My Latest Obsession

If you are serious about your fitness/health/get a fantastic body mission – you meal prep. You kind of have to do this in one form or another as we all know what poor decision makers we be one when we don’t have a ready made meal close at hand. And if you are exercising a fair bit and eating clean – you eat a lot of food. Veggies are crucial but those bad boys aren’t high in calories.

So you end up being that person. Lugging a lunchbox around. Or a purse full of snacks. And at least for me, it means leaving for work with a lunchbox, purse, laptop bag. And for traveling it meant a lot of manipulating and plotting to get all my stuff on board because as you know – healthy food while traveling is hard. Especially on longer flights and in some of these regional airports. Annoying and frustrating at times.

Well, I recently picked up a new 6 Pack Fitness bag. The Camille to be specific.

Truth – I really wanted the Renee. And still do because it’s sleek and professional. But it’s been out of stock since like hour 2 of the pre-order back in April and I wanted a solution now because I had a need for it. I had a 3 meal 6 pack a while back but I kind of ruined it and made the mistake of replacing it with the 5 meal at the advice of my then nutritionist and that was too much for me. I avoided buying another after that because I wasn’t using the 5 meal and didn’t want to but another 3 meal so soon. But I knew this style was the winner for me once these purse style ones came out, so I went ahead and jumped back in. And I’m so glad I did. For one, it’s easy and less obvious I’m carrying food around when I’m out. It’s perfect for travel, I can fit EVERYTHING I would ever need in the purse section, and there are plenty of pockets. The side pockets give perfect access to a water bottle or blender bottle or can be used for easy access to keys and phone if only using one/neither of the pockets.

Today I took it out loaded with the food in the picture above for the hubby and I. Everything stayed cold all day (around 11 hours). And it was so easy to stay on track because I had all my snacks with me. I walked into a movie theatre with no problem later in the day so bonus 🙂

So long story short – if you need to have the right food around you to stay on track…you might want to check into these bags here. They have all kinds of styles/price points so you can find something that fits! I’m not affiliated with them in any way, this isn’t paid or anything. It’s just a product I love and I am *immediately* noticing a positive impact on my life from 🙂

Label Me

Labels are so huge in the fitness world.  Look at the food side of things:

Vegan/Vegetarian/Paleo/IIFYM/Clean Eating/Keto/Low Carb/Whole 30/Plant Based and many more.

Honestly a year or two ago I would have called many of those the same thing.  I still honestly don’t get the difference between keto and low carb but each side swears that it’s different and I just go with it.  I didn’t know that Vegan was considered by many to be a lifestyle and a total cruelty free existence…not just a meal plan.

And like many things in life I felt I had to pick a side.  Once I did the Ultimate Reset and found out that I actually really felt awesome eating vegan I figured vegetarian was a good compromise.  And I did that for a while.  Then I went back to meat occasionally.  And I lived in this place where I would have vegan meals most of the time, some vegetarian, and occasionally fish or chicken maybe every other month if that?  That seemed to be the happy place.  I considered myself to be plant based if I had to label it.  I ate mostly produce but spent some time in the other spaces.  And I was happy.

Lately I have been eating more of a random diet.  Mostly vegetarian, but here and there it’s clean but chicken or fish or turkey more.  I have been doing more weight lifting workouts and I am finding that my diet was leaving me STARVING and I was eating crap food at work when I was hungry.  It wasn’t necessarily the worst food but it wasn’t clean and it was way too many calories.  Cliff Z bars (yes the kids ones…way better tasting).  Pita and hummus.  Random soup du jour at work.  And worst of all – the free food syndrome was kicking in bad.  At work we have food at meetings a lot.  Jimmy John’s.  Pizza.  Dessert.  Cookies.  Scones. Fruit.  The most ridiculous pita and hummus on earth (I mentioned this already…I know.  It’s that good).   So on and so forth.  And when you are honestly hungry…well sometimes you just start nibbling.  And then I got sick.  I have not been honestly sick in a long time this randomly.  I don’t know ANY sick people.  Just me.  Hmm.

