FIT GAL Feature: Kathia of Fit In My Red Sole Shoes

Hey there! It’s been awhile since I’ve done one of these. For those of you who just joined us, one of my fav sections of the blog is called “Fit Gals”. This is where I feature some amazing women who demonstrate positivity and inspiration in the fitness world. It gives a chance for you to read about their fit lifestyles and show how we can all relate.

I’ve been following Kathia from Fit In My Red Sole Shoes for quite some time now, and love seeing her uplifting posts on IG and Facebook. Then I found out she has a blog, and knew we had to get her on Fitness & the City. She is extremely dedicated, loves what she does and I of course we have the “red sole shoes” part in common. 😉 So here she is:

FIT GAL: Kathia of Fit In My Red Sole Shoes

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Q: Tell us about yourself and your fitness lifestyle.

A: I am a bodybuilder and I love the iron.  For me lifting weights and pushing or pulling weight around, including resistance are the most valuable ways to test my strength and I have found that going to the gym and learning about bodybuilding are the coolest things that have happened to me in a long time.I also work full-time as a senior paralegal and have a young adult son at home with whom I share my passion for health and fitness.

Q: What are you fitness goals and how are you working towards them?

A: My fitness goal is to continue improving my knowledge on bodybuilding and to attain my ultimate physique. Going into competition and even modeling are also things that I am considering but mostly continue improving myself and become a certified personal trainer, obtain a degree in Sports and Health to compete at the bikini fitness level and to create an online training program for women who are seeking to improve their lifestyle by becoming healthy and fit.

Q: Do you eat clean? Can you describe your typical meal plan?

A: My meal plan is about eating whole foods and foods that assist in my growth as an athlete and my daily requirements to continue building a healthy body and mostly to nourish my body.  Typically, I go for lean meats, veggies, fruits and legume.  Chicken breast, half of a sweet potato, a cup of spinach or half a cup of asparagus, lots of water and some strawberries or blueberries for the kick.  Bananas, almonds, avocados and beans are some of my favorites, too

Q: In what ways do you stay active and how often?

A: I go to the gym six days a week and work different muscle parts each one of these days.  While lifting, I drop the weights and do quick cardio moves by dancing (like a maniac) to salsa, merengue and reggae ton beats. On colder days, I go to a school stadium and do sprints, run the bleachers and run the track with bursts of jumping jacks or knee to the chest moves.

Q:Where do you find most of your inspiration?

A: I look for inspiration daily and I do follow other athletes like me who are pursuing their dreams and becoming stronger as they push themselves harder each day.  Slowly I have built some followers audience on social media and that has definitely improved my motivation and inspiration since I get constant feedback from my followers and they show me how eager they are to start making changes in their lives to get better.

Q: What lessons have you learned along the way?

A: I am glad to say that I believe in how resilient women are and how strong we can become once we get around the obstacles.  That there is no better drive than a girl with a purpose and that once we find what works for us, we will not stop until we get it.  I also found that I love banana pancakes and that I can live off of them forever.  LOL!

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Thanks so much Kathia!! ps- loving those hot pink shorts in the photos 🙂

Be sure to check out Fit In My Red Sole Shoes on:

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Women’s Health RUN10 FEED10 Event

Hey loves! Women’s Health Magazine is putting on a Run10 Feed10 run in San Francisco on Sunday, October 27th! Please join me if you are in the area, it’s for such a great cause.

Use this special code (Run10 Feed 10: R10F10USA) to receive $5 off their ticket price through September 22nd.

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WOMEN’S HEALTH & FEED ANNOUNCE

2nd ANNUAL RUN10 FEED10 EVENT IN SAN FRANCISCO

Presented by Unilever

2nd annual event inspires people to race to fight hunger in America

Event to include bonus yoga session, nutrition and beauty consultations, great giveaways and more. 

Women’s Health’s wildly popular race and fundraising event,RUN10 FEED10, is coming back to San Francisco onSunday, October 27, 2013.

WHO: Join Women’s Health Magazine, FEED and its founder, Lauren Bush Lauren, and thousands of amazing men and women runners in the fight against hunger.

WHAT: This fall, Women’s Health magazine will host RUN10 FEED10 in San Francisco. The concept is simple: run a 10K with us and provide 10 meals for those struggling with hunger in San Francisco.   Last year, RUN10 FEED10 raised 1 million meals nationwide and we’re setting the bar even higher for 2013.

Timed 10K races will also be taking place across the country in New York and Chicago.  People living in Boston, Los Angeles, Miami and Seattle can participate in one of Women’s Health’s “Fun Runs” and if runners do not live in one of our host cities, they can still participate by signing up to run their own 10K. The  money from the registration and fundraising efforts will go to their nearest metropolitan area food bank. Download the official, free RUN10FEED10 app to plot your training course.

