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Hi Friends,

It’s a beautiful day here in NY.  Spring seems to have FINALLY sprung here!  The trees are beginning to bloom, it’s getting a little warmer and the sunshine is adding a lil pep to people’s steps.  More people are outside enjoying the beautiful weather which is always nice to see. 

I can’t wait to get out and enjoy it myself!  We’ve been work, work, working away on the house trying to get it back to what it once was prior to Hurricane Sandy.  There are times that we get really depressed because it feels like we’ve been at this forever and things still aren’t quite right.  Putting everything into perspective though, we realize how far we’ve come and are so thankful to be living back home again.  It was just about a month ago that we were able to move back home.  I was so stressed and depressed at that point.  I’m much happier now!  We just have to stay focused and continue to remind ourselves of the positives!

Anyway, with spring here I know that summer is right around the corner.  That means it’s almost time for the beach….and bikinis.  Let me tell you, my body is nowhere near ready to be wearing a bikini.  All of the stress really did a number on my poor body (and mind).  I’m back on track now and set up a little beach body challenge for myself.  For the next 90 days I’ll be doing a hybrid of Insanity & Les Mills Pump.  I began Insanity a few weeks ago but REALLY missed lifting, so I decided to purchases PUMP to get my lifting fix satisfied. I think this is going to be a great combo!

Insanity is no joke!  I’m sure you know that if you’ve ever seen any of their infomercials.  There were many times that I watched that infomercial intrigued with the program and the results, yet I didn’t think that I personally would be able to complete it.  I mean, I’m just this normal girl from Long Island.  😉  My thoughts changed when my sister, Melissa, completed it (FYI – she’s now on her 3rd round now!) and my brother, DJ, completed it with AMAZING results (see his pics below – he’s now on his 2nd round). 

Before - 210 lbs

Before – 210 lbs

After - 179 lbs

Comparison = AMAZING!

The wheels in my brain began turning and I thought, “If they can do it so can I!”

So, I got myself onto the Beachbody website and ordered Insanity.  If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you know that my true love is lifting.  It takes real motivation to get me to do my cardio.  There are a ton of tricks I’ve adapted over the years in order to get my cardio in.  I’m VERY competitive with myself, so Insanity is perfect for me.  It challenges me to be better than the last time that I “pressed play”, instead of mindlessly pedaling on an elliptical.  After about 2 weeks of Insanity I was really missing my lifting routine though. 

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(I’m not sure where this image came from. I think I found it on Pinterest originally. Sorry for no proper link.)

It didn’t make sense to do Insanity at home and then drive to the gym to lift.  Not having to drive to and from the gym every morning gives me extra time to sleep and do other things around the house before work.  The wheels began turning again and I decided to purchase Les Mills Pump.  Now, I can get cardio and lifting in right from my living room!  I truly believe that these two programs combined are going to get me to my best body ever (especially in combination with my new eating regimen). 🙂

I’m putting this out there for my own accountability.  Two months from now I’ll be finished with Insanity and Les Mills Pump will be complete a month after that.  I’m so excited to see where this takes me!   My brother may be 11 years younger than me, but he is my inspiration right now.  We’ve both battled weight issues for years and I’m so proud of him for taking control of his life and making positive changes ( DJ, if you’re reading this, I love you and I’m SO PROUD OF YOU)!  I hope that my after pics are as great as his!

If you’d like to join me in the challenge of getting into your best shape by summer, let me know.  I’m going to post my workouts and stats weekly to keep me accountable.  Come join the fun!  I’d love to have some workout partners! 🙂

If you’re interested in purchasing the programs I’ll be using (or any other Beachbody programs ) you can check them out on my coaching site.  Just go to the Beachbody website by copying the following into your browser: http://www.beachbody.com/  (WordPress won’t allow this to be a hyperlink) and sign up for a free account, if you don’t already have one.  Then, add me as a buddy.  My screenname is: BeFitWithKim.  Friend request me, even if you already have a great coach.  I love meeting new people!  🙂 You can also check out my new Facebook page where I’ll be posting daily for accountability and inspiration hereI’d love for you to like and follow me there!

