OMG. I cannot wait to get back to the GYM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This body is screaming for heavy leg day and screaming for a killer shoulder session and then some back and biceps....................and more. Oh boy, I'm so excited because I feel like now that I have finally really RESTED the right way to get better from the dang strep throat madness, I can safely say we can get back to some serious hard core gym time. I've still been able to fit in some cardio obviously and SOME yoga the past 4-8 weeks of madness but certainly not my usual routine. Wow-- see how one week can turn into a long nightmare?? Yea.
But I'm moving on and EXCITED!! I've told you all recently how my new training will have 1) the above mentioned hard core gym time -- and yes, now that I can finally be well enough to GO to the gym, Michael and I will shoot VIDEOS of our training and some photos from the gym as well.) 2) a LOT more yoga-- hot yoga at Corey's studio (and yes, stay tuned for more here and on FitFluential.com-- and on our MOBILE APP!! from Corey the bada** Yoga dude you must follow. He rocks.), the Ultimate Yogi and Janet Stone DVDs for when I don't make it there or when I travel and 3) mixed up cardio-- including Turbo Fire, Cathe, running andLes Mills Combat plus...throwing in some Ballet Body and Physique 57. HOW COOL IS THAT!
Now-- today I am in NYC. Flew in this morning, head home on Friday. Have a lot of crazy-exciting meetings for FitFluential-World. ;-) But-- for some reason-- and this points to an OPPORTUNITY for me-- I did not sleep THE ENTIRE NIGHT last night. Seriously- tossing and turning. I took Advil PM two times. TWO TIMES. My mind just does not shut off. I have to dive into some serious meditation and a wind-down routine to clear my head before bed because---- no rest, that causes a ton of bad health issues. I have the best thing going with the dreamy Technogel Bed and the pillow that keeps my head COOL (I set the AC very cool at night-- cooler temps are good for sleep!) -- then I cover up my clock so that light isn't disturbing me but folks, it is MY MIND racing about work that keeps me up. It must be silenced.
That said, I am off to bed. I'm at a great hotel with a great bed and it's QUIET. Amen.
Ready to kick some a** tomorrow!! I brought all my DVDs, not sure how the gym is here but I have my Valslides, valbands, TRX, resistance bands and such. It's rainy and gross in NYC so I don't know that I'll be running outside for a day or so....we'll see.
WHAT'S UP PEOPLE?? Yes. I am so psyched to say that --- I was a good girl. I rested this week. (Rather easy to do when I get to rest in my most awesome Technogel Bed. Seriously, this takes GOOD SLEEP to a new level. Plus I've shared before how much I love that the mattress and pillows don't conduct heat so you stay cool. EPIC. ) I listened to the doctor, I didn't keep working all day. I moved calls/meetings to next week. I RESTED. I did not workout. And today- I woke up to NO pain when I swallow, no white welts on my tonsils and feeling FULL OF ENERGY!! I did my first workout in 5 days and wow it felt awesome to be back.
Of course, I got a little pissed this morning when I weighed myself and the scale was up 2lbs. But-- I'm marking it down and using that annoying fact to fuel the next week of a** kicking. HELLOOOO I haven't worked out in 5 days and I've been eating nothing but soft foods like oats and Greek Yogurt and some pizza yes pizza, and eggs. And Starbucks. Yea-- it was a one-two punch, dental work plus tonsillitis made my mouth a sad place. But. I'M BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT'S ON. I AM DETERMINED TO PUT ALL THIS ILLNESS BEHIND ME. To focus on taking care of me so I am never here again!
How simple but true is this? You don't like your results? DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. Stop wishing for it, stop whining about it and start WINNING every day. EVERY DAY.
So....I am very excited about the next chapter of my training. Things are about to get taken up many notches and yes, I said that probably right around my birthday but let's be real people, I've been either sick or dealing with major dental work for the past 2 months straight. FREAKING OVER IT. I'm proud of how much I did stick with it but-- I probably stuck with it too much when I should have rested.....Lessons Learned.
