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"THERE ARE ONLY TWO DAYS IN THE YEAR THAT NOTHING CAN BE DONE. ONE IS CALLED YESTERDAY AND THE OTHER IS CALLED TOMORROW, SO TODAY IS THE RIGHT DAY TO LOVE, BELIEVE, DO, AND MOSTLY LIVE." -- Dalai Lama

Sunday, September 30, 2012

A new feeling!

Hello all!

Yesterday was kind of exciting for me. I've always been a tom boy and despised skirts, dresses, pantyhose, etc. When I was little I would actually cry when my mom made me put on a dress and leggings. The few times that I did wear a dress, I felt completely uncomfortable and it shows in the pictures I look at.

This is a picture of me dressed up for my birthday last year (December 2011) wearing a dress that my friend bought for me. I can tell that I'm a bit awkward and really not digging it.


However, yesterday I was actually excited to wear a dress now that I'm noticing the awesome changes my body is making from all this hard work. I actually have a shapely butt. My thighs actually have muscle definition on the front. And I don't feel as self conscious about my tummy. (I'm still working on this, but this is the part of my body that I'm the least happy with). Here are the pictures of me from yesterday! I feel like I don't look awkward, and I'm wearing this with confidence :) (I'm the one in the purple dress lol) 



This is so much motivation for me to continue on the awesome journey that I'm on. I so look forward to continue seeing what my body is capable of and I certainly enjoy being healthier, and eating healthier. Hurray for positive changes!!!

Cheers!!! (I certainly do not want to cheers today... I did a few too many yesterday lol)

-- Kelsey



Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Arms and Abbies workout

Last night I just couldn't find a workout that I wanted to do. I want to start focusing on my arms more since I see everyone on the BR app has these amazing toned arms. (Check out Sarah's at www.lovesimply.ca, they're pretty awesome). So I made a workout so I could also use my equalizers since I feel like I haven't been using them like I should be.

3 rounds, 50 seconds work, 10 seconds rest

burpee with pushup and upright row (sandbag)
leg swing, back lunge, and ab tuck (equalizer) (swing your leg over the equalizer or chair)
clean & press, squat and press (sandbag)
hanging knee raises (equalizer)

It was a great workout and I put on some good music (see my workout playlist tab) to jam to as a warm up and as some extra cardio at the end for a total workout of 25 minutes. Lots of sweat but I seem to be a really sweaty person lol.

Good luck and let me know what you think of the workout if you do it! :)

-- Kelsey

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Insanity - Update

So... I did the Insanity fit test on Sunday and did the first workout on Monday. I thought Bodyrock made me sweat... I was proved once again the amounts of perspiration my body could emit. Now having said that, for the past year I've only been washing my hair every second day because it's long and it fries the ends. I have decided that I'm only going to do Insanity every second day (the evening before I wash my hair) because I felt so gross on Tuesday.

I started writing this post on Thursday (and it's now 1:31AM on Sunday morning) and I did Insanity again today. I've only done it 3 times since Sunday but I swear that my stomach feels firmer. My diet could certainly be a bit cleaner so I haven't gotten the six pack results but I feel like these workouts are going to help A LOT!

People often think they can just do crunches and that will tone up their midsection. From lots of research and experience, cardio and diet are what is going to help you achieve a flat tummy. You can feel your 'wash board' under the laundry but unless you wash that laundry with some fat burning cardio and a clean diet, you probably won't ever get to see the wash board.

I'm not going to wait as long to take progress pictures this time as I'm hoping Insanity is going to kick it up a knotch :) I'm also really itching to get Turbo Fire because I love Turbo Jam AND some days I just don't have the 45-60 minutes that Insanity wants me to commit to.

Sorry if there are any typos or spelling/grammatical errors as I'm extremely tired but can't go to sleep because my boyfriend found a terrified kitty cat in the hallway of our apartment building and it has taken refuge under my bed (after he managed to catch it) and my 2 cats aren't very happy about it being in there.

Good night (morning?) all!

