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LIFE LATELY

Oh HEY!!! Did y’all miss me?!?!?! Life...Work...Traveling...LOTS of Work...it has kept me away from this space. I have missed it. I have missed being able to just write and share and give you the updates on my life, love, growing pains, the ups...the downs, the simple things, food, fitness, and the list goes on and on. There just hasn’t been time and I have also had serious writer’s block. I always think I have time to write and then I would try to write and then all of my inboxes were full and well at this time in my life, my clients come first.

It is what it is, but the creative juices are flowing...I’m feeling energized...I’m feeling inspired...I’m looking forward to focusing on me. YES, it is time to be a little selfish, because I am definitely a giver and I have been giving a lot. It’s time to nourish ME. So grab that big ass cup of coffee and let’s talk...I’m ready...are YOU?

Life Lately

What I am Reading - A little bit of this and that! I always have a book on my nightstand. I LOVE to read as it helps me decompress at the end of the day and it also helps me to stop looking at my phone. But I do truly enjoy curling up in bed and just flipping the pages to a easy read. And YES I am still the lady who enjoys flipping the pages and going to the library. I weirdly like getting emails from the library letting me know that my book on hold is available for pick up.

I just picked up “Beartown: A Novel” at the library and cannot wait to dive in, as I read his other books “A Man Called Ove” and “My Grandmother Told Me To Tell You She’s Sorry”.

What I am Enjoying - Long walks out on Sullivan’s Island with Lucy...weather permitting of course! Cooler nights, so I am able to curl up on the couch in a sweatshirt and blankets and watch TV with Shannon. Holiday parties...There are a lot coming up and it’s time to get festive, dress up, and have some fun...Eggnog lattes anyone?!?!? Connecting with some badass, inspiring, fearless female entrepreneurs with Hatch Tribe.

I recently signed up to be a part of this community and it’s exactly what I have needed to not only connect with like-minded women, but also to help me learn, grow, and develop new business and personal relationships. I cannot wait to see what I learn this year and who I meet. The past few weeks have been all about putting myself out there; trying new things; and working on building myself personally and professionally, and I think joining this group is the step in the right direction.

I also am enjoying making new friendships online and in the Charleston community. YES, at 39 you can still make new friends...LOL! I am really looking forward to introducing you to Madison, who blogs at Sunny Thymes. We connected a few months ago, when she started creating recipes for NuttZo. I am a HUGE fan of granola and this one is a must if you are a peanut butter LOVER, like me. Check it out HERE and let me know if you make a batch. She is also going to be doing an interview with me to talk about the hot topic “Intuitive Eating”, so stay tuned for that in January.

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Spice Granola

What I am Eating - Whatever my body wants! But in all seriousness, my appetite is always changing. My cravings are always changing, although that heaping spoonful of NuttZo happens EVERY morning at some point. It’s a must. During the winter months, I definitely eat more sweet potatoes, roasted cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, lots of APPLES, granola, and red meat. I definitely eat steak, hamburgers, and taco salads and it’s what my body needs. I need the iron and don’t ever trim the fat off the steak. And YES i eat carbs too, I just eat bread when I crave it. Since I don’t typically eat bread every day, I like to freeze bagels and baguettes in the freezer, so they don’t go bad.

Life Lately

What I am Working On - ME!!! Working on yourself is the hardest project. Owning up to your own shit. Admitting your faults. Putting it all out on the table and just doing it. Having meltdowns, getting frustrated, but more importantly moving forward. YEP...I’ve done it all, but I can honestly say that I have made major progress over the past few weeks. There was a turning point and I went for it! I felt the shift and the change in energy in myself. It is freaking AWESOME.

But it also helps that I have someone in my life who holds me accountable. Shannon does not sugar coat anything. He says it how it is, which I love about him. I appreciate his honesty and advice when it comes to personal and business issues. And let me just say that we are not perfect. We are both stubborn. We both are set in our ways. We have our moments and that is okay, because we are just growing and learning together. And there is no one else I would rather do it with. Life, work, and relationships take work, nurturing, and compassion. We are a team and as everyone knows a team has to work together to succeed.

Life Lately

Fitness - Lots of indoor workouts as it has been chilly in Charleston and I am a total wuss when it comes to training outside in cold weather. I have only done a few runs outside, because I am getting the itch to train for a half marathon. I miss that schedule and the Rock n’ Roll Nashville Half Marathon is on the brain.

Otherwise, I have been doing spin at Methon Ride 2 - 3 times a week. Pivotal Fitness in Mount Pleasant for the StepMill and Treadmill. I have also been making sure to spend more time on strength training and it definitely feels good. LOTS of leg workouts are happening! I also like to grab some new workouts from these social media favorites (@jen_pbrunner and , when I am stuck in a rut and need some inspiration.)

