Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Weight Loss

I have lost 26.5 pounds so far! WOOHOO! I've been sick since last weekend! Boo...I still have been going to the gym this week even though I am still not 100%! But the other day I couldn't complete all my cardio because my chest started hurting and burning so I stopped! Then these past two days I've been having bad abdominal pain, it even woke me up at 2am it was so bad! It was gone in the morning but it came back as I was leaving for work and has stuck around all night!  I didn't eat dinner (I know bad!) because I didn't know if it made it worse or what! Let's just say I'll be calling my doctor tomorrow!

Even though nothing in my life is currently going the way I want, I put all that frustration in my workouts which usually makes for a good workout!

I looked in the mirror tonight and I just couldn't help but smile and be happy about how far I've come and how close I am to my goals!! :)

Remember to Dig Deep and Push Forward no matter what is going on in life!

It's great when people at work or where ever tell me that my post of Facebook make them motivated to get up and do some exercise. Though my Facebook is currently deactivated due to personal issues and hopefully will help me keep my mind off things, people can still catch me on Instagram or Twitter (though I never really use it! ha.) But I'll eventually be back on Facebook (not sure when though, could be awhile) but when I am back up I'll be able to motivate people because I love doing that!

Hope all is well with everyone! Just thought I'd give a quick update! Happy Halloween! Stay Safe!!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Trying New Stuff!

Okay, so I've heard about baked grapefruit and how it tastes a lot better because it takes away the tartest so I finally tried! I am always up for trying new things!! I will say it tasted a lot better, I could actually stand to eat the whole thing and somewhat felt guilty about eating it because it actually tasted good!

Here's what you do:
Preheat the over to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
Cut grapefruit in half
Sprinkle cinnamon on the top of each half of grapefruit
Bake for 10-15 minutes
Then enjoy! 
This is the finished product because you don't really need a step by step instruction for this it's pretty self explanatory!

I also went to this local food market where everything is pretty much organic, I was kind of caught off guard because I was really just going to check it out and see what they had and wasn't really planning to buy much. But they had a big selection of Luna bars (which I love!) and I picked a new flavor because it sounded good but was a little scared on how it would taste. (Sometimes things sound reallly good, but taste awful, that's kind of what I was expecting!!)

Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size: 1 bar (48g)
  • Calories: 180
  • Calories from fat: 50
*Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
  • Amount/Serving%DV*
  • Total Fat 6g9%
  • Sat. Fat 2.5g13%
  • Trans Fat 0gNone
  • Cholesterol 0mg0%
  • Sodium 130mg5%
  • Potassium 90mg3%
  • Total Carb 28g9%
  • Dietary Fiber 3g12%
  • Insoluble Fiber 1g
  • Sugars 13g
  • Other Carb. 12g
  • Protein 8g16%
Vit. A 20% * Vit. C 20% * Calcium 35% * Iron 30% * Vit. D 15% * Vit. E 30% * Vit. K 10% * Thiamin (B1) 10% * Riboflavin (B2) 40% * Niacin (B3) 40% * Vit. B6 80% * Folate 100% * Vit. B12 80% * Biotin 25% * Pantothenic Acid 40% * Phosphorus 20% * Iodine 35% * Magnesium 10% * Zinc 35% * Selenium 35% * Copper 10% * Manganese 25% * Chromium 25% * Molybdenum 25%
- See more at:
It was "Carrot Cake" Luna bar I tried and OH MY GOSH, totally going to go pick up a few more of these suckers! This thing was sooooooo yummy! I also felt somewhat bad about eating it because it was soo darn good!! If you're curious about the nutrition facts go HERE to check it out!! It's not really that bad for you, if you're wanting something sweet and taste like heaven check it out.

I know they aren't the best for you but they are a lot better than eating like a pop tart or a snickers bar! The carbs are a little high, this bar has 28g of carbs, I will say I don't eat these all the time just every now and then but still a good alternative to a lot of other bars out there for you.

It's basically a cinnamon-spiced bar, with carrots, walnuts, raisins, and white soy chips! Best thing about these bars are they are about 70% organic and made with nothing artificial!! They're a good snack to take when you're on the go! They have tons of other flavors, so go try them all.

Well that is all I have for now, check back later!


Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size: 1 bar (48g)
  • Calories: 180
  • Calories from fat: 50
*Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
  • Amount/Serving%DV*
  • Total Fat 6g9%
  • Sat. Fat 2.5g13%
  • Trans Fat 0gNone
  • Cholesterol 0mg0%
  • Sodium 130mg5%
  • Potassium 90mg3%
  • Total Carb 28g9%
  • Dietary Fiber 3g12%
  • Insoluble Fiber 1g
  • Sugars 13g
  • Other Carb. 12g
  • Protein 8g16%
Vit. A 20% * Vit. C 20% * Calcium 35% * Iron 30% * Vit. D 15% * Vit. E 30% * Vit. K 10% * Thiamin (B1) 10% * Riboflavin (B2) 40% * Niacin (B3) 40% * Vit. B6 80% * Folate 100% * Vit. B12 80% * Biotin 25% * Pantothenic Acid 40% * Phosphorus 20% * Iodine 35% * Magnesium 10% * Zinc 35% * Selenium 35% * Copper 10% * Manganese 25% * Chromium 25% * Molybdenum 25%
- See more at:

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Where have I been?? it's been some time since my last post...try like 4 to 5 months! What can you say, "time flies when you're having a ball..." haha!

First and most importantly: I weighed myself this morning (which is the best time to weigh yourself right after you go to the bathroom) I weighed 164.5 lbs...I haven't weighed that in a looooong time! 9 more pounds and I will be around what I was in high school! Going from 186.5lbs to 164.5lbs is a HUGE accomplishment for me! I was super excited and definitely kept me motivated to keep pushing. Losing weight is hard in this society because there is so much junk out there for people to eat and consume.

I will say I DO NOT weigh myself a lot mainly for the reason that muscle weighs more than fat and I've been lifting weights which helps A LOT in the weight loss process. So, I got by the way my clothes fit and my measurements. I will say my dress pants for work are literally falling off of me...! I have to wear a long shirt just so no one see anything...I am a cheap ass when it comes to buying clothes! ha.

Even though I am on my own fit journey I still like to motivate and encourage others to be the best they can and help them pick better choices for their health. So....I may become a beach body coach again but I haven't decided. If I do I will let you all know...ha! Does anyone read this?!

Tom and I did an organ cleanse 3 days after our trip to Chicago and it was quite interesting! It was a drink that tasted like liquid chalk, it was so gritty! You should of seen us get it down the first time it was bad! But we had to drink this drink every 3 hrs, 5 times a day for 3 days and nothing else! It was rough I cheated once and ate a small bite of brownie but that was it! But I think it made me feel better when it was over!

Well this is all I have for now because I need to finish prepping my meals and then off to bed! THANK GOD it is FRIDAY!!! It's been a mad house at work and I am ready for the weekend!

Toodles for now and I promise I'll be back soon...! I got a new laptop so I'll be able to update more frequently! :)

Monday, April 8, 2013

Quest Protein Bar - Chocolate Brownie

Okay, so I am slacking on the review of the last month of Insanity! It's hard that's what I will say for now!! I promise I will do one eventaully, it is just three videos you repeat in a different order!

BUT for right now I must tell you about Quest Protein Bars!! I heard a lot about them so I wanted to try them myself and see what all the hype was about! I just had my first one and I picked Chocolate Brownie because this girl was craving chocolate due to the cycle of mother nature! And omg, it was soo good! I was honestly expecting it to taste like crap but it's good!!

Here's the Nutrition Info:
Calories: 170
Calories from Fat: 50
Total Fat: 6g
Sodium: 340 mg
Potassium: 380 mg
Total Carbs: 24g
Dietary Fiber: 19g
(Only 5g of active carbs because of the 19g of Fiber)
Sugar: 1g
Protein: 20g

Ingredients: Protein  Blend (Whey Protein Isolate, Milk Protein Isolate), Isomalto-Oligosaccharides (100% Natural Prebiotic Fiber derived from plant sources), Almonds, Cocoa, Water, Natural Flavors, Sea Salt, Lo Han Guo, Sucralose.

Not many ingredients which I was kind of worried about but omg, delicious!! :) I'd give it a 9/10  but really close to a 10, because it helped my chocolate fix! :) I plan to get this flavor again!

I heated my bar in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds and think that's what made it delicious but I think it would still be pretty good without microwaving it!

I think I may do a review on all the flavors! :) But we will see how that goes...

I have 12 flavors to try, I hope they're all good as this one was!! :)

Thursday, March 21, 2013


So, I had put a post on my Facebook about losing 10.5 pounds and last night my friend's husband sends me a message that says, "Thanks!" and I am like what for!? And he says, "I want to thank you for your post because it motivated me to go for a run tonight! I really needed the motivation!" I was like you're welcome! It's nice to know that I motivated someone to work out! It's a good feeling!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Weight Loss

So, this morning I was hestitate to weigh myself because I didn't eat well this weekend, at least not Saturday! But I went and ahead and weighed myself AND......I used to weigh 186.5 and now I am....176.0lbs!!! I've lost 10.5lbs!! I am so excited to see that number because I thought I'd never get there and I did! This gives me big motivation to work harder and push myself to reach my other goals and lose more weight! I am just so happy...after I weighed myself I must of been to excited because I spilled coffee all over me right before I walked out the door! AWESOME...but I didn't care I was too happy to be upset or mad about it! HA!!

