I actually put in effort this week. I completed my first 5k tonight and loved getting a medal and completing it under 59 minutes. I also FINALLY got to 100k steps in a Work Week Hustle Fitbit challenge.
My body needs all this moving to see a difference on the scale. Very proud of myself. #thisis40ish#5krace#fitbit#workweekhustle#weightloss
5 2518 May, 2019
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I’m Kelly, wife, mom of 5 + 2 in Heaven, writer, beach-lover, runner, & sharer of stories. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
While I work toward publication of my first completed novel, I am also podcasting!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
• The Refreshed Life Podcast with @refreshedmoms, where we grab coffee & chat about time management, self-care, emotional wellness, relationships, and business building - while momming - in order to help other moms create healthy and effective strategies to grow their businesses and make room for their dreams.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
• Kell of a Podcast is where I share my love of stories - perspectives on TV shows like Game of Thrones & Downton Abbey, occasional movies & books, and behind the scenes of my own stories, with a focus on happily-ever-afters for complicated relationships. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I HAD 3 pieces of pork loin when I walked away for a few seconds. Sonny has remained silent as he should and asked for his attorney. My other suspects 6,13, & 15 have all denied, looked at me as though I’m crazy (I’m talking to the dog) or have also clammed up (nutty cats). My investigation has stalled so I’m going to eat my dinner while it’s still warm and enjoy Antiques Roadshow. #thisis40ish#livingthedream#parenting#chihuahuasofinstagram
The beach takes up ☀️A LOT☀️ of my time throughout the summer. That means I have to be more intentional & strategic with my dedication to health & fitness. If I let either slide I can’t keep the pace that is required to operate our business to the level that is expected. ⛱ I need to be sure I’m fueling my body to have the energy & stamina to be on the go from morning till night. ⛱ I need to be consistent in workouts to be strong enough to haul kegs (with a helper of course!) & cases to keep our coolers stocked.
I’m busy preparing ✨myself for a more dialed in routine✨ & ✨our little concession stand on the beach to be a happy, vibrant, beautiful spot to visit on Lake Michigan✨
My ☀️Summer Strong Series☀️ kicks off on June 3rd! It is going to be integral in keeping me in tune mind, body & spirit during this busy season!
🎉 Tomorrow is my birthday. THIS IS 43! ⠀
If you told me 20 years ago that I would feel better at 43 than I did in my 20’s I would’ve thought you were crazy! 😳⠀
✨ I am more confident⠀
✨ I am healthier than I have ever been⠀
✨ I do things that are out of my comfort zone (something I NEVER did before)⠀
✨ I get to work from home doing something I love⠀
✨ I’m physically stronger⠀
✨ I’m mentally stronger (because I now read personal development. My younger self didn’t even know what that was 🤪)⠀
🎉 And the list could go on, but you get the idea. ⠀
🌟🌟 The craziest part is that this all happened because I took a chance on an opportunity almost 5 years ago! If you ask people, they may think/say it’s some “workout thing” that I do. Yeah, I workout, but that’s just a little piece of a much bigger picture. ⠀
💥 SO I NEED TO INVITE YOU TO SHARE IN THIS WITH ME! 💥 DREAM WITH ME! 💥 GROW WITH ME! ⠀
What do you think?! ⠀ ⠀
During chats with various friends and acquaintances, someone often mentions #skincare . After tanning like mad when I was in my teens, 20's (baby oil? Vaseline? SPF whaaaaa?), I began to fear that I would start to look like a catcher's mitt (cue Seinfeld reference). Now I take it seriously, read... maybe a little too seriously and have for 10+ years. It evolves, I often change it up but I try to at least hold my own. Photo 1 is a snapshot of my sinkside products right now. Not pictured, dozens of face masks and body shite.
Gravity, age, decades of body changes - all of it impacts me one way or another. I haven't always been kind to this ol' face and body, but I'm trying.
