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Kath Stevens

BBG + running πŸ’ͺ🏼 Founder of the #sweatriver and #sweatriversquad πŸ’¦ πŸ“Raleigh, NC πŸ’Œ kathgetsfit@outlook.com


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Are you ready to POP, lock, & CHOC it?! #POPNCHOC Y'all, this has got to be one of THE BEST @squareorganics bundles ever 😍 One of the questions I get asked most frequently is to pick a favorite Square flavor...and I just can't! They're all SO GOOD. And with this bundle, you get to try them ALL! All the Chocolate Coated Squares flavors and all three bags of Protein Popcorn! For 20% off this amazing bundle of deliciousness, text "kathgetsfit" to 69922! They'll send you a link to the exclusive bundle and a discount code πŸ™ŒπŸ» This is ONLY AVAILABLE for one week (July 18-July 25) so get it while you can! ❀️


Grab a medicine ball and let's HIIT IT! πŸ‘ŠπŸΌ Y'all, I am SO excited to be bringing back #KathGetsHIIT posts! I enjoyed making these workout videos so much last summer, and have decided to start making them again. Swipe, save, sweat, and let me know whatcha think! Here's how this HIIT works: 5 exercises. 3 rounds. 15 minutes. Complete each exercises for 40 seconds, rest for 20 seconds, and then move on to the next exercise. Complete as many reps as possible (AMRAP) during those 40 seconds, and go as fast as you can while maintaining form! Complete the circuit three times for a total of 15 minutes. For example... Med ball squat & press x 40 sec Rest x 20 sec Russian twist x 40 sec Rest x 20 sec Med ball burpees x 40 sec Rest x 20 sec Bench hops x 40 sec Rest x 20 sec Med ball knee drive x 40 sec (alternate legs halfway through) Rest x 20 Repeat 3x! The exercises can be modified with a dumbbell or no weights at all, or with a sturdy chair instead of a bench. This can be done anywhere, so no excuses! Try it out? Let me know! ⬇️ Share your #sweatriver selfie with #KathGetsHIIT πŸ’ͺ


This weekend was truly something I had a hard time putting into words. DO SOMETHING THAT SCARES YOU. Don't wait until you're ready, or until you feel like you're "good enough." Do it now. If you keep waiting for the right moment to step outside your comfort zone...you'll be waiting forever. Being uncomfortable never really feels "right" until you just do it. Driving up the mountain Friday night, I was overwhelmed with a sense of fear. Sleeping outside the entire weekend in an extremely secluded area? Hiking over 10 miles carrying all of this on my back? Being so exposed, uncomfortable, dirty, gritty, hungry, tried...and in front of my new husband, too...it seemed terrifying. And after it's all said and done, after we pushed through the sweat, the rain, the achy shoulders and knees, I can say that I'm truly thankful for experiences like these. It might not be comfortable, but it's so REWARDING to accomplish the scary, hard things. I am so blessed for this life and that I have a husband/best friend/adventure partner who pushes me to do more than I think I can. Who believes in me when I don't believe in myself. Who keeps lookout when I have to pee outside (scary, but you eventually get used to it πŸ˜‚). Who takes me to these places, not just to see, but to experience and explore. Life is SO GOOD, y'all. Go out there and be in it. #OptOutside


Mother Nature's changing color schemes. I like her choices. 🌾 #OptOutside @rei


Today when I went to the apartment gym to do my workout, my key card didn't work. I stood at the door fidgeting with my keys, trying to figure out what to do. After being denied access three times, I gave up. Not on my workout, but on my expectations. Instead, I went back to my apartment, unrolled my old yoga mat, brought up my dumbbells from the car, and got to work. Was I able to use the same equipment I would have used in the fitness center? No. Did I still work my butt of with what I had and make the most of my workout? You bet! Before I started this journey, I let any roadblock be an excuse to give up and get disappointed. Instead of working through my problems, I just walked away. The BBG has done so much more than transform my body and improve my health. It's transformed me from the inside out. It has taught me confidence, perseverance, and dedication. It's given me the strength and endurance to keep going. It's taught me not to give up on myself. You are more than a body. Your health is more than your appearance. You deserve to feel confident, to work hard, to make positive changers for yourself. You deserve to try and to stick to your goals. Don't give up. Don't get discouraged. It takes TIME and the time is worth it. You are capable of more than you know. ❀️πŸ’ͺ @kayla_itsines #bbgprogress