Well that is all I have right now, I will do a update on Insanity Recovery week later today or this week sometime! I just wanted to share my good news! :)

God Bless

Friday, March 15, 2013

Smoothie Experiments

Almost done with month one of Insanity, woohoo!! The only thing scares me is not the next month BUT my right knee has started making a popping noises! It doesn't hurt it just pops when I bend my knee! I WILL COMPLETE INSANITY! Even if I have to do it on one leg! HA!

I have one week of core and balance I think it's called then it's crazy month two of Insanity! It sounds scary, MAX is in all the titles lol! I heard month two is when you start losing the most weight so hopefully that is how it works for me! :)

I love this smoothie! Totally looks weird and nasty but tastes pretty amazing! I love the Berry Blast and Mango one as well! I just wish these things weren't like $3 to $4 a bottle! I need to buy them in bulk or something! ha.

For lunch I experimented making a smoothie! It tasted somewhat weird but I still drank it. Next time I probably won't do the mango, I think that's what gave it a weird taste! I need to get more Greek Yogurt so I can make my normal smoothies but I had to improvise a little! My lunch smoothie consisted of: 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1/4 cup rolled oats (dry oatmeal), 1/4 cup strawberries, 1/4 cup blueberries, 1/4 cup mango, 1/2 scoop of vanilla whey protein powder, and a little bit of honey! I think there was about 280 calories in it, not bad!

Good News Time: I did my measurement last night I've lost a WHOLE inch around my hips! Yay! I can tell I've lost some weight and it's an amazing feeling! I must keep going!!!!! :)

Alright, almost time to get off work and go do a workout! :)

I will update on Sunday about the past week or two of Insanity, it's just the same workouts at the first two weeks, so no need to an every day update! :)

God Bless
-Kathryn :)

Thursday, March 7, 2013

6 Foods To Add to Your Diet for Weight Loss

I was searching the Internet to find out if "quinoa" was a clean food, because I want to start eating more clean foods. Those that don't know what clean foods or clean eating is, it is "avoiding all processed food, relying on fresh fruits, vegetable and whole grains rather than prepackaged or fast food." - Stephanie Hasbrouck, Special to CNN

I love quinoa so I was happy to find out it was considered clean food, I may use this instead of brown rice in my meals. But as I was searching this I came across a good article called "6 Foods You Should Add to Your Diet for Weight Loss" and you can check it out HERE! It's definitely good information! I love me some Green Tea so I was glad to see that on the list! :)

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

7 Ways to Speed Up Your Slim Down...

Click Here to check out this article! I love number 7, which is LAUGH!!! I love laughing! :)

No Days Off

So, does anyone have Instagram?! I Do! I love it! Most of the people I follow our fitness people and I think I am going to do the "No Rest Days!" So, no more rest days for me, every day I am going to do a workout whether it's going to be Insanity or Yoga or light lifting! Yoga is amazing, it relaxes me and de-stresses me! HA. I am becoming a workout junkie! haha jk!

Last night I got my ass handed to me in the Plyometric Cardio Circuit! But I can now make it through the warm up without taking breaks of my own!  Yay! Go ME! :)

Life is starting to turn around for me and I am so grateful for that and for the people in my life! It's amazing how much better you feel when you work out and eat healthy! Also I am 4 pounds away from losing 10 pounds! woohoo!

Tonight is PURE CARDIO & CARDIO ABS! That's a killer workout!!

Hope you all have a wonderful Hump Day! :)

Monday, March 4, 2013

Fit Test 2


Okay, I will tell you my first fit test and then the results I got today! I am super proud of myself!

February 18, 2013
Switch kicks: 78 (39 each leg)
Power Jacks: 40
Power Knees: 70
Power Jumps: 12
Globe Jumps:  8
Suicide Jumps: 8
Push-up Jacks: 10
Oblique Plank Crunches: 36 (18 each leg)

March 4, 2013
Switch Kicks: 108 (54 each leg)
Power Jacks: 61
Power Knees: 104
Power Jumps: 30
Globe Jumps: 12
Suicide Jumps: 13
Push-up Jacks: 22
Oblique Plank Crunches:  48 (24 each leg)
     - I am surprised I got that many because right when I started this one my nephew tried to crawl underneath me!!! I was like seriously...haha!