Now, I’m not saying you can’t eat a vegan diet and lift weights.  I’m not saying it at all.  I’m saying that the switch from cardio focus to strength focus for me was one that really threw me for a loop.  Part of this is the fact that I don’t like a lot of food that I should be eating on a vegan/vegetarian diet.  I don’t really like nuts, just nut butter.  I don’t really like avocado and sometimes it makes me feel ill when I eat it.  I’m lactose intolerant.  I do love olives at least, but as you can see my vegan fat levels are LOW.  I don’t like many veggies raw.  I read 80/10/10 and was ready to fall in LOVE with the program but then I faced a dinner with that many raw vegetables and I wanted to cry.  I can eat pretty much any veggie cooked.  Especially stir fried.  I even stir fry radishes…I’m a rebel.  But raw…I have a limit and probably too much hummus or salad dressing.  Also honestly – the amount of fruit I should eat in a day is way beyond my budget for that plan.  I don’t care for tofu.  I can dig tempeh, but not enough to have it daily.  And most veggie burgers, even the cleanest ones or the homemade ones are not very protein heavy.  I do love a good sourdough pb and j though…does that count?

In essence – my calories are way too low and my macros in pretty much every place are too low and all my options to fix that were wildly unappealing to me.  And since I didn’t like the options I realized I was eating LESS because I didn’t like the food.  Yeah that wasn’t working.

So I’m trying this.  Seeing how it goes.  I’m on day 2 of a concentrated effort to eat more of the foods I actually find delicious and I’m finding I’m NOT cheating on my plan or not finishing a meal.  I’m satisfied and I feel a peace I have not had since I finished the reset.

Bottom line – I know many people who suffer through a meal plan they hate for results.  And that’s just not me.  If I don’t like the food I just can’t eat it day in and day out.  My body was telling me “Kim – hey um…I need something else right now” and I fought it.  I fought myself.  And I lost.  I put on lbs.  I got tired and finally sick.  That sickness is what made me change this up for now.

I’m not saying this is forever.  I really do in my heart want to eat more of a plant based diet.  But at my caloric need (not helped by those extra lbs, eh?) and my activity level…I either have to eat food I don’t want to eat or I have to do something else until something changes.  So that’s what I’ll do.   And I’ll experiment.  I need to find more foods I actually enjoy eating so I can make this permanent.  I need to cook more foods and try more things to find the ones I love.  And that’s what this is going to be about.  Welcome to this journey.

Level 10

WTF is Level 10.

It’s me taking myself to a new level.  It’s me making a conscious decision to go from a more diligently working towards fitness to me consciously moving to BEAST MODE for the next 6-8 months.

My main goal – lose the last 30 lbs and be out of weight loss and in maintenance.  I want that by the end of the year.  I want to ring in the new year looking the best I have ever looked in my life with my hubby in a sparkly dress.

This is going to be really hard.  I have been bouncing the same weight range for months.  Ever since last year with job changing and generally being completely unhappy with my professional career.  I am really happy with where I am now.  Completely happy.  And I have spent some time being happy and eating and being a little loose with my diet.  Not out of control loose.  But too loose for someone this close to her goals but not there.

So now I buckle down.  I become that girl.  I have to do it even though I have pretty much resisted being that girl for a while now except when doing the reset.  What is that girl?

That girl who says no.  No to ordering food that isn’t on her plan.  No to just eating without thought.  Yes to eating for fuel.  Yes to meal planning.  Yes to carrying my own food everywhere.  Yes to coming to terms with the emotional side of saying no and following my path.

It’s going to be hard.  I had to talk to the hubby about this.  Because that’s a big part of it.  Deciding that maybe we won’t eat together sometimes.  Or that dining out…a big part of our relationship happy fun times…has to get cut back.  We have to change who WE are to fit me.  And that’s hard to say.  But it’s something I needed to really go next level to say.  For one because we both can stand to be healthier.  And for two because I just have to have his support to help me be able to do this.  It’s going to be hard enough outside the house…I need his help.

