Body

Shake it off.

Disclosure: Reebok is a client of my company FitFluential. All opinions expressed here are my own. 

Picture of "Please do not make me get up now"

Picture of "Please do not make me get up now"

Hey everyone! Happy Saturday! How was your week? Mine? Yea, a bit intense. This week coupled with last week I'm gonna label as sucktastic, in relation to my training-- my ability to hit the gym and my ability to apply all I want with balance, getting rest, meal planning blah blah blah. 

But  as the title of this post says, SHAKE IT OFF. The new Kelly knows that the more you obsess over getting off track- for whatever reason, the longer you delay your results. Period.

I have learned this past year that I CAN indeed make results happen even in this circumstance of hormonal imbalance. I'm not "the only one that can't lose weight"!! DUH and I have become more of a believer of the concept that -- reaching your goals, is really a matter of (for fitness) two primary very simple things. Activity and Diet. Period. So when you simplify this and realize that if you haven't started yet, if you "backslid" for whatever reason, if you are at a plateau, it SIMPLY is a matter of 

  1. Training MORE
  2. Training LESS
  3. Eating MORE
  4. Eating LESS

NOW, that said, EACH PERSON IS UNIQUE. You WILL have to do some tweaking and it might take a while. In other words even though I say, it's simple, you might adjust your diet for a week and not feel like you see anything but you have to settle in and realize results happen within all of us at their own time.

Without a doubt I know- after considering this year (2013 that is)- that FOR ME, what seems to work is:

  • Being active in some way every day (and I enjoy this)
  • EATING. And I enjoy this, the healthy food and the cheat food. My problem arises when I let work run me over and my eating meals takes a back seat so then-- I get into just a bad spot where I am encouraging my body to store fat. DUH.
  • Cardio. My body responds and leans out when I have cardio in there.
  • Yoga- is good for my mind. Do I need to do this nightly as I did before? NO. I still want to I can't lie, but giving myself some nights OFF is better for my zen.
  • Weights - whether it's kettlebell/weights at home circuits or training at the gym, my body develops in to what I like with regular strength training. 

Last year, I can objectively look at all the chunks of time and see where I was getting the best results and when (DUH) I started not seeing what I wanted. The Achilles injury was a blow in a big way. And yet, it taught me what I needed to know- I started reviewing the fact that my cardio approach was kind of a LOT for my legs/calves/ankles to handle. I LOVE PLYO and I LOVE to run and I LOVE to do too much. So I also learned the importance of varying activity but stretching, the foam roller, active stretching all day for my calves, ankles etc. 

My friend Bill always says, our bodies are simply a scientific equation. So don't give up and give in if you are frustrated, give it time, do the WORK and fuel the body-- you will turn things around. Are some of us the kind that need MORE focus or a stricter diet- YES!! Decide what you want, figure out that kind of focus and activity and diet that it will take for you- and then decide "is this what I am willing to do and will I enjoy the process?" If so, do the work.

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So here is me right now, I've got my shoes on and I am excited. Even though this week has kept me kind of holed up in my house with that dumb blood blister (can't be barefoot at the gym, and I reallly needed to walk around with no socks or shoes on to let it heal)- and I feel annoyed that I can't say hey I kicked A&& the first two weeks of the year--- I'm shaking it off. I'm focused on making the next 12 days of January more than count for the first 17 days. And then February will be even better and so on. ;-) 

I look forward to the tweaking and testing and amping up and the journey. My body is my craft and I will work on it and FOCUS ON IT and enjoy the ride every day. I deserve it. 

Dive in on instagram and join us for daily #fitfluential #ffcheckin if you want your accountability partners and motivation from FitFluential friends and family all over the world. Don't make me ask you twice! ;-) 

Let's GET AFTER IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

TGIF. Finally!

Disclosure: Reebok is a client of my company, FitFluential. All views expressed here are my own.

Are you tired of my feet focused photos yet??

Are you tired of my feet focused photos yet??

Happy Friday! It is with glee this morning that I woke up and put WORKOUT SHOES on! And walked around the house and was able to keep them on, not feel the toe with healing blood blister crying out for me to stop.....big moment. Because you will ask, the shoes above are the Reebok ATV -- VERY VERY cushiony shoes really intended for being outdoors but hey, I walk on the wild side and wear them inside. ;-)

So happy. Yesterday was a tease because although the blister is indeed healing, it was still to the point that putting shoes and socks on was too much pressure and even attempting down dog or anything, NOT appropriate. Today is my first day back.

That said- my eats have been good this week, definitely need to GROCERY SHOP but I have been loving the chicken with that McCormick spice on it- yesterday one meal was that chicken plus lettuce plus avocado mixed with the killer green salsa I am in love with now:

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I like this on eggs. I like this in salads. I like it. I also like that it sets my mouth on fire. 

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I can say this, I am sick to death of tilapia. So I am going to try some new fish seasoning, toppings and new FISH CHOICES. I'm actually surprised I'm liking chicken again but I gotta tell you this spice is pretty life changing. Who knew? Now- here is my babble-on-a-thon from last week. Sorry, getting caught up with my vlogs and blog. It's a new year- and I am back blogging! Yayay! New habits galore! BOOYA.

On a side note, more on this later but I have to tell you- the folks at Nautilus sent me the new Core Body Reformer. I remember looking at it thinking, this might be fun- you guys know how in the past I've loved/enjoyed like barre type workouts and I love a certain Jennifer Kries very old DVD for Pilates- method precision something or other. But-- I can say this, this SYSTEM blew my  mind- TOTALLY NOT WHAT I EXPECTED.

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Here is the thing- and I am taking this with me over to my parents house to show them- you can do virtually EVERY conceivable move for your body- and some stretching like a foam roller almost-- with the resistance (3 levels) of the cables- it's pretty awesome. And then, because so many of the moves you can stand on this circular thing-- you gotta BALANCE so it's not just core, tightening the core but I've talked about balance too- equilibrium in our bodies and frankly- my mom after her chemo is working DAILY on just getting her legs and feet ok to BALANCE, she feels just off balance or weak there sometimes. When I say resistance this is not going to be the heavy resistance you can get doing the cable machines at the gym but - these would be different moves and frankly adding the core and balance thing you couldn't do HEAVY HEAVY -- I think this thing in your bedroom or living room, I would do this just work back or shoulders or core or legs while watching TV- I think honestly it is BRILLIANT. Totally not what I expected. Of course I never look at things like this as "This is all I will do". I don't view them as a program- it comes with a DVD and workouts and I am sure they are great but I see this is a key staple tool for at home workouts like kettlebells, Bosu, TRX etc. What do you think?

I'm in love. ;-)  Check out this random video I found with some demos: