Ready for Kombat

In May I started my new health and fitness routine with Kaia F.I.T.  and I am constantly reminded of what a great choice it was. Not only have I lost weight/inches and gained muscle, I’ve gained confidence, energy, and some great friends to keep me accountable. Kaia has been the best stress reliever and really has made my every day life better for so many reasons. I am happier, I have better posture, my back hurts less often, I have more energy at work and when I get home, and the list goes on and on.

I started during BRIK, which is Kaia’s 6-week intensive bootcamp that consists of 3 days in the gym doing strength training and cardio, one day of flow (yoga), and one day of running. After the first six weeks I already felt great and had some pretty awesome results. Keep in mind that I didn’t have a lot of weight to lose when I started, I just wanted to get toned and fit.

1ST SIX WEEKS:

Weight: -4.2lbs

Booty/hips: -1  inch

Thighs: no change

Chest: -1 1/4 inches

Waist: – 2 inches

Body fat: – 3.4%

After the 6 week bootcamp we went to two 5-week sessions that consisted of 3 days a week in the gym, an optional yoga class on Friday, and another optional workout on Saturday. I am out of town often on the weekends so I was only able to make it to a few of the Saturday workouts over the 10 weeks, but I went to about 90% of the yoga classes. We just did our measurements on Saturday and I was pleasantly surprised by the outcome.

10 WEEKS:

Weight: -2.6lbs

Booty/hips: -1/2 inch

Thighs: -.5 inches

Chest: -1/4 inch

Waist: – 1 3/4 inches

Body fat: – 1/10%

TOTAL IN 16 WEEKS:

Weight: -6.8 lbs

Booty/hips: -1 1/2 inches

Thighs: -.5 inches

Chest: -1 1/2 inches

Waist: – 3 3/4 inches!

Body fat: – 3.5%

Today we started our Kombat BRIK session and I could not be more motivated. During the first week we do a detox, which means no dairy, no sugar, no carbs, no alcohol, and nothing processed. After the first week they encourage us to eat clean (mostly fruit and vegetables, low carbs, no sugar, etc) and then we detox again during the last week. I am looking forward to hard work, lots of early mornings, LOTS of sweat, and a group of amazing girls by my side. If I get results like I have these last few months, it will be an added bonus. In the beginning, I joined as a way to lose a few pounds and tone up a bit and now I couldn’t imagine leaving. I wake up in the mornings to get to the gym because I couldn’t imagine my life without it. Of course I love seeing results and feeling better in my clothes, but the way I feel in this short period of time has really shown me how important a consistent workout plan can be.

Losing Weight the Healthy Way – And A Little Barney Butter!

As I have been trying to eat a healthy, clean diet for the Kaia detox, I have been going back to eating like I did when I was seeing a nutritionist years ago. It’s funny how we learn all about nutrition and health and how to live a healthy lifestyle, and over time we slowly drift away from those basics. The truth is, losing weight and getting healthy is a simple concept -calories in vs calories out. The important thing is making those calories work for your body instead of eating junk that doesn’t help you in any way. What I mean by that is eating healthy greens and fruits and getting enough protein and fiber to fuel your body and keep yourself feeling good.

I am not an expert on nutrition by any means, but I have tried many “fad diets” that haven’t worked (or they have worked and I gained all the weight right back) and I have also lost weight the healthy way. At the moment I am about 20 pounds lighter than I once was and I can’t believe I carried around that much weight for so long!

This was the best before/after photo I could find at the moment. I've gained about 5lbs since this after photo was taken, but it is fairly accurate - Check out those cheeks!

Now that I don’t have so much to lose I really want to focus on getting toned and gaining muscle. I’m kind of a weakling to be honest, but soon enough that will change! My main goal for this six-week program: come out of it with super buff arms :)

For the next few weeks I am going to focus on posting some of my healthy meals, some recommendations for some of my favorite items at the grocery store and possibly some workout ideas as well. I’m really excited to get back into a routine that I can stick to since I haven’t done that since my half-marathon trainings!

My first recommendation is for Barney Butter. As I told the Kaia girls this morning, if you haven’t tried it..you need to. It is the best almond butter I have ever tasted. You don’t need to stir it because it doesn’t have all that gross oil at the top, it is very low in sugar (3g per serving) and has very few ingredients with no gross additives. I prefer the chunky but the smooth is great too! I bought mine online but you can also get it at Whole Foods.

This morning I had a tablespoon of it for breakfast with a banana. Yum! Do you have any favorite almond/peanut butters I should try?