Social Media - Do you follow me on Instagram? If not, come on over and join the party. Like I said earlier, I’ve been feeling inspired and motivated to focus more on ME as we charge into the New Year, so I am working on stepping outside of my comfort zones and just going for it.

One of those things is doing more LIVE stories...I have such a fear of being in front of the camera. I cannot stand public speaking. I get awkward talking and sweaty and ARGH it’s frustrating. And I have ALWAYS had this fear. But it’s time to put the big girl pants on and be fearless. And right now, I feel so comfortable in my skin and feel more confident than I have before, so it’s now or never and I’m ready!

WHEW...That’s all I have got friends! Cheers to December and the hustle and bustle of the holidays…I LOVE this time of year!


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FALL INTO FITNESS AND ENJOY IT

The storm has passed and thankfully we were not hit! We were one of the few who decided to stay and I’m glad that we did, but OMG did I get stir crazy!!! I didn’t mind that I was able to do a ton of work, but it’s only Wednesday and I’m pooped. I did a lot of work, I worked out, and we took drives for whenever I needed a break. YES, I am a workaholic, but it kept me sane during the storm…You know what else helps me stay sane?!?!?! You know the answer…a good sweat session!

As we say goodbye to summer, it is time to welcome in a new season with open arms, a positive outlook, and motivating fitness tips to start or continue your fitness journey through Fall. This is the perfect time of year to change things up...try new things...and challenge yourself to be the best version of you inside and out. Whether you are a veteran fitness junkie or you are wanting to take that first step into becoming more active, this post is all about helping you fall into FALL inspired and ready to GO FOR IT!

Sign Up For A Race - Even though I love the heat and humidity, a lot of people don't, so Fall is the perfect time to sign up for a race and to start training in the cooler temperatures. Watching the sunrise and seeing the leaves change in the early morning hours is the perfect way to start your day. Getting outside each day is a healthy way to get that Vitamin D, move your body, disconnect, and start your morning on the right foot.

FALL INTO FITNESS AND ENJOY IT

There is a plethora of 5K's, 10K's, half-marathon, and marathon options for every level in every state. And for each kind of race, there are great training programs to help you get started. Each time I sign up for a half marathon, I like to print my training schedule and put it on my refrigerator so each day I can cross it off. Having a race to train for and look forward to, helps me stay motivated and disciplined. I believe having this kind of structure is good for anyone who wants to stay active through the Fall season.

Try A New Fitness Class - Everywhere you look there are new gyms, yoga, CrossFit, Orange Theory, and spin studios popping up and offering incredible deals to get you to join. So why not take advantage of it and TRY IT OUT! If you don't like it, who cares, you gave it a shot, now go try something else until you find something that works for YOU! And why not bring a friend or your partner to join in the fun too, that way you both can sweat it out together; have some fun; and keep each other accountable.

FALL INTO FITNESS AND ENJOY IT

Confession - I have a love/hate relationship with SPIN. I used to honestly dread it, but I wanted and needed to add some more variety to my workouts. I needed to shake things up, so when I found out that there was a new spin studio less than 2 miles away from my condo it was a no-brainer. Method Ride is AWESOME! The studio is spotless, the teachers are kick-ass, they have a decent amount of classes, they offer daycare, and they have a killer selection of apparel. Each class is 45 minutes and they do some weight training with 3-pound weights, which I LOVE! It is a hard, fun, and an intense workout that trains your entire body and leaves me feeling pretty badass. WINNING! I even got the significant other to join too...BOOM! If you live in Mount Pleasant...COME JOIN ME!!!

Tackle This At-Home Workout -

FALL INTO FITNESS AND ENJOY IT

If you are on a budget or not ready to do a workout in a gym, then here is a great workout that you can do anywhere. Do it while you watch the morning news...Take it to the park with some of your friends...Do it in your driveway. Not only can you do this anywhere, but you can also do it to fit your needs. Have more time? Keep going as long as you want. Want to challenge yourself? Add dumbbells to some of the moves. Watch the video to see how to do it and then tackle it and let me know how it goes.

What is something NEW you are trying out this Fall season?

What races have you signed up for?

THE COMEBACK KID

“Open to life’s abundance. Open to all its possibilities. The more open you become, the more creative you’ll be - in work, in play, in love, in life. The more creative you are, the more possibilities you’ll see” - Melody Beattie

The Comeback Kid

I’m back y’all and back with a different attitude, goal, and perspective on what will be happening with ME, this space, this brand. I took another major break because it was desperately needed. Unlike my other break that was planned, before I launched Katie Uhran, this break was not planned. I came back from one of our trips to Wisconsin and said fuck it, I can’t do this right now. I was tired of posting. I was tired of writing. I was tired of scrolling, comparing, and keeping up with it ALL. I was DONE. I was burnt out and it was affecting my sleep, life, and relationships. I realized that I just couldn’t do it ALL.

I was putting a lot of pressure on myself to be “THAT” influencer. I thought I was going to make it BIG. I had such high expectations of being that fitness influencer with all those followers and brands banging on my door to represent them. Guess what...I didn’t become “THAT” influencer...Guess what...I’m so okay with that. Instead, I now represent a handful of brands and I get to make them shine and I LOVE it.

I was putting a lot of pressure on myself. I was frustrated as to why it wasn’t happening, what was I doing wrong, why wasn’t I getting tons of likes. Do you know how much of an energy vampire that is? I was flipping exhausted. I felt uninspired and almost angry towards my personal brand and what I was doing. ALL signs that it was time to stop and I did just that and another guess what...it felt FREAKING AMAZING!!!

I am always changing and I have come to accept that. I have learned that my journey is going to have ups and downs. I am going to be challenged. And this time has done that. I honestly wondered if I would ever come back. I wondered if I would want to write, create, and inspire again. And then it happened...The cloud lifted and that feeling and passion to come back appeared and I am just going to go with it and see where it takes me.

The Comeback Kid

What exactly is next in this space? I am not really sure. I realize that moving forward that it is definitely going to be different. I am not going to put that pressure on myself AGAIN. I can guarantee you that there will be posts about food, fitness, and SHANNON (because everyone wants to know about him). My goal is just to be ME. My goal is to continue to inspire y’all to eat all the NUTTZO, to try my kookie workouts, and to continue to follow me on this journey.

NuttZo for LIFE

Over the next few weeks, we have a lot going on. We are traveling a ton to football games, to my little sister’s wedding in Nantucket, to beautiful islands...It’s A LOT...It’s going to be fun...And I am ready for the new season, the new outlook, and whatever lies ahead. So here we go...AGAIN...the comeback kid is back for whatever round I am on. xoxo

4 THINGS I THINK ABOUT WHEN I RUN

As y’all know, I love to RUN! I love to talk about my running adventures, my running schedule, my running goals, how I fuel for my runs, and how I incorporate yoga and strength training into my runs. I look forward to writing more about these topics and sharing with you tips, videos, and inspiration.

4 THINGS I THINK ABOUT WHEN I RUN

But let’s start with something more whimsical, like what exactly goes through my mind while I am hitting the pavement. Is it a random question? Not really, as I get asked it a lot and I find it fascinating what other athletes think about when they are training. We are all different and have different goals and training schedules, but finding what makes people tick and what keeps them motivated is really fascinating.

Random Note #1 – When I do my runs on the treadmill, I do not have these same thoughts, as I am just all about the workout…pushing myself…building strength…and yes just getting it done. Treadmills are not my choice of training, but when the weather is crap and you need to work on sprints, intervals, and hills, I opt for the treadmill. There are ZIP ZERO hills in Charleston!

Random Note #2 – I am a Pisces. I dream BIG. I am emotional, artistic, and intuitive. So when you read about my running thoughts, they are very relatable to my sign and who I truly am. Running is when I let myself DREAM!

4 THINGS I THINK ABOUT WHEN I RUN

1. LOVE – MY RELATIONSHIPS – This is probably the topic that I think about the most. I am obviously in a much different place than I was almost two years ago. I am no longer single and I am head over heels for someone. I spend a lot of time with this person and I would not have it any other way. He is very special to me and I am grateful that we met. That he is in my life. The things that he does for me on a daily basis. Oh geez, I could ramble on and on about this, but that story is for another time and post.

Those above thoughts…They go through my mind when I run! I daydream about the first time we met…The first date…The first kiss…The honeymoon stage…All of our trips. They make me smile when I run, so why wouldn’t I think about these things. I also have thoughts about the times we struggle, because as y’all know, no relationship is perfect. We have our moments. We have our disagreements. It’s called life. So YES, these thoughts also go through my mind.

How can I be a better partner?

Am I opening myself up to this person 100%?

Am I holding back with my thoughts, frustrations, opinions?

What am I afraid of?

There is no other place I would rather have these thoughts than on the open road. It’s the perfect place for me to just let it out. To figure it out. And then work through it, when I am ready.

4 THINGS I THINK ABOUT WHEN I RUN

2. HOW CAN I BE THE BEST VERSION OF ME – I am all about self-care and taking care of myself. It is important to be selfish when it comes to YOU. When we take care of ourselves emotionally, physically, and nutritionally we are a happier human. When we are a happier human, we give off good energy and attract good people and good opportunities.

Running is ME time. I like to run alone. I like to take that time to disconnect from the world, work, relationships, and focus on my thoughts, my body, my mind, and the good and the not so good. And just like with love and my relationships I think about topics like:

How can I better nourish my body when it comes to training?