GIVEAWAY CLOSED! The 123FRΓ‰ set has totally revolutionized my skincare. It's specifically made for women who sweat (and I sweat...a LOT), and it feels like going to the spa after every workout. I swear by the Protect Me moisturizer -- I wear it every single day, and it even protected my face from the harsh sun at the Bahamas! Anywayssss, I'm so excited yall enjoyed the giveaway! Hoping to do another one soon 😊 If you love the skincare set, you can order a full-sized kit for 15% off with my code KATHG ❀️ #LoveYourSweat #LoveYourGlow #FreSkincare


I'm still fairly new to climbing and bouldering, but I LOVE it. I realized today that the less I trust my strength, the more likely I am to fail, let myself drop, let go of the course I was on. One climb, I was SO close to the top, probably only five moves away from finishing the course. And then I looked down. And I got scared of the height and lowered myself down. Isn't that so silly?! It wasnt even that I didn't believe I couldn't so it. It's that I was too scared to keep going. (I went back to that course later and finished it πŸ™Œ) Don't look down. Don't doubt yourself. Don't let go before you're done. Pursuing your goals will feel scary and uncomfortable. Sometimes it may seem impossible. But if you stay put, think about the next logical move, and work for what you want...your just a few steps away. You've got this, girl. πŸ’ͺ @cliffhangersnc


This morning has already been SO GOOD. Nothing special or out of the ordinary has happened. I just FEEL good. I woke up, got my workout done at home (without overexerting myself, just enjoying the movement), poured myself a hot cup of black coffee, and then went for a walk to enjoy the sunshine. Invest in what feels best, not in what looks good or seems popular or trendy. Just get up and move, take a breath of fresh air, and drink a plain ol cup of coffee. Don't overcomplicate things. Just enjoy the simple stuff. β˜€οΈβ˜•


Throw your hands in the air if you have cellulite πŸ™Œ Here's your summer shorts reminder: YOU ARE ALLOWED TO HAVE CELLULITE AND WEAR SHORTS. You are allowed to wear shorts. Period. No matter what your body looks like. No matter how many scars or stretch marks or bumps or bruises you have on your legs. Basically everyone (women, at least) has cellulite. Everyone. I've been on the journey for nearly THREE YEARS and I still have cellulite. Has regular exercise helped eliminate some of it? Absolutely. But is it ever going to go away entirely? Probably not. And I'm okay with that. Cellulite is NORMAL. It's not shameful or ugly or disgusting. It doesn't mean you're "fat." It means you have a body. You don't need to waste your time worrying about it. You don't need to waste your money on creams or laser treatments. Instead, invest your time in truly loving every aspect of your body, even the parts society has taught you to believe are undesirable. It's not your body that's the problem -- it's the unrealistic, airbrushed expectations society has created that's the problem. So, cellulite or not, YOU are beautiful, you are strong, and that's something to throw your hands in the air about 😘 (Bonus selfie with Chase because he's the best #instagramhusband of them all)


Y'all... My heart is SO FULL from all your kind messages and responses to my IG stories this morning. You all make me feel so supported with your encouragement, and I am incredibly grateful ❀️ I really feel like my account is about to start going in a different direction... Not drastically, but my heart is leading me to share more, different things. I'm just so tired of feeling stuck in this box, especially with how misleading and toxic the Instagram fitness/diet/health culture can be at times. You don't have to be at the gym every day, counting calories all the time, tracking every last macro down to the gram. Fitness is supposed to make you feel FREE, not to restrain you or hold you down or suffocate you. So here's to a more free, functional type of fitness πŸ‘Š I'm so glad y'all are with me on this journey. Photo unrealged...just felt really hype after my abs & HIIT workout this afternoon 😎 just a med ball, a mat, and a jump rope were all I needed! You don't need fancy equipment or hours in the gym!


