I'm Kate.
22 | 5'5" | Massachusetts

Health/Weight Loss/Fitness blog



I'm doing this the healthy way.
Eat right & work out.
I have PCOS, but I'm trying to work with it.

I love to hoop and I hate running, but only because I suck at it. I'm working on running, getting better at hooping, and building some upper body strength.





SW/HW - 203
LW - 169 (10/2011)
CW - 202
Next GW - 180
UGW - 120-ish. I'll see when I get there.
More goal weights added as I reach them.

focusing on other stuff right now


I post bodies, but they're all tagged as "bodies" if you wanna blacklist it c:

beautiful babe(s) <3

healthfitnesshumour:

If you have the space in your workout spot then try and incorporate the exercise ball into your routine, and you’ll challenge your stability, which makes every muscle work extra hard. First-timers should choose a large, firm ball, and progress to a squishier one, which is inherently less stable and makes each move feel even more difficult.

Superman to Shoulder Pullback: Lie facedown on the floor, and grasp the ball between your ankles. Your arms should be outstretched overhead with your palms facing down and your shoulders away from your ears. Then, exhale and engage your butt as you simultaneously raise the ball up toward the ceiling, and lift your chest and arms up off the ground. Keep your legs and the ball in the air as you squeeze your shoulder blades together and drive both elbows back toward your sides. Pause, then release your hands to the starting position. With control, lower your upper and lower body to the ground. That’s one rep.

What it works: Your butt, hamstrings, shoulders, and lower back.

V Sit-Up with Squeeze: Begin on your back with your legs outstretched. Hold the ball with both hands and extend your arms overhead. Brace your core and squeeze the ball as you simultaneously raise your legs, the ball, and your shoulders a few inches off the ground. Exhale as you lift your legs and arms to meet in the air. Then, squeeze the ball between your ankles as you let go of the ball with your hands, and simultaneously lower your legs and arms until they both hover just above the floor. Your lower back should stay pressed against the ground the entire time. Pause, then lift your arms and legs again, this time passing the ball from your ankles to your hands. With control, lower your arms and legs back to starting position. That’s one rep.

 (Source)

sweatsalty:

Amanda Russell’s One Minute Cardio Workout

The Workout:

High Knees

Active Recovery-Plie-Ups

Planks-Jacks

Active Recovery-Plie-Ups

Frog Jumps

Active Recovery-Plie-Ups

Single Leg Hops (left)

Active Recovery-Plie-Ups

Single Leg Hops (right)

Active Recovery-Plie-Ups

Jumping Jacks

Active Recovery-Plie-Ups

Turkish Get-Ups

Active Recovery-Plie-Ups

Speeding Skaters

Active Recovery-Plie-Ups

Jumping Rope

Active Recovery-Plie-Ups

Barrier Jumps

Enjoy! Don’t forget to cool down and stretch. Watch the video (which includes more detail) HERE.

theyogamatstudio:

Yoga Master Post
For those that see all these cool yoga pictures online and are like, “I want to do that! But I have no idea where to even start,” this post is for you! This is a giant master post of yoga videos, guides, tutorials, tips and tricks for you to get started! Whether you’re doing yoga on your own at home, or plan on going to a studio, you can use this master post as a basic guide and reference.
For Beginner Yogis:
The Basics for Yoga Newbies
Yoga Journal 21 Day Challenge
Yoga Beginner’s Guide
Beginner Yoga Breakdown with Tara Stiles
Yoga Routine for Beginner’s with Tara Stiles
Basic Moves for Strength with Tara Stiles
Basic Moves for Balance with Tara Stiles
How-to: Downward Dog by Sara Beth
How-to: Yoga Breath Control by Sara Beth
Yoga for Flexibility
Beginner’s Vinyasa Flow Class
Gentle Flow Yoga Class
Yoga Tips For Beginners
Yoga Series for Beginners
For Intermediate Yogis:
Intermediate Yoga for a Beach Bod
Intermediate Crow Flow
Intermediate Hatha Yoga Flow
Heart-pumping Cardio Yoga Flow
Intermediate Level Poses
Intro to Arm Balances
How-to: Crow and Crane
Yoga For the Core
How to: Wheel Pose
How to: Camel Pose
For Advanced Yogis: 
30 Minute Advanced Yoga Flow
45 Minute Advanced Yoga Flow
Advanced Vinyasa Flow
Hardcore Flow Routine by Tara Stiles
How-to: Perching and Flying Pigeon
How to: Fallen Angel
Forearm Stand to Scorpion Pose
Yoga for Scorpion Pose
6 Steps to Perfecting a Handstand
Perfecting Arm Balances
Side Crow to Fallen Angel
8 Angle Pose
For Everyone: 
Energizing Morning Yoga Routine
Yoga For Detox and Digestion
Yoga For Runners
Yoga For Runners 2
Yoga For Menstrual Cramps
Yoga For Tired Legs
De-Stress Yoga
De-Stress Yoga 2
Yoga For Hip Openers

theyogamatstudio:

Yoga Master Post

For those that see all these cool yoga pictures online and are like, “I want to do that! But I have no idea where to even start,” this post is for you! This is a giant master post of yoga videos, guides, tutorials, tips and tricks for you to get started! Whether you’re doing yoga on your own at home, or plan on going to a studio, you can use this master post as a basic guide and reference.

