March 4, 2015

In sickness and in health.

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We often don’t realize or sometimes choose to ignore that our bodies are made up of what we eat.  That everything we put in our bodies becomes a part of us.

After watching over 125 videos about how nutrition has changed peoples lives, I chose my top three favorites.  I recommend spending a half hour and sitting down with your family to watch a few more.  They are all special, inspirational, and important.

Video #1 [click here]

Video #2 [click here]

Video #3 [click here]

Click [here] to watch more videos and to find out more about Food Babe.  Pick your favorite!

Cancers, diabetes, depression, allergies, autism…  So many inspirational stories about how nutrition changed their lives.  The Food Babe Way, by Vani Hari is a fantastic book about what is in the food we are eating.  Also try The China Study, by Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Engine 2 Diet by Rip Esselstyn and Salt, Sugar, Fat by Michael Moss.

A few more favorites :)
Sorry, they are all so good!
Video #4 [click here]
Video #5 [click here]
Video #6 [click here]
Video #7 [click here]
Video #8 [click here]

Come listen to our fearless leader and cleanitarian, Nikki Warren give a FREE nutrition talk this Saturday, March 7th at 9:15a Kaia Fit Sacramento [map].  All are welcome!  

Click [here] for next week’s schedule.

 

February 25, 2015

Winner Winner Tofu Dinner!

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WOW We have a lot to celebrate!  Awards are a vital part of your success.  We are always looking to reward you for a job well done, but it is just as important to reward yourself!  When you accomplish your goals – give yourself a BIG reward…  Like a new pair of Lulu’s, a mini-vacation, a new book or a hot bubble bath with music and peace & quiet.  When you accomplish smaller goals, even as small as coming to class on a hard day, choosing a healthy meal over a junky one, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator…  Give yourself a pat on the back.  Take a big deep breath and say, “Yeah me!”  It has been proven over and over that positive reinforcement is more successful than negative reinforcement.

So… Yeah YOU!

BRIK SWAG  We reward everyone who participated in the Uprising BRIK with a fun prize to take home with you!  More swag will be available tomorrow – they have been going like hot cakes!  Pick yours up in class Thursday!

WINNERS OF THE ATTENDANCE AWARD 6pm Rebel Force Woot Woot!  Your trophy and award awaits!  Your class decides the day, class time, and class style you want and we will staff it for you!  Maybe start throwing ideas around on your Facebook page.  Let us know what you decide!

WINNERS OF THE 10LB CHALLENGE Sorry for the delay beautiful ladies!  We FINALLY received all of the winners in just last week :)  We have your awards for you available in class tomorrow!  You get a beautiful tank top and lots of love & props.  We are super proud of you!

WINNERS OF THE BRIK KAIALYMPICS We received a prize for you from Kaia Corporation!  Your prizes will be in class tomorrow!  Allison, Brigida, Linda & Emily: don’t forget to come pick it up <3  You’re all super heroes!

FINALISTS OF THE ONE YEAR FREE KAIA!  Drum roll….  We have picked 3 finalists randomly from the 10 or so submitted!  If any of the following license plates are yours:  Please email us at KaiaFitSacramento@hotmail.com and we will pick randomly for the winner of the ONE YEAR OF FREE KAIA!  What!!??  That’s right!

Email us if your license plate is:
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6LUK434
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Congratulations WINNERS and you are ALL winners!  We are so proud of each and every Kaia Girl!!  Just making the commitment to yourself is a huge accomplishment.  One that many people never do.  Yeah YOU!!

To check this week’s schedule click [here]!

February 18, 2015

Pinch me!

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Happy ALMOST St. Patrick’s Day and Happy ALMOST Shamrock’n!

The I KAN RUN Team has been crushing it!!  They just completed 8 miles last Saturday and are gearing up to run their little hearts out at the Shamrock’n Half Marathon on Sunday, March 15th.

If you are on the I KAN RUN Team - We are crazy proud of you!  You’re accomplishments have been beyond the moon and your courage has no bounds!  We are wearing our I KAN RUN team shirts, but if you want to buy a Shamrock’n shirt to go underneath – great!

