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I have the pleasure of  featuring Miss Kacie Phillips as my NOT SO AMATEUR athlete of the week!Kacie

I have never ‘met’ Kacie in ‘real life’ but she has constantly been a ray of sunshine in my online fitness journey since I first began.  We started chatting around Christmas during a twitter-run fitness chat and she has undoubtedly been a huge part of my online motivation network and an inspiration ever since!

Kacie is a 20 year old athelete, a student, a blogger, and a fellow fitness ‘freak’.  She attributes her healthy eating habits to her mother’s love for it, and she is excited to run a half marathon in September with her father!

Why Kacie Phillips inspires me: She inspires me because she is so dedicated to all that she does.  When she says she is going to do something she does it.  (Which is a lesson for me, because she sure did answer my questions awhile ago and I let my blogging get away from me..)

“Organization, time management, and prioritizing my life are critical.  I have found that it is easier to DO than to make excuses.  At the end of the day, I like being busy and I like having responsibility.  I don’t like being bored and I thrive off of pressure.  I am a bit of a perfectionist and most definitely have a desire to live out my passions. ”

She makes time for the things that are important to her, whether that is her Friday night “Kacie” time, or a meeting for school or a workout with a friend.  She plans accordingly, and this allows for her success.

What we can learn from Kacie Phillips: We can learn that even though she is super busy, she makes time for the things that are important to her.  She goes to school, she trains and she always preps her meals to ensure that she is eating clean and really paying attention to what’s going into her body.  Even while training for her first half-marathon she suffered a stress fracture that stopped her from training, and she was out of commission for about eight weeks with no idea what to do, she was trying to figure out her next plan of attack on fitness.

She decided, once recovered, to tackle weight training, and later got heavily involved with Crossfit.  She suffered from another crazy injury after that. What she learned is: “That’s what it’s all about- finding what works for YOU.”  She now incorporates weight training, cardio, CrossFit and active rest into a routine that is all her own.  Balance is key.  “Resting is just as important as the workouts that you are doing.  Having numerous types of workouts in your routine are key to maintaining a strong physique, but also for preventing injury.”

She admits that she learns what works best for her in terms of fitness through trial and error.  She attributes the discipline of a rigorous fitness and healthy living routine to establishing discipline in every aspect of life.  “If you can find the ability within yourself to be disciplined with your health, it inevitably spills over into your work life, personal life, and overall well-being!”

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7 Questions with Kacie Phillips

Have you always been an active person?  I have always been active, but it has only been within the past year that I have established this lifestyle as a means to be healthy and not simply to “look” a certain way.  It’s a beautiful thing; I want to be seen as STRONG and not SKINNY.  I share my journey as a means to keep myself motivated and to encourage others along the way.

Who would you say inspires you the most in terms of living a healthy fitness-filled lifestyle?  I am always inspired by the health/fitness community through online outlets (blogs, , Instagram, etc).  There are so many inspiring, everyday, AMAZING people who share their story and leave a lasting impact.

What has been your favourite part about having a fitness blog?  My favorite part about having a fitness blog is the ability to impact another life through sharing my personal experience.  Every single time I receive a comment, tweet, email of praise/encouragement, it reminds why I began this journey in the first place.  I love how I can help others through helping myself.  It’s nothing but a circle of positivity.  What’s NOT to love?

If you could meet one famous fitness person who would it be and why?  The FIRST person who comes to mind has to be Kasey behind Powercakes (I hope this makes her day :)).  I am truly inspired by her passion, vision, and genuine interest in fitness, food, and helping others along the way.

What do you focus on when you really don’t feel like doing that ‘next workout’?  When I don’t feel like getting my booty to the gym, I remember my goals.  I workout because I want to be healthy, strong, and confident.  The only kick of motivation I need is knowing how I will feel post-workout.  Remembering that I am always one workout closer to my dream “beach body” helps as well.

If you could give advice to someone who is working out for the first time, what would it be?  Do not be overwhelmed.  Start slow and work your way up.   Do not overexert yourself and burn yourself out; the beginning of the journey is the best and worst part.  It’s the best because you progress quickly (time, weights, etc.) but the worst because you have to establish the right mindset, mentality, and routine.  Simply stated: STICK WITH IT.

Favourite fitness/healthy quote:  Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. – Jim Ryun

You can follow the lovely Kacie on Twitter, on Facebook or on her blog!

-Bexx