#DefineBrave Pioneer: Lisa Moreno-Dickinson

#DefineBrave Pioneer: Lisa Moreno-Dickinson

Last month, along with four other nationally recognized women, Lisa was chosen by Katie K Active as a Pioneer for their brand-new #DefineBrave Campaign focused on encouraging women around the world to feel confident in who they are and how they look.

According to Lisa, “#DefineBrave to me is letting go, not giving up but letting go and giving into FAITH which is not easy. ‪#DefineBrave is standing tall in your truth and not letting society dictate what is good, what is right. Knowing who you are is KEY..knowing your purpose is powerful and sticking to fulfill it no matter the hurdles. Its never the hurdles that define us its the way we get over them that makes the difference.”

In partnership with Katie K Active, Lisa is raising funds for StopCAIDNow. StopCAIDnow, Inc. is a 501(c) 3non-profit organization recognized globally. The foundation is focused on treatments, awareness, diverse genetic testing, and genomics.

Lisa Moreno-Dickinson StopCAIDNow #DefineBrave with Katie K Active

Lisa is wearing the Katie K Active Signature Capri in White Zebra to represent the rare disease community. According to Lisa, “Challenging moments would definitely be having two boys with diseases in the rare and genetic family and knowing my youngest has no known prognosis. The years and persistence to help find the diagnosis and in the meantime watching them physically and emotionally suffer was and is something one can not put in words especially with me as their mommy. They #definebrave hence why I’m pictured in my oldest walker and their hand prints behind me.”

Join Lisa and raise funds for StopCAIDNow via the #DefineBrave Virtual 5K Run/Walk.

Register for the 5K and StopCAIDNow Team here

Donate without registering for 5K here

The #DefineBrave Campaign is focused on paving the way to real change by embracing the issues of body esteem with Katie K Active’s inclusive line of activewear!

Throughout the #DefineBrave Campaign, along with fellow #DefineBrave Pioneers, Lisa will share her personal stories of overcoming adversity and challenges in her life and help support, inspire and unite woman across the world to feel empowered and confident in their own skin and abilities in a sometimes judgmental world.

Learn more about all of the #DefineBrave Pioneers below.

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#DefineBrave Pioneer: Pat Paolino Cruz

#DefineBrave Pioneer: Pat Paolino Cruz

Last month, along with four other nationally recognized women, Pat was chosen by Katie K Active as a Pioneer for their brand-new #DefineBrave Campaign focused on encouraging women around the world to feel confident in who they are and how they look.

Pat Paolino Cruz

Connect with Pat on Facebook

Join Pat and raise funds for The Tomorrow Fund in Rhode Island via the #DefineBrave Virtual 5K Run/Walk.

The Tomorrow Fund was founded in 1985 to ease the traumatic financial and emotional effects of childhood cancer. Our founders – a group that included doctors, nurses, child life specialists, and parents of children with cancer – recognized that, in addition to the very best medical care, children with cancer and their families need financial and emotional assistance to cope with the overwhelming challenges of this insidious disease.

Register for the 5K and join The Tomorrow Fund Team here

Donate to The Tomorrow Fund without registering for the 5K here

The #DefineBrave Campaign is focused on paving the way to real change by embracing the issues of body esteem with Katie K Active’s inclusive line of activewear!

Throughout the #DefineBrave Campaign, along with fellow #DefineBrave Pioneers, Lisa will share her personal stories of overcoming adversity and challenges in her life and help support, inspire and unite woman across the world to feel empowered and confident in their own skin and abilities in a sometimes judgmental world.

Learn more about all of the #DefineBrave Pioneers below.

Look for our #DefineBrave posts on our social media and please re-tweet and re-share with your friends to help us get the word out about this powerful campaign.

 

#DefineBrave Pioneer: Jas Boothe

#DefineBrave: Jas Boothe

Last month, along with four other nationally recognized women, Jas was chosen by Katie K Active as a Pioneer for their brand-new #DefineBrave Campaign focused on encouraging women around the world to feel confident in who they are and how they look.

