10 Things from 10 Days

Today is the 10th day of the 10 Day Gutbliss Detox that D and I are doing.  With how crazy work is right now for both of us, and the winter weather kicking in, meals haven’t gone quite as well as we had hoped, but I can tell you that we are feeling a TON better, and both of us have shed some “bloat” weight these past 10 days.  I have dropped about 7lbs, and D had already dropped 7lbs by day 5 (men!!).  We are both eating more now that we were, and feeling pretty good, too!  I am looking forward to adding foods back in and figuring out what exactly was the cause of the many issues I had been having, and that D had been having.  I’m thinking mine was gluten, and his might be dairy.  We will find out!  Adding gluten back tomorrow and will see what happens.

 

A quick 10 day recap for you…

 

10 Things from 10 Days of Gutbliss

 

  1. Wow.  Need lots of water with lots of fiber.
  2. Green juice in the morning works just as well as a pre-workout or coffee. I have had enough energy in the mornings (even with crappy sleep) to push myself hard in the gym.
  3. When you add ground flax seed and psyllium husk to smoothies, you don’t need protein powder or dairy elements to make you feel full.
  4. My PMS symptoms improved *exponentially*
  5. My skin is actually more clear. Attribute to added water or the mainly plant based diet?
  6. I miss cheese.
  7. I can eat more calories and lose weight if I’m eating the right calories. I’ve averaged about 2,000 calories a day on intake, versus the 1,600 I was having before (and not eating back workout calories).
  8. Apparently all rice is not gluten free… Only brown rice.
  9. I haven’t had a headache in 10 days!
  10. When I have a craving, eat it – just make it work. Example:  Turkey Burgers with guacamole and caramelized onions on sweet potato “buns” when craving a huge burger.
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A big personality

A while back I took a Myers-Briggs personality test.  You feel like you are put in a box when given results, but it also gives you insight into why you work better with some people, whether those people are friends or coworkers.

I tested as an ESFJ personality.

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Here are some characteristics of that personality (pulled from www.16personalities.com):

  • At their hearts, ESFJ personalities are social creatures, and thrive on staying up to date with what their friends are doing.
  • ESFJs are altruists, and they take seriously their responsibility to help and to do the right thing.
  • ESFJs love to be of service, enjoying any role that allows them to participate in a meaningful way, so long as they know that they are valued and appreciated.
  • ESFJs truly enjoy hearing about their friends’ relationships and activities, remembering little details and always standing ready to talk things out with warmth and sensitivity. If things aren’t going right, or there’s tension in the room, ESFJs pick up on it and to try to restore harmony and stability to the group.
  • ESFJs spend a lot of their energy establishing social order, and prefer plans and organized events to open-ended activities or spontaneous get-togethers. People with this personality type put a lot of effort into the activities they’ve arranged, and it’s easy for ESFJs’ feelings to be hurt if their ideas are rejected, or if people just aren’t interested.
  • ESFJ personalities seek harmony and care deeply about other people’s feelings, being careful not to offend or hurt anybody.
  • A few of ESFJ’s weaknesses include “a strong need to ‘belong’”, “defensive and hurt if someone, especially a person close to them, criticizes them”, and are often “too needy” and “too selfless.”
  • ESFJs are so centered on the physical world and are quite emotional; they tend to be very affectionate and sensual.
  • There’s nothing quite as hurtful to people with the ESFJ personality type as finding out that a trusted friend is critical of their beliefs or habits, except maybe being told so in a direct confrontation.
  • ESFJs have a tendency to believe that their friends can do no wrong, always stepping up to defend them regardless of circumstances, and they expect the same benefit of the doubt in return.
  • ESFJs’ children will always appreciate the sensitivity and warmth that they were raised with, and as time goes on and they have their own children, they will cherish the fact that those children have the benefit of grandparents who love and care for them unconditionally.
  • ESFJs’ best careers all have the additional benefit of providing them with perhaps their most important requirement: to feel appreciated and know they’ve helped someone.

I’ve done a lot of thinking about my personality and who I am over the past few days.  This is who I am.  I do always want to “belong” and do “care deeply about others”, which makes me emotional when things go off the path of “happy-go-lucky” for myself or my friends.  And you know what, I am needy.  Am I ok with it?  No.  Can I change it?  I’m trying, but no guarantees.  I push for friendship and openness because that is how I know how to care, how to love.  The one thing I do know is that I am proud to be ESFJ – I can talk to anyone, I care for everyone, and want to be sure others are as happy as I can be.

