My Latest Obsession

If you are serious about your fitness/health/get a fantastic body mission - you meal prep. You kind of have to do this in one form or another as we all know what poor decision makers we be one when we don't have a ready made meal close at hand. And if you are exercising a fair bit and eating clean - you eat a lot of food. Veggies are crucial but those bad boys aren't high in calories. So you end up being that person. Lugging a lunchbox around. Or a purse full of snacks. And at least for me, it means leaving for work with a lunchbox, purse, laptop bag. And for traveling it meant a lot of manipulating and plotting to get all my stuff on board because as you know - healthy food while traveling is hard. Especially on longer flights and in some of these regional airports. Annoying and frustrating at times.

Well, I recently picked up a new 6 Pack Fitness bag. The Camille to be specific.

20140802-231725-83845091.jpg Truth - I really wanted the Renee. And still do because it's sleek and professional. But it's been out of stock since like hour 2 of the pre-order back in April and I wanted a solution now because I had a need for it. I had a 3 meal 6 pack a while back but I kind of ruined it and made the mistake of replacing it with the 5 meal at the advice of my then nutritionist and that was too much for me. I avoided buying another after that because I wasn't using the 5 meal and didn't want to but another 3 meal so soon. But I knew this style was the winner for me once these purse style ones came out, so I went ahead and jumped back in. And I'm so glad I did. For one, it's easy and less obvious I'm carrying food around when I'm out. It's perfect for travel, I can fit EVERYTHING I would ever need in the purse section, and there are plenty of pockets. The side pockets give perfect access to a water bottle or blender bottle or can be used for easy access to keys and phone if only using one/neither of the pockets.

Today I took it out loaded with the food in the picture above for the hubby and I. Everything stayed cold all day (around 11 hours). And it was so easy to stay on track because I had all my snacks with me. I walked into a movie theatre with no problem later in the day so bonus :)

So long story short - if you need to have the right food around you to stay on might want to check into these bags here. They have all kinds of styles/price points so you can find something that fits! I'm not affiliated with them in any way, this isn't paid or anything. It's just a product I love and I am *immediately* noticing a positive impact on my life from :)

Label Me

Labels are so huge in the fitness world.  Look at the food side of things: Vegan/Vegetarian/Paleo/IIFYM/Clean Eating/Keto/Low Carb/Whole 30/Plant Based and many more.

Honestly a year or two ago I would have called many of those the same thing.  I still honestly don't get the difference between keto and low carb but each side swears that it's different and I just go with it.  I didn't know that Vegan was considered by many to be a lifestyle and a total cruelty free existence...not just a meal plan.

And like many things in life I felt I had to pick a side.  Once I did the Ultimate Reset and found out that I actually really felt awesome eating vegan I figured vegetarian was a good compromise.  And I did that for a while.  Then I went back to meat occasionally.  And I lived in this place where I would have vegan meals most of the time, some vegetarian, and occasionally fish or chicken maybe every other month if that?  That seemed to be the happy place.  I considered myself to be plant based if I had to label it.  I ate mostly produce but spent some time in the other spaces.  And I was happy.

Lately I have been eating more of a random diet.  Mostly vegetarian, but here and there it's clean but chicken or fish or turkey more.  I have been doing more weight lifting workouts and I am finding that my diet was leaving me STARVING and I was eating crap food at work when I was hungry.  It wasn't necessarily the worst food but it wasn't clean and it was way too many calories.  Cliff Z bars (yes the kids ones...way better tasting).  Pita and hummus.  Random soup du jour at work.  And worst of all - the free food syndrome was kicking in bad.  At work we have food at meetings a lot.  Jimmy John's.  Pizza.  Dessert.  Cookies.  Scones. Fruit.  The most ridiculous pita and hummus on earth (I mentioned this already...I know.  It's that good).   So on and so forth.  And when you are honestly hungry...well sometimes you just start nibbling.  And then I got sick.  I have not been honestly sick in a long time this randomly.  I don't know ANY sick people.  Just me.  Hmm.