So, as you can see I have improved in all my stats, my Globe Jumps and Suicide Jumps didn't improve that much but at least I improved a little bit and that's all that matters!

This was the only workout for tonight, so it was short workout about 20 minutes! You do each of these exercises for a minute as fast as you can!!!

I don't think I'll post every day for the third week, just at the end of the week I'll update but we will see how it goes and I'll decide then!!

Well hope you all had a wonderful Monday like I did! It was a good Monday for me!!

Wednesday is my second interview for a new job, so I am keeping my fingers crossed!! :)

Take care and God Bless!

- Kathryn :)

Weight Loss Mistakes

I am noticing small changes in my body and it's AWESOME! They keep me motivated and going towards my goals! I feel really good about myself and can't wait to reach my goals!

When I am lacking motivation I tell my three year old nephew to tell me to work out! He goes, "Kitty GO WORK OUT!!" haha. It's so cute and I can't resist so I do as I am told! HA.

I found this article that could be helpful for some of you! I learned a few things from it and hopefully you will to! The article is called, "Why Your Weight Loss Plan Isn’t Working (and Sneaky Ways to Lose More)" and you can click HERE to read it!

Tonight is FIT TEST number 2...will I improve in my stats?! We will see! I've got to get back to work, it's going pretty good for a Monday!! Hope I haven't spoke too soon! HA. :)


Sunday, March 3, 2013


Okay before I get into my review there are two things I can not stand about Insanity:

1. Tonya - the asian lady that's always in the front, she is such a camera hog! She's always like dancing or something on water break and she's always the one you hear yelling during the workouts! I just can't stand her!! ha!

2. This goes beyond Insanity, like gyms and workout classes...GIRLS that have their hair down when they're working out! It's like get your freakin' hair out of your freakin' face!! I guess that goes on the same terms of girls who put make-up on to go to the gym! It drives me crazy, it's like really is that necessary!?


Okay review time...

This workout was suppose to be Saturday but a lot stuff happened and was unable to do it so I did it Sunday!!

So it's PURE CARDIO and CARDIO ABS!!! Killer Workout!!

Stats from this workout:
Time: 1 hour, 2 minutes
Calories Burned: 638
Avg. Heart Rate: 156
Max Heart Rate: 190

I did a review on PURE CARDIO already which you can go HERE to read about it! I know I am improving because I actually made it through the WARM-UP without taking a break, which in itself is a mini workout! But the actually workout I had a hard time doing, I took a lot of breaks but I can tell I am improving on some stuff! Towards the end my arms and legs were giving out at the "Suicide Jumps" and the "Push up Jacks!" I came so close to smack my face against the floor! HA.

After that you go straight into CARDIO ABS!

This starts out with a small warm-up which consist of:
- Jog- a nice, steady pace
- High Knees: Arms straight up and lifting your knees to hip height *Use your core to lift your knees*
- High Knees w/ Twist - Same as above BUT arms now move side to side! Elbows got to opposite knees when they rise
- Jump Rope - Pretend to jump rope
- Tuck Jumps - *SUPER HARD MOVE* in a ski-like crouch, jump up and use your core to bring your knees straight up to where they meet your elbows!
- Wide Tuck Jumps - Same as before but legs opened wide!

30 Second Water Break

C-Sit Position Moves:
Twist: While in C-Set, turn side to side
Twist with Knee: Same as above, but raise opposite knees as you bring hands down to each side
A-Frame Ab Twist: Same as Twist but now hands go above the head, then each time go up and down as tracing a capital "A."
A-Frame with Knee: As you bring arms up raise knees through them
Hold Center in C-Set (kinda like a plank holding position but you're in a C-Sit, you can really start feeling it if you weren't already! I had to take a break here!

30 Second Water Break!

Single Leg Raises: Back in C-Sit, but now one leg is extended out in front of you, while the other leg is bent with knees close to your chest. Lean back, hands on floor by your hips. Pull in the extended leg so that it comes to your chest then back out and with leg stiff raise it up, then repeat!

30 Second Water Break!

Both Legs: C- Sit with both legs extended straight in front of you then bring them both into your chest, knees coming up and then back out, then raise both legs up, extend, then raise back up!

** I could not do this one, I must not have any abs muscles or my legs were tired. I just couldn't raise both my legs I could bring them in but couldn't raise them! :( **

30 Second Water Break!

High Plank Position Moves:
-Alt Knees: Get in high plank position (in push up position with back straight, and core contracted) Alternate bring each knees to your elbows
-Alt Knees Fast: Same as above but faster and with a little hop.