What is your personality type?

You are on a diet?

One of my most despised words is “diet” or “dieting”.  Why?  Because it means you are depriving yourself of something.  You are making it about not being able to get what you want.

There are times when I meet people, or am talking to friends, that I just want to blurt out pieces of knowledge, but I know not everyone will believe, accept, or understand things that I am saying.  I have been on a journey for a healthy lifestyle for a few years now.  Along the way, I have learned a few things…

  1.  Start off front-loading your calories. This will keep your energy levels up throughout the day, and eliminate making your night time meal (your most inactive time of day) your largest.
  2. Don’t deprive yourself of something. If you want to have something, have a little bit of it.  If you have more than a little bit, ok.  Just remind yourself that next time you will do better and have just a few bites.
  3. You won’t always be losing. Sometimes you might gain, sometimes you might maintain.  It all happens with a typical weight loss journey and healthy lifestyle change.
  4. Exercise. Find something you like and do it.  Don’t force yourself to do something that you don’t like or you will find yourself making excuses not to do it. Instead, pick up an old hobby, find a sport to play, or experiment with different types of exercises to find what works for you.  If you want to workout at home, great!  Beachbody programs are awesome for a variety (especially if you do the On Demand that was recently launched).  If you like to play baseball, find a league.  If you hate running, don’t do it.  Just do what works for you.
  5. Try not to compare yourself to others. Sure you might have a goal physique, but try not to look around you and compare yourself to other people you see who seem to be perfect.  Remember, they most likely work just as hard for how they look as you are working.
  6. Keep that light at the end of the tunnel. There are days that I just want to quit because I feel I will never get to where I want to be.  The truth is, that you will never be able to stop what you are doing if you want to maintain the healthy life.  You will need to continue to work and eat right, which is why it is important to remember #4.
  7. Surround yourself with like-minded people. These people can come in many forms – meeting new friends on a sports league, finding that a colleague has the same goals, meeting people from a gym, chatting up a neighbor, and even finding true friendship with people on fitness websites like myfitnesspal.com or bodybuilding.com.  You will have moments that you want to quit or need advice.  These individuals will help you.
  8. Never be afraid to try something new and challenge yourself.  Try that new recipe.  Take a run thru the mud and climb walls.  You might find something new that you really enjoy.
  9. Eat protein and fats. Changing your lifestyle isn’t about eating just vegetables and fruit, rice cakes, and low fat foods.  Eat that beef.  Have that egg.  Eat that cheese.  Get these healthy fats and proteins into your diet – you will feel like you are more satisfied and full than if you just ate “diet” foods.
  10. Changing your lifestyle isn’t expensive. So many times I hear people around me complain that buying healthy foods is so expensive.  Think about it… How much do you spend on take out?  How much do you spend on bags of chips?  I usually spend about $30 per person for a week of home cooked meals (all meals).  If I had more time and was able to make some of the things my family enjoys from scratch – like protein bars, healthy muffins, and fruit salads – it would be even less.
  11. Water. This is one that I consistently struggle with.  Its not that I am drinking other liquids, but merely get so wrapped up in what I am doing that I forget to drink it.  The USDA standard is 8 cups of water a day.  Honestly, this isn’t really enough for most adults, especially if you are exercising.  The rule of thumb that I have consistently heard is 0.5-1 ounce of water for every pound that you weigh.  It seems like a lot, but you will find that your body starts to crave it if you aren’t drinking enough.
  12. Ladies – don’t be afraid to lift weights! I’ve heard numerous girl friends who are cardio bunnies (or don’t even workout) say that they don’t want to get bigger by lifting weights.  I could slam my head against a wall.  I wish I could show them the picture of 1lb of fat vs 1lb of muscle and have them see how that isn’t true.  You will not get larger, you will get thinner and have a better shape.  Not all women are bikini models and fitness competitors, but if you want to get rid of your love handles and your thunder thighs… Weights are the way to go, especially when combined with some cardio.
  13. Eat often. Make sure you don’t let yourself get too hungry.  Learn to recognize the signs of your hunger.  I usually eat about 5-6 times a day.  It is almost a running joke around the office that people always see me with food.  So what… let them laugh.  I know that my body functions best like this.
  14. Weigh, measure, and log. Get a cheap scale from the store or from Amazon.com. I’m sure you already have measuring cups.  You do this, and you are forced to be honest with how much you eat.
  15. Eat the right amount of calories. Whether you are just starting out and going with what a fitness site like myfitnesspal.com tells you to do, or you are more involved and eat to your macros (check out this calculator at Scooby’s Workshop), be sure that you are eating enough.  I’ve followed numerous programs that have had me on an extremely restrictive calorie count and I can tell you that it never lasts long.  I give up, and end up eating way more than I should or “sneak” things into my day just so I can feel satisfied.
  16. Sleep!  Getting the right amount of sleep is imperative for your body to be able to function properly.  Most adults need between 6-8 hours of sleep a night.  If you feel like you are always waking up tired, go to bed around 30 minutes earlier or get up 30 minutes earlier.  You are most likely waking up in the middle of a REM/deep sleep cycle and your body will feel more tired than usual.  Adjusting your sleep will help you wake up when your body is in a light sleep cycle and you will feel well rested.
  17. Set Goals. I’m not just talking about the end goal, because…DUH… We all have them.  Set mini goals.  Whether it is to be able to fit into that dress that is a size smaller, or to stick to your workout program for a week (sometimes that’s a huge win).  Set them.  Reward yourself or pat yourself on the back when you do.  Brag about it.  If other people around you are truly supportive they will be happy and proud of you.
  18. Be proud of yourself. Seriously!  Be proud of yourself – you’ve made the decision to get healthy, not just diet.  That is a huge step.  You are in this for the long haul.  Smile, and be proud of yourself.

