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Kayla Havrda (White): A Healthy Transformation

Kayla sent me her final blog post a few months ago, I’ve been saving it for today. With all the quick weight-loss solutions that are out there I wanted to show you guys what real sustainable change looks like! Kayla put in the work! She committed to the process and that’s why she saw results.

I am going to share a few exerts from her previous posts and then leave you with her final goodbye.

August 2018

“I’ve always been a fairly healthy eater, and have consistently stayed active, but there’s still more I can do. My main goals for August of next year is to feel good, have a clearer face, and know how to interpret what my body is telling me. If all goes well, this should happen before then, and it’ll just be routine on my wedding day. But more specifically, I don’t want to feel bloated after the reception, I don’t want to need a ton of makeup to hide blemishes [because I hopefully won’t have any], and I want to be able to say I worked my butt off this year, and it shows. Of course, there are a few areas of my body I’d like to see a little more toned before I go into an unforgiving white dress, but that’s not as important as how my body feels on the inside. The hardest part for me is time, fitting in all of my daily health goals into a 24-hour time period. A lot of mornings I’m rushing out the door, and don’t have the time to make a hearty breakfast, or I’m so busy, I forget to drink enough water throughout the day. These are challenges Charity is going to help me address, and I’m very excited to get the ball rolling. I’ve actually already started the first 4-weeks of workouts she prepared for me, focusing mostly on muscle building to reach my toning goal. I’m also starting each day with a glass of warm lemon water and a probiotic to help with bloating, in addition to taking omega-3 and vitamin D after I eat breakfast. We’ll be keeping you posted with how it’s going!”

Kayla before, Kayla now

October 2018

” I started the strength training program Charity put together for me the week of Labour Day. As I write this, I’m halfway through week eight! Time has flown by! I complete four workouts every week, beginning with some sort of weight lifting/body-weight movement targeting a different muscle group each time. I end each workout with cardio. Twice a week this includes either a Tabata-, Every Minute on the Minute (EMOM)-, or AMRAP-style workout, while the other two times I run, either long distance or sprints. When I first started, I was dreading the days I had to run. I was doing a variation of 30 second or 1 minute sprints, 200m or 400m sprints, multiple 2-3km runs back-to-back, etc. Day-to-day the distance or time changed, but my feelings toward it did not, however, the more I did it, the more I got used to it, and the more I actually began to not hate running…as much. Don’t get me wrong, I still won’t go for a run out of pure enjoyment, BUT when I’m done and gasping for air, I feel surprisingly good about it, especially knowing my body is able to return to my resting heart rate (~60bpm) in a very short period of time.”

“I’ve definitely toned up a bit, and since June this year when I did Charity’s Summer Shred & Fed program I’ve gone down dress/pant sizes. I never thought I’d fit a small shirt, yet here I am. It’s hard to see change in yourself when you see yourself in a mirror every day. But when you’re no longer able to wear your favourite pair of pants to work, you notice! “

December 2018

” In my last blog post, I mentioned that I would start taking two probiotics a day, instead of just one. I’ve gotta be honest, I sucked at doing this. I had some pretty busy work days, and would forget to take it. But I must say, the days I remembered I did notice a difference. My body just felt better. It’s hard to explain, but the probiotic is doing something good! 
And oh my goodness, I can’t stress this enough: DRINK WATER. Not too much that it’ll kill you (because it can), but juuuust a little less than that. The days I drank lots of water, I had more energy, it helped keep the bloating down, and over time, if I was consistent in drinking a lot each day, my face remained clear of breakouts. Water is magical, tasteless and a bit boring, but magical.  “

Kayla 2018, Kayla now

January 2019

“My goal was to feel better: have more energy, less bloating, and healthier skin. Not long after I made some changes per Charity’s recommendations last summer, I noticed the internal changes. I felt so much better, was less bloated, had less breakouts, and wasn’t as tired all the time. I was hoping physical changes would follow not long after. I knew I had to put in the work for that to happen, and I did. I never skipped a workout, ate pretty well, slept enough each night, but still didn’t notice any of the toning I was expecting. Turns out, I wasn’t seeing any changes because change takes time. It doesn’t happen overnight. It took well over 4 months to notice small changes in my body.”

“People who hadn’t seen me in months noticed that I was more toned and had lost some weight. I don’t own a scale so whenever I visit my family I weigh myself. Little did I know, I had lost 15lbs in six months. My goal from the start wasn’t to lose any weight, it’s just a positive side effect to changing my eating habits, following a workout plan, and getting enough sleep. I can’t stress that enough. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep!”

May 2019

“The last month was probably my worst “wellness” time. I never forgot to take my probiotic with lemon water, but there were plenty of times I rushed out the door without eating breakfast and taking my vitamin D and omega 3. I also sucked at drinking lots of water. I usually try to drink 3L/day and when I do, I feel amazing: less tired, less bloating, clearer skin. Water is literally a miracle in a bottle! But this last month I was tired, bloated sometimes, and had my first breakout in a long time. It made me feel yucky inside and out and the only real change was the amount of water I drank. I still ate healthy, did all of my workouts, etc. However, work was much more stressful than usual, which doesn’t help. Luckily, it’ll slow done come May. Nevertheless, I cannot stress enough how important water is for our bodies. So drink up! “

August 2019

“I still take my probiotic every morning with a glass of warm lemon water. It feels weird now when I don’t. Some days I forget to take the Omega-3 and Vitamin D, but no one’s perfect. I do my best to eat healthy, and drink lots of water. I notice a HUGE difference when I keep this up for long periods of time. What you put into your body is so important. When your hormones are balanced, so many annoying problems like bloating and blemishes go away or are less frequent. I still find I’m bloated the first couple of days that I have my period, but other than that, I’m rarely bloated anymore, and it’s awesome!”

“With only 6 weeks left, the smaller details are coming into place: wedding favours, fittings, music playlists, slideshows, etc. It’s getting very real, very fast. I’m spending the Canada Day long weekend putting together the seating chart, putting the final touches on decorations my Aunt made, meeting with the vendors one last time, and having a makeup trial done (definitely worth it!). “

Farewell #SweatingForThe Wedding

I can’t believe #SweatingForTheWedding is over. This past year flew by! It’s been fun, challenging, surprising, and so much more. Since my last post I GOT MARRIED. I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect day. Everything went smoothly, the weather was absolutely perfect, I was told from multiple people, it was the most fun wedding they had ever been too…I didn’t want it to end. I wish I could relive that day over and over. And wear my dress again! LOL. “

To top it all off, Austin and I went to Italy for our honeymoon. It was STUNNING!! It felt so surreal. And the gelato was amazing! We ate more of that than anything else! I didn’t want to leave.

Even though my #SweatingForTheWedding year is up, I haven’t stopped working out or drastically changing my routine. I still take my probiotic with lemon water every morning. I still do my best to workout 4-5 times per week. I’ll admit there are days I’m not as motivated because I’m not working towards a big goal like I was with my wedding, but I still want to continue to look and feel as good as I did that day. If you want to feel like your best self, seriously give Charity Elliott Nutrition a chance. It’s so worth it!

Summer 2019 is definitely at the top of my list for best summer ever. And it’s all thanks to my new husband, my family, my new family, and my friends. I’m so thankful for them and all of their help and support this last year. Even though I’m officially done being a fiancée, I’m so excited to start this next chapter as a wife! Thank you all so much for putting up with me and following along as I was #SweatingForTheWedding. It’s been a real pleasure guest blogging for Charity! 

#WifeyForLifey (still weird to say)

Kayla Havrda

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