Now, I'm not saying you can't eat a vegan diet and lift weights.  I'm not saying it at all.  I'm saying that the switch from cardio focus to strength focus for me was one that really threw me for a loop.  Part of this is the fact that I don't like a lot of food that I should be eating on a vegan/vegetarian diet.  I don't really like nuts, just nut butter.  I don't really like avocado and sometimes it makes me feel ill when I eat it.  I'm lactose intolerant.  I do love olives at least, but as you can see my vegan fat levels are LOW.  I don't like many veggies raw.  I read 80/10/10 and was ready to fall in LOVE with the program but then I faced a dinner with that many raw vegetables and I wanted to cry.  I can eat pretty much any veggie cooked.  Especially stir fried.  I even stir fry radishes...I'm a rebel.  But raw...I have a limit and probably too much hummus or salad dressing.  Also honestly - the amount of fruit I should eat in a day is way beyond my budget for that plan.  I don't care for tofu.  I can dig tempeh, but not enough to have it daily.  And most veggie burgers, even the cleanest ones or the homemade ones are not very protein heavy.  I do love a good sourdough pb and j though...does that count?

In essence - my calories are way too low and my macros in pretty much every place are too low and all my options to fix that were wildly unappealing to me.  And since I didn't like the options I realized I was eating LESS because I didn't like the food.  Yeah that wasn't working.

So I'm trying this.  Seeing how it goes.  I'm on day 2 of a concentrated effort to eat more of the foods I actually find delicious and I'm finding I'm NOT cheating on my plan or not finishing a meal.  I'm satisfied and I feel a peace I have not had since I finished the reset.

Bottom line - I know many people who suffer through a meal plan they hate for results.  And that's just not me.  If I don't like the food I just can't eat it day in and day out.  My body was telling me "Kim - hey um...I need something else right now" and I fought it.  I fought myself.  And I lost.  I put on lbs.  I got tired and finally sick.  That sickness is what made me change this up for now.

I'm not saying this is forever.  I really do in my heart want to eat more of a plant based diet.  But at my caloric need (not helped by those extra lbs, eh?) and my activity level...I either have to eat food I don't want to eat or I have to do something else until something changes.  So that's what I'll do.   And I'll experiment.  I need to find more foods I actually enjoy eating so I can make this permanent.  I need to cook more foods and try more things to find the ones I love.  And that's what this is going to be about.  Welcome to this journey.

Level 10

WTF is Level 10. It's me taking myself to a new level.  It's me making a conscious decision to go from a more diligently working towards fitness to me consciously moving to BEAST MODE for the next 6-8 months.

My main goal - lose the last 30 lbs and be out of weight loss and in maintenance.  I want that by the end of the year.  I want to ring in the new year looking the best I have ever looked in my life with my hubby in a sparkly dress.

This is going to be really hard.  I have been bouncing the same weight range for months.  Ever since last year with job changing and generally being completely unhappy with my professional career.  I am really happy with where I am now.  Completely happy.  And I have spent some time being happy and eating and being a little loose with my diet.  Not out of control loose.  But too loose for someone this close to her goals but not there.

So now I buckle down.  I become that girl.  I have to do it even though I have pretty much resisted being that girl for a while now except when doing the reset.  What is that girl?

That girl who says no.  No to ordering food that isn't on her plan.  No to just eating without thought.  Yes to eating for fuel.  Yes to meal planning.  Yes to carrying my own food everywhere.  Yes to coming to terms with the emotional side of saying no and following my path.

It's going to be hard.  I had to talk to the hubby about this.  Because that's a big part of it.  Deciding that maybe we won't eat together sometimes.  Or that dining out...a big part of our relationship happy fun times...has to get cut back.  We have to change who WE are to fit me.  And that's hard to say.  But it's something I needed to really go next level to say.  For one because we both can stand to be healthier.  And for two because I just have to have his support to help me be able to do this.  It's going to be hard enough outside the house...I need his help.

So be on the look out for all this.  I started back with cardio after a month off of it because of my hips.  I basically realized that the real fix to the problem was altering my sleep style.  No more sleeping on my side.  I don't know if it's the years of being over weight or if it's just positioning or the combo of the two - but sleeping on my left side puts too much pressure on my body and my left leg feels awful in the morning.  If I lay on my back, right side, or stomach it's fine the next morning.  So I'm training myself to do that.  It sucks.  But it's going much better.  I had to prop myself up and block myself in with pillows at first to not roll over...but I'm doing better with it now.  And I have been pain free every single day except for the one day I did fall asleep on the couch on that side.  Boom.  So now that my leg issue is solved...I have been back on cardio/weights and back to pushing play with my favorites - Autum and Shaun T.  So this is the next step.