How can I be more available to my friends?

How can I practice more self-love?

What holds me back from being 100% FEARLESS?

3. BUSINESS GOALS – I try not to let this topic take up too much of my running time, as it is probably the most stressful. I can be a worrier and I am scared shitless that I won't be successful. But I am beyond grateful to be working with an amazing woman; to have a support system that spreads across this country; to work with brands and influencers who are just BAD ASS!

I do notice that once I do start thinking about work, my running steps can get a little bit heavier and I probably start to scrunch up my face more, and the overall run just doesn’t seem as fun. It becomes more like work...HA! But business goals are part of life. It is my income. It is how I pay the bills and for all that food to fuel this body. So it is a hard topic to avoid.

4. NOTHING – My absolute favorite!!! It is that moment for me when I honestly forget that I was running. It is silent. My thoughts are silent. I am in the moment. I am in the zone. I am flying. It is that runner’s high and then POOF it is gone. For me, thinking about nothing typically lasts no longer than 5 minutes, but it is PURE BLISS and that feeling is why I continue to run. I live for that NOTHING moment.

What do you think about when you run?

What thoughts help you run fearless?

TAZIKI'S MEDITERRANEAN CAFE

Friends...I am so excited to share with you that I am partnering up with Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe here in South Carolina to help promote the restaurant...talk about their delicious and healthy menu...and share events, happenings, and why I frequent this restaurant twice a week. We spend a lot of time eating here and Shannon actually does their plumbing for both the location downtown and the one in Mount Pleasant, which is the one we go to ALL the time. It is a place where everyone knows our name and it is not a bad thing, I LOVE IT and I LOVE their food.

Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe

I was first introduced to Taziki’s thanks to Shannon about a year ago when we first started dating. I remember going after a long hot and humid run one evening sometime in May. I logged in some good miles, ran to his house, and then we drove to Taziki’s. I was a sweaty mess and starving...The story of my LIFE!

The atmosphere in the restaurant is clean, relaxing, inviting, and they have a great outdoor patio, which is always a nice option on those warm not too humid summer nights here in South Carolina. I like to meet friends here for lunch during the week and then Shannon and I typically do takeout on Friday or Sunday nights, because let’s face it, there are those nights toward the end of the week when the last thing you want to do is cook. And I like having a healthy and nourishing takeout option that is a mile away from my apartment.

Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe

What I love about the food from Taziki’s is that there lots of healthy options to satisfy all your taste buds!!! With the warmer temperatures, my body just wants salads, seafood, and lots of healthy fats. So what do I do...I listen to my body and feed it exactly that. My absolute FAVORITE salad to order at Taziki’s is the Mediterranean Salad with salmon. It is so FREAKING GOOD!!! And for those nights, when I am “hangry”, we will split an order of their crunchy seasoned pita chips with a side of tzatziki sauce. It’s perfect for dipping and for digging through that mile high salad.

Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe

I am trying to venture out and try their other options as there are so many choices, but I am a creature of habit, and when I know what I want, I go for it. I promise to all of YOU that I will start trying new things because with this new partnership, it is going to be about just that...having fun...and promoting a company that I truly love. All good stuff!!! Maybe next month, I will start trying their gyros!!!

If you have never heard of Taziki’s here is their story -

TAZIKI'S MEDITERRANEAN CAFE

In 1997, Keith Richards and his wife Amy were vacationing in Greece where they discovered small-table Mediterranean cafés where everyone in the community gathered together to connect around healthy flavors and to celebrate life! They enjoyed the food, but also observed a deeper kind of warmth and connection that moved them to say – “That’s what I want to spend my life doing.”  But how do you capture the feeling of family and friends around the table and the healthy Mediterranean lifestyle? Inspired, Keith and Amy returned home with a stack of photographs and a vision to import their experience by opening the first of many Mediterranean cafes in 1998.   They created a place free from the noise of the world and the fast pace of our busy lives.  They created a time to reconnect over refreshing Mediterranean flavors.  They designed a menu of interesting flavors real, home-made food.  Through all these years, and the addition of new Taziki’s across the country, they became a family of big-hearted foodies committed to making an impact in the community.

At Taziki’s, they embrace the “Mediterranean Lifestyle” which emphasizes:

  • Eating primarily plant-based foods

  • Replacing butter with healthy fats such as olive oil and canola oil

  • Using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods

  • Limiting red meat to no more than a few times a month

  • Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week

  • Enjoying meals with family and friends

  • Drinking red wine in moderation (optional)

  • Getting plenty of exercise!!!

I 100% agree with the “Mediterranean Lifestyle” and that is why I love to support Taziki’s. Make sure to learn more about the restaurant HERE and follow them on their social media channels:

Do you have a Taziki’s in your state?

Are you a fan of the “Mediterranean Lifestyle”?