Being healthy isn’t just about dieting, it’s about changing your life.  If you are interested in learning more about some of the programs I have done or some of the nutrition that has worked for me, please let me know! I would love to help you on your journey.

Miss me??

As many of you are aware, I have been on radio silence for a while here.  Life got busy, and a few things needed to change.  While I’m still working on some of those changes, one of the changes I have implemented in my life is putting health and fitness back into importance in my life by becoming a Beachbody Coach!  I’m very excited about this opportunity.  I have found that health and fitness has become such a huge passion in my life in the past few years – whether it is thru food, thru exercise, or just by searching out the whys and hows of what the body is doing.

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If you would have asked me when I was growing up if I thought I would be someone that is energized by health and fitness I would have laughed and scarfed down a cheeseburger in your face.  I suppose that is what got me to where I am.  It isn’t that I wasn’t active when I was younger… I played volleyball for 10 years, year-round between Club and School teams.  It is just that I wasn’t motivated by it.  Do I hate working out some days?  Yep.  Do I always eat healthy??  Hahaha… Nope.  Do I strive to make myself better?  You better believe it.

I know I will never be perfect.  I know I am just a person.  I also know that I have a voice, that I am a people person, and that I like to have fun and help others.  This is why being a Beachbody Coach is such a huge opportunity for me.  Not only will it hold me accountable with my own endeavors, but I can finally use some of what I know to help others.  In turn, I hope we all find our passion and our happy.

Does that mean that this blog will be purely about Beachbody from now on?  Nope!  I will get back into recipe creation, ramblings, and other nonsense that you have gotten used to from me… Or missed… or maybe none of that… BUT, I will make a commitment to drop in, speak my mind a few times a week, and have something tasty for you every once in a while.

Now… How the heck have you all been???

Oh… And I would be doing a disservice to myself if I didn’t throw this out there… If you are interested in learning more about Beachbody programs, nutrition, or have questions please feel free to contact me or browse my store!

www.beachbodycoach.com/funinfitnesschicago

https://www.facebook.com/FunFitnesswithKate

The Big Game

Do you remember when you were young, and the person you sat next to in school became your best friend…?  Or the other kid in class with the same dorky backpack (I mean, awesome backpack) started chatting you up and you became inseparable?  Remember how easy it was to make friends, and keep friends?  You saw each other every day at school, usually lived within a few blocks of each other, talked to each other on the phone 15 minutes after leaving each other, and knew every little thing about each other.