Low Plank Position Moves:
Alt Knees: Same as high plank alt knees but in low plank position (in push up position but resting on your forearms)
Clild's Pose: This is a rest! You're on your knees, head down with arms extended in front of you!
Pulse Tucks: Going from High to Low Plank, you pulse your hips up and down kind of like humping the air a little bit. Keep your core tight and pulse count do it for an 8 count in high plank then back down to low plank for 8 and repeat!

**I laughed a little when he was showing us this move and I was like seriously but OMG you can totally feel this move!**

Then it's Cool down which only last a couple minutes! This work out is roughly 17-18 minutes!

I will say I thought it was kind of tough doing it coming right out of Pure Cardio!

Tomorrow is FIT TEST time, so I will definitely post about that tomorrow! Hope you enjoyed my review! :)

Friday, March 1, 2013

Insanity - Week 2

Hi Everyone! One more day and week two will be donw and only 7 more weeks! woohoo!!

Monday - Cardio Power & Resistance - I've done a review on that and you can read it HERE! I will say that I think this one is pretty hard!!

Avg. Heart Rate: 159
Max Heart Rate: 190
Calories Burned: 563 (51 minutes & 30 seconds)

Tuesday - Pure Cardio - You can also ready about it HERE! This was is very exhausting but it's definitely a workout!

Avg. Heart Rate: 163
Max Heart Rate: 195
Calories Burned: 574 ( 50 minutes 48 seconds) 

Wednesday - This was suppose to be Plyometric Cardio Circuit but I had an awful day at work and then I had to come home and do homework that was due online and our internet wasn't working so I had to go to my dad's office which I didn't get done there until about 10pm! By then, I had had enough of the day!! So, yes I took an off day!

Thursday - Was suppose to be Cardio Recovery which you can read HERE but I did Plyometric Cardio Circuit instead of the Cardio Recovery! I did a review on Plyometric Cardio Circuit and you can also read that review HERE! This workout is definitely hard, but for some reason I actually really enjoy this one! Maybe it's the end I like with the Cross Jacks and all the Jabs but I just feel like I had an awesome workout every time I finish this one!!

Avg. Heart Rate: 153
Max Heart Rate: 188
Calories Burned: 543 (53 minutes, 49 seconds)

Friday - I did Cardio Power & Resistance and like Monday you can get the review link there. This one has a lot of jumps in it and my tummy was wanting to up-chuck my dinner the whole time during this workout!! I hate when that happens. I didn't eat the best today so I felt pretty sluggish! It's amazing how what you eat can affect how you feel!

Avg. Heart Rate: 154
Max Heart Rate: 186
Calories Burned: 505 (49 minutes, 26 seconds)

Saturday - This will be Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs, I will definitely do a review on that once I have completed that exercise!

Overall I've lost about 6 pounds in the past month and half! Not too bad, that averages about 1 lb a week! I just need to keep it up and keep watching what I eat!

Well I am off to bed it's past my bedtime!

- Kathryn

Don't be afraid to ask me any questions or anything!?

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

16 Exercise Myths

I know I haven't posted about workouts in a few days but I have still be working out I just haven't had much time to post! I work out, bathe and I get right down to doing homework! I do classes online and they're an hour ahead of me so between work and working out I haven't had much time to sit down and post or really have any free time outside of that! If I don't tonight I will definitely post about workouts and meals tomorrow!

I will say I have lost some weight and I have notice little changes in my body and the way my clothes fit. I don't weigh myself a lot because then I get fixated on a number which in reality muscle weighs more than fat, so I just weight myself about once every couple weeks. The best time to weigh yourself is when you first wake up and after you've emptied my bladder and have the less clothes on. I mostly go on the changes in my body and how my clothes fit, but that's just me. I am s-l-o-w-l-y losing weight though which is the healthy way or so they say.

The real reason I wanted to post is I came across this article this morning when checking the news and I found the article interesting with good information. CLICK HERE to read the myths! Some myths at the bottom have a link to exercises you can do, which is awesome! Some of the myths I've never heard of so that was interesting to read.

Okay, I must get back to work but I promise to post tonight or tomorrow about my workout and meals.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Week 1, Day 5 - PURE CARDIO

I did this workout today even though I really didn't want to! But the thing I do when I think like that I get up and do it before I have a second chance to think about not doing it!! 

This workout was about 40 minutes long! It was brutal because my legs were still sore and my calves were screaming no more! It was rough and I took a lot of breaks!

Lately, my asthma has been bad so I have to take breaks to slow my breathing down so I don't have a full blown asthma attack. I get really wheezy and it sucks! But I keep pushing forward once I can get it under control. I do keep my inhaler next to me and I have tried to take it about 30 minutes before I work out, it helps a little but not that much.