The day will include:

  • An unforgettable experience running at 10K for those in need
  • Pre-and-post race activities including guided stretches and yoga with a special guest trainer
  • Tons of freebies, experiences and giveaways from FEED, Dove, Degree, Lipton Tea, Simple, Kellogg Nourish, OPI, Vaseline, Birkenstock, Sketchers, Cigna, Ford Fiesta, and more.

WHY: Right now, over 50 million Americans are food insecure, meaning they don’t know from where their next meal is coming. The reality is there is enough food in the world today for everyone to get the nourishment they need for a healthy and productive life. The other reality is that we can do something about it. Together, we can make a huge impact in a very simple way. All you have to do is RUN!

WHEN: Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 8 AM

 WHERE:Crissy Field, San Francisco, CA

Registration Fee: Sign up for Run10 FEED 10 at www.run10feed10.comIncluded in your $50 registration is race entry, your donation of 10 meals, and a limited-edition FEED bag
$50 – until 9/30/13
$60 – 10/1/13 – 10/24/13 or until the race sells out!

Fundraising Information:
Women’s Health is encouraging all participants to raise $100. You can start fundraising by going to www.run10feed10.com, clicking on the START FUNDRAISING tab at the top of the page,and joining the appropriate city’s RUN 10 FEED 10 fundraising team. Share your page with your friends and family to spread the word! It only takes 10 friends donating $10 each to raise an extra $100 for your community.

ABOUT FEED:

After witnessing the effects of hunger firsthand when traveling as a WFP Honorary Spokesperson, Lauren Bush Lauren founded FEED Projects in 2007 with the mission of creating good products that help FEED the world. Every product sold has a measurable donation attached to it and, to date, the social business has been able to donate over $6 million and provide nearly 60 million school meals globally through the United Nations World Food Programme. FEED has also supported nutrition programs around the world, providing vitamin supplements to over 3.5 million children through UNICEF.

Over the past six years, FEED has forged successful partnerships with companies such as Target, Disney, Pottery Barn, Clarins, Whole Foods, Gap, DKNY, Links of London, Godiva and TOMS.

FEED products are available online and at retail locations around the world.  For more information, please visit www.feedprojects.com or follow FEED on Facebook (FEED Projects) and Twitter (@FEEDProjects).

See you there!

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How To Speed Up Your Metabolism / Paris Marathon!!

If you’ve been following the Facebook page, you’ve probably already heard my big news…but I am more than excited to tell you guys that I will be running the 2014 Paris Marathon in April!! This has been on my bucket list ever since I can remember and I am so excited to visit Paris for the first time, AND run my 2nd full marathon!! Have any of you been to Paris? If so, your recommendations for restaurants, shopping or any place to visit would be much appreciated! Can’t wait!!

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“How do you eat so much and manage to stay fit?” “How is your metabolism off the charts?!” Aside from a hearty workout regime,  building your metabolism takes time, but in turn allows you to constantly eat and burn fat while at rest.  Sure, a teeny percent has to do with age and genetics, but it is in your control to increase metabolism and shed the extra weight that you’ve been dying to get rid of! Here’s how to speed up your metabolism:

  1. Build muscle. Get in the weight room and lift those weights ladies and gents! The more muscle you gain, the faster your resting metabolic rate. Burn calories while sitting? Umm, count me in!
  2. Eat every 3 hours. If you eat more often, the faster your metabolism. Strange, but true. Make breakfast your most important meal and add protein! If you want a faster metabolism think protein. Here’s why. Your body burns twice as many calories digesting proteins than it does carbs. Think eggs or greek yogurt for breakfast and chicken or fish for lunch or dinner.
  3. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.  (and no not with alcohol). Dehydration leads to a slow metabolism! Studies have shown that cold water does the trick. Cold drinks force your body to work to warm up, which builds more energy.
  4. Use spices. Think cayenne, chillis, red pepper. Anything that makes you sweat means your metabolism has increased.
  5. Green tea, full of antioxidants and contains a plant compound called ECGC which promotes fat burning.
  6. Coffee. Caffeine stimulates your central nervous system and increases heart rate. Gotta love your cup o’ joe.

It’s important to remember that you can grab control of your future! Stop the I can’t and go with I can do this! Even when it comes to your metabolism, take control of it. Try these tips and don’t use your age, weight or genetics as an excuse. Speed up that metabolism, get moving and get healthy. MUAH!
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The Juice Cleanse Diaries

I did this amazing cleanse the other day and loved it so much I have to share! Juicing seems to be all the rage lately and if you don’t have time to make your own (like myself) there are so many juice shops popping up! This particular juice is from Pressed Juicery here in San Francisco. I did the 1 day cleanse and here’s what it looked like:

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There are 3 types of cleanses 1,2,3 depending on experience level. I chose level 1 because it’s the most gentle on my system but eager to try level 2 next! So with this cleanse you drink a juice every two hours. You’re also supposed to chug them so they seem more filling.

