September is for Goal Setting

My sister and I were talking the other day about how September seems to mark another time during the year to think really think about your goals and get refocused. Maybe we’ve just all been trained to always think of this “Back to School” time of year as a time to reset and get fresh start. It’s a great time to reflect and think about what we want and how we’re going to do it.

As Labor Day was coming to an end, I was trying to be even more conscious about this and really think about what my goals are and what I want to accomplish for the rest of the year. I needed to decide my top priorities and what I was going to focus on. I also needed to think about how I was going to accomplish them.

Even though I think about all of this every year I don’t always follow through. So this time, I want to buckle down and tackle those few items that are really important to me. I want to finish out the year strong and complete those goals I was really committed to accomplishing.

Do you feel the same way? Are there a few goals that you really want to accomplish by the end of the year? Will you join me? Let’s do this together!

Here are some tips to setting yourself up for success:

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3 Tips to staying having a happy and healthy Labor Day

The summer always seems to fly by so quickly! I can’t believe Labor Day is this weekend and the end of Summer is already here. I know for me, September always feels like a time to get back to routine and get refocused. And although you may be looking at this weekend as your “last hurrah” before you get focused, you can indulge and enjoy without completely going crazy.

Here are 3 easy tips to follow while you enjoy your Labor Day weekend:

  1. Load up on Veggies: Snack on raw veggies or have a salad first. This will help fill you up and keep you feeling full longer.
  2. Drink plenty of water: Especially if you’re spending time outside in the heat. And if you’re drinking alcohol, mixing in water will help you stay hydrated and keep you from going overboard.
  3. Be mindful but enjoy: If there’s some item that you really love, go enjoy it, but do so in moderation. Being mindful yet still indulging will help you feel satisfied and not feel deprived.

Looking for some recipe ideas so you can create your own healthy item for the BBQ? Check out this link for 4 great recipes that are sure to be a hit at any party: http://greatideas.people.com/2015/08/24/hungry-girl-labor-day-healthy-recipes/

 

Why plus size workout options suck?

I sat down with Coach Tulin last week to discuss a burning question: Why aren’t there great options for workout clothes in plus sizes? Part of the reason is the misconception about plus size women. I’ve been told many times that plus size women don’t workout or don’t want to shop in stores. This is so frustrating to me since I know that’s not true. Health is not a size, many women are healthy and active and fall into a variety of sizes. And I know all women want cute, attractive and functional workout gear.
I loved hearing Tulin’s thoughts on what she thinks about these stereotypes and what can be done to prove them wrong. Learn how you can help change these stereotypes and start getting better workout options:

Q and A with Katie K

I’m so thrilled with the response to our Kickstarter Campaign! Thank you to those who’ve already participated! However, I’ve also been receiving a lot of the same questions, so I thought it would be best to explain a little more. I want to make sure we are clear about what a Kickstarter is and our reasons for doing one. I put together a list of questions I keep hearing and wanted to answer them one by one for you:

1.     What is a Kickstarter?

a.     It is a way for a company to raise funds for a specific goal through direct support.

2.     What does my pledge go towards?

a.     Your pledge will help us produce our next collection, the Galaxy Collection.

3.     Why is Katie K Active doing a Kickstarter?

a.     To grow Katie K Active. The Kickstarter will help us keep up with demand and also enable us to expand our product offering. We want to add new styles, more colors and have more products available more often for you.

4.     What do backers get?

a.     Backers not only support the company but they also get to choose from a variety of unique rewards created exclusively for this event.

5.     Why should I support the Katie K Active Kickstarter?

a.     Many backers rally around a project or company they love and want to support. Take pride in knowing you’re helping a small company grow and keep making products you love.

6.     What happens if Katie K Active doesn’t reach their goal?

a.     If we don’t reach our funding goal you won’t be charged, but you also won’t receive your rewards. This is why we ask that if you love Katie K Active to please share our Kickstarter to help us meet our goal.

7.     How can I support the Katie K Active Kickstarter?

a.     Click the link to go to the Katie K Active Kickstarter page. Review the different reward options and click on your favorite to pledge your support and receive that reward. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/468071266/inclusive-premium-activewear-by-katie-k-active

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Kickstarter Bonus Reward Now Activated!

Kickstarter Bonus Reward Now Activated!