Breakdown of the workout:

Warm-up: (usually always the same!)
Jumping Jacks
123 Heismans
Butt Kicks
High Knees
Mummy Kicks

Do this set three times, the last time is like a full blown sprint through the exercises!

Stretch: (I sweat a lot during the stretch it's weird!)
-Side lunges
-Back Extensions
-Yoga Poses

NOW for the main workout, it's only 15 minutes but it's about the longest 15 minutes EVER! No water breaks!

You do each of these exercises for one minute:
- Suicide Drills - Run to one side, reach down & touch floor, then dart back where you started, touch the floor then back to the other side. Up, down, Up down for one minute.

- Switch Kicks - Arms up, elbows close the body, hop from one foot to the other, kicking out with a front kick, alternating legs!

- Wide Football Sprints - Legs wide & sprint fast on toes, feet barely leaving the ground, hand out in front of you. Switch to face left side, then face front, right then shuffle to one side still sprinting then fall back to the drop one knee, THEN bust out in a fast jog!

- Stance Jacks - Just like a jumping jack but each time your feet go wide, drop down to a deep squat and reach down and touch the floor, alternating arms each time!

- Pedal - Jog fast, only  you drop into a deep lunge, then back up into a sprint and keep alternating your legs for the deep lunge. (I literally felt like dying at this workout!)

- Hooks & Jump Rope - I like this one just a LITTLE! ha. Legs wide, knee bent a little, punch eight hooks into the air with one arm then leap as high as you can like you are jump roping twice under your feet then alternating arms with the punches and doing the high jumps.

- Power Jacks - Like the stance jacks but do in a deep squat and arms down to your knee and pop back up over and over!

- Level 2 Drills - Not going to lie but I could barely do these!! I do maybe like 6-7 in one minute. BUT you drop in push up position, do eight push ups, then sprint in place for eight count, then hike knees back up under you chest and leap up, reaching for the sky. Drop and repeat!! This exercise is AWFUL!

- Frog Jumps - Squat, touch the floor, leap up and back, fall back in squat, touch the floor, leap up and forward over and over!

- Power Knees - In side lunge, bring your knee into both hands, crunching it up and go as fast as you can over and over. You do one leg for 30 seconds and then the other!

- Mountain Climbers - Lift knees and arms up. Opposite hand as the leg coming up. Reach up high to the sky and bring your legs up high.

- Ski Down - Lateral jumps. Keep knees together and swing arms as you jump. It's just as if you were skiing down a hill

- Scissor Runs - Shaun T is so exhausted he actually forget what this move is called, it's funny! But you face forward, alternating each foot forward and back with legs and arms straight moving.

- Suicide Jumps - Yeah, I was done about here. I could barely do these either! BUT you reach down, jump your legs out into a push up position, then bring your legs back up into a crouch THEN you leap/jump up and grab the sky! The jump part of this is awful! You just keep going down, out, back up over and over!

- Push Up Jacks - In push up position, go down into the push up, but kick your legs out as if you were doing a regular jumping jack standing up...Push back up & bring feet back together then do it over and over again!

You stretch for the last like 4 minutes or something, I just wanted to lay on the floor and stay there for a long time! HA.

But yes, by the end of the this workout I wanted to literally collapse! Like I said this was the longest 15 minutes EVER! The end of this video is funny because Shaun T says, "this sh*t is bananas!" HAHA. It's definitely true!

This is my workout! As you can see it took me longer than the actual workout because of the breaks I took! HA. Overall I think I did fairly well!

Breakfast: Bowl of Cheerios
Snack: Cottage cheese & Nutrition Bar
Lunch: Oatmeal with fresh strawberries & raspberries (YUM!)
Snack: Orange and a FEW chips (no judging allowed!)
Dinner: Taco salad kinda....I don't know how how explain it! ha! 

I saw this today and I literally busted up laughing! This is totally what my friend Lindsay would say to me if I asked her about her diet! ha. We have a love, hate relationship! 

This is what I remind myself all the time when I don't think I worked quite as hard as I wanted to! Ha. 

Alright done with the pictures my body needs to rest it's so sore! But I love the burn! ha. Okay, tomorrow I am suppose to do a workout but I'll be in Chicago for the most of the day so Sunday is suppose to be the rest day but tomorrow will have to be my rest day! So, I'll update on Sunday! :)

God Bless

- Kathryn

Week 1 - Day 4 - Insanity Cardio Recovery

I did this workout yesterday but I fell asleep before I could get to it!!

This workout is about 30 minutes long. It's not really a recovery, yeah the moves are slow and targeted but it's definitely not a recovery!

