Normal Girl in a Fitspo World: The Workouts

This week's episode of Normal Girl in a Fitspo World is a recap of my first week of working out while in Playa Del Carmen Mexico with Bradford! In this segment I also reflect on my perception of working out and getting sore after lifting heavy in the gym. Also, our friends Glenna and Dustin came to visit and joined us for group workout! 

Check out all of our amazing workouts below:

Workout #1: 

4 rounds x 

  • 20 squats
  • 20 push ups
  • 20 lunges
  • 30 second plank
  • 30 jumping jacks
  • 20 bicep curls
  • 30 crunches

Workout #2

  • BENCH PRESS
    • 3 sets of 6-8 reps
    • 2-3 minutes rest between sets
  • ROWS
    • 3 sets of 6-8 reps
    • 2-3 minutes rest between sets
    • INCLINE DUMBBELL PRESS
    • 3 sets of 8-10 reps
    • 1-2 minutes rest between sets
  • LAT PULL DOWN
    • 3 sets of 8-10 reps
    • 1-2 minutes rest between sets
  • LATERAL RAISES
    • 2 sets of 10-12 reps
    • 1 minute rest between sets
  • TRICEP PRESS-DOWNS
    • 2 sets of 10-12 reps
    • 1 minute rest between sets
  • DUMBBELL CURLS
    • 2 sets of 10-12 reps
    • 1 minute rest between sets

Workout #3

  • ROMANIAN DEADLIFTS
    • 3 sets of 6-8 reps
    • 2-3 minutes rest between sets
  • LEG PRESS
    • 3 sets 10-12 reps
    • 1-2 minute rest between sets
  • SEATED LEG CURLS
    • 3 sets of 8-10 reps
    • 1-2 minute rest between sets
  • STANDING CALF RAISES
    • 4 sets of 6-8 reps
    • 1-2 minute rest between sets
  • ABS
    • 3 sets of 8-15 reps
    • 1 minute rest between sets

Workout #4

  • PULL UPS
    • 3 sets of 6-8 reps
    • 2-3 minutes rest between sets
  • BARBELL SHOULDER PRESS
    • 3 sets of 6-8 reps
    • 2-3 minutes rest between sets
  • SEATED CABLE ROW
    • 3 sets of 8-10 reps
    • 1-2 minutes rest between sets
  • DUMBBELL BENCH PRESS
    • 3 sets of 8-10 reps
    • 1-2 minutes rest between sets
  • DUMBBELL FLYS
    • 2 sets of 10-12 reps
    • 1 minute rest between sets
  • BARBELL CURLS
    • 2 sets of 10-12 reps
    • 1 minute rest between sets
  • SKULL CRUSHERS
    • 2 sets of 10-12 reps
    • 1 minute rest between sets

Workout #5

  • SQUATS
    • sets of 6-8 reps
    • 2-3 minutes rest between sets
  • SPLIT SQUATS
    • 3 sets of 8-10 reps
    • 1-2 minute rest between sets
  • LAYING LEG CURLS
    • 3 sets of 10-12 reps
    • 1-2 minutes rest between sets
  • SEATED CALF RAISES
    • 4 sets of 10-12 reps
    • 1-2 minutes rest between sets
  • ABS
    • 3 sets of 8-15 reps
    • 1 minute rest between sets

Introducing my new vlog: Normal Girl in a Fitspo World

Hello from Mexico! I am really excited about two new video blogs my husband Bradford and I are creating! We are launching our family adventure vlog, "True Calling" where we will be documenting the next year of our lives as we travel to new and interesting places with our daughter True.  Every person has a calling and a purpose in life, but so often we end up living the lives that are expected of us instead. Bradford and I have always loved to travel, see the world, have amazing adventures, and meet new people! After having True we realized that we would like to add more children to our family down the road. Knowing that as True gets older she will need more stability, we felt like the time for traveling is now! I am so excited to have this time with her and Bradford as we work from the road and answer our true calling to live a meaningful and happy life. We are currently living in Playa Del Carmen Mexico! I will be posting our first travel video later this week! Stay tuned.

My second vlog that I am really excited to share is this one, "Normal Girl in a Fitspo World." As we are fulfilling our purpose and our hearts with joy on our family adventure, I am also working on living the healthiest life possibly.  What does that mean? Great question! That is exactly what I am going to be figuring out on my health journey. I have been every size from a 6 to a 14 and recently went from having a pregnant belly and back down to a size 12 (where I am currently). I had my daughter 10 1/2 months ago and my body is just now feeling back to normal and ready to start working out regularly. When you are wanting to live a healthier lifestyle, I find social media to be extremely toxic. The image of health in the "Fitspo world" is extreme and tends to have a negative vs. positive effect on my mental state. I have realized that I want to be fit and healthy and that even though I am doing wonderful things for my body, it may never look like the image of health we are being sold or see so often on social media. I have decided that I am okay with that and when it comes to the way by body looks, I am cool with being a normal girl in a fitspo world. I hope you join me as I start this fitness and healthy journey with a new and healthy perspective.  

In the first episode: "Started from the Bottom and Now I am Here.... Again," I give you my body image and health history.  There are so many things I have learned over the past 13 years of my health journey that have contributed to the mentality I have about health and my body now. Before I get going on all the workouts and recipes I wanted to just talk about how I found myself here! 

I would love to hear your feedback and answer any questions you have. My goal is to create a community of likeminded women who are working to live their best life.  Together we can quit diet culture and discover authentic health and wellness. 

xoxo

Katie

Our Makeover Day with Children's Hospital LA

This summer, we had the honor of introducing a self-love course to the Division of Adolescent Youth and Medicine at Children's Hospital LA. Through this program, Healthy is the New Skinny and Natural Models LA worked with 6 chronically-ill teen girls to develop a healthy body image by teaching them to process media in a healthy way as well as practicing self-love and care.

Throughout our 8 weeks with these girls our courses included identifying harmful advertising tactics in the media, chatting with a food scientist, learning new healthy recipes, and setting goals for a balanced and happy future. 

Each week, we watched these girls grow and we got to see their self-love glow during our photoshoot day! 

In the past at Children's Hospital, photoshoot days would be held, but unfortunately many of the clothes donated were too small for some of the patients and many were left out of the experience. We wanted to make sure that each of our girls felt beautiful so we had an amazing volunteer glam squad to give custom makeovers to each girl. We also had an amazing group of sponsors: JustFab.com, Fashion to Figure, Charlotte Russe, Hot Topic, who donated amazing pieces in all sizes for our girls!

We had a few of our amazing Natural Models present to help style and give these girls an experience they would never forget. 

My Closet Gets Raided!

This week @jazminwhitley stopped by my home in Palm Springs to raid my closet and we had the best time ever! Not only did we chat about my personal style, we delved into some problematic trending on social media when it comes to body image. Check out what we had to say and comment on the video for your chance to win a copy of Healthy is the New Skinny: Your Guide to Self-Love in a "Picture Perfect" World

Real Talk Podcast: Episode 2

In this week's podcast, Kim and I chatted about travel and how amazing it is to share those different experiences. For example, I vividly remember traveling to Barcelona at age 22. This was one of the very first places I went and saw women loving their bodies openly and it is an experience I hold near and dear to my heart as I continued on in my own personal journey towards self-love

We also talked about the importance of following your intuition and connecting to your source of love to avoid the temptation of self-comparison, which can be our worst habit as women.

We also touched on personal experiences where our core belief systems sent us warnings that something wasn't right! Like the time I was asked not to come back to my church youth group because I stood up for the women in my class.

So on that note, it's time to get real! Click on the link above to hear what we had to say!