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The Skinny on Strong Like Kara

The Skinny on Strong Like Kara

I have been given the opportunity to get to know this young and beautiful lady. It is kindof funny how we became friends. I lived in Texas for 15 years and in the same town as Kara for at least 10 of those years. I knew the Saha family and Kara was a child right in the middle of the ages of my two children. It was not until a couple of years ago that Kara and I actually got in contact with each other through a mutual friend. I am so blessed and proud to introduce you to this amazing young lady who has fought the battle of obesity and WON! This is her story in her own words. I hope you can draw strength from Kara and it helps you to #rethinkyourday

“So let’s just say I’ve always been the typical southern girl, plus a few extra pounds (okay, plus a lot of extra pounds). I was raised in a rural community on the middle coastal region of Texas (GOD BLESS TEXAS <3). My family has known no other lifestyle than that of the farming family; the farm is where my roots have been planted.

Physically, I did work on the farm. I raised show animals and participated in some school sports, yet I was severely overweight. Being the happy fat kid was my role in school and in the community, and that’s what I was; fat and happy. You could say I had it all, and then some (those extra pounds I mentioned). Although I was almost always content with life, no one REALLY likes to be overweight.

My first weight loss attempt started at the green age of thirteen. I joined a gym and started attending the low-impact aerobics class a couple of times a week. The inches and even some pounds began to shed, but it was only a matter of time that I gave up the gym and the ‘diet food’. From then on, until age twenty-two, my weight was up and down losing or gaining twenty to thirty pounds every other year or so.

Finally, in my senior year of college, something went right in my approach to make a change. I started baby stepping my way into a regular exercise routine. Before I changed anything else, I made sure I was committed to the workouts. Again, the pounds dropped, but this time they STAYED away! I progressed through fitness as I learned about the science of exercise and eventually cleaned up my diet. Within four years, I had lost a shocking 120 pounds!
It is safe to say that nutrition and fitness have literally changed my life. Unlike most heavy people, I was not depressed (or battling weight related medical issues) as a morbidly obese young lady. However, I had NO idea of the life I was missing out on in life. Now that I am in shape I am able to engage in outdoor activities, shop in “regular” clothing stores and most importantly I can educate others. My love for fitness and health is so great that I actually studied to be and am now a certified personal trainer. The rewarding feeling I get in helping others to improve the quality of their lives is nothing short of amazing. Trust me, if I can do it, so can you. You just have to WANT it. The key to success is the desire to achieve."

Feel free to follow Kara on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

http://www.facebook.com/stronglikekara
https://twitter.com/StrongLikeKara
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ENDORPHIN WARRIOR

ENDORPHIN WARRIOR

I was given the amazing opportunity to wear this amazing Endorphin Warrior training bracelet. What and Who is Endorphin Warrior you ask?

“Our Mission

At Endorphin Warrior, our aim is to help you train, perform and live with greater strength of body and mind. We make products with positive and powerful messaging to wear while running, cycling, working out, sweating, racing – or all day long – to help you stay strong-minded and focused…and help you train harder, improve performance, overcome challenges, achieve your goals and live stronger.

Our Products

All of our products are one-and-only, genuine-original Endorphin Warrior creations…each made exclusively for Endorphin Warrior and with quality in mind.

Your Feedback

We value your business and encourage your feedback. Please contact us if you have a question, suggestion or comment about any aspect of Endorphin Warrior…our products, service, website…anything”

I have to say that the bracelet is very comfy but make sure you get your measurement for your wrist size correct. My wrist measured 6-1/2 inches so I ordered the 7 inch bracelet and I feel it is still a little too tight. I probably should have gone up another size. The quality of this bracelet is awesome! The band is authentic leather and feels great against the wrist. I chose BELIEVE to be put on my training bracelet because if I don’t BELIEVE in myself and my mission and goals in life then I would be wasting my time. Every time I look down at my wrist with this bracelet on I know that as long as I continue to BELIEVE IN ME that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to!

Thank you Endorphin Warrior for making all of your beautiful jewelry! I can honestly see where people can get strength from wearing them.

Go check out their web site and pick out your very own Training Bracelet because I am giving one of them away on my Facebook Page.

http://www.endorphinwarrior.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Inspired-Fitness-by-Andi/241804345858454

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DETERMINATION – DEDICATION – DISCIPLINE

DETERMINATION - DEDICATION - DISCIPLINE

Melinda Watson walked in to the doors of Inspired Fitness on October 24, 2011 defeated. Her head was hanging down low and she had a very hard time looking me in the face to talk to me. Melinda filled out her paper work and all the while never made eye contact with me. I knew who Melinda was in passing and we had actually coached against each other in Jr. Pro Basketball but as far as a friendship we really did not have one at that time. What I did know was that when Melinda walked in to that studio I knew I wanted to help her. I could tell without a shadow of a doubt that she needed me and Inspired Fitness.

After Melinda filled out her paper work we got her weight and measurements then began the process of going thru her Fitness Test. During this fitness test Melinda did every single thing that was asked of her without any hesitation and without question. On this day 2 years ago Melinda was only able to perform pushups on the wall and let me tell you what she was not happy one bit about having to do them on the wall but she did them and perfected them. On this day, by the time we were finished with her tasks at hand, I could see that her defeat had turned in to DETERMINATION!

After one month Melinda decided to turn her 1 month trial into a contracted membership to the studio as well as investing in some One On One Personal Training. It was without a doubt a very liberating experience for her and she took every session to heart and improved every single week. Melinda came in to that studio day after day and busted her butt. Melinda set goals for herself and I will never forget 2 of her main goals. 1: To perform military style pushups on the floor 2: To touch her toes when stretching. It was my goal for Melinda to look me in the face and to keep her head up with pride while walking or running on the treadmill and in every day life.

I am proud to say that Melinda Watson has now accomplished all of those goals and so much more! Melinda has awesome form and pushups are now one of her most favorite exercises. She has even perfected the ankle crossed pushups. She can now stretch with great ease and touch her toes. She runs and walks with her head held high with pride and she looks me in the eyes as well as others that she comes in contact with.

As of today Melinda has lost 100 lbs. What is so much more greater than that is that she has gained self worth and has realized that her life is worth fighting for. She has found within herself the person that she has known she has always been. The athlete that she was in high school is back and that fighting spirit of a true warrior shows! Melinda has also become a Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Group Fitness Instructor and Boot Camp Instructor.

I am blessed to say that over these past two years not only was I Melinda’s trainer but she and I have become Best Friends! I truly believe that God places people in our lives for a reason! Melinda, you are a TRUE INSPIRATION to me and MANY, MANY MORE! Your work is not done! There is more to do and we will continue walking this road together helping others that need us!