Thank you for spending your Mother’s Day and my Birthday with me. I looked around when we were eating at my family, your family and thought... family certainly doesn’t mean who you are born to or marry to. It’s who you choose. Thank you and your family for choosing me. Thank you for all the food, all the presents and most of all your friendship. Love you both! #thisis40ish#besties 💜
Happy Mothers Day to all. They are the reason I’m a Mom. My littles are not so little anymore but my Mama heart is still full. Thanks to my boys for making me feel so loved and celebrating me all weekend with all the things. 💙 #mothersday#birthday#thisis40ish
I sat trying to think of the perfect caption with a carefully selected collection of photos for a little slideshow, but there are too many memorable moments and dozens of amazing photos. Keo and I always set out to have fun. First and foremost, enjoy the experience. That being said, we leave everything on that floor, we push beyond all of our self-created boundaries and tackle whatever is thrown at us. We are always prepared to be unprepared. We have amazing chemistry as a team, and work together to adapt and overcome. I wouldn’t want to do any of this without this guy by my side. I’m really proud of our performance. Sometimes winning isn’t about getting the grand prize or standing on a podium. Sometimes winning is quieting your demons, fighting to stay in the game, doing things that you didn’t think you could do, and pushing far beyond what’s “comfortable”. We may have placed second, but to me, we are winners. Guess what else? We had an absolute blast! On to the next. Thank you for hosting the event @customfitness This will be hard to top. #uproar#unifiednation#hellodos#theadventuresofroseandkeo#thisis40ish 📷 : @brittneymay
7 11113 May, 2019
Sometimes I feel like... am I doing this right? And other times I feel like... Mama, you’re doing pretty damn good! Today, couldn’t have been better having this guy by my side for so many years 💗 we also missed having our brilliant baby girl here with us @taterrt0t 💗 but she is in school making it happen and we couldn’t be more proud.
Here’s the thing, life is tough. You think at the time that you are doing what’s right but you may look back and think, what the hell was I thinking. Just know that as a mom, we are always tough on ourselves. Will we always make the right decisions? No. So learn from whatever you can and do better the next time. No matter what, we are not perfect but when you try your best, apologize for your mistakes and love those babies as hard as you can, you are doing better than most. Keep your head up and know that we are all in this together. Happy Mother’s Day Mama’s someone out there knows exactly how you are feeling 💗
PS - every time I come here, I think of my beautiful @shannonrosesauersstyle when I see this boat 💗 #nobodysperfect#happymothersday2019#doingthebestican
There’s no proof since I didn’t take a pic 🤦🏼♀️....but I had a wonderful morning meet up with my girls! We took a brisk 3 mile walk, chatted, laughed & caught up on what’s making us happy & worried & content & excited. We topped it off with mimosas around my kitchen table! 🥂
Not everyday has me filled with motivation...some days I have it, some days I don’t. 🤷🏼♀️ I do, however have ✨discipline ✨consistency & ✨my commitment to personal growth. So even on the days where I’m feeling “less than” I go ahead and show up for myself.
I encourage you to give it a try. Making a commitment to show up for yourself is a great way to shift your perspective and mindset!! 🌷
BUSY MOM?! Yup, I feel ya! I’m one too! So to help with the time constraints of all things #momlife 💕 I like most of my exercises to be multi-faceted!
- HEART RATE ⬆️ (And not for nothing, not much in “life” uses one aspect of my body at one time, so why should my workout?!)