Here are a couple of things I'm going to be incorporating into my FULL OF VARIETY training plan. SO EXCITED.
Excited about this. I plan to use Leah's workouts plus I'm going to start using Physique 57 as well mixed in. Love the idea of mixing in this type of focus with the cardio, yoga, and heavy weight training we'll be doing. Here is a peek at Leah's workouts:
Now, when I can I always want to go to Yoga, Hot Yoga- at the studio. At Corey's Studio or when I'm in Miami-- wherever Kelly teaches or has friends teaching....but when I am on the road and sometimes when I am at home and can't make a specific class I wanted to add to the Janet Stone DVDs I had. I really wanted some GOOD GOOD TOUGH ZEN Yoga DVDS for home. Hello Ultimate Yogi. I think I discovered this on Collage Video:
Here is the preview video I saw that sold it for me, then when I saw how much you get in the package I was all like OH HELLZ YEA.
I am in love already-- last night I previewed the first workout and I can tell I am going to be Ga-GA over this. They have meditation guide in here too which CLEARLY this woman needs to quiet her brain down. I am very excited about this.
I also may or may not have ordered over 10 books on yoga while I was sick. My girl Jami kind of nudged me with her getting her yoga certification and I realized that not only do I feel like yoga just changes me in every way- physically, mentally, spirtually-- yea, I've got that fever people-- but I want to understand it. I want to know how to do it better and the history and what muscles I'm using and how to work up to certain poses. What I love about this is that you can study yoga forever. Like life-- you always can re-examine your life and change and improve right? ;-)
Of course I will still be doing the TURBO FIRE AND LES MILLS COMBAT which I love. Throwing the occassional Insanity in there. Trainng with Michael HARD at the gym-- and finally people we'll shoot some videos!! Now that I'm not like a sick dog in the doghouse anymore.....It's all good.
What's your latest obsession or new focus? What do you want to try that you haven't??
enjoy today's babble-on-a-thon. More tomorrow. ;-)
Hey Peeps!! Happy Saturday! How are you today? I was up at 6:30am today! BOOYA. Yes with all of my technology issues this week I was ......getting to bed later and sleeping in later which just ANNOYS ME to no end.
And yes, I am still sleeping like a baby in that Technogel bed. It's funny- the mattress is so deep my sheets barely fit it but they don't ride up. Maybe that's why I'm sleeping in lately--- LOL I haven't been setting my alarm maybe I'm just sleeping so WELL on that heavenly mattress.........Hmm let's test this out next week. Stay tuned. I don't need more than 7-8 hours sleep a night- what about you?
Anyway, I've been up and kicking butt since early today. I did cardio -- LES MILLS COMBAT.....Um people. Here's my "review" so far. Disclosure-- I am a serious fan and lover of all things kickboxing. So it would be hard for me to not like this.
I. Am. In. Love.
Now- I have at this point only done the intro 30-minute workout and then the 45 minute Power KATA on DVD 1. That 45 Minute Power Kata is SO FUN and -- it's all new punches, new combos and new things I haven't done before. If you really like kickboxing and all of that, I'm sure you are like me, you've bought everything advanced out there......this is nice because there are moves I've never done before-- my ABS were hurting so bad after the first day, what does that tell you? Also, there is something about people with the great Australian or whatever accent they have that is just well COOL.
Um, yes please. I'll have 2. To-Go.
Suffice it to say- Krissa, you were asking me about this, yes you should get it. It is FUN and fast paced, and I cannot wait to move up and do more. WHY DIDN'T SOMEONE CREATE THIS BEFORE?
And if you want to get your own, of course you can order from my BeachBody website by CLICKING HERE.
Now. Here is another thing to share. Wow I have so much to catch you up on but trust me, now that my new office is FINALLY up and running there won't be long spans of no-blog from KO. Watch.
Anyway, I have started to weigh myself EVERY DAY. I faced my fear. How silly is fear of the scale? I've FEARED what the number is just like when I am a clueless moron and don't balance my checking account and then squint my eyes when I check my balance because.........my office is a mess and I let things pile up and then it's two weeks later and panic sets in where Kelly goes "Ooh my WHAT THE how is it the 20th of the month?? What month is it?" Yea -- no more of that baloney.