Here's some of the moves you do:
Deep lunges
Hamstring stretches
Hamstring pulses
Plank position
Slow suicides
In and Outs
Plank with alternating between putting one leg up and pulling your knee up to your chest
Plank with alternating between putting one leg up and pulling your knee to your elbow
Downward dog

I think this workout needs a new name! When I think of recovery I think of not working those muscles like when we sleep we recover

Or here's a better example:

Genesis 2:2 - "And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made."

God RESTED. He didn't lunges, squats or in and outs!

But...I did enjoyed the workout, the stretches where nice but definitely shouldn't be named "Cardio Recovery!" Cardio and Recovery shouldn't even be in the same sentence!

I didn't write down my meals but I did eat 5 meals!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Week 1, Day 3- Cardio Power & Resistance

This workout had a lot of jumps! You do the same warm up and stretch as yesterday and then it's time for the main workout!

Break down of that:

Set 1:
Power Jumps - from squat, leap up & bring your knees high and slap your knees (I can't slap my knees yet)
Power Kicks - hands on hip, squat down, moving side to side and when you come up do a front kick, and alternate legs on the front kick
Hit the Floor - from side to side, leap up like you're reaching for something and then squat side ways and touch the ground and alternate from going side to side
V Push Ups - get in push up position then walk feet as close as you can, with butt pointing up, fingers pointing at each other. Then do push ups, using your shoulders.

Each set takes 2 minutes, then 30 second water break between each set. 

Third set you don't get a water break you go straight into:
Tricep Dips
30 second water break
Ball Tricep

Set 2:
Hurdle Jumps - sprint in place and jump over invisible lateral hurdle
Globe Jumps - jump to side, then back, then over, jump back up; in a square formation. After reach jump go in deep squat.
Moving Push-ups: Normal push-up, but when you go down travel with your feet (I can't do these, so I just work on just push-ups because I can barely do them)
Floor Sprints - Stay in push-up position, but sprint in place (super hard after push-ups!)

30 second break between each set, after third set you go straight into:

Hop Squats: In squat position, do little hops up and down (8 times) then do 8 push-ups! You do this for a one minute! 

THEN you stretch...the End!

The last exercise is always the hardest to finish out, at least for me! 

I thought tonight's work out was rough indeed! I did do a little Zumba turns the end but my nephew started bothering me so I couldn't really do much! 

Meal 1: Oatmeal with walnuts, fresh strawberries & raspberries and 1 tsp of brown sugar
Snack 1: Plain Greek yogurt, walnuts, apple, 1 tsp of honey
Lunch: Pasta with mixed vegetables
Snack 2: Whole-Grain crackers with lunch meat (forgot the feta cheese at home *sad face*)
Dinner: Shakeology with side of little dry cereal (haven't actually had dinner but that's the plan) 

Well that's all I have for now, I am so tired I was up late doing homework! So, I will be going to bed early tonight 1.) I am really tired 2.) we are suppose to get lots of snow, but I'll believe it when I see it! 

Leaving you with a proud moment last night I was talking to my mom in the kitchen then I looked around and saw tons of junk food, donuts, chips and candy! I looked at her and said I have got to get out of here, there's so much junk food in here so I ran back to my room! hahaha! 

I'm out! 

God Bless

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Week 1, Day 2 - Plyometric Cardio Circuit

Wow! Wow! Wow! Today was tough!! I definitely had to take longer than 30 second breaks they give you. Then towards the last drill I could barely do all of them because my arms and legs were giving out.  I tried my best though!! 

Here is the breakdown of the workout, its about a 42 minute work but seems MUCH longer than that, the actual workout is only 20 minutes because for the first 20 minutes you warm-up and then stretch and then it's kicking butt time!  

The warm-up consist of:

Jumping Jacks
Log Jumps - jumping on one leg from side to side like you are jumping over an actual log
123 Heisman - alternate your legs, bringing them to your chest with your body down and arms moving with your legs side to side
Moving Heisman- same as above but moving two step to the right and then left
Butt Kicks - bring those heals to your butt, literally!
High Knees - alternating knees above waist
Vertical Jumps
Mummy kicks 

You repeat this three times, harder and harder until the last time and you're pretty much sprinting through those exercises!!! The warm-up is pretty much a mini workout!! Before you get to the stretch!! If you're not dripping sweat during the stretch then you're doing something wrong!

You get a 30 second water break (and trust me I took like a 3 minutes break to get my breathing under control!!! 

Then it's on to the actually workout!  