Our first week is complete and we’re already off to a great start! Thank you so much to those who’ve supported our Kickstarter. We are definitely feeling the love!

But…we need to keep going! We have a big goal and I know we can get there. 

I was asked a few times about our rewards and what all is included at each level. Well, it was suggested that in addition to all the items, we should give a 40% OFF Coupon for the Galaxy Collection to everyone who participates in the Kickstarter.

So…

If you participate in our Kickstarter, you will receive a 40% OFF coupon as a bonus reward. So no matter what level you pledge, you will get a 40% OFF coupon to use on your next purchase of Katie K Active! 

There’s a preview below of the new T-Shirts and prints for the Galaxy Collection. I’m in love with everything that’s coming in this collection! Check out all the rewards we made specifically for this event. Pick what you want and get your special bonus!

Supplies are limited!

Galaxy Collection Preview

Take 40% OFF the Limited Edition Palm Print Leggings and Capris!

Normally $84, but for the Kickstarter, you can grab them for $50! Add a Tee or Tank for a complete outfit. The more you bundle together, the better the deal and more you save! Supplies are limited. This 40% offer will go fast, make sure you check it out today!

Click here to Support The Katie K Active Kickstarter!

We truly appreciate your interest in our products and want to give back to you!  We hope our products have helped you feel confident during your workouts.

Kickstarter Rewards! Tees and Tanks too!

We are so overwhelmed and grateful for all the support we’ve received so far for our Kickstarter campaign! Women are really loving the new Limited Edition Palm Print Leggings and Capris. At 40% OFF these are a great deal!

But have you seen our new Tops? These are an awesome way to show your love for Katie K Active. You could even combine them with a capri or legging to create a super cute outfit!

As a special thank you for your participation in our Kickstarter Campaign, we want to thank you with a gift. Check out all the Rewards available specifically for this event.

Supplies are limited so be sure to grab your favorite pieces today!

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Every dollar counts! There are many ways to support our Kickstarter Campaign. Check out all the various rewards, I’m sure you’re going to find something you love! Load up on Capris or Leggings at 40% OFF or grab a fun top! Supplies are going fast!

Click here to Support The Katie K Active Kickstarter!

We truly appreciate your interest in our products and want to give back to you!  We hope our products have helped you feel confident during your workouts.

Our Kickstarter is LIVE!

We are so excited to be launching our Kickstarter campaign! The new color options of the Limited Edition Palm Print Leggings and Capris are awesome! I know you’re going to be just as excited as we are about these. There are 3 options to choose from as well as whether or not you want a Legging or Capri.

As a special thank you for your participation in our Kickstarter Campaign, we want to thank you with a gift. Check out all the Limited Edition items we made specifically for this event.

The Kickstarter is live!

Get your Limited Edition Palm Print Capris or Leggings today at 40% OFF!

Supplies are limited!

 Get in on the fun with 40% OFF Leggings and Capris!

Add a Tee or Tank for a complete outfit. Supplies are limited.

This 40% offer will go fast, make sure you check it out today!

Click here to Support The Katie K Active Kickstarter!

We truly appreciate your interest in our products and want to give back to you!  We hope our products have helped you feel confident during your workouts.

About this project

What is Katie K Active?

Katie K Active was created by former Philly fitness trainer Katie Kozloff after her clients complained about the lack of size inclusive activewear on the market.

Katie wanted to be inclusive and therefore designed Katie K Active to fit sizes Small to 3x. She realizes fitness comes in all shapes and saw the demand for providing clothing that would not only fit but fashionable and functional for all women. Using their double fit technology to assure a great fit across all sizes, Katie K Active has become known for their exceptional fit. Most fitness brands fit on a standard fit model size Small and just make the pattern larger as the sizes increase. Katie chose to fit a model size Medium and 2X to get the most accurate fit. Katie knows you can’t just grade up through the size range and it’s paid off. Customers love the fit of Katie K Active, no matter their size.

Katie K Active Capris on Season 17 of The Biggest Loser
Katie K Active Capris on Season 17 of The Biggest Loser

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Why are we the brand for you?