GET ON TOP OF THINGS PEOPLE. In all areas of your life. Face your doubts and your fears. It's empowering. I am now really looking at myself like a fun science experiment. I am tracking EVERYTHING and when you track yourself-- I don't know somehow you take more ownership of your actions because you know your actions determine your RESULTS.
Here is what's funny about the scale and why I am glad I am hopping on that bad boy every morning. This is the pattern from this week.
Sunday-- this was my first weighing myself since like November. So based on my last memory, I was down 4lbs since November.
Monday -- UP .6 POUNDS. I did not panic. Pissed me off but I didn't panic.
Tuesday ---DOWN 1 pound from Monday's weight.
Wednesday ---Down 1/2 pound from Tuesday.
Thursday --- Down 1 pound from Wednesday.
Friday ----Down .8 pound from Thursday.
Saturday --- UP ONE POUND from Friday.
Yea, I was a little like this -
But then I calmed down. Did I do anything crazy yesterday to really GAIN A POUND? nope. I'm on track. And overall-- from the weight I was on Sunday, I am down a total of 1.6 pounds.
Doing this, weighing myself every day, it's helping me to see patterns and to see how the scale can fluctuate. Will be interesting to see what happens when Aunt Flo arrives.
Either way, I KNOW I AM MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. MY BODY IS CHANGING EVERY DAY. I will not give up.
Here is my Ramble-On-A-Thon from Thursday:
And I have another video I'm going to shoot this weekend to tell you all about the new very cool Diet-To-Go food I've been eating. You'll see in the left sidebar in my Flickr photos feed some of the snapshots of the food. But y'all know my #1 issue has been MAKING TIME TO GO TO THE GROCERY STORE(S) AND PREP MY FOOD. I'm working with the folks at Diet To Go and using their Lo-Carb meal plan (it's 1200-1300 calories but I do add a shake/protein meal for my specific plan monitored by Dr. Mike based on my workout intensity)
Here is this morning's breakfast, by the way:
Western Omelet with sausage. I honestly can't get over how ridiculously convenient this service is-- it's fresh real food, portioned out for you and all you do is heat in microwave for 2-3 minutes. All of the meals. That's it. I have had my mom and dad try them too and they were like "um Kelly do you have any more?". It's great tasting stuff. I've had a LOT of people express concern about the high levels of sodium, and I will quote Dr. Mike here on my next blog and what he said (because he is wayyyy smarter on the scientific explanation) but--- in MY OPINION-- hello!!!!! It's a packaged food! If you package food - fresh food-- and you don't want it to go bad and spoil, you have to PRESERVE THE FOOD and that calls for sodium. I just can't get over how people think you can have it all. They complain that McDonald's doesn't serve Grass-Fed Organic Free Range Beef with Gluten-Free Buns. WAKE UP PEOPLE if they did, you'd wait 9 hours in the drive through and pay $25 a burger. You can't have it all!
Rant over. ;-)
I will share more about Diet-To-Go but I find it to be an INCREDIBLY valuable service-- portion control, great tasting REAL FOOD and wow time-saving. All meals based on my calculations end up being under $8 or so- for fresh pre-made meals delivered to your door, I find that a tremendous value.
What do you think??
That was Chicken Something. Delicious. ;-)
I'd say most meals are 250-600 calories. The breakfasts are amazing as are the lunches, the only one I've had so far that is "meh" is the Turkey Meatloaf. Very MEH. But I'm spoiled with the one I make. So there's that. ;-)
Gotta run y'all. I'm off to help my parents with some stuff (mom had her fourth chemo treatment this week!! We're more than 1/2 way there!! yayaya) and then will be back later tonight.
Disclosure: Technogel and Diet-To-Go are both clients of my company, FitFluential and have sent me products at no-charge. All of my opinions are CLEARLY my own.