-- Kelsey

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Workout Nutrition - The Ultimate Guide

I found this on Pinterest today. I've been doing this all wrong! I'm also happy to see that chocolate milk is "allowed" lol. I've confirmed this is good with my cousin who is in university taking classes for a dietician.



http://greatist.com/health/the-complete-guide-to-workout-nutrition/

Monday, September 17, 2012

Insanity!

Good morning all! Yesterday I completed my fit test for Insanity, and it kicked my butt. I'm so excited to try these workouts because they are longer than Bodyrock and I prefer to follow a video that has a warm up and cool down already made up for me.

I'm excited too because it will be 8 weeks long and I leave for Jamaica in 9 weeks! Let's get the body beach ready haha.

I took progress pictures on Saturday so I'm also anxious to see what changes will take place.

Cheers!

-- Kelsey

Fit test:

Saturday, September 15, 2012

13 weeks since I started Bodyrocking!

I realized today that it has been a while since I took progress pictures. It really helps when you take pictures and measure yourself rather than going by weight. I do still weigh myself, but more out of curiosity than to gauge my progress.

Here are the pictures!!

(I should have tried getting a better picture of my legs)


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Those damn carbs!!

I feel pretty lucky that there are quite a few people I work with that are into health and fitness too. I was discussing diet and food with one of my colleagues and she said that she can't give up carbs because she always feels hungry without them. I almost laughed because I WAS THE SAME WAY!!

I was always convinced that I would not be able to feel full without my glorious breads, pastas, etc. I think I was partially saying this because I couldn't stand the thought of giving up my favorite food - perogies. However, now that I'm on my way to cleaning up my diet (still a work in progress definitely) I am happy to report that it is possible! I had my serious doubts that veggies, fruits, and anything that didn't have grains would actually fill me up.

I'm by no means saying that it was easy, it was torture for me actually, but after the first week it definitely got easier. I used to have my McDonald's egg McMuffin (with no meat) and a hashbrown EVERY week day. In April when I started watching what I was eating I cut out my hashbrown but I was still getting my egg McMuffin. About 2 months ago I swapped out the egg McMuffin for oatmeal before I left for work and I'm pleasantly surprised. It keeps me full until my first break at work, which is usually within 3 hours. I eat it with liquid honey, half a banana, some frozen berries, and unsweetened almond milk. I'm also really happy with this arrangement because then I have an extra meal that I can have my beloved eggs! Which is perfect for when I'm on a late shift and don't feel like making a huge mess, especially after doing my workout (see food page for meals).

There is definitely hope for us carb lovers and I can even manage to go a few days without having a slice of bread or a bowl of pasta. Just hang in there, even when it gets tough! As they say (or something similar haha) "nothing worth having is easy to attain".

YOU CAN DO IT!!!

And the line from my favorite song: "When life is hard you have to change," Change - Blind Melon

Cheers!!
-- Kelsey

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Camping and hiking!

I'm disappointed because I was really looking forward to working out outside but it's been fairly cold out (and raining) BUT we went on a nice long hike. Lots of hills and rocks to climb.

Our home away from home :)





























Can you tell I liked the purple flowers? lol. I'm addicted to purple if you haven't noticed yet. :)

I hope you all have a great weekend!!

-- Kelsey

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Busy and camping!

Good afternoon!!

I've got a crazy busy night tonight. Get home, do workout, shower, do laundry, pack for camping, prepare making for salad for food day at work tomorrow, maybe lay on the couch? and bedtime!

I'm tired just thinking about it. For someone who works out 5 days a week I sure am lazy haha. When I'm not working out my favorite place is my couch with the remote in my hand. Which is one of the reasons I'm forcing myself to go camping this weekend. (I have such a hard time being away from my kitties though) :(

Aren't they adorable? I'm a proud cat lady and can talk about them (and animals in general) for hours and hours. I'm lucky enough that one of my best friends (that I met through work) is a fellow cat enthusiast and my family is as well :D

 (these wouldn't rotate even though they were saved correctly, weird)


Any way, back to this hectic weekend: I'm also excited to try working out outside. I probably won't do my usual 45 minutes but I definitely want to do a bodyrock video. Let's hope there are showers close by. I'm hardcore, but I'm not hardcore enough to workout with being able to shower after lol. Maybe I'll get my mama to take a picture of me rockin' it outside!

