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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,

 Taking a quick break to say hello in between things here at the office.  This morning was another frantic one to get out the door.  I can’t even blame it on working out today.  Last night, I was up late working on a new endeavor that I’m really excited about.  It’s all coming together, but I’m still learning and setting everything up so it can be to my liking.  If you follow my 2nd twitter handle you might be able to figure it out.   😉

 BeFit1

 

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Help a girl out and follow me, please.  Pretty please? With a cherry on top?   🙂Let me know if you guessed what I’m up to. 😉

My late night ended with me passing out on the couch in a delirium.  I dragged myself to the bed around 5:40 AM, just so I could get some cuddles in with Rob for about an hour.  Being cuddled up with Rob is seriously one of my favorite places to be.  I feel so safe and loved in those moments.  I wouldn’t trade them for anything!

Once my alarm sounded, I rushed around getting ready and flew out the door like a crazy lady.  I hate being late!  I got to the office and immediately began answering e-mails and following up with people.  Don’t you love to feel productive?  It gives me such a sense of accomplishment.  I got a lot done in the few hours that I’ve been here so far.  I even snuck some breakfast in between calls.

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I’d share with you if you were here.

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I ate so quickly that I forgot to snap a picture of my complete breakfast.  It consisted of cottage cheese, pineapple & some toast w/ a schmeer of margarine.  The pineapple was so sweet!  Yummy!

Now, it’s time to get back to that work thing.  Rob is out of town tonight so I have the entire house to myself.  What to do? What to do? Hmmm….I have a list of things that I must do (laundry, cleaning, coaching stuff, etc), but the DVR with all of my recorded girly shows is also calling my name.  I can’t wait to be able to curl up with some tea and relax, once all of my tasks are complete!

Have a great day!

~Kim

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Hi Friends!

How has your day been treating you so far?  Mine started with a sweaty Insanity workout.

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Followed by a mad dash to get out of the house.  I woke up later than I had originally intended, but nothing was getting in the way of me and my workout. NOTHING!

Even Rob couldn’t pull me away.  Normally, I follow him like a puppy as he’s getting ready to leave the house. I mean, he can’t leave without his hundred or so kisses and goodbyes, can he? I stand at the door and wave until he has pulled away and is completely embarrassed. 😉  Today, I was only about 10 minutes into my workout as he was getting ready to leave.  I received my kiss while performing power squats.

Power Squats

Hey, ya gotta keep things interesting, right?

I made it to work in record time and then devoured breakfast at my desk.

Breakfast

That would be natural almond butter spread on some high fiber whole wheat toast, fat-free Chobani and a banana. YUM!

Chobani agreed that my breakfast was tasty. 🙂

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An unpictured snack of blueberries and almonds might have been consumed & now I’m covering the reception desk until the next shift change (our receptionist is out sick today so the admins take shifts at the front desk for the day to help cover).

Ok, time to run before I have to leave this computer.  Have a great day!

~Kim

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Hello? Helloooo???? Anyone still here?  I know I’ve been a horrible awful terrible bad blogger.  Everyday life just kind of got in the way of my blogging time.  Days turned into weeks and then a month and here we are.  Isn’t it scary how quickly time passes?  I find that as I get older it moves faster and faster.  Sometimes I want to yell SLOW DOWN!

During my absence a whole lot has been happening in this crazy mind of mine.  Ever since the hurricane, and truthfully even before then, I was living in an extremely depressed state.  There were days I didn’t know how I was going to get out of bed and make it through the work day.  Many evenings consisted of me snuggled up next to Rob with tears silently rolling down my cheeks.

I couldn’t put my finger on what exactly was wrong, since I really have nothing to complain about.  I have great people in my life who love me, a nice home (that we are finally settling back into), a good job, and good health, yet something was keeping me from being happy.

In my last posts before my blogging hiatus I mentioned giving up control and reaching out for help with my eating issues, dreaming BIG & making things happen.  What’s stood in the way of making my dreams come true (and always has) are Me, Myself & I.  I always try to accomplish a multitude of goals without really taking care of the main issue at hand. In my case, the issue has always been my disordered eating.