Jas and Kimberely Wolfanger Marine Vet and 1st Runner Up Ms Veteran America 2014

Jas (left) and Kimberly Wolfanger, Marine Vet and 1st Runner Up, Ms. Veteran America 2014

Jas is s Disabled Army Veteran and the President and Founder of Final Salute Inc; providing homeless women Veterans with safe and suitable housing. Final Salute Inc. is the only non-profit in the DC Metro are that specifically supports the unique housing needs of homeless female veterans and their children; there are currently 55,000 homeless female Veterans on any given day.

Jas’s passion is keeping homeless women and their children off the street.

Her definition of #DefineBrave: “Brave is a soldier looking cancer in the face and saying ‘you can’t have my body’. Brave is finding courage in a sea of uncertainties. No one is born brave, courage is an acquired sport; but first, you must step onto the court.”

Jas Boothe, (center) receiving a Standing O'vation from Oprah Winfrey and Toyota.

Jas Boothe, (center) receiving a Standing O’vation from Oprah Winfrey and Toyota.

Connect with Jas and The Final Salute

Links: www.finalsaluteinc.org

The #DefineBrave Campaign is focused on paving the way to real change by embracing the issues of body esteem with Katie K Active’s inclusive line of activewear!

Throughout the #DefineBrave Campaign, along with fellow #DefineBrave Pioneers, Jas will share her personal stories of overcoming adversity and challenges in her life and help support, inspire and unite woman across the world to feel empowered and confident in their own skin and abilities in a sometimes judgmental world.

Look for our #DefineBrave posts on our social media and please re-tweet and re-share with your friends to help us get the word out about this powerful campaign.

 

Active at Any Age

My mother is truly an inspiration, especially when it comes to keeping active as she gets older. For as long as I can remember, she played in a tennis group once a week. When I was in high school, she and her friends would power walk every morning after dropping us off at the bus. In the past few years, she’s only cranked it up.

She now plays tennis four days a week, and even occasionally picks up a fifth day!

Being active has helped my mom be independent, strong and capable. She’s been known to rearrange the furniture in her house for family events all by herself. She never shies away from heavy lifting and labor, helping anyone who needs it. She even takes my nephew (now 15) and niece (now 11) for six weeks every summer. She bikes with them, swims and generally runs around and keeps up with them! I can see how her active life helps her in her everyday life.

Being active is important at any age, but especially as we get older. Staying active will not only help you maintain your independence, but will keep your heart and mind healthy. There’s strong evidence that proves that people who are more active have a lower risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, depression and dementia. If you don’t stay active, daily life can become harder and you may struggle with everyday activities.

Benefits of being active as you age:

  • Increase Hearth Strength with Aerobics. You’ll have more energy to do the things you like to do. It can increase your quality of sleep and help you fall asleep faster.
  • Strength Strain to Prevent Muscle Loss. It will help keep bones strong and protect your knees and other joints, too.
  • Maintain Independence and Flexibility with Stretching. Daily tasks like tying your shoes or reaching a shelf will become easier. When you are flexible, you have a more natural walking pattern, which decreases your chance of falling. Most flexibility is lost through inactivity or lack of movement, not age.
  • Balance Exercises Benefit Posture. You will improve coordination and also reduce your risk for falls by practicing balance exercises. A simple one is standing on one leg for 10 seconds (using a chair for support if needed).

The list of activities to choose from is endless. Yoga is a great way to work on posture, balance and flexibility. Weight training reduces muscle loss while strengthening your muscles and bones. Running, walking or biking keeps your heart healthy. It’s never too late to start getting active.