What? Why, yes, I was up at 6:30am today! And not because I was hungover oh NO. I headed my a** to Life Time Fitness and GOT ALL OVER IT.
I am not playing. And well, when I share a picture of my new BFF that I train with at the gym, you'll see what I mean when I say I DO WHAT HE SAYS. There is something to be said about working out WITH SOMEONE -- whether it's a trainer or at least a friend that knows good form and how to spot. Remember I got really frustrated at first trying to do my legs workout alone-- learning how to front squat and trying to go heavy but worrying about bad form and injury.....that sucks. But now, I've got that all handled.
And today by the time 9am rolled around I was spent. My entire body has some form of DOMS at this point-- some left over from late last week and some are just starting to creep in now from this morning.
And I love it.
I have made serious progress on so many things this past week or so. I dove in and started cleaning out my office. It's time to get ORGANIZED and then some. Because I'm all about efficiency in 2013 and not getting burned out-- making time for me and then when I am in the office, being productive.
It's that TREADMILL analogy I shared before. I won't do what I've done for over a year--- the same concept of just STAYING ON THE TREADMILL because I'm scared to get off. When I do that, I might still be moving but I'm moving SLOWER and losing momentum. When I get on and sprint/interval train I kick butt, then I leave and REST.
This is my approach for fitness and for business.
Work will be there. I will handle it. I can LEAVE MY OFFICE and take care of myself!
That means my SLEEP will be a priority. Y'all know I don't do well with no sleep. The new Technogel mattress has made sleeping um so much more heavenly. I can't describe it but I have been MORE than wowed by the difference and the mattress is more FIRM than my last one, which I didn't think I'd like. But I just never want to leave.
I'm also going to bed EARLIER so I can get up earlier. And not WORKING BEFORE BED so I can shut this brain down.
Now. My new office is equipped with some new badass goodness.
My new desktop:
It's not even here yet and I want to marry it. And I just upgraded my iPhone finally. Very upset that Mophie apparently doesn't make a charger for iPhone 5.
I also have a Hujazz bulletin board to take up a wall in my office for my larger than life Vision Board.
I also spent a little bit of cashola on some chic office organizational stuff for my office. Pictures later. I bought myself 2 new saucepans since I'm COOKING MORE in advance.....
Fishy Fishy Fishy.
Roasted Veggies. MMMM.
Based on the input of my BFFs I'm ordering some Nutritional Yeast to put on the veggies-- have any of you tried that?
Making lots of Turkey Meatloaf, still loving my coffee with coconut oil/cinnamon and one TBS heavy cream. MMMMMM.
There is absolutely no purpose in this photo other than to share that I LOVE the neon orange in these Reebok Real Flex shoes. #thatisall Also I should make sure not to use this Instagram filter as it looks like someone poured a ton of dirt on me, my shoes and my carpet. I am not that character from Charlie Brown with dirt all around him.
OH SNAP! DID I ALSO ORDER THIS LES MILLS BODY COMBAT FOR MY CARDIO? Yes. I did. I'm standing by the door waiting for this to show up.
Um. For some reason, today's post is NOT taking the embed code from YouTube correctly. So CLICK HERE to watch the dang preview.
Now.....here is my ramble-on-a-thon from last week. I have one more and then we are CAUGHT UP. ;-)
So. How is YOUR first day of the year?? Are you kicking butt already?? Day isn't over yet. ;-)
Disclosure: Please note that Reebok, GNC, Life Time Fitness and Technogel are all clients of my company, FitFluential. All opinions are my own.
Is this a goal for you? No, not necessarily to look like Arnold, but hey, you boys- that's all good for you if that's your goal.
I MEAN, DO YOU WANT TO WORK SO HARD AND PUSH AND PUSH AND REACH TOWARD YOUR HIGHEST POTENTIAL EVERY DAY SO YOU CAN HAVE THIS FEELING---this feeling of-- THAT'S RIGHT. I DID THIS. I DID IT! AND IT FEELS AMAZING.