The breakdown for that is:

Round 1 - You repeat this three times
Suicide Drills
Power Squats
Mountain Climbers
Ski Down Jumps (these are a killer)
At the end of this you take a 30 seconds water break but on the third time you skip the water break and go straight into Switch Feet and Football Drills! (I had to stop during the Football drills!) 

Round 2 (Repeat three times)
Basketball Drills - (jump like you are shooting a ball and then go down and touch ground and do it again!)
Level 1 Drills (down into plank, do 4 push ups, then run it out 4 counts, jump back in & jump up, then start all over again) --- Major Killer!! I could barely do these!!
Ski Abs - Plank position, constantly jumps from plank position then jumping to the side with your feet, then back and then to the other side! 
In & Outs Abs - Plank position jumping in and out! --- OMG! I was literally wanting to scream at this point, I actually had to take a break! Shaun T annoys the crap of out me and I want to scream at him because he is yelling IN! OUT! IN! OUT! Grrr!

Then you get a 30 second water break (I took wayy longer than that!)

BUT on the 3rd time you go right into:
Cross Jacks
Upper Cuts
Attack Jabs
(only repeated once)

Seriously, I wanted to scream during the jabs and upper cuts but I kept telling myself keep going, you're almost there! Then you get a 15 breather and go straight into some stretching for like 5 minutes, and then you're DONE! Yay!!

THEN I don't know what got into me, I did 20 minute express Zumba! I must of been in a dancing mood or maybe I felt bad for eating half of a cinnamon roll! NO JUDGING me for that please, we can't always be perfect! HA!

I wear a F7 Polar Watch...I love, love this thing! I don't workout without it! But my stats from that were: 
Workout time: 1 hour 17 minutes
Calories Burned: 878
Average Heart Rate: 165
Max Heart Rate: 201 

So, I took a screen shot of my food diary on MyFitnessPal to show what I eat today! 

I do believe if you click on the picture it will make it bigger, but I could be wrong!

Hopefully, you can read this! Remember, No judging on the half of a cinnamon roll! I only really had 4 meals instead of 5 because I was busy at work and only ate half of the Power Bar at my morning snack, then the other half along with cottage cheese at the afternoon snack! I feel like I ate more than just this for some reason, but I think I did overall pretty well with everything else. 

Well that's all for today!! Hopefully tomorrow I am just as motivated as I was today!! :)

- Kathryn 

Monday, February 18, 2013

Week 1, Day 1

I had the day off which kind of threw everything off because maybe it's just me but I eat better when I am not at home!

Breakfast: Vanilla Greek yogurt with a 1/2 cup fresh strawberries & raspberries and 1 tablespoon of walnuts.

Lunch: Omelet- 1 whole egg, 2 egg white with spinach, onion and feta cheese

Dinner - Two biscuits with gravy

Yes I know I didn't eat 5 meals today! I slept in and I had an interview right in the middle of the day!

So, pretty disappointed I didn't eat like I had plan but back to work tomorrow and I'll be eating right. But I do need to work on eating better at home!!

According the MyFitness Pal I consumed: 1440 Calories and burned about 278 calories with 25 minutes of exercise.

Day 1 of Insanity is the fit test and it's pretty tough! You take the fit test every two weeks! I keep my results in my phone but I hope in two weeks I will have improved!

Sorry for the lack of post, I have tons and tons of homework to do! Blah. I am so sick of school. Ahhh....

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Meal Preparation

Today I went grocery shopping and prepared majority of the meal for the week. I will be eating about 5 meals a day ranging from 300-400 calories per meal. I am doing the Insanity workout, and following the Nutrition plan as much as I can! I am sure I'll do other recipes because I can't see myself eating the same food over and over for 60 days! I am sure if it stays healthy it will be fine.

Tomorrow is the big day, starting Insanity back up and I will be back tomorrow sometime to share my experience! :)


Oh yeah, I have tab on the top that says, "Recipes" I will post some of the stuff I prepare so if you're interested you can check that out as well!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

First Post!!

So, I've decided it always helps when I write stuff down, like I use MyFitnessPal App on my phone to help keep track of my food consumed. I don't really have a place to discuss motivation, my workouts, new healthy recipes,  and my struggles. So, I decided to start this blog to discuss my fitness goals!

My plan is to get this blog going by next week because I plan to restart Insanity, because I have had a couple weeks from hell that got me distracted and got off schedule. So, I am getting back at it Feb. 18th and will still committed to the 60 days program! NO EXCUSES!!

I plan to discuss my daily workout of Insanity, my food I consume and what my struggles have been and how I over came them!

I do have another blog that just discusses about a crazy thing called life! ha. But this one is dedicated solely to health and fitness!

See you, February 18th!