While some activity is better than none at all, the goal to get the maximum health benefit is to aim to for at least 30 minutes a day of moderate intensity activity, five days a week. At least two days a week your activity should include something that strengthens muscles and bones. Maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle as you age will keep you strong to accomplish daily tasks so you can remain independent. The most important thing is to find something you like, so being active is just a part of your life.

This article also appears in the October 2014 issue of Berks County Living

 

#DefineBrave Pioneer: Lisa Cypers Kamen

#DefineBrave: Lisa Cypers Kamen

Last month, along with four other nationally recognized women, Lisa was chosen by Katie K Active as a Pioneer for their brand-new #DefineBrave Campaign focused on encouraging women around the world to feel confident in who they are and how they look.

Lisa Cypers Kamen DefineBrave with Katie K Active

‪#‎DefineBrave‬: “Destruction, death, divorce, disease and disillusionment all knocked on my door in rapid-fire succession as uninvited and unwanted house guests. It’s true, most of life’s top stressors decided to test my resolve all at once. Bravery is not giving in to those 5 D’s of distress by becoming a deer trapped in headlights but rather using those symbolic headlights to illuminate my path and bolster my resilience to guide me to something better.”

Lisa Cypers Kamen Definebrave with Katie K Active

Connect with Lisa on Facebook

The #DefineBrave Campaign is focused on paving the way to real change by embracing the issues of body esteem with Katie K Active’s inclusive line of activewear!

Throughout the #DefineBrave Campaign, along with fellow #DefineBrave Pioneers, Lisa will share her personal stories of overcoming adversity and challenges in her life and help support, inspire and unite woman across the world to feel empowered and confident in their own skin and abilities in a sometimes judgmental world.

Look for our #DefineBrave posts on our social media and please re-tweet and re-share with your friends to help us get the word out about this powerful campaign.

In partnership with Katie K Active, Lisa is raising funds for Harvesting Happiness for Heroes. Harvesting Happiness for Heroes™ is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that delivers stigma-free integrated combat trauma recovery services to warriors and their loved ones.

Join Lisa and raise funds for HH4H via the #DefineBrave Virtual 5K Run/Walk.

Register for the 5K and HH4H Team here

Donate without registering for 5K here

Learn more about all of the #DefineBrave Pioneers below.

 

A Healthy, All-Natural Pumpkin Pie Syrup to Add to your Latte (and everything else!)

 As the weather turns cooler and the leaves begin to change, most of us begin to hear ‘the call of the pumpkin.’ From our lattes to our pastries, we are perfectly happy to have this tasty (and healthy) treat in EVERYTHING. Here is a simple and healthier version of pumpkin pie syrup that you can add to just about anything.

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2 Tbsp. pumpkin puree
1 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 c. sugar
1 c. water

  1. Simmer the sugar in the water until it dissolves, stir frequently
  2. Add the spice and puree to the pot and continue to simmer for about ten minutes

It’s that simple.

Now add about 2 oz. of your syrup to two shots of espresso and 8 oz. of the milk of your choosing and you have a yummy pumpkin pie latte. No espresso machine, no problem. You can add 1oz. of the syrup to 6 oz. of drip coffee and 2oz. of milk. Experiment and find a pumpkin pie coffee beverage that works for you.

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You can also add the syrup to:
Oatmeal, cream cheese to top your morning bagel, hot or cold tea, vodka (a one to one ratio) and whatever else you think would be made better with a little shot of pumpkin goodness. Don’t worry, we won’t judge!

Want more pumpkin? Check out this article called 100 ways to cook a pumpkin.

 

#DefineBrave Spotlight: Leah

Recently I was contact by Leah, after she discovered Katie K Active. She was so excited to find our inclusive brand and loved that we promote health at every size. I looked her up and immediately knew she had her own inspirational story to tell. Read Leah’s empowering #DefineBrave journey:

 

I am 35 and a mum to a 2 1/2 year old Miss named Sachi. I have struggled with my weight since I was very young and remember seeing my first dietician at around the age of 4. I began what I now know was disordered eating at around the age of 7 years and subsequently suffered from binge-eating disorder up until around 2 years ago.