*Disclosure: I am now a Beachbody coach, but all opinions are my own.  I will NEVER push products on you…EVER! If you have any questions about any Beachbody program or product feel free to ask me.  I’m happy to help in any way that I can.

Ok, time to get back to work.  I hope you’re having a great day!

~Kim

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Hi Friends!

This Friday made its presence known by bringing with it some snowy weather.

Last Snow

My commute to work was much slower than usual, but I tried to take in the beautiful scenery around me as I made my way in.  Hopefully this will be the final snowfall for the year!  Due to the weather, the office is much quieter than usual and I like it that way, especially on a Friday when you just want to unwind.  Smile

You know, the more I thought about yesterday’s post the more positive I became for the coming year.  Even though others might not know it, I’ve really come a long way, and I need to acknowledge how much I’ve grown over the years.

Pride

Maybe I’m not exactly where I want to be, but I know that I will go the distance to get myself there.  I can honestly say that no matter how many times I’ve been knocked down I always pick myself up.  There have been times where it was much more difficult than others to find the motivation to dust myself off and get moving again, but I have never sat back completely defeated.  I will never give up on myself.  EVER!  The past is just that – “THE PAST”.  Learn from your experiences (good and bad), make whatever tweaks you see fit and then move forward to bettering your future.

Door Quote

Once you realize that YOU are in control (for the most part) of your destiny, it’s easier to see things in a positive light.  Don’t look to compete with others.  Instead, find ways to motivate yourself to be better.  There is no race to the finish line! 

Competition

Make small changes that better you and eventually you will look in the mirror to find that you are the person you’ve aspired to be.  You can’t stop believing in yourself though.  If you don’t believe how will others?

It’s going to take work, but you can shape your future to be what you’ve always dreamed. 

With that, I’ll tell you that I have BIG dreams for myself.  I know that there has to be a reason why I’ve had so many struggles throughout my life.  I believe it’s to help others not have to struggle the way that I have(or at least not for as long).  These dreams won’t become reality on their own though.  My coming 34th year marks the time that I take action and make things happen.  When I look at it that way, I’m much more excited to be done with 33 and move on!

A wise man once said….

Your Work - Don't Settle

He’s right!  I’m looking forward to making my dream job a reality.  I just have to pursue my dreams instead of making wishes and not let ANYTHING get in the way!

Ok, time to run!  Only 3 more hours left of work and then I’m out of here!

~Kim

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Hi My Sweets!

I currently pulled myself out of the whirlwind that I call my work life to take a short break and regroup myself.  The past few days have really flown because work has been INSANELY busy.  Hey, it’s better to get to take your break at 3 PM instead of no break at all, right?  Sometimes, I actually like to take my break later in the day.  By the time I get back to my desk the day is almost over and I’m motivated in knowing that I’ll be able to leave and go home (or go to kickboxing) soon. Smile

Speaking of motivation, I’ve been a little down in the dumps lately, even with all of the positive things beginning to happen right now.  I’m almost 100% certain is has to do with my coming birthday on Sunday.  When I turned 33 last year I truly believed that the coming year was going to have wonderful things in store for me.  I had plans for what I was going to do with myself (fitness competition, graduating from IIN with a full client list, possibly getting engaged, etc.)  While I did graduate from IIN most of the other things in my bucket list just didn’t happen.  Granted, there was an unexpected hurricane which took away our home, but the closer I’m getting to marking another year the more depressed I get knowing that I didn’t reach my goals.  I’m going into my 34th year with a very negative attitude which needs to change!  NOW!

I need to stop looking in my rearview mirror and start looking toward the present and future.  No should’ve, could’ve, would’ve is going to change anything that happened over the past year.  It’s time to take a look at what prevented me from reaching my goals over this past year so that I don’t make the same mistakes again and then move forward.  Only I am in control of today and my future.