Y’all! I. Can’t. Even 😲😲😍😍😭😭I’ve never opened a sweet little #tiffanyandco box until today. I’m legit crying happy tears. My bestie @e_d_simpson is simply the most amazing, kind, thoughtful, oh and amazing again, friend anyone could ask for. Thank you my dear sweet friend for such a wonderful, timeless gift. I will cherish this and our friendship forever 💞💞
That’s a wrap on my birthday. A huge thank you to everyone for their kind messages...and an even bigger thank you to my mom for the cake - complete with candles - to remind me that no matter how old I get, I’m still a kid in her eyes. #birthday#thisis40ish
Hey...guess what?!? For a transformation to take shape you have to put in the work! I know it seems like I’m stating the obvious, 💁🏼♀️ but seriously, you have to decide that your ☀️happiness & well being☀️ are important enough to commit to putting in the work to achieve whatever your transformation looks like! Everyone’s transformation will definitely look different, but the☝🏼thing we all have in common is the dedication & work to achieve it!! ▪️Do you have 20 pounds to lose? ▪️Do you want to put a 🛑stop🛑 to your self limiting beliefs? ▪️Do you want to tone the jiggly part of your thighs? ▪️Do you need to start ✨talking nicely to yourself?✨ ▪️Do you want to tighten up those 💪🏼 arms? ▪️Chisel your abs? ▪️Be happy in 💫mind, 💫body & 💫spirit? The only way to achieve any of these things is take action NOW!! 🤯Nothing changes if nothing changes!! 🤯
You know you’re gettin old when you’re happiest with wine in a paper cup and movies in the hotel room over the crazy bar scene with a nasty hangover... 🙂🙃🙂
Thank you all for the Birthday love! So happy and blessed to see another day, thankful for all my wonderful friends and family. #Birthday#BirthdayShenanigans#CincoDeMaya#Shenanigans#ThisIs40ish
This week has felt looooong...typically getting home from vacation has me feeling refreshed, rejuvenated & ready to conquer the world! I’m not sure what’s different about this time around, but I’m rolling into the weekend feeling like I’ve accomplished very little this week. 😕
During my workout today, my super trainer reminded me that ✨nothing builds confidence more than accomplishment✨
This resonates with me today. It’s sort of a circle that will either keep you 🙌🏼happily flowing along🙌🏼 or will 🌪spin you upside down🌪 leaving you to wonder what the heck?!? For me, 🌟accomplishment + confidence🌟 go hand in hand & feed off each other. When I’m lacking one, it’s almost guaranteed the other is missing as well.
I’ve allowed my inner dialogue to encourage the upside down spin this week....dang it!! What I’m deciding right NOW is that is ❌NOT❌ how I want to focus my time & energy. Instead I’m going to get back to the work of ✨focusing on & accomplishing my goals✨ in the most positive manner I know how!! Hope you have a weekend full of opportunities to make you feel accomplished & confident 😘
There was time (not so long ago) that I would’ve NEVER posted this picture of myself. My ego would’ve torn it apart. “I don’t look like the other yogis in pictures” “my body, hair, foot hand aren’t perfect” “I’m to old” “I should’ve warmed up first” etc.
I sent it to my oldest daughter (in college) she was so proud of me. Her reaction was kind and pure.She told me to post it and that vanity and IG pictures aren’t what yoga is about. Even a dedicated teacher needs to be reminded sometimes!! #yogiinprogress 🧘🏻♀️😇 #thisisme -
A Crazy Black girl
A Feisty Italian girl,
A Sweet Jewish girl
And a Bubbly Chinese girl Walk into a Bar🍸
Okay, maybe it wasn’t a bar 😏we met on Social Media, had a Passion for helping people live Happy, Healthy and Fulfilling lives and a desire for something greater than just the title of Mom, Wife and Minion (ahem, I mean) employee in the Corporate World 👩🏽💼 👭TOGETHER we grew an amazing Online Coaching Business Each of us had our doubts and were skeptical about being “online coaches” 😬 -
✨One of us said NO 5 times when presented with this opportunity because she felt she was about to have baby #3 and didn’t think she would have the time
✨One of us didn’t think this was for her because she wasn’t at her goal weight
✨One of us was so shy and timid, that being on Social Media scared the F*ck out of her
✨One of us felt like she didn’t “look” like the other Coaches in the Network -
Today we look back and laugh at how silly our Fears were and cringe imagining where we would be now if we would have let them win by passing up this Opportunity 🤭 -
Yup, you can say this Coaching Job has brought me closer to my people 💗GRATEFUL AF💗