Shortly after my daughter Sachi was born I was diagnosed with Degenerative Joint Disease. I felt stiff, old, and questioned what sort of mum I was going to be for this beautiful little child. Despite all of the causes for this condition, I could not escape the notion that it had come from a lifetime of excess weight on young joints. I knew that the only way I could get quality of life and be able to play with my daughter was to get moving. Having been that person who paid 3 different gym memberships at once and used none, I decided that if I was going to do this, it had to be for life and it had to be my way. I knew my background with food meant that I could not diet, so I simply started moving every day. First it was walking, then I taught myself to run up and down the side of our house and yard whilst my daughter slept.

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Once I felt confident, I hit the pavement and just started running and walking intervals. One day something just clicked and I promised myself that whatever happened I would not stop running – I was no longer that person who gave up. I ran 6.0km pushing Sachi in her jogging trailer through these crazy winds and up a long, gradual hill, and although it bloody hurt after, I knew that the ‘old Leah’ who gave up when things got tough no longer existed.

Running has always been a dream of mine. I’ve always wanted to be one of those people who just ‘goes out for a run.’ Completing a triathlon had always been a dream too that I had never expressed just due to the sheer absurdity if the concept of ME doing it, but I knew the game had changed and if I could run, then what was stopping me now? What I have since discovered is that nothing stops us except the limits we place on ourselves. We really, truly are capable of anything we put our mind to, you just have to be willing to work hard along the way. Know that it’s going to hurt but know that it’s going to be worth it.

 

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After my first triathlon I was hooked, so I joined a specialist training squad and decided to get my own qualifications in fitness. I felt really passionate about becoming a trainer because I know that for some people weight loss isn’t as simple as calories in vs. calories out. I believe that many people require a ‘big picture’ approach to their health and well being and this approach is the difference between a trainer who works you hard and a trainer who helps you change your life.

In June this year I ticked another goal off my list and finished my first half marathon. A week later I fell pregnant with my second child and despite the old hack of morning sickness, thanks to my life change I am experiencing a whole different pregnancy. During my first pregnancy I stopped weighing myself at 140kg – and sadly I have weighed this at other times without being pregnant. Now, four months into this one I am 92kg, which means I am no longer classed an ‘at risk’ pregnancy. To me this is ultimate pay-off for all of my hard work. Yes it’s great to go for a size 22-24 to 12-14, but better health and well being is my big ‘win’.

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If I could sum up my greatest tips to better health it would be these:

1) Think ‘sustainable’: good health and fitness is a life long journey, so every time you are tempted to try a certain diet or exercise regime ask yourself ‘am I going to be able to do this for the rest of my life?’

2) Do today what you can do tomorrow – Don’t work so hard one day that you can’t do anything for the rest of the week. Find something you enjoy and just do it.

3) Observe your food habits and don’t fight them – imagine you’re following yourself around like a science experiment and observe your behaviours. Ask yourself why you have suddenly arrived at the pantry? Are you really hungry? Or are you stressed, bored, or happy?

4) Learn about nutrition and then think about the energy value you are getting out of your food choices – for example, if you have an option of white bread or grain bread, think about what is going to give you better energy – you’ll soon realise that if you choose the white bread you may as well eat a piece of cardboard ;)

5) Be prepared – carry fruit or nuts with you and try not to put yourself in a situation where you are hungry and don’t have any healthy options. Eat before you go out if need be and always carry water on you.

6) Never ever fear someone judging you for having a go – by getting up, getting out and having a go you will be surprised by the amount of people you will be inspiring!

Follow Leah here on instagram for inspiration and motivation!

Have your own #DefineBrave story to share? Email Blogs@KatieKActive.com for a chance to be featured!

Leah was recently featured in an article by Born to Reign Athletics about plus size sponsored athletes.