If you are running the Shamrock’n but not on the IKR Team - Awesome!  We will be there to cheer you on mile after mile and can’t wait to watch you cross the finish line!  Definitely get a shirt and be a part of the HUGE Kaia Team & support krew!

If you are cheering on the runners - We can’t thank you enough!  Grab a cup of coffee and sport your Kaia swag!  Get out there and have some fun watching the Kaia Parade!   Get a Shamrock’s shirt and wear it with pride!

BUY A SHIRT by clicking [here]!

Sham Shirts Final

Sizes Etc:
~ Aqua color Asics technical t-shirts available in SMALL – XL ($25)
~ Aqua color Asics technical tank tops available in SMALL – XL ($25)
~ White t-shirts performance blend avaiable in XS-4XL ($18)
~ White tank tops are cotton available in XS-4XL ($15)

Orders due by:
Midnight on Monday, February 23rd! No later!

Orders available for pick up only!
Must pick up at Kaia FIT Sacramento
221 Lathrop Way, Suite A
Sacramento, CA 95815

March 12th 9-Noon
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March 14th 9-Noon

February 12, 2015

Fight for your place at the table

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Click [here] to watch this inspirational video on why we have too few women leaders, by Sheryl Sandberg.  Sheryl discusses why women systematically underestimate their abilities.

Why is it that success and like-ability are positively correlated for men and negatively correlated for women?

Sheryl urges you to own your own success, which is true in business and so many other aspects of our lives.  Own your place at the table, take control of your fitness, your health, your lifestyle and don’t look back!

Sheryl hopes for her daughter, as I do mine, that she will be successful in life but also be liked and celebrated for her accomplishments.

Thank you for a phenomenal UPRISING BRIK!  We have started a movement… an uprising that empowers women to LEAN IN.  We are the leaders of a new generation.  Women who support each other, who celebrate each other, and who show incredible amounts of courage and strength.

Check out this week’s and next week’s schedule click [here].  We so look forward to another rewarding, uplifting, and successful session with you.  Keep your foot on the gas pedal!!

February 4, 2015

The Mother of all Kaia’s!

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Cynthia is my mom, and the official Kaia Mama!  5 years ago, when we opened Kaia FIT Sacramento, Cynthia was intimidated and scared to death to start our first BRIK.  But being the supportive mother that she is, and the lovingly bossy daughters we are…  She started BRIK with all of the other brand new Kaia Girls that January.

She has been a marathon runner and an athlete for years, but the thought of joining a group of hardcore women didn’t sound like much fun.  She was worried she couldn’t keep up and would feel like an outsider.  She surprised herself and was one of the strongest, most brave, and empowered women to come into the gym.

What we started in Sacramento and in Kaia’s all over the nation was not only a fitness program for anyone at any age or any level, but for a group of women who come together and want the same thing…  All nervous, all intimidated, all wanting to get fit, feel strong inside and out, and to create an environment where women are loved and welcomed.

Cynthia went on to go open her own Kaia!  She is the proud, successful and beautiful owner of Kaia FIT Fallbrook in San Diego.  She is now 63, and didn’t mind me sharing her age :) because she is young, and full of life.  She had 5 daughters that she practically raised on her own, she worked in a hospital for 25 years supporting all of us girls, she survived kidney cancer, recently walked a 60 mile race to support cancer survivors, she can hold over a 4 minute plank, practices her pull-ups on her door supported pull-up bar every night (she’s up to 4 deadhang pull-ups), and is a true inspiration and a leader to hundreds of women.  We love you mom and wouldn’t be where we are today with out you.

Love, all of your Kaia daughters…

Join our supportive group of women for our AWAKENING Core Session beginning February 16th Click [here] to register! We are about 88% full!  If the class time you are interested in is full, please email us at KaiaFITSacrmento@hotmail.com and we will try to get you in ASAP!

Kaia FIT Sacramento & Kaia FIT Carmichael are also currently hiring!  We are looking for experienced group fitness coaches and running coaches.  Please email us your resume and we will contact you!  KaiaFitSacramento@hotmail.com.