This is long enough for now.'s time to grocery shop.

One Week Insane

Today was the first day of week 2 of Insanity!  I spent most of the first week sick (thank you flight home from Tampa), but I went hard on my workouts since it was just in the sinus area (sexy, I know). Week 1 I lost 3.5 lbs (yay!) and feel really good.  I already feel my endurance picking up a bit and the inches (because that's what matters most) coming down.

Game plan for the week was:

1. Ate mostly vegan with some dairy here and there via baked products.  I didn't do a lot of cooking other than some reset recipes (beets, tempeh, greens, sweet potato bisque) and some baked potato fries.  I had a few meals out - a potluck where I made this AMAZING asparagus salad (which I am obsessed with now) and some stir fry meals at other restaurants.

2. I actually woke up on time.  I fell off a little bit after a late night on Thursday.  But for the most part I woke up on time without snooze assistance.  I do need to start going to bed earlier, but that's my June goal to work on for the Fitbook #21daystochange challenge!  I will be winding down around 9:30 and in bed, lights off, phone NOT on at 10 at the LATEST.

3. Push myself.  I don't usually have a problem with this but coming into my first week of really intense workouts in a while I was scared I wouldn't do enough work.  So I broke out my heart rate monitor to make sure I pushed hard enough and I used the Xbox Fitness interface to help me monitor my efforts as well.  Both of these have paid off with getting better scores and results.  I don't do the Xbox for every workout, I don't want to get too used to it and not be able to function without it.  But I use it at least 2x a week right now.

Game plan for week 2?  All the same things. I will have leftover roasted potato and asparagus salad, making some cuban black beans and plantains (I'm beyond excited for this meal), roasting veggies, and some other goodies.  In general I'm just trying to eat plant based and watch my processed carbs and my grains.  I was thinking of trying 21 day fix vegan style buttttt no.  Not right now.  I'm going to ride this train of eating clean and loose but losing as long as I can.

Ultimately Insane

I finished my third Ultimate Reset!  I lost weight/inches of course...but most importantly my brain feels normal again.  Off the processed sugar and ready to move forward normally.  After a long time of feeling unbalanced between a contract change, holidays, moving to Minnesota and adjusting to the new job....I finally feel what I would call level again.  It's been a LONG time of feeling unbalanced and I'm really glad I was able to use this program to feel balanced again. Results ya go: 20140525-125425-46465756.jpg

So now that the Ultimate Reset is over...what is next?   Well of course, it's INSANITY :)  I have followed each reset with insanity with fantastic why do anything different now?  Especially since Insanity is my favorite workout.  I plan on doing INSANITY followed by Asylum Vol 1/2.  So about 4 months straight of intense cardio with some weight lifting the last 2 months of that are on the schedule.  The plan is that I will reach my goal weight with this combination as long as I keep my diet straight.  Which means for me - a heavy on plants light on meat diet.  Today was the fit test.  I am using #summerofshaunt on instagram and twitter so look it up if you want to follow my progress :)


Visual proof of my workout!!  If you have a dusty copy of INSANITY laying around the house and want to join me let me know!  I'm posting daily motivation in my Facebook group (Team Consistency) so you are more than welcome to join me!

Ultimate Reset: The Last Few Salads

I am in the last week of the reset.  Finally!  I do love the program but as with anything, you get close to the end and senioritis kicks in and you are ready to have a little freedom for summer. I have posted a few videos during my journey on my youtube page and put them in a playlist so you can find all of the Ultimate Reset ones easily here!

In general though, I am VERY happy.  As usual.  I love this program because it delivers results.  For me my goal is usually two things - weight loss and fixing my brain about my sugar cravings.  Right now I feel that both have been achieved.  All of the weight I gained this spring after fumbling through the end of the 21 Day Fix is gone.  And I do not feel the intense cravings I did before for all things awful.  I actually am looking forward to fixing some of my favorite vegan and vegetarian dishes again.  My headspace is incredibly clear and as I see once again what a plant based diet does for my body I am reminded of how wonderful I can feel.  So with that - two things to share:

1. INSANITY .  Yes, it is going down May 25th.  10 days.  I.  Can't.  Wait.  Please feel free to join me.  Dust off your old copy of the program and let's kick some serious ass (off of our bodies, eh? ) or if you need a copy email me - or look in my store and I can help you get a copy in time to start.