  • Sizes Small to 3X – every style is offered in every color in all sizes Activewear that stays in place – stop pulling up your pants after every exercise
  • Discrete Side Pocket – carry your phone, keys and cash so you can be handsfree
  • Exceptional Fit – with our double fit technology, we can assure you our clothing will fit you perfectly
  • Luxurious Performance Fabrics – semi compression technical fabrics that wick away sweat, keeping you cool
  • Anti Chafe Seams – Flat lock seams are smooth and won’t rub or irritate your skin
  • Sliming and Flattering Style – Seaming details offer flattering look
  • Keen Attention to Detail – each style made to reflect the most popular trends, merging style with function
  • Durable fabrics – won’t fade, shrink, fall apart or lose shape in the wash

We’re listening to you!

Knowing that all women, regardless of size want the same cute, fashionable and functional activewear options, Katie decided to tackle another issue in the active market with a focus on larger sizes: Prints and Bright Colors. Her recent Propel Collection featuring vibrant orange, pink and navy color blocks sold out just 48 hours after airing on ABC”s “Good Morning America.

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Why a Kickstarter Campaign?

Katie K Active has been rapidly growing and is becoming a favorite among women. A high point last year was being selected to outfit the women on Season 17 of the Biggest Loser. And this past January we were featured on Good Morning America, selling out within 48 hours. In addition to those big moments, we’ve gone international with retailers carrying Katie K Active all over the world. Katie K Active has also made it’s way to over 75 stores in the U.S. All of this is amazing and shows just how loved Katie K Active is and how important it is to provide women sizes small to 3X with performance activewear.

Katie decided to run with this momentum and move production to NYC from overseas to support our national economy. But in order to keep growing and being able to provide women with exceptional performance activewear, we need your support. This Kickstarter will help us expand our business so we can add new styles and offer more options. By supporting us, you’re supporting an independent brand of clothing that is helping women of all sizes feel confident while they lead an active life. Together we can redefine what it means to be healthy and fit.

It has been a part of Katie’s mission from the start to make her clothing accessible to women of all sizes worldwide but also keeping the prices reasonable. We don’t use big PR dollars to get our message and apparel to the masses but rely your word of mouth and all the women that share our #DefineBrave message. We appreciate your support!

Enough from us, let’s hear what women like you had to say!

What do you get?

Katie decided to make a special print just for this Kickstarter Campaign. We brought back a fan favorite, the Palm Print. After polling our fans, we got to the final three new Print colors: Black and White, Blue and Camo. This Limited Edition Print is only being offered for our Kickstarter, so grab yours today before supplies run out!

Think of the rewards as pre-purchashing product. Or in the case of the $5, supporting our mission (thank you!). After a successful campaign completion, you will be sent a link to input information such as size, color and style.

Thank You for your interest in our activewear. No matter what your contribution level, all the rewards come with our wholehearted gratitude. Truly, we couldn’t do this without you, so T H A N K Y O U.

            

Risks and challenges

We’ve done everything we can to make the production process as turn-key as possible once the Kickstarter campaign is complete. We’ve tested and perfected the fabric, the pattern, and the design of the leggings. We’ve secured professional, reputable vendors including our Brooklyn NY factory which has been in business for over 20 years. Unlike most Kickstarter campaigns, we have completed the most difficult work ahead of time. This is why we are able to ship your rewards in under 90 days.

Because we are working with multiple vendors, there is a risk for scheduling conflicts that could impact our timeline. We will address this risk with open and transparent communication – both with our vendors and our backers. We promise to continuously work to ensure the best customer experience possible. We understand that by backing our project you are placing your trust in us, and we will do everything in our power to exceed your expectations.

7 Tips for a healthy BBQ season

With the summer in full swing and tomorrow being July 4th, it’s officially BBQ season! BBQ’s aren’t always known for having the healthiest options but you can still indulge without upsetting your health and fitness goals. Don’t get thrown by these events and let them ruin all your hard work. Follow these tips below to enjoy a healthy BBQ season:

  1. 19598835_1199195293520288_7428371873630387785_nContribute a healthy option: By bringing something you know is good for you, you will know there is at least one healthy option for you eat.
  2. Fill up on veggies: Load up on the salad and veggies or snack on the veggie tray instead of chips. Skip the bun and have your protein over a salad.
  3. Make a healthier version of a favorite: Use whole wheat pasta in your pasta salad. Lighten up dips by using Greek yogurt instead of sour cream.
  4. Practice your normal healthy eating habits: Don’t skip meals or save calories for the party. That sets you up to overeat.
  5. Get in some exercise: Make sure to keep up your exercise routine on the day of the event. You’ll feel great that you got your body moving and will be less likely to go crazy. Do a 20-30 minute HIIT workout to get your body burning all day long.
  6. Stay Hydrated: It’s easy to drink anything other than water but make sure you reach for water throughout the day. Sugary drinks and alcohol can add lots of calories without any nutritional value. They can also tend to make you want to eat more.
  7. Be mindful of your portions: It’s easy to overload your plate with all the delicious options, but don’t go too crazy. Enjoy your favorite items, but be mindful of the portions. This way you’ll be able to indulge without overdoing it.