#1:    Greens– Some of the greens taste really good so this wasn’t too bad (other than craving my daily oatmeal for breakfast). They have 4 different greens to choose from, I went with greens 3 which has kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, cucumber, celery, apple, lemon and ginger. Moderately filling but feeling good at this point.

#2:      Roots- definitely doesn’t taste as good as greens but not too bad. There are also 4 roots to choose from, and I chose roots 3: beet, apple, lemon and ginger. Roots is the most filling, so I was still content at this time.

#3:     Greens again- this time I did greens 4: cucumber, celery, watercress, lemon, ginger and cayenne.

#4:    Citrus– this is a much lighter juice and I was starting to get more hungry at this time. I drank citrus 2: pineapple, apple, lemon and mint. Looking forward to trying the grapefruit and mint next time!

#5:   Roots for dinner- Spinach, parsley, cucumber and carrot. At this point I was so hungry. The hardest was definitely towards the end of the day. I ended up going to bed as early as possible so I wouldn’t have to think about it as much. During the day I was more content, but by the end all I wanted to do was chew something.

#6:    For dessert: Vanilla almond juice– wish this was more filling, but very tasty!

#7:    Before bed- Aloe vera H2O. This aids in elimination as a natural colon cleanser and also good for your immune system. Chugged this along with a couple more glasses of water. Oh yes, I was in the bathroom every 2 seconds. 😉

Throughout the day I also drank Chlorophyll h20 and about 10-12 glasses of water- this is very important and water helps fill me up also! (I am a water fiend!) 

All in all, I LOVED this cleanse! This is also the cheapest and most cost effective one I’ve found. Some get super expensive, but this was very affordable. I can’t wait to try it again! I saw my stomach lean out FINALLY, and felt energized, refreshed and completely free of processed foods. However, I am not yet convinced I will be able to do the 3 day cleanse. My craving to actually eat something substantial was getting intense by the end of the day. I was also feeling a little loopy and out of it, so I was definitely looking forward to breakfast the next morning. I am a girl who likes to eat and I have also built up my metabolism to be extra fast, so I tend to be more hungry than most.  The other thing is that it’s not recommended to workout out while you are cleansing. I can’t help but want to work out!! It is recommended that you move, go for a walk or do yoga, as you need to keep your lymphatic and circulatory systems accelerated. I also love drinking the juices on their own to help avoid cravings in between meals. Thinking of doing another 1 day cleanse this week and cant wait! Everything in moderation of course. AND Pressed is now making home deliveries, yay!

Check out Pressed Juicery: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

Question: Do you juice? If not, would you consider giving it a try?

Please note: this post was NOT sponsored by Pressed Juicery and all opinions are my own.

 
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Homemade Almond Butter / New Etsy Find

Hope you had a terrific Labor Day weekend! We spent the weekend in Sonoma visiting my parents, soaking up the sun and relaxing. While there, my mom and I decided to make homemade almond butter. I don’t think you guys understand how easy it is to make. Why buy it at the store when making your own is SO simple and nutritious!

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DIRECTIONS: put your almonds in a food processor and let it run. That’s it, seriously! After 1 minute your almonds will start to resemble almond meal. They will then start to build up on the side, so every 2-3 minutes you will want to stop and push the almonds down before continuing. After a couple minutes the almonds will start to get clumpy and sticky. This is when they finally start to release their oils. After 10-12 minutes your almonds will then resemble almond butter, but don’t stop there! After a couple more minutes of processing your almond butter will magically release more oils and become creamy and smooth. Add a pinch of sea salt if you wish and give it one last swirl. Easy, right?!

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I had mine with some pears, while the fam enjoyed some it on some whole wheat bread. My fave is toasting a piece of Ezekiel bread with a spread of almond butter on the top and enjoying while warm. Remember, almonds are a “good fat” and should be included in your diet. Peanut butter is much higher in fat therefore I personally prefer almond butter to peanut butter. 🙂

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How freaking cute is this notepad?! I got it from an adorable Etsy shop called Charm and Gumption. They have a lot of cute paper products, notepads, stationary, invitations and more. When I saw this fitness notepad I had to have it and can’t wait to order more! Visit the Charm and Gumption website here.

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Follow me on instagram if you don’t already, I share a ton more photos on there! : @fitnessandthecity 

Have a great week! 🙂

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