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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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Hey Guys!

We’ve made it to the Wednesday hump and this week is already seeming to be very long! I guess that can be attributed to the fact that it’s the first full week back at work since before Christmas. Once I get back into the swing of full weeks again it won’t be a problem, but for now it feels like torture.
I’m trying to stay in the positive in 2013. The negative only drags you down, right?  So, I keep reminding myself how Monday felt like a second Christmas.  Christmas in January!  I may or may not have purchased a few fitness inspired items for myself.  Merry Christmas to me! 😉

Let’s check these boxes out!!
Box #1:

Perfect Fit
After trying Perfect Fit protein for the first time a few weeks ago, I fell in love. It’s the perfect addition to my morning bowl of oat bran and my last meal of the day (which I try to keep as just a protein & fat meal).

Protein Oats

Needless to say, I use it pretty much Every.Single.Day!  I still have to write a review and try it out in some recipes for you guys.

Originally, I thought it was going to be a one-time purchase, but seeing that I do use it so often it was time for me to buy some more. This time, a free hot pink shaker cup was included. Cute! I can’t wait to use it!

Box #2:

Genetix HD
If you’re like me, you love reading Kelly Olexa’s blog. Even better is watching her vlogs while getting some cardio in. Nothing like using time efficiently, right?  😉

Many times during her vlog you’ll see her drinking her GNC GenetixHD Pro-Sculpt in the Blue Raspberry flavor. After doing some research I wanted to try it for myself and ended up with the GNC GenetixHD bundle.  It is pretty expensive, so I found an online coupon for GNC and happily made my purchase. I always love a good discount! Rob always says that “sale” and “puppies” are my two favorite words. I don’t know about “favorite” words, but they’re definitely up there.  

This bundle is a 30 day supply, which will take me up to my trip in February.  Normally, I don’t take any supplements other than protein powder and my vitamins.  I’ll do a full review after the 30 days are up.

Along with the GenetixHD, I bought a container of About Time protein powder that I’ve had my eyes on for some time.

About Time

I tried it once in my evening snack (Which is: protein powder mixed with an egg white and nuked. Then, smeared with some peanut butter). All I can say is “YUCK!” I’m going to give it a second chance in a morning shake and see if that changes my opinion. Hey, that was all the more reason to buy my Perfect Fit protein, right?

Box #3:

Polar Box
I’ve always wanted a heart rate monitor, but for whatever reason (most likely financial) I never got to purchasing one. On New Years Day I felt it was finally time for me to get one, but I had no clue what to get. If you follow me on twitter you’d have seen my request for recommendations and eventually this conversation.

Liz Convo
Thank you Liz Brody!
I couldn’t wait to get my hands on my new Polar FT40! While Rob was on a business trip last night that’s exactly what I did. I’m looking forward to putting it to good use for the first time in my workout tomorrow morning.

Polar HR Monitor
Now that all of the unwrapping is complete, I’m back to the grind. However, someone just might have been browsing through the Apple store online last night and purchased this:

Incase Sports Armband Deluxe for My iPhone 4s

Let’s just say there might be some more unwrapping to do on Friday. 😉

Have a great day!

~Kim

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