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Kristen Horler
c/o Inspiring Wellness LLC
8830 S Tamiami Trail Unit 100
Sarasota, FL 34238

 

8830 South Tamiami Trail Unit 100
Sarasota, FL, 34238
United States

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Kristen Horler is a former pastry chef, turned fitness professional with a passion for food and fitness. In 2001, in an effort to spend time with her new baby and empower other new moms to get fit, Kristen developed Baby Boot Camp in San Francisco, CA. She now has over 100 franchised locations nationwide  and continues to pursue her passion of inspiring strong moms.

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10 Book Recommendations for Entrepreneurs

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As we're wrapping up the year I wanted to share with you some of my favorite books that I completed in 2016. I have always struggled with opening the pages of books and really getting into reading. This was made worse in the past couple of years as I was just finishing up graduate school, because I had to read constantly. I had piles and piles of books sitting next to my bed and nightstand, and that was when I finally embraced audio books.

I signed up for an account with audible.com and I haven’t looked back--I absolutely love it! I've now gotten in the habit of reading (or I should say listening) to one book a month. Listening to audiobooks inspires me to start my day. So I want to share with you my top 10 book picks for 2017.

 

How to Eliminate Credit Cards

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About six months ago I made a pretty big decision, a scary decision for me. But, I knew if I didn't do something dramatic, I wouldn't be able to create change in my life. I took my three credit cards and I put them in the shredder. These credit cards didn't have very high balances on their own, but when you put them all together there was definitely some interest that I was paying on a monthly basis. After reading a couple of books, I realized that we were not getting ahead as a family, because our focus was just trying to pay down our credit cards.

After shredding my credit cards, I no longer had the option to leisurely shop or spend money. I put myself on a budget and started living on cash. Once I shredded my credit cards, I aggressively worked to pay them down as quickly as possible. I have been using the envelope system, which stems from the concept of not only living on cash, but telling your money where to go. 

Every two weeks when I get paid, I evaluate my budget, my known expenses, and upcoming expenses for the rest of the month. This has had a significant impact on our family's financial future, and it's not something I intend on quitting anytime soon. As we continue to work on increasing our own income and multiple revenue streams, w are working towards increasing the amount of savings that we have, whether it's for our kids college or for some projects that we want to do on our house – regardless of the financial goal, we want to be able to cash flow our projects, rather than look towards taking out a loan or using a credit card.

This was definitely was not an easy transition for us to come together as a family. However, we have two teenagers and it's been very powerful in how we speak to our children about money. Our financial conversations have changed dramatically, in a very positive direction.

Watch this video to learn about my different envelopes and what I do when I get paid every two weeks.

 Books that inspired me to get started:

How Elimination Leads to Success

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I want to share with you three simple steps on how elimination will lead to success. What we're working to eliminate is the use of negative words. A lot of this can start with our mindset and the use of words that we are not aware that we are saying. It's very simple to implement a few steps, shift your mindset, and create change. But the first thing to do is to increase your awareness of the words that you're thinking and what you're saying. 

Once you've increased your awareness, whether it's about your mindset, your vocabulary, or even your exercise or nutrition, then you're much better positioned to make a change. 

Step One:    Be aware.

Shifting to a positive mindset starts with taking action and changing the words you use, but it is critical that you decide to make a change. Rather than saying, “I'm going to try to be more positive,” or, “I'm going to try to shift the words that I'm using,” just decide:

 I'm going to make a change.”

The reality is that it does take time to make a shift, so give yourself some grace. A shift not only in your mindset, but also in the habits that we create and the words that tend to flow out of our mouths will take time. It starts with making a decision.

Step Two: Decide to make a change.

If you’re going to start a new exercise routine or make some dietary changes its pretty miserable if you suddenly take something away. If you absolutely love having a bowl of ice cream every evening after dinner, and I suddenly took it away, you'd be pretty miserable. Whereas, if I replace your ice cream with something cold and creamy and a little bit healthier, or asked you to reduce your portion size by a small amount, it would be less painful for you. And chances are, your efforts to move towards healthier habits would work! We refer to this as replacing negative with positive, which is the next step to creating lasting change.

Step Three:   Replace negative with positive.

Consider replacing words such as, “I have to go to work” with words such as, “I get to go to work.” Or, “I don't want to eat that,” instead of, “I can't eat that.”  Another word that I have found to be helpful in shifting my mindset is eliminating the use of the word “busy.” This is something I hear often with moms. But, the reality is that we all have 24 hours in a day--eight of which I hope that you're at least trying to sleep!

The other negative words that I continue to work hard to eliminate from my vocabulary is, “We can't afford it,” since we've made some significant changes in how we speak to our children about money. Instead, I now choose to use words such as, “It's not in the budget this month,” or “It's not a priority right now.”

As a mom, I became more aware of the words I was using as my children got older. These very small and subtle shifts in your vocabulary can not only lead to a more positive mindset but also more positive behaviors and a more successful MomStrong life.

Comment below to let me know what words you're working to change and watch our short video.

 

 

Three Ingredient Cookies

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These are my favorite cookies to make because I always have bananas turning nasty shades of brown. Bonus: these cookies are also vegan and gluten-free (GF), which meets our family's dietary requirements since two out of four of our family members are vegan, with the other two being GF. This means that cooking is always an adventure in my house!

Ingredients

3 very ripe bananas
1 c. GF oats
1/2 c. organic raisins

Puree bananas in food processor until liquid. Mix in oats. Add raisins and pulse until combined. Prepare a baking sheet and place small scoops of cookie batter. Bake at 350 for 12 to 15 minutes.

When you begin with the banana puree and oat base, you can add a number of different flavors including (but not limited to):

Although these are called "cookies" they are healthy enough to eat for breakfast with a cup of tea or fuel with during a long run or workout

Enjoy! xoKH

Why I don't believe in New Year's Resolutions

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I have a really hard time with New Year's Resolutions. As a fitness professional, I have seen far too many people crowd into the gym for the first three weeks of the New Year, only to fall back into old habits by the end of January. Those of us who are die hard fitness enthusiasts are frustrated with the crowds, parking, and all around crazy that inevitably dies off in 30 days or less.

So, if I'm so anti-resolution, how can I achieve my goals? The reality is that I don't need a New Year to set a new goal. I don't even need a Monday to set a new goal. Every day is a new day to start fresh, exercise, eat better, be grateful, hug our loved ones, and set new goals. 

I started using S.M.A.R.T. goal setting several years ago, and now it's a natural process for me that I don't even realize I'm mentally going through prior to setting a new goal. If you are struggling with goals, try to limit yourself to five at a time. Take out a piece of paper for each of your goals and write out how your goal is:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Realistic
  • Time-bound

If you are unable to answer each of these questions, then it may be time to re-think your goal. Have fun with goal setting and remember to have an accountability partner.