On that note, I must make some things happen over at my desk.  I’ll also be making things happen at kickboxing tonight, but that’s 3 hours from now.  Work first and play later. Winking smile

Have a great day!

~Kim

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Hey Guys!

Yesterday ended on a much higher note than it began.  Rob and I had dinner with his  family and then retired to our living space.  We chilled out watching tv, surfing the net and laughing with each other.  He really adds so much to my life and I’m thankful to have him in it.  I tease him that he was hiding on me for way too many years!  😉

My written plan of action from yesterday went into effect last night, with me heading to bed at 10 PM.  I couldn’t fall asleep right away, so I decided to read (by flashlight) for a little while.  I finished my book and went to sleep with a smile on my face.  It was a nice, deep sleep and I felt well rested this morning.

When I woke up, my good thought for the day ahead is that it’s already Wednesday!  Only 3 days until another weekend!  YES!! I’ve been checking my posture, meals are prepped, water bottles are filled and ready to drink.  I’m on my way to a great day!

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Visualize

All morning I’ve been visualizing.  I remember how great I felt last February.  I was eating healthy, going to the gym consistently and seeing awesome results.  My skin had a glow and my hair was extra shiny.  I was healthy! My body was loving me for what I was providing it. 

There’s a picture from a coffee date I had with my sister mid-February 2012 that reminds me of how great I felt at that time and keeps calling for me to get back to that feeling.   

Feb Kim

Kim Feeling Great!

 We had gone to check out a maid of honor dress option at her bridal shop and then went to Sertino’s Café afterwards.Sertinos

My Sister, Jess

My Sister, Jess

I remember how my body felt that day.  I remember waking up with my stomach feeling firm and there was the beginning of ab muscle definition.  My legs were much more toned and had a better shape to them.  I remember admiring them as I pulled the covers up so I could roll out of bed.  If you knew me, you’d know that I’ve always disliked my legs.  So, for me to say that I was actually happy with them is a HUGE triumph!  My jeans slipped right on and were actually a little loose on me.  I loved the feeling!  The best part of the day was slipping on the dress and actually feeling pretty in front of the mirror.

When we went looking for the dress, my meals were already prepped and I took them with me for the road.  Rob teased me about bringing my rice cakes, shake and peanut butter, but I didn’t care.  They did my body good. 😉  My sister has been through it all with me, so she’d never say anything about my bringing food along.  That’s just me and she accepts it.  They all just want me to be healthy and happy. 

I keep visualizing that day and how I felt.  I’m motivated to get back there again….and I WILL!   I know I can do it because I already have!

Game on!

~Kim

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Hi Friends!

 Man, what a week it’s been!  I feel emotionally drained.  I know I totally look that way too.  Despite this drained feeling, a sense of calm fell over me today.  I was sitting at my desk, knocking out tasks left and right, and I think it gave me a sense of power and control that’s missing in so many other areas in my life.  Like I stated the other day, everything that I enjoy and have been working toward kind of fell by the wayside after the destruction of the storm.  That’s ok with me, because I know that this is a truly a disaster that I’m dealing with and not an obstacle that I’m creating for myself (which I sometimes do).

 I spoke with my coach from IIN last night and she reaffirmed my feelings, which also made me feel better.  I think that I can finally start taking some time for myself.   Getting a mani/pedi and doing some clothes shopping this weekend will be good, for starters.    My sister and I are planning on meeting up to accomplish both.  It’ll be really nice to see her and do some girly, sister things.  I’m looking forward to it!

 I also decided that I need to take myself out of the depressing situation sometimes to make myself feel better. 