January 28, 2015

Rising Tide…

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Back in the 1910’s and 1920’s women were denied the right to vote.  It was said that their place was at home; that women were too sensitive to make difficult decisions and that they were not educated enough to make an informed choice.

A woman named Alice Paul and many other brave women began an UPRISING.  They held secret meetings, wrote letters to the President, and they spread the word to women all over the United States to encourage them to stand up for their rights.  Women suffragettes were the first protesters to stand in front of the White House.

Thousands of women were imprisoned, mostly for public order offenses, and sentenced to several months or even years in prison.  Many women then lead a hunger strike and were starving themselves in prison.  Word spread about the treatment of women in prisons and there was an uproar that the administration could not ignore.

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We have less than 3 weeks left in this CORE Session.  Come in with all your strength, energy, courage and compassion.  Set your intentions, work hard, don’t let anything stand in your way.  Wear your wristband with pride.  No matter how the first half of BRIK went – don’t look back.  Look forward and charge the finish line!  You ARE a brave leader and have the courage and strength you need to accomplish anything you set your mind to.

We have your back!  Please reach out to your Head Coach, your Team Kaptain, your KAT Team, the girl in class next to you.  Encourage her, help her, and finish this BRIK!

Check this week’s schedule:  click [here]

If you are not a VIP girl yet, now is the time!  Classes are already almost full. Please register ASAP: click [here]

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When just a few women stand strong, it can lead to an uproar of women doing incredible things!  Together, there is nothing we can’t do!!! 

 

January 22, 2015

New Baby!

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One of our fearless, strong & beautiful coaches is 15 hours deep in labor today!!

Kelly has been a Kaia Girl for 3 years and a Kaia Coach for over a year.  She is a Kaiathlete, a runner, a triathlete, an avid cyclist, an environmentalist, and a BEAST in the gym!

Last year Kelly had complications with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) and had to undergo painful surgery.  Not only was she grateful that her fitness and health lead her to an early diagnosis but also to a speedy recovery.  Since then she has been bursting at the seems (literally & figuratively) to get sweaty and maintain a healthy pregnancy, and up until just a few days ago Kelly was even rocking pull-ups, deadlifts, and box jumps!

Lots of love Kelly & Baby K Hops. We are so proud you are and are in awe of your strength and courage.  Super Mama’s unite!

Happy Birthday Baby!!! We cat wait to meet you!!! <3 <3

(To check this week’s schedule click [here])

January 14, 2015

We have a secret…

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Fiber is one of those mysterious things that we all know is important, but don’t really understand!?  Well, let us tell you… Fiber is the secret to weight loss, cancer prevention, and a MORE ENERGY!

Calorie-per-calorie you can eat 4 x the amount of chicken as you can fresh vegetables and not feel as full.  For example you can easily eat 400 calories of chicken, but 400 calories of vegetables is a challenge!  Chicken will make you feel more full over a longer period of time, because it contains no fiber and will sit in your stomach longer.  This is bad for two reasons: (1) because your metabolism will slow down, and (2) your colon doesn’t have to work as hard to get the food through – no fiber to “chew up” and, therefore, your colon gets weak.  A weak colon leads to gas, constipation, stomach and colon cancers, a slower metabolism, and feelings of weakness or lack of energy.

A diet high in fiber does make you feel hungry again and again because your metabolism turns up to hyperdrive and because those foods move through faster with a good working colon.  Eating more small meals a day is ideal to keep your insulin from spiking and to help reduce fat storage.  You burn approximately 7 calories for every gram of fiber you eat!  That’s right!  Burn calories just by eating high fiber foods!

Remember it takes time to build a stronger colon. When you fill a lazy colon with fiber it will get stuck there. You will feel bloated and gassy. Drink a lot of water and give it a week!  Stick with 35g of fiber most days and it will help you build a stronger colon over time. You will eventually get on a “regular” schedule and will feel lighter and leaner!

Click [here] for a list of high fiber foods.  Good luck with DETOX week!  You can do it!!!

Happy colon = happy life <3

Click [here] for this week’s schedule.  We changed our Saturday run location so make sure you check the schedule! 