Mix and Match Clean Eating Plan

I’m back from vacation and I need to get refocused! So I thought it would be great to do another clean eating challenge together! This challenge is for 7 days, taking us right to the 4th of July. I’d love to feel amazing before a day of BBQ’s and fun. This is a bit last minute, so I didn’t have time to come up with a complete day by day plan with recipes. Therefore, I’ve created an easy to follow plan where you can mix and match your meals. This way you can choose your own meals each day and have some flexibility in your week!

Have fun with this! Show us how your mixing and matching to create your own clean, healthy options. Share your meals in the Women Who Define Brave Group for a chance to win! We’re so excited to see what you come up with, we’ll be handing out prizes and gifts!

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Here’s how this works. You will pick one breakfast, one lunch, and one dinner from each set of options. Choose 2 snacks a day from the options listed. This meal plan is simple and straight forward. I know we all get busy during the summer, especially around holidays. I wanted to create something easy to follow, that doesn’t require a lot of thought or work.

Each day pick from the lists to make up your clean meal plan. Or create your own healthy, clean options. I do suggest having some kind of plan so you can be prepared for each day. Pick the meals you like and shop for the items so you have them available. Have an idea of how you will plan out each meal, each day so you are set up for success! I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

You can keep up your fitness routine on vacation!

Vacations are great! Who doesn’t love taking some time off from our normal schedules and having some fun with family and friends? But they can also be hard because they disrupt our routines. It can break your focus or motivation but it doesn’t have to!

Here are 5 tips to help you keep your routine while on vacation:

  1. Plan ahead: whether you’re staying in a hotel or new city, think ahead and plan how you’re going to get in your workouts. You can book a hotel with a gym or see if the hotel has access to a local gym. You can also pick a workout to stream and follow along. Think about what time of day are you going to do it, where and what workout you will do. Having a plan will help you make sure you get something done.
  2. Share your intentions and expectations: let your group know that you want to workout. Telling others about your intentions will help you stay on track and have someone to be accountable to. If they know you want to get in some exercise it won’t be so hard to get it done.
  3. Try something new: When visiting new places, I love thinking about the activities that I could do there that I can’t do at home. For example, if you go to the beach, you could try kayaking or paddle boarding. Or maybe you’re in a city that has a workout class you want to try. Thinking about new activities to try makes it exciting and fun.
  4. Get everyone involved: When I travel, I try to get whoever I’m with to workout with me. This way we get to spend time together and I accomplish my goal of being active. Everything is always more fun together and there are plenty of ways to get everyone involved.
  5. Have fun: Most importantly, you’re on vacation. You need to have fun with it! There are so many ways to be active and have fun that you can definitely find something to do so you don’t completely break your fitness routine. It doesn’t have to be super intense, just get your body moving. It could be as simple as a walk on the beach, around town or a bike ride together.

shore3Family Workout at the Beach!  My nieces, sister and I all exercising together. There was a lot of laughter and bonding as we all did the workout. And it felt great to get our bodies moving before hitting the beach!

Get Katie K Active’s 10 Minute Total Body Workout

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Looking for a great workout to do on vacation? Grab our 10 Minute Total Body Workout! You’ll have an easy yet effective workout that you can do anywhere, anytime with no equipment. Also receive the “3 Formulas for Creating a Workout Anywhere” as a special bonus so you’ll never be without a workout again!

Summer, Summer, Summertime

Now that we’re almost half way through June, it’s really starting to feel like summer! It’s starting to get hot, schools are ending, the evenings are brighter longer and you can feel the excitement of summer in the air!