I'm gonna tell you- you better watch out, because the statement above is going to ring true here, on my blog, in my life, more than EVER. I'm taking what I've started with FitFluential- with founding a company, facing my doubts and fears and diving in, leaving the comfort zone behind-- putting myself OUT THERE, and conquering and continuing to do so every damn day---
AND NOW IT'S TIME TO GIVE THAT TO MYSELF.
I cannot describe how that Rude Awakening was just the prologue I needed personally to start this new book, the new chapter in my life. I SAW THE PAST. I saw all my fears and doubts and everything I haven't done and why. Sometimes you can see it a million times before you really throw caution to the wind and do it.
Carla said something to me yesterday -- and I love how she said it. She said, "You have your pit crew all ready to support you. You will own this and you will be so proud." --
I'm being bold. I'm not being secret about my goals. I have the BEST EXPERTS in the biz in my personal pit crew, including Dr. Mike Roussell for my "diet" guidance and Todd Bumgardner designing my weekly workout plan. I am giddy with delight at the Week One plan that starts tomorrow. Carla ALWAYS has my back. You should stay tuned in the next week or so for something BIG coming from her. This woman lost 35+ pounds over 15 years ago if I'm correct-- she is a buff chiseled machine and she has kept it off. She illustrates WALKING THE WALK every dang day.
I'm putting my goals and my training and my diet out there and BOLDLY proclaiming I WILL. For the first time in months and months, probably in over a year, I am committing- but now finally knowing I have the people and pit crew in place to support my INTENTIONS and help ensure I KEEP THEM ACTIVE ---and the COMMITMENT will become a reality.
A couple people saw my photos below and wrote me saying "Wow KO you are really making progress!"-- and that made my day, but here is what is funny. And this is why I am SO EXCITED. The past three weeks my workouts- not so much. My eating- you watched my videos- BAD PLANNING, sporadic, etc. If I've made progress this year.....and I have, but all while VERY RANDOMLY working out and being your typical overworked startup freak and NOT eating when I should---- IMAGINE WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN NOW.
I'm being bold. I'm saying YOU WILL NOT BELEIVE THE CHANGE YOU WILL SEE IN ME.
And I'm here to tell you YOU CAN DO THE SAME. I don't care where you are or how far you are from your goal. NO EXCUSES. WE ALL CAN DO IT. We all can be UNSTOPPABLE.
Now. I have several things I need to share with you. First of all, last night I was starting to feel a cold coming on. It's like my BFF Dutch way up in Boston SENT ME HIS COLD. ;-) So I told myself I was going to go to bed EARLY and sleep in. No getting up and rushing, even to church. And.....truth be told, I had just gotten my new TECHNOGEL mattress delivered. If you recall, they sent me a PILLOW a while back and I shot this vlog since my hormonally imbalanced, forever HOT person just LOVED that the pillow stays COOL. Heaven:
Now. Let's enter an entire mattress made of this stuff. Underneath my pretty bed:
(notice how HIGH UP it is now too? Might need a ladder! LOL)
is this bad-boy from Technogel.
It's GEL. GEL.
My BFF and "Diet Guide Spirit Master of all things nutrition Jedi" Dr. Mike Roussell also got one. His came like 4 days before mine. He said that he was DYING at how comfortable it was. I'm gonna be honest with you all. I knew it would be nice but to think a mattress of any kind could be like earth shattering-- was NOT in my brain. I was wrong. And y'all know me. I would not OVERWHELMINGLY rave about something, I don't need to- if it wasn't true. I knew I'd have good things to say about it but PEOPLE-- I SLEPT IN UNTIL 11AM TODAY. I don't think I've done that since college. This bed is like YOU DO NOT WANT TO GET OUT OF IT. No idea how to describe the comfort. And--- also to be honest, when I FIRST climbed on it, it felt very FIRM. I told Mike I didn't think it was soft enough for me. STUPID KELLY.