2. Tenacious Herbivores - With a few of my Team Tenacity coaching buddies...we have started a plant based recipe/food share.  I am SO excited.  We are all different brands of herbivores with a common goal of eating more whole foods and plant based recipes.  If you are interested in joining us, it's a Facebook group that you can just join and start sharing.  You don't have to be a vegan or vegetarian.  Just have to share plant based vegan or vegetarian friendly recipes.  Interested?  It's here: Tenacious Herbivores on Facebook  I literally created this group about 30 minutes ago so we are just getting started, ha!

10 Down, 11 To Go!

I'm pretty much at the half way point of this reset! First week is the hardest to me because it's when you have to decide you are going all in. That you will give up control of your food to the program. Once you get through that, it's fairly simple to stick with it to me.

Today I weighed in - it was good :) I'm going to share full results at the end but know that all the weight I put in while in my funky mood is gone. Along with the funky mood, bad sleep, and sugar cravings. I feel almost fantastic. It's almost because I still have a little stuffy nose. It's not as bad as Monday, but it's there. I had this my first reset as well. I blame it on the terrible diet I went into each with resulting in a detox in the form of sniffles and a few blemishes. I'm annoyed with both...but I'm ok with it. It means my body is getting rid of junk and resetting.

Meal wise, I'm doing a little remixing here and there to try to not waste food.  Last night I made a 3x batch of the Sweet Potato Bisque because my husband said he wanted some but then he said he wasn't going to eat it.  So I have an extra serving since the reset only has it 2x.  I'm totally going to eat that again since I have it, most likely on day 12 for lunch and I am so psyched about that.  I also have a ton of pinto beans left from making them for the man for dinner so I'm going to actually have that dinner again tonight.  It's really one of my favorites (no's the only other recipe on that link above along with the bisque lol) and I found my favorite brown rice (nishiki) today so I'm going to eat that up!

Two Days Out

And it was shopping day!




I am stocked UP and ready to go. My best tip for newbies to the reset - bulk foods are your friend. My second tip - splurge on yourself and get organic as much as possible. My third tip - clean out your fridge before you start. Trust me, you need the room. Everything you see in there is for the reset. I have some extra salad greens and cucumbers for the hubby. But for the most part - it's all for me to eat this week. Yeah. It's not a starvation plan, trust me.

Prep Time!

Considering it is Sunday night and I'm starting the Ultimate Reset on Wednesday morning...time to prep! I spent a long time in the kitchen today. First - I cleaned the fridge out. I had a lot of random stuff in there that was either just old or I need to remove it from my diet. The weight I have put on is definitely due to food choices and I am ready to get back to the choices that benefit me. And for me - that means removing them from my house. I battle myself enough with choices out in the world...I like my home to be a place of easy living. My husband it not doing the reset (although he will eat reset dinners with me) so I do have non reset food in the house. But it's clean food, not snacky junk foods. Second - I cleaned the kitchen top to bottom. Scrubbed the fridge and stove and floor and counters. I'm ready for daily cooking now.

Next I printed the grocery list and did a kitchen inventory.


I already have many of the condiments , spices, and kitchen staples like brown rice in the house. I did the inventory to make sure I don't repeat buy. I also added the food I need to cook dinner for the hubs and I.

I will shop tomorrow night most likely. That way I can spend Tuesday night prepping for day 1. I'm really mentally exhausted and ready for this and I can tell because I'm in the prep mode earlier than usual :)

Ultimate Reset Tips Part 2

Another video with reset tips!  This time focusing on what is going on during the reset instead of prep.  I hope it's helpful to people new to the reset and if you have any questions please let me know.

What is the ultimate reset? Check it out here:

I will be starting the reset for the 3rd time next Wednesday.  It's time for a tune up and to reset my brain.  After a move and a new job and a lot of things happening I just am ready to woosah.  If you would like to reset with me, you need to purchase your kit by April 23rd otherwise you will have to pay for rush shipping to have your kit in time. If cost is an issue - contact me at as there are some ways to bring the price down even more if you need to in order to get your hands on this really awesome program. It saved my life...I'm convinced I would still be gaining weight if I had not done it so I would love to work with you to figure out a way to help you make this work!