Maybe I'll make up a workout too and I'll share if I do.

Later,

--Kelsey (aka, cat lady)


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Good morning!

Good morning to who ever is actually reading my blog!! I'm in a fairly good mood today :) It must be those awesome pushups I did yesterday, heehee.

I was having my snack on my break and it included a hard boiled egg. The damn thing nearly killed me. I think I have the beginning stages of a sinus infection/cold and the chalky yolk got stuck in my wind pipe and almost came out of my nose. It sounds funny now but it was an awful experience lol.

I hope everyone has an amazing day and rock that workout!!

-- Kelsey

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Proper pushups

OH MY GOSH!! I did REAL pushups today in my workout. This whole time I'd do a few throughout the workout and the rest on my knees but today I pushed myself really hard. I'm so proud of myself and I feel so bad ass being able to do them now hahaha. 30+ baby!! Holy cow!!

Now I'm off for grocery shopping. Did you do your workout today??

--Kelsey

Grocery list staples

I mentioned in my food section that once you have a well stocked fridge that a salad is easy to make and you have so many options. It took me a few trips and days of eating fresh food to learn what my staples are. I buy food for myself only so I have to be careful how much I'm buying at once or else it all goes bad before I can finish it.

Here is a list of my staple foods:

- unsweetened almond milk
- baby spinach
- 1% cottage cheese
- oatmeal
- bananas
- frozen berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries)
- veggie burgers from Costco
- skinless/boneless chicken breast
- flavored tuna (great to mix with salad or pasta)
- fresh salmon fillets
- fresh lemons
- grapes
- cherries
- nectarines
- apples
- free run eggs
- egg whites (I can't justify using part of an egg so I buy a carton of egg whites)
- bell peppers (orange, red, yellow, and green)
- mini cucumbers
- sugar snap peas
- baby carrots
- raw unsalted nuts (walnuts, pistachios, cashews)
- President's Choice Blue Menu Finesse yogurt
- Quaker Corn bran squares
- Whole Grain Cheerios
- Granola cereal from Costco


I eat a lot of the PC Blue Menu items. The jams are awesome because they are low in sugar but still very tasty.


Monday, September 3, 2012

Want to start but you're intimidated?

A fellow bodyrocker has started her own blog and she films and posts beginner workouts :)

My story

So I finally have some time this morning before I do my workout for the day. Sorry if I'm all over the place in this story but my brain usually works faster than my fingers :)

During high school I started gaining weight when I had been a size 00 and looked like a 9 year old boy until grade 10. I started gaining the most weight on my stomach (which both sides of my family seem to have the "pooch") and I was determined to get into shape. My mom went to Curves so there weren't any recent workout tapes so I resorted to Susan Powter's (HAHA!) but they got me warmed up and were a bit of a challenge. I was completely unaware that I also had to change my diet.

After I graduated, I started doing Turbo Jam religiously: 4+ days a week. Again, I wasn't really seeing results because I was convinced I didn't eat that bad. I was basically keeping myself from gaining more fat. I did this for about 6 months and then I met my boyfriend. I was consumed by the new love stage and completely stopped working out for the next few years.

For the longest time I plateaued at 123 lbs and a size 3 jeans. 2 years ago, my jean size went up to size 5 and this passed summer I had to buy a size 9 (!) jean capri pants. That terrified me since my mother used to be fairly small and she gained weight from pregnancy, age, and poor diet/exercise.

At the beginning of 2011 I started working out as one of my New Year's resolutions. My routine was get home from work, do 45 minute Turbo Jam. I think I did this 3+ days a week. I was doing really good too for 2 months but then it seemed like I got really busy! I had bronchitis AND strep throat at the beginning of March and then my beautiful niece was born on St. Patrick's day and I just never had time any more. I finally had a life after work haha. This would have been some what acceptable if I watched my diet.