Was feeling super self conscious and critical about these pictures yesterday and now idk why? Why is it so easy to be so hard on ourselves? Hype yourself up! You are beautiful! You are adorable! You are strong! You are a precious gem! It's hard to fight anxiety, fears, negative thoughts, depression, loneliness, and all the other junk that creeps in and overwhelms our hearts and minds. But guess what! YOU are worth fighting for. Keep fighting those negative thoughts. Pictures don't measure your worth! Numbers don't measure your worth! Sizes don't measure your worth! If no one's told you recently, you are VALUABLE and it isn't determined by outward appearances or numbers. Your value isn't ruined or diminished by your anxiety or negative thoughts. Your soul is beautiful and you ROCK. πŸ‘Š (Outfit by @ellieactivewear #LoveEllie #EllieJuly)


Happy Independence Day πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ


My favorite way to deal with DOMS and back pain from that time of the month? Giving myself an at-home massage with my @pranamat 😊 If you missed my Pranamat demo on my stories, I lay on my mat 20-30 minutes whenever my back is sore (also works great for your feet!) to stimulate blood flow and relieve tension and soreness in my muscles. To target my lower back pain (it's been SO bad since our long hike and now with my period starting) I lay on the mat and hug my knees to my chest to really press my lower back down into the lotus flowers. Swipe to check out my back after 25 minutes -- looks like a sunburn but it's really just that good blood flow to the muscles and skin! (ICYMI @pranamat is having one of their biggest sales of the year today and tomorrow! 30% of pillow + mat sets & 20% off mats. Check the link in my bio to shop the sale!) #pranamat100k


An early #transformationtuesday because I've got some thoughts on my mind that just can't wait... Reverse progress...or just finding balance? A couple of months before the wedding, I went into hyper-lean-down mode. I descreased the amount I ate, pushed myself in my workouts even harder than before, and fell in love with the feeling of being lean. While my body was healthy, my mindset wasn't the best. I missed out on opportunities to eat out, be with friends and family, and to indulge in things I love just for the sake of being small. I I felt great, but was it really worth it? What's even the point of being lean? These are things I'm still pondering as it's hard to see my body change in ways that society would deem "backwards progress." After the wedding, I really let myself just enjoy life, as I should have. Working out got pushed to the back burner, and I ate some of the best meals I've ever had while spending time with my new husband and genuinely just living, and loving, life. No restrictions. No telling myself "no, don't eat that." Just enjoying all the things I'd missed out on the few months prior. So this is where I am now. I'm not the leanest I've ever been, but I'm still HAPPY. My body is still healthy. And I've made some of the best memories of my life in the process. Yes, it's hard seeing my body change in ways I've been conditioned to dislike. But when I think of all the joy I've had...totally worth it. I'm still battling those negative thoughts telling me to lean back down, that I need to "get my abs back," that it's better being smaller, but I'm searching for balance. Like, damn, why do we let ourselves believe that missing out on our lives is worth is to shed a few extra pounds? Why should your size determine your worth? (Hint: it shouldn't and doesn't) You don't have to be small to be happy. You don't have to sacrifice things you enjoy to love your body. Just because you're not your leanest doesn't mean you're not your best. No matter how long you've been on your journey, you're still going to face mental and emotional battles. Keep fighting. Keep working towards your health and happiness. ❀️πŸ’ͺ #progressupdate


Humidity and excitement to play outside were bother very high this morning 😎 We broke in the new gear with a 6.25 mile hike and I'm feeling so satisfied and accomplished πŸ™Œ This week, I dare you to push yourself outside your comfort zone and try something new. A few years ago, I never would have seen myself being "outdoorsy" or walking for miles upon miles just for the sake of being in nature. Since meeting Chase, we have been able to see SO many places together just by getting outside. You don't need fancy shoes or expensive gear (I wore my tennis shoes to hike up until I got my first pair of boots at the end of last year...while proper footwear is super helpful, it isn't NECESSARY. Don't let a lack of "stuff" keep you from your goals). You don't have to travel super far (this trail was just 5 minutes from our apartment). You just need the desire and the will to go do that thing you're scared of, that thing you never thought you could do. Whether it's running a mile, going on a backpacking trip, repairing a lost friendship, learning to cook a certain meal...don't hesitate. Don't let excuses get in your way. Just get out there and DO it. πŸ’ͺ #OptOutside