Ultimate Reset Tips - Part 1

  I have done the ultimate reset 2x so far and I am getting ready to do it again on April 30th.  As I prepare, I wanted to share some tips and a little bit on my personal history with it. is a video!

I created the questions from what friends and family doing/preparing for the reset have asked me.  If you have any questions please ask them and if I haven't answered it in part 2, I'll create a part 3!

What is the ultimate reset?  Check it out here:

If you would like to join the team starting the reset on April 30th, order by April 23rd at the LATEST to receive it on time.  Once you order you can log into the participant portal to get your grocery lists so you can be 100% prepared to start with us on the 30th.  If cost is an issue - contact me at as there are some ways to bring the price down even more if you need to in order to get your hands on this really awesome program.  It saved my life...I'm convinced I would still be gaining weight if I had not done it so I would love to work with you to figure out a way to help you make this work!



Minnesota Super Saturday

Today was Super Saturday!  Super Saturday is a quarterly Beachbody event for coaches (guests can come too though!) where it's part business (learning about what is coming down the pike for the company, personal development) and part fitness (because you can't put a bunch of Beachbody coaches together and NOT workout).  I actually never really went before this year to one but now that I have, I will NEVER miss one unless I really have to miss one.  It's a great opportunity to meet other local coaches and just to be surrounded by ridiculous positivity. Before I go into what I really got out of it...a few pics!

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Today was also good for me to put a fire under my ass again.   In the door prize contest for most weight loss in the room....well I was #2.  Only one person beat me and he lost an amazing 125 lbs.  Well done sir!  Now even if I reach my goal by June 28th (next Super Saturday) I still wouldn't beat that guy because my goal is less than 125.  BUT it reminded me how far I have come.  How much work I have done so far and how I should really stop being so blah about that part of this journey.  I'm always looking forward and looking at what's left.  But what is important and what has made me who I am today is what I have already accomplished.  If there is nothing else I took from's that I need to keep in mind my success so far and never forget that.

It was also good because...well I have been slacking with workouts.  Partially diet related but fully not excusable.  I was tired from my eating and I let that dictate my mornings.  So I didn't exercise like I should and I was too busy around lunch at work to squeeze in a workout so I let that be an excuse.  Too many excuses = too many missed workouts.  Then today we did 21 Day Fix Plyo Fix.


All those missed workouts and poor diet choices were like HI KIM I'M HERE!!!!!  I have only done that workout once before and I knew it was hard but whoa it was way harder today.  Okay.  I'm listening.  I already was but I'm REALLY listening now.

Even before today I had decided that today was going to be the first day of being back on a plant based diet.  I went to the grocery store last night and stocked up on some delicious produce.  I went to Super Saturday with strawberry Shakeology blended up with cherries and a banana (the best thing ever) and a big container of fruit - strawberries, apple, banana.  I had a big salad and a pear for lunch and broccoli and chickpeas for dinner.  All very very clean and delicious and PERFECT.  I haven't felt this great in a while between all the plants and the exercise.  And after Super Saturday...well I am beyond motivated to keep going.  I'm going spend the next 2ish weeks eating pretty clean and working out regularly on schedule.  Then I'm going to reset and really kick myself in to high gear.  Post-reset - I'm probably going to do insanity or insanity/p90x hybrid until I head off to Vegas for Beachbody Summit.  Big plans but I am ready to bring my best self to Vegas and the next BB event.  I want to submit that best self for the BB challenge in June and I want to be able to stand longer at June Super Saturday as they count down the weight loss.

Focus.  Drive....let's DO THIS!