I’m so proud of myself for reaching out for help.  For years I’ve been very stubborn, thinking that I could take care of the issue on my own.  I knew that I needed to eat more in order to get out of the vicious cycle that was controlling me, but I couldn’t seem to push past the mental fear of eating more.  I couldn’t follow the same advice that I was giving others, which I truly believed in.  So, I reached out to my nutritionist, Jen, and it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself. Truly!

Jen said that I am a “nutritionist’s dream”. I eat all of the right things….just not enough.  A few weeks after our initial meeting I was presented with a 7 day meal plan that I will follow continuously until I start making exchanges on my own, down the road.  She wants me to stick with the plan exactly, for now, to be sure that I’m getting everything that I need in.  On a given day, my plan is anywhere from 300-500 more calories that I had been taking in.  Let me tell you that makes a HUGE difference! I can actually make a recipe and eat it now.  AMAZING!  I no longer count calories or macros, which I had become obsessed with, and just follow my plan as it is laid out for me.  My mind is so much clearer now.  It isn’t filled constantly with numbers and/or calculating those numbers.  I no longer worry about how to skimp during the day, allowing myself enough to eat in the evening, in case I am hungry.

Prior to this, I began to think that I might have to go onto an antidepressant because my depression was so overwhelming and taking over my life.  After a few days on my new plan it was as if someone waved a magic wand over me and POOF the depression was gone.

Seriously.  Just.Like.That….GONE! 

No need for medicine when you are eating enough of the right things.  I still can’t believe how quickly everything changed once I was eating enough.

Rob has commented multiple times that I’m like a completely different person and he wants this one to stick around. There have been many times that I’ve been worried that he would want to leave me because I was never happy and, honestly, who wants to be with someone who is never happy?  I wouldn’t blame him!  There have been times that I’d like to be able to get away from myself, but I’m stuck with myself for life. 😉  Haha.  Instead of trying to escape from reality I decided to work on myself and it has made such a difference in my life.  It’s only been one week and I feel renewed!

There are a few new things happening over here that I’m extremely excited to share with you.  It will all come out in time, my friends.  For now, I’m happy to report that the depression is gone and I’m ready to LIVE!

Kim

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Hi Friends!

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

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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.

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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.

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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! 

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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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Hi Guys!

Another day flying by over here.  Work has been completely nutzo ever since I returned from our vacation a few weeks ago.  I feel like….Vacation? What vacation?  Disappointed smile My tan has faded and life has resumed as usual, but good memories were made as well as a new friend. Smile  I can only imagine how stressed I might be right now had I not gone on vacation.  At least I got a lil sunshine before coming back to NY and getting sick…twice.

So, I mentioned in Saturday’s post that I reached out for help with my eating.  For someone like me who has had issues with weight/eating their entire life, giving up control to someone else is extremely scary.  Where has trying to always be in control honestly gotten me though, right?  It seems that I continue in the same vicious cycle and never seem to break free.

In the past I’ve questioned people’s methods and always found reasons why their plan wasn’t going to work for me.  It wasn’t that it wouldn’t work; rather, it all boiled down to me having to give up control over what and the way that I was eating and not wanting to relinquish that control 100%.  I realize that I’m never going to get better that way.  So, although there is a hint of fear in increasing my calories on a constant basis, I’m EXTREMELY excited to see where this takes me hopefully off of this merry-go-round I’ve been on for over 2 decades.  This isn’t a fitness competitor program.  This is just me trying to reach my optimal health in a balanced way so I can be finally be happy and not allow food to control my life anymore.  I’m crossing my fingers that this is the time that everything clicks for me!

Only a few more hours here at the office and then I’ll hurry on to my new found love, KICKBOXING!  I haven’t been to class in over a week, due to being sick.  I can’t wait to get back in their and knock the bag around.  Before my vacation and then getting sick I could tell that I had gotten stronger and my endurance had drastically improved.  Let’s hope that I haven’t lost much in the time that I’ve been out from class.  Aside from getting a great workout, class provides me with an hour that’s completely mine.  I can take my frustrations out on the bag, work to better my conditioning, take it a little easier some days if I’m not feeling 100%, but also get the push in motivation by being in a class with 14 or so other people.  It’s great!  Seriously, when you find an activity that you enjoy it makes a huge difference!

 

I best be off to do that thing called work.  I hope your week is going well!

~Kim

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