	
January 7, 2015

I’m a woman. Hear me…

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1918 – photo by Lt. Lubbe National Archives

When women mobilize, they can do some amazing things.  We are strong, we are brave, we are passionate and compassionate.  When we get together, there is nothing we can’t accomplish!

So… although we have different goals and our motivations may differ, we are all on the same path.  We want to be happy, we want to be healthy, we want to make a difference.

We have this rare opportunity, as a community of women, to band together and create the life we so deserve.  To help build each other up, be kind to each other, and be as supportive as possible – all we need to do is SHOW UP!

Make it through week 1…  Begin taking steps (even small ones) toward your goals and reach out and help your fellow Kaia Girls do the same!

To find out what is going on this week CLICK HERE!  Please reach out to your coach if you have any questions regarding nutrition, food journaling, or the Kaia Uprising Challenge!  Can’t wait to see you at the gym!

December 31, 2014

Your PIT Krew

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With the new session starting on Monday we are giving a shout out to your PIT Krew.  Supportive husbands, family members, or co-workers who listen when you talk about sore muscles, crazy socks, killer workouts, push-up challenges, green smoothies, bowel movements, back burn (you know what I mean), and all the funny things that they just had to be there to really get.  We appreciate you!

Shawn, Kaitlyn’s Fiancé, has been there to support Kaitlyn and they have had a blast together, getting fit and taking names!  There are hundreds of Kaia husbands, friends, and families out there who have been asked to sacrifice and get on board with their Kaia Girl’s quest for health and happiness.  We want to say THANKS.  That your support is vital to our success and we couldn’t do it without you.

Of course, your Kaia sisters have been an endless sea of support and love.  THANK YOU TOO!

If you are NEW TO KAIA and just about to start your Kaia adventure Monday morning, we have all been in your shoes, nervous walking in that front door.  We will be your PIT Krew!  We are here for you!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR EXTENDED KAIA FAMILY!  <3

December 25, 2014

Happy Holidays, Love your Krew!

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Your awesome Kaia Krew Christmas Pajama Party!

We hope your day is filled with love, family, friends & fitness!  Eat a big yummy meal (don’t forget your greens) and go for a family walk today <3  Post your family fit pictures on Facebook!  Click [here].

December 10, 2014

The deal of the DECADE!

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NEW TO KAIA!  Kaia FIT Sacramento & Kaia FIT Carmichael are offering a once in a decade deal for the upcoming BRIK Jan 5th!  Gather your newbies…  Only $59 for six weeks of awesome workouts, nutritional guidance, fitness assessments, post party, free swag, and all the amazing things included in our BRIK session!  This session we are offering $59 to brand new to Kaia girls… the more the merrier!

NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS are coming and Kaia is the way you’ll get there.  Just trust in us and the thousands of other women who have come before you.  We take the stress out of exercise and nutrition and help you to reach your goals, big or small!

SIGN UP TODAY because classes will be full!  First come, first serve, so just jump in head first!  We will be there for you every step of the way.

  • SESSION BEGINS JANUARY 5th
  • CLICK [HERE] TO SIGN UP TODAY! COUPON CODE: NEWYEAR
  • 7 CLASS TIMES TO CHOOSE FROM AT KAIA SACRAMENTO
  • 2 CLASS TIMES TO CHOOSE FROM AT KAIA CARMICHAEL

For more information click [here] or email: KaiaFitSacramento@hotmail.com

December 3, 2014

The long road to Boston…

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17 weeks ago I stepped out of my car and headed toward a group of people with a pit in my stomach and unsure of my decision to embark on this adventure again. Upon approaching I soon realized that I did not recognize a single person. I thought eventually someone I knew would come running up but that never happened. Where are the giggling welcome hugs for each person coming towards the group? Where is the gentle reassurance that my decisions are right? Where are my Kaia Sisters, my IKan Run Team and our fearless leader, Casie yelling “YAY, this is going to be great!” Did I take a wrong turn? With a deep heavy sigh I knew I was on my own. I would have to dig deep and find it from within to train hard, harder than I ever have to reach my goals.