All of this can throw us off our routine and focus. It’s easy to skip your workout to meet up with friends for happy hour. Or now that your kids are out of school, you may not be able to make the morning workout class you’ve been going to all year. And of course with summer time is filled with lots of picnics and BBQ’s.

hatflipflopsIt can be tough to keep your focus or find the time to stick to your objectives. Here are some tips to help you stay motivated and inspired so you can keep up with your fitness and health goals through the summer:

  1. Work out in the morning – this is a common tip no matter what time of year it is, but the summer is a busier time and with the heat, it’s best if you can get your workout in first thing. This way when your day gets busy you won’t have to worry because you already exercised. And you won’t overheat by moving your body during the coolest part of the day.
  2. Join a league – When I lived in Philly, I loved playing on sports teams! It’s not only a great way to fit in some fitness, but it’s social. I met a lot of friends through these leagues and had a great time. Many cities have softball or kickball leagues throughout the summer. Or grab a bunch of your friends for a weekly game.
  3. Take a biking tour – with the weather being nice, it’s great to be able to find outdoor activities. If you’re visiting a city, try taking a biking tour or ride one of those pedal tours where you all ride together, pedaling the cart to the next stop. Even locally, you could bike around town or bike to brunch and meet up with friends.
  4. Get in the pool – many areas have a community pool that you can access for a small fee. I was just at ours this week and it’s a great way to get some time at a pool. Plus most places give breaks so adults can get in some laps without kids jumping around. Or if you or a friend has a pool, jump in and make it fun. Play some water volleyball or basketball. You’ll be having so much fun you won’t even realize your getting in a workout.
  5. Split your workouts – Maybe your summer schedule doesn’t allow for an hour workout or time to get to the gym, but you could split up your workouts into shorter segments. I’m sure you could find 15 to 20 minutes a few times throughout your day.
  6. Try something new – We live near a small lake and I always hear about people going Kayaking or paddle boarding. It’s a great workout, you’re outside and you get to be on the water! Just remember the sunscreen. But you can jump in the water at anytime to cool off and then keep going. You’ll be getting in exercise without thinking about it.
  7. Join a challenge – If you’re really worried about staying motivated and focused, you could always join a challenge. Last year I did a 30 day workout challenge where you had to get in a workout 5 days a week. I loved it! It kept me focused and interested plus it was fun doing something completely different than what I normally do. Grab a friend and do it together for extra accountability!

You may have to get a little creative, but you don’t have to let your fitness and health goals slide just because it’s summer. The key is to find something that you enjoy. Plus figuring out a new routine for your summer schedule will help you have success. How are you staying focused on your health and fitness goals? Share your pictures and suggestions in our Women Who Define Brave Group!

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Keya Williams is a Yoga Lifestyle Consultant, busy mom of 3 and the author of the book Secrets of an Energized Mama: How to Use Yoga to Juggle Your Life & Kids Without Burning Out. She’s passionate about teaching moms how to take amazing care of themselves, so that they can be amazing to the people in their lives. Get more self-care tips from Keya and get a FREE Kindle copy of her book HERE

Grab your partner dosey…workout!

Last weekend I visited some friends in Chicago. We all like to live an active, healthy lifestyle but we also like to let loose and have fun. So when I visit, I know we are going to hit the gym or a class throughout my trip to get our bodies moving and sweating. I love it because I get to try new workouts that I don’t have access to where I live and it feels good to stay active while I travel. Plus, it’s always fun working out with friends!

This got me thinking about how amazing it is to have a partner to push you, hold you accountable, support and motivate you! I’m sure there are times when I want to workout and they don’t, and vice versa. But knowing that one of us is focused and motivated helps to make sure we get it done. There’s always some laughter and a little friendly competition, which helps push me to work a little harder than I might on my own.

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Even if you don’t actually physically work out together, having an accountability partner can be great! Daily check in’s with each other are a great way to stay motivated and focused on your goal. Plus you’ll probably feel some friendly competition to follow through on your objectives. Knowing you told someone what you’re working to achieve and that they might ask how it’s going is sure to push you to stay on track. You’ll also be there to support and inspire each other to keep going when you’re not feeling it. Share working towards your health and fitness objectives together and you won’t feel alone!

I love Tone It Up and they have a great workout you can do with a friend. Have fun and push each other!

We’d love to see your partner workout pictures! Tag and post to show us how you stay fit with your friends! Or share your pictures in our Women Who Define Brave Group!

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