Be Your Best Version of You

The past couple months have been incredible! Every month, I attend a training called the Success Training Seminar.

Most people think that after we are done with college that we are done learning. It’s true than an education can teach us how to make a living, but self taught education can earn you a fortune. And that’s why I go every single month. I plan my life around them.

I am made different.

Most people hear weekend, I hear strongBEGINNING

Most people think, Saturdays I can sleep late, I think I can get up early to become great

Most people believe I can skip that so I can spend more, I hear I will be there so I can earn more.

The women that have come into my life are my dearest friends. We love and support each other. And I look forward to knowing that no matter what I get to see them on 1 day of the month every single month. But what they may not know is how much the events need them. They radiate happiness, positivity, and worth. They carry themselves with respect. They care. And I am forever grateful to be with them on our journeys!

They have joined the movement towards health, happiness, and body positivity –

Are you ready?! 🙂

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Meet Kelsie!

Have you ever had a conversation with someone and you knew instantly that you were designed to be in each others lives? That’s how I felt the first time I met Kelsie, she was lovely, giggly, and so sweet. We were instant friends on a hot afternoon by the river in Washington State. Without social media at that time, we didn’t stay in contact until almost 4 years later, when a friend from the gym invited her friend to join us for coffee. Turns  out, that Kelsie and I connected all over again, during that coffee date and we were destined to be friends. We shared the same values, morals, and passion for health and fitness.

Kelsie was in fact the first person to not only see my vision for a healthy community, but couldn’t wait to become apart of the movement. Much of where I am today, and this blog is accredited to the belief that Kelsie had in me, and the passion she had for a healthy lifestyle herself. I am so excited for you all to get to know Kelsie as well in our interview today!

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Meet Kelsie Knight

Q: What nickname are you often called?

A: Kels

 

Q: Three words that best describe you?

A: Goofy, Passionate & Stubborn

 

Q: What else do you do?

A: I am a graduate of WSU, GO COUGS!! I currently work at Lockheed Martin as a Financial Analyst. Although I love my job, I am most happy when I am at home with my husband and my two dogs, Barnie and Diesel.

 

Q: Complete this sentence: “I feel the most beautiful when”

A: I feel the most beautiful when I am at home with my family in comfy clothes.

 

Q: What does “healthy” mean to you?

A: To me, “healthy” is when I am eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly and drinking lots of water!

 

Q: Why did you start a nutrition plan?

A: I wanted to have more confidence in my body. I also wanted to be the strongest I could be.

 

Q: What was the first thing you noticed after starting your plan?

A: I stopped having frequent headaches and belly aches. I felt a sense of energy that I hadn’t felt in years.

 

Q: What has been your result, so far?

A: I have lost 15lbs and toned up tremendously. I finally felt good about my body.

 

Q: What has been the very Best moment of your life?

A: 8/23/2014: Marrying My Best Friend

 

Q: The legacy I leave will look like:

A: I want to leave a legacy of happiness and courage. I want my friends and family to remember me as being a woman of my word. A loyal, trustworthy individual who is dedicated and compassionate about my family, friends and health.

Shoutout to your favorite things! Briefly let us know what comes to mind!

  • Healthy Food: Chicken (I could eat chicken for every meal, every day)
  • Shake Flavor: PB&J
  • Herbalife Product: ALOE, soothes the tummy in an instant
  • Workout Song: Anything by Tyga. LOL.
  • Charity to donate to: Special Olympics
  • Holiday: Christmas Way to be active: HIIT workouts. Knee boarding, tubing and riding dirt bikes. Also, playing with my dogs and my niece.
  • Thing you never leave home without: My Purse (full of every item you could ever need)
  • Fashion Accessory: Ponytail J

 

 

Best contact email if interested in learning more about starting a nutrition plan: kelsieknight929@gmail.com

 

 

 

Meet Alexandra!

One of the most rewarding experiences about starting my nutrition plan has been the incredible and powerful people have been introduced to. One of the first things I learned from my mentor was to be attractive. Not attractive in the sense that society thinks, but attractive as in focusing on what vibrations you are bringing to this planet. Everything that you are and represent is what you attract in your life. If you’re finding yourself swimming in negativity and drama, chances are it is the vibration that you bring.

Once I became solely focused on health and becoming an influential woman, is the exact moment that other influential woman started entering my life. The journey has been amazing and there is a world-wide movement that is happening. I wanted to have the opportunity to feature some of my teammates on here because my story is just 1 story – it might not be something that you can relate to, but one of the stories you find on here might be someone that changes the way you think, and motivates you to become apart of the health movement.

First up, I had the incredible honor of interviewing Alexandra. She became apart of our team just a few months ago, but is already making a giant impact. She represents body positivity to fullest, and let’s face it – she radiates life! Here’s the talented, gorgeous, and wonderful, Alexandra!