For example, where we are currently staying had some water damage that is being fixed as we’re living there.  I look around and feel anxiety because there is so much disorder.  I have a difficult time living in a mess.  When the things around me are messy and disorganized I tend to feel that way mentally.  In the past, whenever I felt really disorganized in my life my first reaction would be to clean my living space.  It’s something that I have complete control over (at least in normal circumstances) and can see changes almost immediately.  Instead of sitting amongst the mess after work, I decided that I’ll make a trip to the library to study in a nicer environment.  Even a trip to Starbucks to get some reading in will do for a change of space.   Maybe I won’t feel so much anxiety and I’ll begin to look less like a crazy, frazzled woman.

 Speaking of feeling  & looking, I miss feeling  &  looking my best!  With all that has happened, my normal gym routine said “Sayonara” weeks ago.  It’s really been eating away at how I feel about myself.  Honestly, I feel disgusting and out of control, which definitely doesn’t help the rest of my situation.  We’ve been eating out SO MUCH more than I ever have in my LIFE!  It isn’t that we’re eating at fast food restaurants or anything, but you still don’t really know what restaurants are adding into your food.  I’d rather have more control over it all.  Is it sad that the highlight of my day today is knowing that we are having a refrigerator delivered so I can go grocery shopping and start cooking again?  I feel like a little kid on Christmas!! 

 I’m mentally so fragile on a constant basis lately that any little thing can set me off (like my pants feeling tighter, etc).  So, I contacted a former coach of mine and told her that I want to recommit myself to the plan that she had set up for me.  I think that this will be great for me because it adds another aspect of my life where I’ll have some structure and a routine, which I feel I’m so desperately lacking right now.  I know that the plan will not only make me feel better about myself (what I have control over, more confidence in myself, inner strength, etc) but will also help me to look better (healthier, more fit, less exhausted, less frazzled looking, etc).

 I think that all of these little things combined will make a positive difference in my attitude and eventually it will show in my appearance.  Fingers crossed!  🙂

 Have a great day!

~Kim

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Hi Guys!

I was on such a role with regularly posting until Sandy hit.  Unfortunately, we lost everything (I’m not even exaggerating when I say that) with the storm and I’m not sure when I’ll be able to consistently post again.  I’ll write more about Sandy in the future and will be around as much as I possibly can, considering the circumstances. 

I still haven’t been to work since before the storm.  Crazy!  I have so much anxiety right now about multiple things (our home, work, how we’re going to replace everything, dealing with the loss of things that can never be replaced, not having heat or power, what the heck I’m going to wear to a wedding this weekend nevermind work, when I do make it back, etc).  The most important thing is that everyone is safe.  We will be stronger after we get through this together. 

The situation is definitely overwhelming and my brain isn’t in the right place to be able to describe it all.  I’m glad that I wrote the following post prior to the storm.  I was hoping to also have a vlog for you, but that isn’t possible right now.  I still wanted to get my message out to you in this week’s Thursday Thoughts. 🙂

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Who Do You Want to Be?

“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Pretty powerful words.  That Ralph Waldo Emerson sure was a smart man.  I love so many of his quotes!  Every time I hear a quote that I like I can be 99% sure that it’s one of his.  It’s just like my radar for Michael Kors’ bags.  😉

Anyway, someone had tweeted that quote yesterday and it made me start thinking of my post about not being a victim to yourself.  I can either play the victim, using the excuse that I have an eating disorder and that’s why I can’t do X, Y & Z OR I can decide that I am going to do what it takes to be the person that I want to become.

Yes, dealing with ED is a part of me.  Most likely, I’ll have to deal with it for the rest of my life, but that doesn’t mean that I’m just going to let it defeat me, miss out on experiences and not strive to be my best me possible.  No Way! 

I’ve always been one to put the things I want to do to the side, waiting to be at my best (for me, meaning being at my “perfect” weight)  in order to do them.  No More!

There’s only one person standing in the way of me reaching my potential…ME!

Yes, another Ralph Waldo Emerson quote.  I told you I liked him! 😉

There you have it.  It feels good to have that off of my chest.  I think it’s good for me to see that I’m actually the one in control.  If I’m not happy with where I’m at it’s my fault and my fault alone.  Yes, I have struggles.  We all do and there are some with much worse struggles than me.  I should be thankful with the cards I’ve been dealt instead of focusing on the negative.