For Beginner Yogis:

For Intermediate Yogis:

For Advanced Yogis:

For Everyone:

run-rhianna-run:


Living spaces and schedules can get pretty cramped these days. But that doesn’t make squeezing a couple exercises between furniture — or roommates! — impossible. Just under three hoursper week of moderate-intensity exercise (the challenge level of a brisk walk) can help reduce heart disease, some cancers, and improve mental health and cognitive function. So in addition to power-walking to and from class, here are eight moves that’ll really get you movin’ — right in the comfort of your own home.
THE MOVES
1. High Knees
Targets: Quads, glutes, calves, shins (anterior tibialis), hip flexors, ups that heart rate
How to: This could cause a riff with that cranky neighbor downstairs. But go ahead, we understand putting cardio before others’ quietude. Run in place, bringing the knees above hip level. Pro tip: Keep your hands in front of you at hip level, palms down, and try and slap ’em with your knees to get the most out of this one. Or, pump your arms like a sprinter, elbows at 90 degree angles, and pump those arms fast. (Your legs will always go as fast as your arms go!) Land on the balls of your feet (not your heels) for 10-second bursts, working up to 30-second sprints. Aim for 3-5 sets with 20 seconds of rest in between.
2. Butt Kicks
Targets: Hamstrings, quads, glutes, calves, shins (tibialis), aaand heart rate
How to: Ready to kick things up a notch? Keep running in place, but this time kick your heels to your butt with each stride. Go as fast as you can for 3-5 rounds of 20-30 second bursts, 20 seconds of rest between each.
3. Jump Squats
Targets: Quads, glutes, calves, shins (anterior tibialis)
How to: Again, if you’re on the top floor, you may piss someone off. But this is a wonderful way to get back at your downstairs neighbor for pumping the bass during finals week. To start: Stand with your feet hip-width apart, toes pointing forward. Sit back into a squat then drive your whole body up through your heels, shifting your weight onto the balls of your feet as you lift off. Be sure to land on the balls of your feet and immediately bend the knees into a full squat. Aim for three sets of 10-15 reps. Pro tip: If you can do these in front of a mirror, make sure your knees aren’t wobbling side to side while you squat or land.
4. T Push-Ups
Targets: Chest, triceps, shoulders, core, lats, adductors, abductors
How to: Cramming for an exam, or tackling those taxes? Hit the floor between tasks to help you think. Place the hands slightly wider than the shoulders and lower yourself down, tucking your elbows to your sides. Keep your chin from jutting forward (your chest should graze the floor first — not your head, hips, or anything else). (Pro tip: draw your shoulder blades in and down the back to protect your rotator cuffs.) As you push up (keep that back straight!), shift your weight to your right side, lift your left arm off the floor, and rotate your torso to face the wall. Inhale here. On the exhale, carefully rotate the torso towards the floor, catching your weight with a slightly bent left arm. Lower down. Push up and, this time, balance on your left side, lift your right arm and rotate your torso towards the opposite wall. That’s one. Shoot for three sets of 7-10 reps.Modification: Can’t support your full bodyweight? Stick to the standard push-up but do ‘em with your knees on the floor.