So be on the look out for all this.  I started back with cardio after a month off of it because of my hips.  I basically realized that the real fix to the problem was altering my sleep style.  No more sleeping on my side.  I don’t know if it’s the years of being over weight or if it’s just positioning or the combo of the two – but sleeping on my left side puts too much pressure on my body and my left leg feels awful in the morning.  If I lay on my back, right side, or stomach it’s fine the next morning.  So I’m training myself to do that.  It sucks.  But it’s going much better.  I had to prop myself up and block myself in with pillows at first to not roll over…but I’m doing better with it now.  And I have been pain free every single day except for the one day I did fall asleep on the couch on that side.  Boom.  So now that my leg issue is solved…I have been back on cardio/weights and back to pushing play with my favorites – Autum and Shaun T.  So this is the next step.

This is long enough for now.  Tomorrow…it’s time to grocery shop.

One Week Insane

Today was the first day of week 2 of Insanity!  I spent most of the first week sick (thank you flight home from Tampa), but I went hard on my workouts since it was just in the sinus area (sexy, I know).

Week 1 I lost 3.5 lbs (yay!) and feel really good.  I already feel my endurance picking up a bit and the inches (because that’s what matters most) coming down.

Game plan for the week was:

1. Ate mostly vegan with some dairy here and there via baked products.  I didn’t do a lot of cooking other than some reset recipes (beets, tempeh, greens, sweet potato bisque) and some baked potato fries.  I had a few meals out – a potluck where I made this AMAZING asparagus salad (which I am obsessed with now) and some stir fry meals at other restaurants.

2. I actually woke up on time.  I fell off a little bit after a late night on Thursday.  But for the most part I woke up on time without snooze assistance.  I do need to start going to bed earlier, but that’s my June goal to work on for the Fitbook #21daystochange challenge!  I will be winding down around 9:30 and in bed, lights off, phone NOT on at 10 at the LATEST.

3. Push myself.  I don’t usually have a problem with this but coming into my first week of really intense workouts in a while I was scared I wouldn’t do enough work.  So I broke out my heart rate monitor to make sure I pushed hard enough and I used the Xbox Fitness interface to help me monitor my efforts as well.  Both of these have paid off with getting better scores and results.  I don’t do the Xbox for every workout, I don’t want to get too used to it and not be able to function without it.  But I use it at least 2x a week right now.

Game plan for week 2?  All the same things. I will have leftover roasted potato and asparagus salad, making some cuban black beans and plantains (I’m beyond excited for this meal), roasting veggies, and some other goodies.  In general I’m just trying to eat plant based and watch my processed carbs and my grains.  I was thinking of trying 21 day fix vegan style buttttt no.  Not right now.  I’m going to ride this train of eating clean and loose but losing as long as I can.

Ultimately Insane

I finished my third Ultimate Reset!  I lost weight/inches of course…but most importantly my brain feels normal again.  Off the processed sugar and ready to move forward normally.  After a long time of feeling unbalanced between a contract change, holidays, moving to Minnesota and adjusting to the new job….I finally feel what I would call level again.  It’s been a LONG time of feeling unbalanced and I’m really glad I was able to use this program to feel balanced again. Results wise…here ya go:


So now that the Ultimate Reset is over…what is next?   Well of course, it’s INSANITY 🙂  I have followed each reset with insanity with fantastic results…so why do anything different now?  Especially since Insanity is my favorite workout.  I plan on doing INSANITY followed by Asylum Vol 1/2.  So about 4 months straight of intense cardio with some weight lifting the last 2 months of that are on the schedule.  The plan is that I will reach my goal weight with this combination as long as I keep my diet straight.  Which means for me – a heavy on plants light on meat diet.  Today was the fit test.  I am using #summerofshaunt on instagram and twitter so look it up if you want to follow my progress 🙂


Visual proof of my workout!!  If you have a dusty copy of INSANITY laying around the house and want to join me let me know!  I’m posting daily motivation in my Facebook group (Team Consistency) so you are more than welcome to join me!

Ultimate Reset: The Last Few Salads

I am in the last week of the reset.  Finally!  I do love the program but as with anything, you get close to the end and senioritis kicks in and you are ready to have a little freedom for summer.

I have posted a few videos during my journey on my youtube page and put them in a playlist so you can find all of the Ultimate Reset ones easily here!

