so much in the beginning. But after I stuck with it consistently, I found that by week 6 or 7 I didn’t want to walk at all. Just stick with it!
Dream destination race/location: There are two. NYC Marathon for the location, and Boston Marathon because of what it means I would have accomplished.
Favorite inspirational fitness personality/trainer: I love Karena and Katrina of Tone it Up. I guess if there was one plan that I stuck to, it would be theirs. It’s just a lifestyle and teaches you when to eat certain foods. Also their workouts are outstanding and functional. That’s where I learned about HIIT (will you link to this: http://www.littlegirlinthebigworld.com/2012/03/hiit-it.html)

Workout apparel must have (+brand): I love lululemon and Nike. I used to wear workout capris but now I have started wearing Nike Pro Combat shorts to run. I love lululemon’s tank tops. They’re amazing and in my head worth every penny.

Motivational motto/quote: “No matter how slow you’re going, you’re lapping everyone on the couch.” or “If no one thinks you can, then you have to.” or “The miracle isn’t that I finished. It’s that I had the courage to start.”

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If you’re interested in being featured for Monday’s Motivation – Featured Sneakers, email me at here!

14 Comments
  • Jenna
    September 24, 2012

    Amazing plank!!! That pumpkin goo looks totally great too! Happy Monday and spa love!

    • KatSnF
      September 24, 2012

      Thanks Jenna, happy Monday!

  • Genna
    September 24, 2012

    great plank and love the motivational Monday feature! great idea!

    • KatSnF
      September 24, 2012

      You, too, can be featured G money!

  • Heather Wilson
    September 24, 2012

    Great job on the planks!! Now, about that pumpkin goo stuff…. it looks amazing! I cant find it on the link! I must try that soon!

    The Feature on another blog is a great idea! Thanks for showing me another blog to follow! <3

  • Mindy Bobe
    September 24, 2012

    Awesome plank girl!!!! And that pumpkin goo looks yummy!!! Good luck in your training Meghan! I will be running the Disney marathon in January too!

    • KatSnF
      September 24, 2012

      I didn’t know you were coming to Orlando in January! Meet up yo! I’ll be doing the half so there Thurs-Sun! I’ll be running in all my friends for the last 5k ;)

  • Canuck Mom
    September 24, 2012

    Your rocked that plank!! Great work!! That pumpkin goo is one my list to try.

    • KatSnF
      September 24, 2012

      Thanks! it’s super easy! Especially for Fall, I’m addicted

  • PavementRunner
    September 24, 2012

    Great job on the plank… super star!

    Great interview. Agree that the beginning is the most challenging part… but you get stronger and feel much better as you develop and move forward.

    • KatSnF
      September 25, 2012

      Link when u want to be a super star on my blog ;)

  • noshingonasphalt
    September 25, 2012

    Holy freaking cow Kat – 4+ minute plank!! My core is screaming right now even thinking about it. Love your blog. :)

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