Illustration by Shannon Orcutt
5. Mountain Climbers
Targets: Chest, shoulders, triceps, core, hip flexors, hamstrings, quads
How to: Remember high knees from exercise #1? This is the same, but face down in the push-up position. Start by hiking your left knee towards the chest. Then quickly get that leg back and pop your right knee up to the chest. Go as fast as you can for 3-5 sets of 30-second bursts. Pro tip: As tempting as it may be, don’t bounce your booty into the air — keep as close to a straight arm plank as possible. And if that isn’t hard enough, make sure you only ever have one foot on the ground at a time (so that “high” leg isn’t tapping down and bouncing).
6. Down-Dog to Up-Dog
Targets: Shoulders, arms, shoulders, back, shoulders, and core
How to: Now don’t get too comfy on the floor. Move into downward facing dog — hands pushing into the floor, torso straight, butt in the air, balls of the feet on the ground, heels driving down. Shift your weight forward so you’re in a push-up position. Lower down, place your knees on the floor, then shift to the tops of your feet as you push through to upward facing dog, arching your spine. Tilt the pelvis forward to protect the back. Inhale, exhale. On the next inhalation, lift the hips up and back to where you began. Repeat 5-10 times through, at your own pace.
7. Leg Lifts
Targets: Hip flexors, abdominals, obliques
How to: Lie down on the floor. Press your lower back against the ground. Put your hands under your butt or beside your hips. From here, lift your legs straight up to a 90 degree angle, then lower back down until they hover just above the floor without touching. Aim for three sets of 10 to 15 reps. Modification: Assume the same position and motion, but carry it all out with bent knees, toes tapping the floor on each rep. Feeling discomfort in the low back? With a stable core, try alternating legs instead.
8. Supermans
Targets: Low back, lats, shoulders
How to: No cape? No problem. Simply roll onto the belly, and reach your arms above your head, keeping the legs straight. Lift your right arm and left leg at the same time, squeeze your glutes and low back muscles, then lower each and lift your left arm and right leg. That’s one. Shoot for three sets of 10- 15 reps. Option: fight crime simultaneously.
Dude, you totally just rocked your room. And probably weirded the heck out of your roommate or significant other. But you got that full-body workout in, so kudos to you. And maybe they’ll join you next time!

From Greatist

run-rhianna-run:

Living spaces and schedules can get pretty cramped these days. But that doesn’t make squeezing a couple exercises between furniture — or roommates! — impossible. Just under three hoursper week of moderate-intensity exercise (the challenge level of a brisk walk) can help reduce heart disease, some cancers, and improve mental health and cognitive function. So in addition to power-walking to and from class, here are eight moves that’ll really get you movin’ — right in the comfort of your own home.

THE MOVES

1. High Knees

Targets: Quads, glutes, calves, shins (anterior tibialis), hip flexors, ups that heart rate

How to: This could cause a riff with that cranky neighbor downstairs. But go ahead, we understand putting cardio before others’ quietude. Run in place, bringing the knees above hip level. Pro tip: Keep your hands in front of you at hip level, palms down, and try and slap ’em with your knees to get the most out of this one. Or, pump your arms like a sprinter, elbows at 90 degree angles, and pump those arms fast. (Your legs will always go as fast as your arms go!) Land on the balls of your feet (not your heels) for 10-second bursts, working up to 30-second sprints. Aim for 3-5 sets with 20 seconds of rest in between.

2. Butt Kicks

Targets: Hamstrings, quads, glutes, calves, shins (tibialis), aaand heart rate

How to: Ready to kick things up a notch? Keep running in place, but this time kick your heels to your butt with each stride. Go as fast as you can for 3-5 rounds of 20-30 second bursts, 20 seconds of rest between each.

3. Jump Squats

Targets: Quads, glutes, calves, shins (anterior tibialis)

How to: Again, if you’re on the top floor, you may piss someone off. But this is a wonderful way to get back at your downstairs neighbor for pumping the bass during finals week. To start: Stand with your feet hip-width apart, toes pointing forward. Sit back into a squat then drive your whole body up through your heels, shifting your weight onto the balls of your feet as you lift off. Be sure to land on the balls of your feet and immediately bend the knees into a full squat. Aim for three sets of 10-15 reps. Pro tip: If you can do these in front of a mirror, make sure your knees aren’t wobbling side to side while you squat or land.

4. T Push-Ups

Targets: Chest, triceps, shoulders, core, lats, adductors, abductors

How to: Cramming for an exam, or tackling those taxes? Hit the floor between tasks to help you think. Place the hands slightly wider than the shoulders and lower yourself down, tucking your elbows to your sides. Keep your chin from jutting forward (your chest should graze the floor first — not your head, hips, or anything else). (Pro tip: draw your shoulder blades in and down the back to protect your rotator cuffs.) As you push up (keep that back straight!), shift your weight to your right side, lift your left arm off the floor, and rotate your torso to face the wall. Inhale here. On the exhale, carefully rotate the torso towards the floor, catching your weight with a slightly bent left arm. Lower down. Push up and, this time, balance on your left side, lift your right arm and rotate your torso towards the opposite wall. That’s one. Shoot for three sets of 7-10 reps.Modification: Can’t support your full bodyweight? Stick to the standard push-up but do ‘em with your knees on the floor.

Illustration by Shannon Orcutt

5. Mountain Climbers

Targets: Chest, shoulders, triceps, core, hip flexors, hamstrings, quads

How to: Remember high knees from exercise #1? This is the same, but face down in the push-up position. Start by hiking your left knee towards the chest. Then quickly get that leg back and pop your right knee up to the chest. Go as fast as you can for 3-5 sets of 30-second bursts. Pro tip: As tempting as it may be, don’t bounce your booty into the air — keep as close to a straight arm plank as possible. And if that isn’t hard enough, make sure you only ever have one foot on the ground at a time (so that “high” leg isn’t tapping down and bouncing).