I know who I want to be.  Do you?  Are you willing to put the effort in to get there?  I’m starting NOW!

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I hope that you fared well through the storm.  Everyone is in my thoughts.  I promise to be back as soon as I possibly can.  I can’t wait for a sense of normalcy again.

Sincerely,

~Kim

XOXO

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Hi Guys!

 Brrrr….it cold this morning!!  Rob had to leave the house early and I ,the dork that I am,  always find the need to walk him to the door and wave as he drives away.  I am SO my mother’s child.  Luckily, there’s no one I’d rather be like. 🙂

 Yesterday, I wasn’t feeling so hot.  My headache came back (I actually still feel it lingering today) and I felt hot, but there was a major meeting going on at work and I felt it necessary to be at the office and coordinate everything.  I have a hard time letting go of control, I guess you can say.  I just know that I like things to go smoothly and I take a lot of pride in my work.  What matters to me doesn’t always matter to someone else (small details that others probably don’t even notice), especially if they were covering for me and it wasn’t necessarily their responsibility.  So….I went in.  By the end of the day I was dragging.  My skin was hot to the touch and my eyes were tearing.  I couldn’t wait to go home and cuddle up on the couch!

 Rob saw how exhausted I was and suggested that we get takeout from my favorite restaurant.  That perked me up a little.  After dinner, we resided to the bedroom  so I could fall asleep in bed (instead of on the couch, as I had done the previous night) while watching tv.  It worked out perfectly.  Sleep came to me quickly and before I knew it morning was here.  Here’s to another day!

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Detoxifying My Life…

 I’m feeling better today, not just from illness and lack of sleep but also something within me that hadn’t been feeling quite right for a while.  Rob always tells me to stop living in the past.  There has been so much hurt there and mistakes made.  I always wish that I could go back and change things.  As we all know, that isn’t a possibility unless you’re Michael J. Fox, playing Marty McFly, traveling Back to the Future.

It won’t do any good to hang on to things that can’t be changed.  What can be changed is the present and future.  Steps and choices made today can mold our future into what we want it to be.  So, I decided to detoxify my life. 

I’m letting go of the people who only seem to bring out the negative.  The negative weighs me down and quite honestly I don’t need that.  No one does!  I didn’t deal with drama in high school and I’m not going to deal with it in my thirties.  Goodbye to the pot-stirrers and the one-uppers.  Find another sweetheart to latch onto.  This one is moving on!

 Along with detoxifying my life of negative people, I’m also cleansing my body of junk and the mindset that eating fewer calories is better.  Yesterday morning I had an awesome workout.  AWESOME!!  I’ve always been afraid to break the 1200 calorie mark, but where has that really gotten me in the past?  Nowhere good, that’s for sure!  So, after said “awesome” workout I made sure that I fueled my body properly the whole day through.  I ate mostly whole foods (as close to nature as possible) with a couple of processed food options thrown in like: spelt rice cakes, natural peanut butter & oat bran, which were the only things I ate that came in a container.  My body feels great!  It feels like it’s running like a well oiled machine.

 Now, this doesn’t mean that I won’t have treats here or there.  I am only human, ya know?  😉  A glass (or 2) of wine with Rob on the weekend, a special dessert while having dinner out, an egg white wrap from Starbucks while rushing around on the weekend are all allowed and I won’t allow myself to feel guilty for not eating perfectly “clean”.  That’s where I’ve gone wrong in the past; having the idea of a “perfect” diet and not being able to live up to it.  As long as I make healthy choices the majority of the time and exercise there is no need for guilt when having a treat here or there, especially when even my treats tend to be on the healthier side.

So, that’s where I’m at, my friends.  I’m detoxifying myself of the negative….negative people, certain foods, and ideas of perfection that have collected and created an unhealthy mindset.  The present and future are looking pretty darn good right about now!

Have a great day!

~Kim

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