Breaking up with the Containers

After another week of being on the fix I think I have decided I'm officially done with it.  It's a great program but it's really just NOT for me as I just don't feel as good on the meal plan.  The workouts are amazing and I love love them.  But the meal plan isn't working for me as far as how I feel.  And since I decided when I started beachbody I would absolutely stop dieting for the sake of dieting I think I need to remember that.  My internet soul sister Kehau and I were on Voxer today and she talked about how she felt like it wasn't aligned with her mind and that clicked SO much with me.  Then tonight I watched a video from Fully Raw Kristina about why she went vegetarian.  That video REALLY clicked with me.  She talks about how she started eating meat after a stint vegetarian because she felt she had to for society and because it was what everyone said she should do.  That REALLY hit home with me because I have been mentally struggling with that exact issue. I felt amazing eating mostly vegan and eating more carbs and I know that I can find a way to reach my goals with that diet because I know many people with that diet who look like freaking rockstars.  It's funny because when I think about the 30 day push (goal setting program) the idea is to live a life with goals in line with your priorities.  So why am I choosing to continue to pursue a goal with a meal plan that is NOT aligning with me????  Pressure to try it because it's essentially the diet every nutritionist has given me.  Pressure because I'm ready to be at my goal weight NOW and feel like I am a pseudo fail because I'm still not there yet.  Pressure to fit in and not have to have accommodations for my food tastes.   Aside from the pressure I'm realizing that my food tastes are starting to change in not a good way.  Fresh produce doesn't have the pop it had before and that makes me sad.

So I declare that today.  Well I guess tomorrow since I ate dinner a bit ago and am done for the day...I am going back to eating what makes me feel good and energetic.  Lots of fruit.  Some vegetables.  Lots of RAW produce.  Dinners of plant based foods.  Delicious foods that feed my soul and keep me balanced mentally unlike how I feel right now.  I also am thinking about getting the Ultimate Reset and starting with Kehau on the 30th of April.  I have done this program twice before and it is truly a life changing experience.  After all this back and forth I think I might do it to just reset mentally.  I'm going to decide probably in the next week or two on purchasing  it!




My Keys to Success

Today is the first day of my mashup workout challenge.  This week the line up is:

  • Asylum 1: Vertical Plyo
  • P90x3: The Challenge
  • P90x3: MMX
  • Insanity: Pure Cardio // 21 Day Fix: Pilates
  • P90x3: Eccentric Upper // Yoga (stretch)

I'm pretty excited about this.  I have not done MMX or Eccentric Upper yet so it's going to be fun to try a new workout mixed in with ones I know and love and will hurt.  Today was Vertical Plyo and it was good to get dumb with Shaun T again.  I'm already feeling it a little in my upper back and core so yay!  My big goal is to lose enough in the inch department that my clothes are beyond comfortable.  I have not gone shopping since I finished Insanity last year in a new size and I'm ready for that to happen again so let's work.

Something I thought about a lot today with regards to this goal was answering the question: What do I do when everything is going in the right direction with my weight?  I wrote down 5 things that I really think I need to have as my daily checklist:

  • Shakeology: Honestly...this is a HUGE key for me.  When I have Shakeology in the morning for breakfast it sets my day up right because it hits my sweet tooth, fills me up, and reminds me of my goals.  I'm gonna be 100% transparent here.  I went through a time in my life where driving through Chic-Fil-A and picking up a milkshake for breakfast was something I did not regularly...but way to much.  Other days I'd go through McDonalds and pick up a smoothie.  I love cold shakes for breakfast, end of discussion.  So Shakeology is my power tool because (1) it hits that spot with WAY less calories and healthy whole ingredients (2) it fixes my stomach issues (3) and it mentally puts me in the right spot to be healthy all day.  It's a lifestyle.
  • Snacks: I need to BRING a morning and afternoon snack.  And something filling.  Egg salad w/ a whole grain cracker or rice.  Oatmeal with fruit.  Essentially a mini meal, not like a bag of grapes or a little bar.  A good bar - a P90x or Protein Crunch bar - those work.  But mostly, I need to eat mini meals.
  • Salads:  I don't like eating salads daily but I have realized that when I have salads daily I am much better in general.  I think this again goes to having something filling.  Raw veggies fill me up and keep me from overeating.  You really can't overeat raw veggies.  Really.  And raw veggies are fantastic for health so it's a win win.
  • Water: this is my biggest struggle.  BIGGEST.  Because it's not really fun or sexy or delicious.  But when I am firing I'm drinking a gallon a day, end of discussion.  Right now...there is absolutely no reason I shouldn't be doing this but it's so hard some days to even drink 30 ounces.  No lie, in the middle of this I realized I had not had any water in hours and poured myself a glass.  But water keeps me full and has so many amazing health benefits!
  • Exercise: it's not last because it's least important.  It's last because it's my anchor.  Shakeology and Exercise bracket health for me.  Anyway exercise for me is the cheapest therapy that I could probably ever find.  No matter how I feel about my body when I wake up, when I do a workout I feel better.  I feel strong.  I feel like a fit beasterella and NOBODY can stop me.  In addition after a fantastic workout I have a stronger pull towards eating healthy.  After you push your butt through a stupid hard workout and realize it's ONLY 500 calories don't eat a package of 500 calorie cookies without having a second thought about it.  It's a mental anchor to help me realize the impact of the foods that I want to eat have on me and how I can erase a workout really quick if I don't check myself.