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    1. Name: Alexandra Kulp

    2. Nickname: Alli
    3. Three words that best describe you: Passionate, Driven, Curious
    4. Other gigs (what else do you do? career. school, family): I passed the NCLEX-RN a month ago, and am currently in the market for a hospital-based RN position! I currently work as a PSA (fancy term for nursing aide) at one of the large Central Ohio hospitals. I do spend a great deal of time with my family, helping out my parents whenever possible and engaging in mutual support systems with my three older sisters.
    5. I feel the most beautiful when: I’m happy, consciously thankful, and actively helping others. A nice, feel-good outfit and a little red lip always helps, too. ;P
    6. What does “healthy” mean to you? Healthy, to me, is not something that can be determined by simply observing the appearance of an individual. Healthy is the cohesive nature of strengthening your mind, body, and spirit in all aspects of your life. You cannot expect to hold onto toxic feelings, thoughts, or friendships, and still SHINE BRIGHT on the outside. Your health is more than your hours at the gym and what you put in your body, although the importance of those two things are absolutely part of the puzzle! If you are looking to get healthy, take a step back and evaluate all aspects of your life. I have a predominantly holistic view of health. Hold on, because this could be long-winded! I am eternally grateful for the encouragement to defy the ‘norm’ and embrace my individuality and strength that my parents instilled in me as a young girl when my insecurities were exceptionally heightened. I found a passion for the marrying of mental, spiritual, physical, and emotional well-being when I began practicing Tae Kwon Do at 10 years old. Although my active practice has since passed by a few years, I retain much of the mindset in regards to the notion of a healthy community, a balanced mind, and the importance of simply breathing.

    7. Why did you start a nutrition plan? As a college nursing student who picked up a management minor late in the game, I struggled for four years straight (Im the crazy lady who never took a Summer off of classes!) to find the balance between what I thought was healthy and what was convenient. Between 24-36 hours of clinical and 16-18 hours of lecture per week, it was a struggle. Primarily, I lacked the knowledge and experience to put into play what I learned in my sophomore year nutrition class! I lacked the support I needed to be successful. A sorority sister of mine, Katey, introduced me to Herbalife products, glowingly speaking of her life-changing experience, even beyond nutrition. She spoke so highly of the community and support (especially of this one rockstar lady named Jacqulyne) and the wealth of knowledge everyone brought to the table. I was highly intrigued, and took that first step alongside Katey as we both entered the Ohio Body Transformation Challenge.
    8. What was the first thing you noticed after starting your plan? Besides the crazy convenience of having healthy meals at my finger tips, my energy levels increased tremendously! I had to previously rely on my morning (oh, and afternoon) coffee to wake me up enough to be a functional part of society! While I still have the occasional cup of coffee, simply because it is delicious, I no longer depend on it. Feeding my body the right amount of nutrients allowed my mind and body to function at a much more optimal level!
    9. What’s your result (so far…)? Besides the increase in energy, I have also lost 6.2 lbs, 6.6% body fat and gained 8 lbs of lean muscle mass! I am able to fit into my favorite pair of jeans that I had not been able to comfortably wear or wiggle on for quite some time. Beyond the physical, I have gained friends who glow with positivity and encouragement within a community that empowers each individual to compete with only who they were yesterday.
    10. What is the best moment of your life? I would have to say the best moment of my life is not an action, a memory, nor an accomplishment. It revolves around a realization. As women, we are inundated with unrealistic expectations of how we should look, how we should dress… develop our careers… act towards others as not to intimidate… be ashamed of our bodies if they dont look like those in the magazines…. the list could heartbreakingly go on forever.

      The best moment of my life was the realization that the only reason I should seek to improve myself was for me and me alone (regardless of if it were for health, confidence, etc). I did not owe my prettiness to anyone. I should never have to apologize to someone else for my imperfections. They make me who I am, and they are evidence of such deep history and a product of two of the most hardworking, caring individuals I know. Our bodies are complex and amazing workhouses, and I strive to improve my body because I RESPECT it, not because I am ashamed of it. I work to improve my mental health, because I am everlasting awe of the strength of the mind. I want to be the very best of me, not someone else. We are all on our own journey, but I hope more ladies come to the realization that a number will not make them happy. You must find it within yourself, as it is there, waiting to SHINE!

    11. The legacy I leave will look like: Empowered individuals who have the ability to recognize their own worth. We are all human, and we all have our strengths and weaknesses. Turn your weaknesses into your strengths, and shine on.

Alexandra Kulp

 

Shoutout to your favorite things!

            Healthy Food: Avocados/Guacamole!

            Shake Flavor: Wild Berry/Vanilla

            Herbalife Product: Raspberry Tea and Mango Aloe

            Workout Song: Pulses” by Karmin

            Charity to Donate to/Volunteer: Animal Shelters/Rescues

Holiday: Casual: Halloween (I LOVE to go all out!); but my real love is Christmas (the coziness, the holiday spirit, the family time!)

Way to be active: Dancing always takes the cake (nothing formal, just moving my body to the music!). Although I am quickly developing an intense curiosity in yoga!

Thing you never leave home without: A refillable water bottle… have to stay hydrated!

Fashion Accessory: My celtic ring that I purchased from an artist at a Christmas Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.

 

Best Contact email if interested in learning more about a starting a nutrition plan:

  alexandrakulp@gmail.com