During my training I had to do things differently to perform at my best for this race. I decided it was not my run training that I needed to change, but other aspects of my life needed to be tweaked. It was right in front of my face and I couldn’t see it. Finally, the light came on! I needed to get back to basics, KAIA! I reconnected with the goals I set for myself over 3 years ago on the first day I walked into the Sacramento gym. I made new commitments to my nutrition, workouts and to myself. I committed to be at every Kaia class from the first day of the fall brik to race day. I committed to eating healthy like a professional runner, but most importantly, I committed to believe in myself and the goals I have set.

In 2012, I ran the California International Marathon for the first time on a very windy rainy day. My hopes and dreams of qualifying for the Boston Marathon vanished quickly as I did not run the race I had hoped and trained for. I was mentally rocked by my less than perfect performance. After a month of recovery, my fighting spirit emerged with a vengeance. In the summer of 2013, I ran the San Francisco Marathon suffering from an Achilles heel injury. It would be all I could do to finish, but Boston never left my mind. To my surprise, I ran a good race and got a personal record inching my way closer to a qualifying time. Last December, I ran the CIM again, this time is was 26 degrees. Thinking this race is cursed and I would never catch a break I focused on the ultimate goal, Boston. All the stars came together that frosty day. I ran well, better than well, fantastic! The amount of support from my family, friends and my incredible Kaia Sisters, with a sea of Pink Tutus cheering around every turn was spectacular. The roar from the Kaia Cheering Squads would fill me up with such energy I knew it was possible to bring it home. There are no words of appreciation I can convey to each and every Kaia Girl for their undying support. With that, another personal best with a run time of 4:04 and with an amazing run, I still had not qualified needing a finish time of 4 hours or less. I was surprisingly happy knowing I had given it my all, but yet there was unfinished business.

Live hard, train harder has rung in my head for the past 3 years. December 7, 2014 will be my fourth marathon. I’m ready. This will be the day I chase my dream. Whether the stars line up for me or I fall short doesn’t really matter, what matters to me the most is that I believe in myself and my goals I set no matter how big or small. My Promise…this is my dream. I will not give up. EVER!

To my Kaia Sisters at Kaia Sacramento and Kaia Carmichael, IKan Run Team, Casie and Coaches; this is where the dreams start. Thank you for helping me achieve mine!

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Thank you so much for sharing Sue.  We will be cheering you on mile after mile at the CIM on Sunday!  You are a true leader and inspire everyone around you!  We can’t wait to see you cross the finish line in BOSTON!

Good luck to everyone running the CIM!  We are beyond proud!!

Free posters & markers available on Thursday.  Sign up to man a cheering station at the gym!  

November 26, 2014

Be happy.

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Looking back through all the times throughout history we were thinking about, “What era would you have preferred to grow up in?”  The roaring 20’s?  The hippie 60’s?  After throwing around a lot of pros and cons we all agreed, NOW!

As middle class Americans, we have everything at our finger tips.  We are comfortable, we have a huge variety of food available to us, we have clean homes and transportation, we live longer, we have more freedoms, and the world is at our finger tips.

So why are half of Americans on anti-depressants?  Neuroscientists who study higher brain function believe that our brains are constantly looking for something to keep them occupied.  According to an article in Psychology Today the left side of the prefrontal cortex is more active when people feel happy.  In contrast the right side of the prefrontal cortex is more active when people feel sad.  Thus, by learning what stimulates the left and calms activity in the right prefrontal cortex we can discourage or train ourselves to reduce stress and be happier.  To read more about the article click [here].

Below are a few things that trigger stimulation in your left prefrontal cortex.  This Thanksgiving take a few minutes to write down the simple things that make YOU happy!

EXERCISE AND EAT CLEAN FOODS

GIVE TO OTHERS WHO NEED IT

SPEND TIME WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY

TAKE CARE OF YOUR ENVIRONMENT

To watch a beautiful video about gratefulness [click here].  Thank you to our amazing Kaia Krew, thank you to our extraordinary Kaia Girls, and thank you to all our supportive and awesome friends and family.  You make us happy!

November 19, 2014

Rise and Shine!

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Rise and shine.  It’s 6am and your hand can’t make it to the alarm clock before the voices in your head start telling you that it’s too early, too dark, and too cold to get out of bed.

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