2017 Goals

Uncategorized Dec 26, 2016

I am going to be blunt here and just say that this has been a giant middle finger of a year. We have certainly had our ups: Pat getting home safely from deployment, our little man growing and learning so much, and our little rainbow baby to name a few. It has also had its handful of downs. We have had our minor annoyances such as moving into a wasp infested house, which turned into a mouse infested house (such a debacle). We also had our heat go out for 24 hours when it was 21 degrees outside. Annoying but manageable stuff that everyone who lives in a house probably deals with at some point. On the heavier side, we have had very close friends and a family member both dealing with cancer, which has been heartbreaking to watch. Finally, we had our chemical pregnancy, immediately followed by a gut wrenching miscarriage. My Mom always says that everything bad happens in threes, so even though I am not the one who has been sick in most of these situations, it has not been easy to...

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Holiday Shopping Guide For The Fitness Enthusiast

Uncategorized Dec 16, 2016

I may be compensated by affiliate links in this post. I thoroughly test products before writing about them. All opinions are my own.

It is that time of year where the holidays hit and everyone is in a panic for what to get their weird fitness friend (or themselves as the weird fitness enthusiast)! I have put together my favorite products that I have used. I own everything on this list and I recommend all of them simply from personal use. I have one coupon code for you, which is first up! Overall though, I just genuinely love all of this stuff.

For Two Fitness – I have been working out in this shirt the last few weeks and I am OBSESSED. I have even been running in it and it doesn’t ride up on me, which is something I typically struggle with, especially with tank tops. This is the perfect gift for yourself or any pregnant friends! It is a very comfortable material and expands as you expand. They also offered me a discount code, so be sure to use FITKRISTEN for 30%...

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Healthy Pregnancy 2 – 14 Weeks

Uncategorized Dec 16, 2016

How far along? 14 Weeks

Baby Size: According to “The Bump” baby is the size of a peach. According to last week’s ultrasound, baby is measuring 10 days larger.

Weight gain: 3.5lbs

Maternity clothes? I’m still rocking leggings and huge sweaters. Spring will be fun when it’s not longer sweater weather and everyone notices this giant bump!

Belly Button in or out? Out

Best moment this week: Starting to feel better and get to run longer distances (I have built up to three miles, let’s not get crazy here).

Miss Anything? Hunger signals. I mostly feel super full until I am dying of starvation. I miss the in-between stage.

Movement: Last week I felt a flutter, but not much this week.

Food cravings: No cravings yet.

Gender: We should find out in about 4 weeks!

Looking forward to: Watching the bump grow! Baby is already growing much differently than our first born did!

I touched upon this on social media the...

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Healthy Pregnancy 2 – 13 Weeks

Uncategorized Dec 15, 2016

Well, it’s been a while since I have updated the blog. So, what have I been up to? Mostly, being pregnant with our little rainbow baby! We have a little baby growing and I will be blogging along like I did with our son. I was on the fence about blogging this time, but I had a shocking amount of requests for it, so I decided to oblige! I have been a bit tired, and far more sick than I was with my son, so most of my energy has been going toward my Fitness With Kristen members and online clients, as well as toward simply surviving this part of pregnancy. Luckily, working out has seemed to ease the symptoms a bit, but finding something to eat took a little more time.

Also, I got this sweet “Training For Two” shirt that is SUPER comfortable. I will be sharing more in my Holiday gift guide coming out this week, but use the code FITKRISTEN for 30% off your purchase on the entire For Two Fitness site, and free shipping over $75. OK,...

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When Words Aren’t Enough

Uncategorized Oct 11, 2016

I have really been on the fence about writing this post, for so many reasons. I worry that our family will think it’s crazy that I put this out there, but I know our family is always so supportive of me. I worry that it will look like I am just looking for sympathy. I am not, but it may look like that to some people and that’s OK. I also worry because I fear the responses. This may seem weird once you read my story, but responses are tough for me. On the one hand, it really hurts when a friend or family member doesn’t reach out after we tell them. On the other hand, there is not one solitary thing that anyone can say to make the pain go away- nothing. Since I don’t know what I want from my friends and family, they obviously have no idea what to offer me.