That's pretty long but I wanted to share.  These 5 points are going to be my focus for the month.  If these are the power points...I must hit them to reach my goals.  I am going to track how I do to these daily and use them as a metric for improvement.

Cherry Berry Shakeology

So I wanted to share my FAVORITE Shakeology recipe. It came out of my love for faux banana ice cream. I made it a lot and it helped me stay away from Ben and Jerry's. This recipe is really simple and is really helping me out on days I feel lots of cravings. Ingredients: 1/3 frozen banana, approx 1/4 cup frozen cherries, enough almond milk to blend, 1 scoop strawberry Shakeology, ice

Directions: blend all ingredients. Add ice as needed to get a good smoothie consistency. Enjoy!

And if you would like to get Strawberry (or any other flavor) Shakeology, just go to my shop for all the options.


The New (old) Me

Hey friends! I know, I've been a terrible blogger this year.  Life has taken some serious turns with work and now I work in Minnesota and live in the Twin Cities.  Yep.  No more Virginia/east coast and YAY to being back to the midwest.  My soul feels so much better in the's my home.

The time here has been good so far BUT I have had a really hard time adjusting to the time zone change.  Well I was doing ok then daylight savings time hit.  And would seem that it should be easier to adjust to than it was...but it was not.  I was pretty much exhausted for 2 weeks.  And still adjusting to the new job (which I LOVE by the way.  I haven't loved a job like this since my first job out of college.  Which is not a surprise since I went back to that same type of job for this job.)  I got off my fit game because I was not sleeping well at all.  And when I'm off my fit game, my eating gets meh.  So after completing the 21 Day Fix and feeling pretty good body wise I feel like I kind of reverted back.

So.  Today I have the kitchen grooving.  I have artichokes in the oven roasting.  I'm making a 21 Day Fix friendly spaghetti.  About to make some stuffed peppers and some other meals.  And it's time to get back on the grind.  I'm going to be 32 on Friday.  And I am going to start the year the way I want it to go - strong and consistent and dedicated.  I have not really found a groove since I found out I got this job in January to be honest.  Actually I haven't been in a groove since I had to switch contract jobs back in August to one I rather hated.  I feel like I can say that now that I'm out of that industry...I hated my job.  I hated the place I worked and I missed my prior assignment like crazy.  That's partially why I think I stopped blogging as much because I was so cloudy with that fact.  That's how I realized that lifestyle was just not for me anymore...the inability to control my career and to lose a position I loved off of nothing I did and with nothing I could do about it...yeah it pretty much made me about as sad/mad/annoyed and a few other words and I didn't shake it for a long time.  Probably not until last month.  So yeah, with that said,  I've been on and off.  Mostly on but up and down and not making the progress I want.  But I'm making a decision that tomorrow morning is going to be the start of being back to being 100% ON POINT again.  It's really time.  I'm in a work happy place.  I'm in a life happy place.  And I'm settled as much as I can be.

So the plan?

1. 21 Day Fix nutrition.  Kind of.  I love the program.  I really do.  I felt in control and lost weight and looked pretty good at the end.  BUT I just can't eat as much meat as the program requires at my weight.  I can't.  I feel sick and I feel like I have to pick between the meat and the veggies as both make me really full.  I prefer a vegetarian lifestyle but even with that I don't like eating a lot of fake meat.  So...what I will do is focus on the produce first.  Then when adding the protein I'm going to give myself some leeway.  I will do mostly eggs, yogurt, and of course Shakeology for my servings a day.  I am not going to beat myself up if I am short and this time I will choose the produce over the veggies if it comes down to making a selection and being stupid full.  As I lose weight and my protein servings come down this won't be an issue.  I know this isn't the program...but it's my spin on it that I can keep up with long term.