6. Down-Dog to Up-Dog

Targets: Shoulders, arms, shoulders, back, shoulders, and core

How to: Now don’t get too comfy on the floor. Move into downward facing dog — hands pushing into the floor, torso straight, butt in the air, balls of the feet on the ground, heels driving down. Shift your weight forward so you’re in a push-up position. Lower down, place your knees on the floor, then shift to the tops of your feet as you push through to upward facing dog, arching your spine. Tilt the pelvis forward to protect the back. Inhale, exhale. On the next inhalation, lift the hips up and back to where you began. Repeat 5-10 times through, at your own pace.

7. Leg Lifts

Targets: Hip flexors, abdominals, obliques

How to: Lie down on the floor. Press your lower back against the ground. Put your hands under your butt or beside your hips. From here, lift your legs straight up to a 90 degree angle, then lower back down until they hover just above the floor without touching. Aim for three sets of 10 to 15 reps. Modification: Assume the same position and motion, but carry it all out with bent knees, toes tapping the floor on each rep. Feeling discomfort in the low back? With a stable core, try alternating legs instead.

8. Supermans

Targets: Low back, lats, shoulders

How to: No cape? No problem. Simply roll onto the belly, and reach your arms above your head, keeping the legs straight. Lift your right arm and left leg at the same time, squeeze your glutes and low back muscles, then lower each and lift your left arm and right leg. That’s one. Shoot for three sets of 10- 15 reps. Option: fight crime simultaneously.

Dude, you totally just rocked your room. And probably weirded the heck out of your roommate or significant other. But you got that full-body workout in, so kudos to you. And maybe they’ll join you next time!

From Greatist

fit-fab-fun:

Yoga Bunny Routines! - Creds
I do these for a quick morning stretch - max. 12 minutes!

run-rhianna-run:

organic-bunny:

health-teaa:

BEGINNERS
WEEK 1
Day 1: Morning Sequence with Kate Holcombe
Day 2: Happy Days practice with Lilias Folan
Day 3: Yoga for Morning with Jason Crandell
Day 4: Standing Poses with Jason Crandell
Day 5: Core Focus with Rebecca Urban
Day 6: Shoulder Openers with Kate Holcombe
Day 7: Hip Openers with Rebecca Urban
WEEK 2
Day 1: Awakening Practice with Jason Crandell
Day 2: Standing Poses with Jason Crandell
Day 3: Core Focus with Rebecca Urban
Day 4: Forward Bends with Elise Lorimer
Day 5: Yoga for Better Energy with Jason Crandell
Day 6: Quieting Practice with Jason Crandell
Day 7: Evening Sequence with Kate Holcombe
WEEK 3
Day 1: Morning Sequence with Kate Holcombe
Day 2: Backbends with Elise Lorimer
Day 3: Hip Openers with Rebecca Urban
Day 4: Yoga for Noon with Jason Crandell
Day 5: Gentle Flow with Kathryn Budig
Day 6: Sidebends with Jason Crandell
Day 7: Yoga for Restful Sleep with Jason Crandell
 
 
INTERMEDIATES
WEEK 1
Day 1: Morning Sequence with Kate Holcombe
Day 2: Standing Poses with Jason Crandell
Day 3: Core Focus with Rebecca Urban
Day 4: Hip Openers with Rebecca Urban
Day 5: Sidebends with Jason Crandell
Day 6: Backbends with Elise Lorimer
Day 7: Evening Sequence with Kate Holcombe
WEEK 2
Day 1: Shoulder Openers with Kate Holcombe
Day 2: Core Focus with Rebecca Urban
Day 3: Practice Standing Poses with Jason Crandell
Day 4: Forward Bends with Elise Lorimer
Day 5: Bakasana with Jason Crandell
Day 6: Fun Flow with Elise Lorimer
Day 7: Evening Sequence with Kate Holcombe
WEEK 3
Day 1: Hanumanasana with Elise Lorimer
Day 2: Hip Openers with Rebecca Urban
Day 3: Backbends with Elise Lorimer
Day 4: Wheel Pose with Jason Crandell
Day 5: Shoulder Openers with Kate Holcombe
Day 6: Bakasana with Jason Crandell
Day 7: Sidebends with Jason Crandell

Starting today :)

Might try this! Or at least some of it! :)

run-rhianna-run:

organic-bunny:

health-teaa:

BEGINNERS

WEEK 1

WEEK 2

WEEK 3

 

 

INTERMEDIATES

WEEK 1

WEEK 2

WEEK 3

Starting today :)

Might try this! Or at least some of it! :)

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