In general though, I am VERY happy.  As usual.  I love this program because it delivers results.  For me my goal is usually two things – weight loss and fixing my brain about my sugar cravings.  Right now I feel that both have been achieved.  All of the weight I gained this spring after fumbling through the end of the 21 Day Fix is gone.  And I do not feel the intense cravings I did before for all things awful.  I actually am looking forward to fixing some of my favorite vegan and vegetarian dishes again.  My headspace is incredibly clear and as I see once again what a plant based diet does for my body I am reminded of how wonderful I can feel.  So with that – two things to share:

1. INSANITY .  Yes, it is going down May 25th.  10 days.  I.  Can’t.  Wait.  Please feel free to join me.  Dust off your old copy of the program and let’s kick some serious ass (off of our bodies, eh? ) or if you need a copy email me – or look in my store and I can help you get a copy in time to start.

2. Tenacious Herbivores – With a few of my Team Tenacity coaching buddies…we have started a plant based recipe/food share.  I am SO excited.  We are all different brands of herbivores with a common goal of eating more whole foods and plant based recipes.  If you are interested in joining us, it’s a Facebook group that you can just join and start sharing.  You don’t have to be a vegan or vegetarian.  Just have to share plant based vegan or vegetarian friendly recipes.  Interested?  It’s here: Tenacious Herbivores on Facebook  I literally created this group about 30 minutes ago so we are just getting started, ha!

10 Down, 11 To Go!

I’m pretty much at the half way point of this reset!

First week is the hardest to me because it’s when you have to decide you are going all in. That you will give up control of your food to the program. Once you get through that, it’s fairly simple to stick with it to me.

Today I weighed in – it was good 🙂 I’m going to share full results at the end but know that all the weight I put in while in my funky mood is gone. Along with the funky mood, bad sleep, and sugar cravings. I feel almost fantastic. It’s almost because I still have a little stuffy nose. It’s not as bad as Monday, but it’s there. I had this my first reset as well. I blame it on the terrible diet I went into each with resulting in a detox in the form of sniffles and a few blemishes. I’m annoyed with both…but I’m ok with it. It means my body is getting rid of junk and resetting.

Meal wise, I’m doing a little remixing here and there to try to not waste food.  Last night I made a 3x batch of the Sweet Potato Bisque because my husband said he wanted some but then he said he wasn’t going to eat it.  So I have an extra serving since the reset only has it 2x.  I’m totally going to eat that again since I have it, most likely on day 12 for lunch and I am so psyched about that.  I also have a ton of pinto beans left from making them for the man for dinner so I’m going to actually have that dinner again tonight.  It’s really one of my favorites (no seriously…it’s the only other recipe on that link above along with the bisque lol) and I found my favorite brown rice (nishiki) today so I’m going to eat that up!

Two Days Out

And it was shopping day!




I am stocked UP and ready to go. My best tip for newbies to the reset – bulk foods are your friend. My second tip – splurge on yourself and get organic as much as possible. My third tip – clean out your fridge before you start. Trust me, you need the room. Everything you see in there is for the reset. I have some extra salad greens and cucumbers for the hubby. But for the most part – it’s all for me to eat this week. Yeah. It’s not a starvation plan, trust me.

Prep Time!

Considering it is Sunday night and I’m starting the Ultimate Reset on Wednesday morning…time to prep!

I spent a long time in the kitchen today. First – I cleaned the fridge out. I had a lot of random stuff in there that was either just old or I need to remove it from my diet. The weight I have put on is definitely due to food choices and I am ready to get back to the choices that benefit me. And for me – that means removing them from my house. I battle myself enough with choices out in the world…I like my home to be a place of easy living. My husband it not doing the reset (although he will eat reset dinners with me) so I do have non reset food in the house. But it’s clean food, not snacky junk foods. Second – I cleaned the kitchen top to bottom. Scrubbed the fridge and stove and floor and counters. I’m ready for daily cooking now.

Next I printed the grocery list and did a kitchen inventory.


I already have many of the condiments , spices, and kitchen staples like brown rice in the house. I did the inventory to make sure I don’t repeat buy. I also added the food I need to cook dinner for the hubs and I.

I will shop tomorrow night most likely. That way I can spend Tuesday night prepping for day 1. I’m really mentally exhausted and ready for this and I can tell because I’m in the prep mode earlier than usual 🙂