Post workout feels...tired, sweaty hair, satisfied. Almost didn't post this picture. Then almost posted a version where I edited out the scab on my upper thigh. Then saw the stretch marks on my upper thighs and all the other "imperfections" on my skin and got nervous about posting again. But here's the thing...what the heck would be the point? What good would editing out the parts I like less than others do? Or not posting it at all? Erasing the parts that make me uncomfortable or deleting the photo altogether doesn't change the fact that I have scabs and bumps and bruises and stretch marks covering my legs. It doesn't change the fact that I need to make those uncomfy parts something that I love. It doesn't change the fact that I still have days where accepting my body as it is, without judgements, is hard. Your body is your body. Even at bad angles, even with scabs and scars, even when you think it doesn't look great in a photo. It's still yours and you deserve to own that and be confident in your skin. Every body is unique and beautiful in it's own way. Everything we've been taught to dislike is a part of the story of who were are. Don't erase who you are. You are allowed to SHINE. πŸ’›


It won't always be easy, but it will always always always be worth it. I woke up this morning feeling better, physically and mentally, than I have in weeks. I felt determined, strong, ready to conquer. Sometimes you have to remember where and why you started to appreciate just how far you've come. Before I started the BBG (left photo) I constantly gave up on myself. I would try to make efforts to be healthier, to feel prettier and more confident, but I would always end up saying it was "too hard" or "took too much time," or other bs excuses. It is hard. It does take time. But it makes you stronger. You don't grow if you never step outside your comfort zone or push yourself a little harder than what you're used to. This time last week, I wanted to give up. I went on a run that just went horribly. I couldn't seem to catch my breath even though I wasn't pushing as hard as normal. I felt weak. I felt insecure. But I didn't give up, at least not entirely. I cut my run short and gave myself grace. Today, my run went AMAZING and I felt so strong. I believed in my abilities and I completed it on a high note. The moral of the story is...if you dedicate yourself to something, if you decide to not give up and to stick to your goals, that doesn't mean it's going to get easier. BUT it gives you the grit and the determination to keep going. To see past those feelings of weakness and insecurity, and know that there is strength and confidence on the other side. Sometimes it's SO HARD to see past your current situation but you have to believe. Believe in yourself and your ability to conquer big things. Take that first step. Push yourself a little harder. Take the time. You deserve it πŸ’ͺ Progress using the #bbg by @kayla_itsines #bbgprogress #transformationtuesday (Ps can you believe next month will be my THREE YEAR #kaylaversary ?!)


Starting today #accountabilitypost If there's anything I've learned from my obsessive listening to Hamilton (thanks sis), it's that I need to write more...more often, more consistently, more words, more pages. Chase and I have been talking a lot recently about how quickly time passes and how much our memory loses, misses, changes... Today, I'm starting my new @leuchtturm1917 journal. I want to get in a better head space, process my thoughts more completely, and just remember this phase of life I'm going through. There are a lot of things I struggle with, a lot of emotions I leave unprocessed, and I'm ready to sort through that. So much in my life is changing right now and I don't want to miss out on it or lose it over time. Your health, whether it's physical or mental, is SO IMPORTANT. Take time to take care of yourself. Journal. Exercise. Drink plenty of water. So today I'm rededicating to making the most of the time I have and am working towards being more intentional with my thoughts, movements, and actions. I've only journaled 3.5 pages so far today, but some is better than none. I've been slacking for a while now and I'm ready to get back on track. Now time to go workout and be intentional about moving my body πŸ’ͺ #goafteryourgoals