Then we get older… We grow up, move out, live on our own, set up our own home bases, work jobs, have kids… The world changes.  We try to keep in touch with each on social media, comment here and there, watch our kids grow up, watch each other lose hair, get grey, have celebrations.  We feel like we are still involved in each others lives.  I mean, we know things about each other, we know what is going on in each others lives… We are still close, right? Has the world of social media given us a false sense of friendship with people?  I could tell you 10,000 things about my best friends and what they have been doing over the last few weeks… But how many of these things came from their mouths?

Its a hard slap in the face when you realize that you have not been a good friend.  We all get caught up in our own lives as we get older.  We spend time with spouses, with children, with co workers, with hobbies, and sometimes just enjoying that rare moment alone and in silence.  When are we supposed to “fit” friends in?  Sometimes, being an adult is difficult, and the decisions you make aren’t always the right ones; they don’t always point you down the right path; they hurt others; they hurt us.  Opening up to others can be hard if you are used to just posting quick blips on Facebook.  You build your walls, don’t want to let people in.  But, you need those people in order to make it through life.  Need to keep your friends close, tell them your secrets, make regular plans with them, hug them, be able to reach out and know that they will be there if you need them.  Going through life is like a big game, and friends are cheerleaders.  Don’t let them down and they won’t let you down.

The end… And…SUSHI!

Yesterday I made the tough decision to end my adventure into the world of my second Whole30. I had decided at the beginning of this year that my healthy lifestyle was going to be something I enjoyed and not despised. While I agree with the principles of the Whole30, I do not want to deprive myself of some of my favorite foods because they don’t fit into a bucket created by someone. It did give me a chance to be able to refocus my nutrition on healthy and natural sources of foods, remind me that most of my foods at meals should be vegetables, and that I need to be mindful of the other “crap” that I consume. However, I need to be able to enjoy things like sushi and the occasional beverage. So, back to my norm – eat what I enjoy, in moderation, and find new ways to serve healthy foods to my family.

Now, back to sushi…  Mmm… Sushi.  We ordered takeout from our favorite sushi place last night for dinner, Aodake.  Fantastic place, three locations in the Chicagoland area now. Woo!  The two below are my favorites.

Baked scallop, crab, shrimp and cream sauce
Baked scallop, crab, shrimp and cream sauce
Spicy salmon, avocado, cucumber in soy paper, with assortment of fresh fish, tobiko on top (12pc)
Spicy salmon, avocado, cucumber in soy paper, with assortment of fresh fish, tobiko on top (12pc)

The dynamite roll is AMAZING!!!  And the perfect rainbow is, well, perfect!  Anyone I have introduced to these two rolls love them, and I have not been able to find anything like them at any other sushi place.  Now, if they could somehow come up with a frequent diners card my life would be complete!

I start working out again tomorrow.  After hurting my knee last Sunday during goblet squats, I gave it a rest week.  I can’t wait! I feel like I’ve gotten soft this week even though I have been eating very well.

Hope everyone has a great Saturday!

Screw You, Wake Up, Be Awesome

I was going to post another recipe today, but instead changed my mind

Most people that have met me would say that I am one of the most confident people that they know.  I will talk to anyone about anything for any reason.  I love meeting new people.  I love trying new things.  That is just who I am.  I have met numerous friends this way – near and far (hello to those in Germany/Luxemburg/Canada and all across the US).   I have had some awesome life and career experiences because of this.  I wouldn’t change this for the world.

Deep down, I am the most insecure person that I know.  I am terrified that I am being judged every moment of every day for any reason.  I am always worried that someone won’t like me for one reason or another, that I’m not a good enough or mother or sister or daughter or friend, that people might find me gross because I was fat or because I’m still not at my goal, that my teeth aren’t straight enough or white enough, that my stretch marks and loose skin on my stomach will freak people out, and numerous other reasons.  Many of these things are not even rational, I know this, but they are all part of who I am.

While I am able to shake my feelings of insecurity while I have interactions with others, as soon as I am alone with my thoughts they come back.  Time spent in my head is not time well spent.

What can I do to get over these feelings?  Keep getting my workouts done?  Keep cooking?  Keep blogging?  Try to be a better person all around?  Sure, those might work.   I think I’m going to choose to say “Screw You, Wake Up, Be Awesome” anytime I start thinking like that.  Deep down I know better… I just need to convince myself.