I may have also mentioned-- because I told you guys, how sleep evades me. I have serious problems falling asleep because of my MIND going a million miles an hour. Dr. Mike and I were part of several FitFluential peeps that got to try out Gaiam TV and they have SO MUCH MORE on the site than I thought. For me, in particular- they have MEDITATION, GUIDED MEDITATION videos in addition to yoga, fitness, cool movies, documentaries and just awesomeness. If you are into that-- if you like discovery channel stuff but more about wellness, inner peace, yoga, holistic healing and all that jazz, this is your place. Seriously. You can check it out totally free for 10 days if you don't believe me-- no credit card or auto billing happens. Seriously. Go there. See below. It gives me some Zen. Which clearly I need.
Now. It is Sunday. I am off to enjoy the day and NOT WORK. That's right. NOT WORK! And I have some more cool stuff to share this week- my workouts, my "diet" and all that goodness.
And for those of you all writing me asking about my previously featured REEBOK shoes, oh snap. Here's a $20 OFF coupon code for you to use-- valid through the end of the year.
Now what's your GO BIG OR GO HOME goals for NOW and for 2013?
**Disclosure: Reebok, GNC, GaiamTV, and Technogel are clients of my company, FitFluential. All opinions expressed here are solely my own.**
Happy Sunday Kittens. Well, it's Sunday night. I'm about to go to bed, and yet, I have so much excitement on my mind as I go to bed, I thought I'd belt out a quick blog post before I crash.
Last night was the first night in 10+ days that I slept through MOST of the night. The past 10+ days I've been going to bed and my throat has been so in pain and so so so dry, I had to have like 5 cough-drops in my mouth just to like NOT be in severe discomfort. Either that or just drink water for 8 hours and not sleep. I think the anti-biotics may indeed be working and I am SO SO grateful. This (having the pre-whooping cough, sinus infection and the messed up shoulder!) has been awful and a huge wake-up call for me on what I need to change in my life. Pretty much everything I've been TALKING ABOUT HERE but not WALKING THE WALK.
I am SO excited to workout again. I am SO excited to make myself proud.
And, here is what 2012 is going to contain for Kelly O.
A LOT more hot yoga. OMG I have missed hot yoga SO MUCH the past month. SO MUCH- as much for physical benefits as it is for mental- I have MISSED. My shoulder is definitely WAY BETTER and I'm ready to go back.
P90X2. OMG- there is a different approach here in P90X2.
I like workouts that are intense and allow me to feel incredibly bada** so of course that's why Crossfit appeals to me AND Sandbag Training.....Zuzana has been using the sandbag for a while, which is how I discovered one of my latest FitFluential Ambassadors- Josh Henkin, who owns Ultimate Sandbag Training.
Incidentally, it's been very bizarre to observe this transition happening over at Bodyrock....Zuzana was suddenly not there and then my personal observation is that replacing her with these two other people was a big downer. Then I saw this over the weekend and was pretty much OOOHHHH AHHHH in a big way. I really want to dive into these types of workouts-- shorter, intense, but building up major strength and conditioning your body.
And then last but not least:
Seriously? OMG. Cage Fitness really appeals to me. In a big way.
Lastly. What I will insist upon for me, so that I can reach my goals and not just be wishing for them to materialize.
EAT. I will eat like a normal person, not rushed and unplanned and just finding the best option....I will eat to fuel my body and treat it like a temple, not fill up this machine with sub-par food. I will consume more protein, use protein powder 1-2x a day max, and make new healthy meals every week.
SLEEP. I will get the sleep I need. I will use everything I can to get sleep and be rested. Thank you, Technogel pillow. ;-)
MOVE. I will workout CONSISTENTLY each week. I will NOT overtrain. I will be CAREFUL so I avoid an injury.
ENJOY. I will enjoy life along the way.
BE PROACTIVE AND PREVENTATIVE. I will take my vitamins EVERY DAY (like I used to in the past) so I build up a healthy immune system. I wll drink water like it's my job. I will stick with my commitment to not work in the mornings until my workouts are done, thus keeping stress levels lower.
So, QUESTION OF THE DAY is: What are YOU going to do to take things up a notch in 2012??