All last year I kept trying to get back into my routine but I'd do a workout and then go months without doing it again. It just wasn't working for me. After clothes shopping this spring though, that was a huge eye opener for me and I weighed myself and I was 135 lbs. I almost couldn't believe it. After being 123 lbs for years I had somehow gained 10+ lbs. I decided I had to do something.

In March 2012, I found MyFitnessPal and it was astonishing to me how many calories I really consumed in a day. And for me that is major since I have a desk job and basically sit on my butt all day. I thought I didn't eat too many but when I counted for 2 days of just eating what I usually do, I was consuming 2,000+ calories!!! I'm 5'6" and was 135 lbs so I should ideally be consuming 1,600; 1,200 to lose weight. For 8 weeks I watched what I was eating and I lost 9 pounds. I was so proud of myself and was amazed at how just your diet can affect your body. Then May long weekend came around and of course I was ashamed to put what I was eating into the journal lol. I fell off this wagon until I found Bodyrock in June and gained back all the weight I had lost in these 2 months.

I accidentally stumbled upon www.bodyrock.tv when I was looking at Pinterest and I saw this post that said, "The best workout site ever!" I had to click on it because the girl's abs were just spectacular. I was in awe. I spent the rest of the day navigating around on this website and I was so excited to try a workout when I got home that day.

They were short workouts and I found the app and every one on there was just so inspirational, helpful, and knowledgeable. If I didn't feel like working out I'd go on the app and see every one's posts that they did their workout and I had to too!

I started with the 30 day challenge from May because I knew that would keep me on track and I didn't miss one day. It was so hard at first but I kept hearing Lisa Marie's voice - "Even if you only do 1, you're still doing something!" Within a few weeks I felt so much stronger and kept surprising myself with the new workouts I was trying.

I started bodyrock with the elliptical: I'd do 20+ minutes as a warm up and then do my workout. After a few weeks I stopped the elliptical because I didn't think it was doing much for me. I stopped the extra cardio for 2 weeks I think and then added in my Turbo Jam again. The difference in the intensity I could go at was amazing to me. Even when I did Turbo Jam for 6 months, I couldn't push myself like I can now. It's such a great feeling!!!

For now I do my workouts after work and will ask who ever I have plans with to wait while I do my workout (it takes about an hour for stretching, cool down, and rinse off shower, etc.) but this is obviously not very realistic for long term. I want to start working out in the morning but first I have to work on going to bed earlier, which I have made progress on!! I used to crawl into bed around midnight and my alarm would be going off at 5:40AM. I now am usually in bed before 11:00PM - baby steps!

Another reason I want to start working out in the morning is so I don't have to miss out on it. If I do it in the morning, it doesn't matter what happens after work because I've already smashed it out for the day. When I get home from work I'm usually just exhausted from a terrible restless sleep and stress, but someone once mentioned how they view exercise like brushing your teeth - it's hygiene. With that in mind, I MAKE myself workout even when I really don't want to. I do it because I know I'll feel great after and I'll feel awful if I don't. I get home and without thinking I change into my workout gear, look up my Bodyrock video for the day and get myself going. I always feel great after and that's just yet another reason to do a workout when you don't want to.

Since June 15, I have lost about 5 pounds. It's really all over the place but mostly it hovers around 130 in the morning. I'm okay with this since I don't care much about weight, I go by measurements. To date I have lost 1/2" off my hips and 3/4" off my waist. I definitely could eat cleaner since I allow myself treats almost every day. That will be my next challenge. :)

I hope this is helpful for some people because I was really lost for a long time.

Cheers!
- Kelsey

Saturday, September 1, 2012

More to come!!

I'm so excited now that I can actually use this haha. I will be spending quite a bit of time this weekend (hopefully) to upload all the stuff I had on my iPod.

Thanks for reading :)

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