31,536,000 Seconds

Today marks my one year streak of logging into the fitness and nutrition website, MyFitnessPal.  52 weeks… 365 days… 8,760 hours… 525,600 minutes…  31,536,000 seconds… Committing to my health and fitness.

The Good

 

I started off strong last year, and was given P90X by a friend to help give me a kick start. I ate right (or so I thought), got stronger, and expected to see HUGE results.  I did not.  I believe I only lost 5lbs during that time.  Sure, I lost a couple of inches.  Sure, I was stronger.  But, I was still so new to fitness and nutrition at that point that I didn’t realize that I was actually sabotaging myself with my nutrition.  The important lesson I learned during P90X is that I was strong, I could do it, and I kicked my own ass.

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I learned I LOVE yoga (even though at the beginning you had to bribe me to do it).

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I learned that I could do push-ups.  A lot of push-ups.  Push-ups until I fell on my face.  And I learned that I want to kick Tony Horton’s ass and give him a hug at the same time.

After P90X, I was ready for a new challenge. Since I like the flow of P90X, I ventured into another Beachbody program – P90X3.  I was not a fan of this program, to be honest.  I kept with it thru about 60 days.  Meh.

At the same time, I was challenged to start running again.  I despised running.  I would even venture to say that I hated running.  I was not only challenged to start running, I was challenged to run 5 miles.  I had trouble running 1, and felt like I was going to die running 3.  But, what did I do?  I decided (because I don’t like being told I can’t do something) to run a 10K… That’s 6.2 miles.  Yeah.  As soon as it came out of my mouth, I wish I could have taken it back.  So, like a little machine that I sometimes I think I am, I started running.  I started slow using a 10K training app.  Each day was hard.  Really hard.  I pushed thru.  Soon enough, my normal route became too short and I had to explore new routes – running thru the neighborhoods in the early morning hours and sometimes in circles so that I could keep going until the app told me to stop.  There was one morning, around 4.5 miles into my run, that I realized I suddenly LOVED running.  Sure, it was hard.  Sure, I was sore.  Sure, every morning that I woke up I wanted to keep sleeping, BUT when I got into my zone it was just me.  Finishing my runs I felt accomplished.  I felt badass.  I felt like I was becoming the person I knew I could be.  At the end of August I finished my first 10K with a friend I had met on My Fitness Pal.  We had a blast!

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I also completed a few rounds of the 21 Day Fix in the middle and towards the end of the year.  I recommend this program if you are needing to get moving a bit more – it really does work!

After all the video training programs I did, I decided I wanted to lift heavy.  I wanted to be a badass like so many of the people I have grown to love and call my friends on My Fitness Pal.  I picked up my book that I bought a while back, Strong Curves: A Woman’s Guide to Building a Better Butt and Body by Bret Contreras and Kellie Davis (available here).  While I read this book a few years ago, and tried it out, I was nowhere near as experienced with health and fitness as I am now.  I understand what Macros are, and how they work for your body (http://iifym.com), how to have correct form, and why I shouldn’t be afraid to lift heavy weights.  So I started… And I started on the Advanced program.  Yeah me!  I LOVE it.  If you are curious if the program works…Just ask my favorite pair of nice butt jeans.

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The Bad

I’ve been distracted.  Distracted in life, distracted at work, and distracted from my family.  I’ve been caught up in things that don’t really matter in the long run.  I’ve self-sabotaged myself, and am starting 2015 at the same weight that I started 2014 at.  You can make excuses for me all you want, say that you are stronger and smarter, yada yada yada.  I don’t want to hear it.  I don’t want to say that to myself.  I’ve said it enough already.  It really isn’t ok.  The truth is… I know better.  So, as I sat here in tears writing this portion or my post, I sucked it up.  The past is the past.  I’m not going to let myself down this time.  I won’t let myself make excuses.  Sure, I’ve lost over 100lbs at one point.  I’m not at that point.  It doesn’t matter how much I have lost.  It matters where I am going and that I am not going to let myself get in my own way.  There will be no “can’t”, no more comparing myself to others, and no more celebrating the past victories, only my future ones.   This morning I took pictures.  I will be taking pictures every week, and stepping on the scale every Monday.  No excuses.

So, cheers to a new me.  Not a new year.  Every day is a new start.  Don’t wait for a new year to make changes.

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