2. April Workouts - Emily's Schedule of Doom.  So one of my Team Consistency girls Emily made a CRAZY schedule.  It combines 21 Day Fix, Insanity, P90x3, Asylum 1 and Asylum 2.  I'm pretty psyched about it because it will mix a lot of fun workouts and get me back on a schedule again since right now I'm kind of between calendars.  It's going to be hard and that's good.  I thrive on that shit for real.  I don't like easy workouts, I like to be beat down.  My back up workout (in case I over sleep which lately is like a daily thing) is the gym at work.  To be honest I might for a while do both.  Just because I tried the lunch gym thing last week and I LOVE getting away from my desk in the middle of the day and moving my body.  I tend to get tired in the afternoons when I do a lot of desk work so this was a GREAT way to stay energized and one I really love.  Even if I just go walk on the treadmill for 15's a really nice break.  So yeah....doubles some days?

That's the plan.  It's not a complicated plan but it is a better one than I've had in a while so yay!  I'm determined to reach my goal weight this year and that means I have to stop living in the fog and start really focusing on my goals.

DietBets and Peppermints

I signed up for my first DietBet this year. DietBet is a site where basically you put your money where your commitment is for either 4 or 10 percent weight loss in a time set by the bet creator. This one is a 4% challenge for January with a $30 buy in. Big challenge for me but coming off a holiday break due to sickness I figured it was a good time to try, especially since I was starting P90x3 and expected good results. I gotta tell you - these things ROCK. See if you make your goal, you get a piece of the pot. So say half the people make it and the other half don't. Then all the winners split the pot. Losers get nada. That's some serious motivation because the one I joined is MASSIVE - pot is over $132K!!! And I definitely do NOT want to lose my $30 and I definitely DO want to win more.

Hello new clothes!

And that's where peppermints come in lol. Seriously - they are keeping me from indulging lately. I know it's not the same, but I think about winning all the money and have a peppermint and walk away from things like "dessert day" (seriously - we had one last week) at work. Oh and banana cherry faux cream - frozen cherries and bananas blended to a cream and topped with cinnamon and shredded coconut. Yummy!!

So my motivation is all time high right now. I am really glad P90x3 is turning out to be all I hoped it would be and more. I lost 3 lbs week 1 and am very much in love with this one. More cardio than P90x but just as intense. I'm on day 7, stretch and rest day, and excited to move on to week 2!!

I'm still vlogging my P90x3 journey over on YouTube daily so check it out for my program chats/reviews!

2014: Live on Tape

Yep...that's right...I'm going to VLOG my journey this year.  For one - I think it will be fun to vlog how I get through P90x3 and my results.  For two - I think it will make me accountable as heck.  You say the camera adds 10 lbs...well I guess that means I better lose at least that much :) I was trying to think of a catch name for my little webseries but between the cold medicine and the cold I can only think of It's Kim.  So it's nameless, ha.  But I'll post the vlogs over here so you can check them out if you care.

Day 1 highlights: video progress dance, P90x3 workout number 1 talk, and my plan to win my share of $80k this month.  Watch here:

Twas the Night Before 2014

I can barely believe it... but the year is almost over.  This year has been a challenge, a breeze, and a whole lot of living.  Lots of friends getting married, a new job, and I learned so much about myself, how I operate, and how I think.  It's been a year of accepting that my new lifestyle is health and fitness and learning to live as that Kim.  But most importantly...I had a lot of fun :) I am hoping 2014 will be even BETTER.  I have a lot of things in the works to help my life change and be better.  Planning on going to Las Vegas for my first Team Beachbody Coach Summit.  Planning on pushing myself and get to my goal weight this year.  Working on really being the best me I can be.

And all of this starts tomorrow, right with the start of the year.  Tomorrow morning I'm going to get up bright and early and start my new fitness program.  I've been sick for about a week now so it's going to be interesting as I haven't worked out since Christmas Eve.  But I'm ready to get back into it even though I'm still not 100%.  I'm mostly there though and can finally get through a day without a ton of cold meds, so I'm declaring myself WELL.

If you want to join me for this new program - check it out hereor any other challenge pack this year then let me know if you want to join a group for this year!

Lastly - a little rewind for the year :)