Here’s the story. Over Fourth of July weekend, Pat and I were elated to find out we were pregnant. I had a chemical pregnancy the month prior, and that was obviously sad, but in all honesty, the doctors...

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Be Committed

Uncategorized Oct 11, 2016

One of the best things you can do for your health and fitness is be committed. I’m not even talking about being committed to your workouts (though that is important), but be committed to every aspect of your fitness. Commit to your workout. Commit to your nutrition. Commit to your hydration. Commit to your rest. Commit to your stretching. Commit. If you approach it this way, you won’t have to keep starting over, or keep spinning your wheels being stuck in the same place!

The consistency within your commitment is what will help you reach your goals. The biggest mistake I see people make is that they struggle with rest days. There is this need for “active rest” where they are still doing an hour of low intensity cardio, or something along those lines. That can increase your cortisol levels (your fight or flight hormone) causing you to retain fat and even look inflamed. Instead, try to commit to your rest. I’m not saying to sit on your butt eating Ben...

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Finding The Gray

Uncategorized Oct 06, 2016

The reason that nutrition and working out, and finding health can be difficult is because it is SO GRAY! What works for me, might not work exactly perfect for you. Some people find counting macros super helpful. I find it too rigid. I find eating mostly paleo/just eating real food balancing for me. Many people find it TOO restrictive. Some people calorie count. Others do the zone diet. Sometimes these things work. Often times there are too many rules.

Then there is working out. Do I run? Do I lift? Should I be going heavy all the time? Should I be going hard all the time? How often should I rest? When is the perfect time to workout? These are all valid questions, but often times, they aren’t super relevant unless you are training for something in particular. If your goal is just fat loss, or just being a health person, the time of day you workout is not the most important factor. That fact THAT you work out is more important.What makes all of this tricky is finding your sweet...

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My Current Obsessions

Uncategorized Oct 04, 2016

Anyone who knows me knows that when I get into something I AM OBSESSED. I’m that super annoying friend who learns about songs months after is was popular and I listen to that song on repeat. I am that person. You can stop following me now if you need to, I would understand. Now that we have that cleared up, once in a while I like to do a round-up of my favorite things. At this point though let’s be real: these are my current obsessions.

Podcasts

Guys, I’m onboard. Again, I am always so late to the party, but I have arrived. I am super obsessed with podcasts right now, and there is no turning back. I listen to them while I work and they give me a lot of inspiration. I also listen to them on my run. I have been running headphone free for years but I was in the middle of a podcast and decided to run with it playing one day and I loved it. Music messes with my tempo, but with the podcast I can listen to fun conversation and it doesn’t have any impact on my pace.

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What I Am Struggling With Right Now

Uncategorized Oct 02, 2016

Here’s the thing: I write a fitness blog, which I hope is a resource for many when it comes to all things fitness. I write a lot about past struggles and I write a lot about overcoming struggles. It is usually after the fact though, and sometimes that can be hard to relate to. My goal with this post is to show you that I too am human, and I struggle. I struggle with aspects of my fitness, and my life in general. Whenever I encounter a struggle, I like to solve the problem by putting together a plan to resolve the issue at hand. Honestly, a lot of this is second nature and I don’t always realize I am doing it. Also, in the interest of full disclosure: I like to problem solve and talk issues to death. I do not like when Pat problem solves my struggles, even though I always want to solve his problems. This is 100% irrational, unfair, and I am sure infuriating. I try my best not to be close-minded when he does troubleshoot my complaints, but this can probably be added to the...

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Jessica’s Success

Uncategorized Sep 29, 2016

I met Jessica at a Christmas party essentially minutes after she moved to Port Hueneme. Her son was somewhere around 14 seconds old and she was just jumping right into conversation with this group of women I had met a number of times. While I sat quietly in my seat taking everything in, Jessica was relaying hilarious stories from her move and experiences in general. That’s the thing about Jessica, she’s just really fun! The following November I had put together my first Fit For Festivities challenge and she signed up to join. Up until then, I would consider us acquaintances through our husbands. We definitely chatted and got along, we had just never spent much time together outside of work gatherings for our husbands. When Jessica joined the challenge, she knew something had to change, but she was not quite ready to make that change yet.

Leading up to joining our group, Jessica had been to her doctor a number of times about back and knee pain. He told her she had two...

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