October Wrap Up

Just some stats/info for how my October went:

Programs: Turbo Fire (main) Les Mills Pump (strength 2-3x a week)
Supplements: Shakeology (most days, only about 3 days a month did I not have it)
Weight loss: 9.8 lbs (weight from 10/29)
Sizes/physical changes: Huge.  I have basically gotten out of all of my size 22 and up pants.  My size 20 pants range between fitting ok and getting too big.  My size 20 jeans are definitely too big.
Photographic evidence:

Thoughts: I’m so freaking pleased!  I mean I am finally getting to that place where I am really noticing the differences in my body instead of trying to find them.  I am really giddy for what INSANITY will bring and how I will look in 60 days with the same dedication and focus.



Weigh In!!

Well, I am off work today and tomorrow as Hurricane Sandy comes to shore.  I am so far lucky enough to have power still so I figured I would go ahead and update with my weigh in this am.  New weight is:
Oh yeah!  Inching ever so close to that 60 lbs lost mark.  I am starting to really notice awesome changes in my body shape, especially my upper body.  My lower body is getting smaller, but not really any changes in shape while my upper body is really slimming down and shifting.  It’s pretty awesome and I’m feeling really good about it!
Things have been really status quo lately…nothing special to report unfortunately.  I had family in all week, until yesterday, so I have been busy with that.  When I wasn’t with them, I was doing the storm prep thing – gathering water, batteries, canned food, ect.  If the power does decide to go out, I am ready.
I gathered all of my stuff for INSANITY and am ready to get going.  Will most likely take my before pictures and measurements on Wednesday and post them.  I’m really getting excited to start as I see more and more before and after transformations from people.  I am really REALLY looking forward to seeing some serious change in my body.  I’m putting this out there for the world:  I want to be a straight size 16 or smaller on Jan 1 2013.  I haven’t been that size since college…probably sophomore year?  Right now I can fit a size 18W in some stores but mainly still in 20W comfortably.  I want to start 2013 in a straight size and never ever ever go back.

More than Meets the Eye

So I’ve been a Beachbody coach for a few months now.  As you may remember, at first I just wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it other than the discount for the mega purchase my hubby and I made.  I didn’t really get too involved with the other coaches on my team until after the reset because of this…and the few interactions I have had with my teammates and upline coaches have really changed my focus.  These people are some of the nicest, most caring, and awesome people I have met in a long time.  Some of the Diamond coaches in my organization are so inspiring that it just really encourages me to stick with my plans and work even harder on my body and to share the healthy information.  I have always wanted to work in health and fitness and what I have learned is that I can build my team and build a community that allows me to do what I’m passionate about – which is help other people reach their health goals while I’m working to achieve all of my own goals.  On our team webinars I learn so much about not just the business – but myself.  And all of that is really helping me focus on my goals.  All of my goals – financial, physical, career, and personal.  I started writing down my goals list again and affixed dates to each of them.  I am waking up every morning with a renewed sense of purpose and a drive to meet all of these goals so I have a life that is fufilling and whole instead of feeling like I’m just going through the motions.

All this to say I’m SO happy I found my Beachbody coach and my team.  I’m finding that what I am getting out of this for my emotional and health well being is so much more than I thought I would get out of it.  This my friends, is the real benefit of becoming a coach.  The network of people.  I wish I knew that, I would have bought in a long time ago.  But maybe I didn’t know because this is the “right time” for me to be in this position.  I may never really know why…but I do know I am going to do the best I can with what I can with this opportunity.
Any rate – I’m throwing my first post-ultimate reset get together at my home today with friends.  We have fruit and veggie and hummus and cheese and pecan crackers (I know…these are new to me too).  Hopefully everyone isn’t too freaked out by our 180 degree change (we used to be the pizza and beer and wings kind of people) ha!  
I also had meat for the first time post reset yesterday.  I didn’t have much at all…I was worried about the post effects of having meat for the first time in almost 2 months.  But it was fine.  I had a shakeology this am and feel very normal.  That’s good because I don’t plan on having much meat at home…but occasionally when I am out of the house.  Good that in small doses I don’t have any stomach issues.  
I’m also almost ready for INSANITY!!!  Is anyone joining in with me?  I would LOVE to support you through your 60 days as I work through mine 🙂  I will be searching for a good before and after picture (after all…the beachbody challenge prizes are pretty freaking awesome!!) outfit and posting lots of pictures of my progress on instagram (healthyengineer).  My ultimate goal is to end the program wearing non-plus size pants for the first time in oh…maybe 12 years??  It’s a big goal and I know if anything can do it before January – it’s  Shaun T and the gang.  
Still hoping to form a challenge group soon and bring you guys into the Team Tenacity family 🙂  Please message or email me if you are interested (healthyengineer @ outlook.com).
Last note – if you are on the east coast please be safe and careful over the next few days as Hurricane Sandy approaches.  I live in Virginia and I have my emergency kit packed with cans of veggies/beans, emergency radio, batteries, candles, and flashlights.  I also have some fresh fruit in the refrigerator that will last a few days if needed.  And of course, lots of shakeology that I can just shake with water and drink for some nutrition if this thing lasts a while.  I’m sending lots of well wishes and prayers to everyone and please be safe.  Gas up your car, get some cash from the ATM, charge up your electronics, and work out an emergency contact plan with your loved ones.  I hope this will not be as bad as they are saying, but being diligent in my preparations just in case it is.

Operation Fit through the Holidays

It’s been SUCH  a busy week for me.  My parents and sister were in town this week to move my sister to her new place!  It is kind of awesome to have some family in the same area now.  We have been hanging out and doing lots of moving stuff – unpacking and shopping and all that jazz.  Also watching my Lions and Tigers let me down 🙁 Tonight hopefully will be a better night for my Tigers!  So I haven’t been blogging as much.  But I have been instagramming (find me at healthyengineer) 🙂  I kept up with my workouts and stuck to eating by making good options when out and offering to cook for everyone at my place to make sure there was healthier options.  My folks are fast food kind of people so I tried to get them out of that a little.

Now with that said – I really REALLY want to do some good here people.  I am so excited about this challenge group I want to put together!  I will be doing INSANITY, but I want to open this up to anybody doing any program.  I want to form a great community of people so we can support each other from now until 2013 and beyond!  The holidays are hard.  Schedules get busy with parties and family visits which make it harder to keep up with the exercise schedule.  There are lots of once a year dishes and celebrations that are cause to splurge in the diet area. A lot of people gain weight or maintain.  That has been me in the past and I am determined to change the trend and lose weight this year.  If you are interested in changing your past and moving into the new healthier you, join Operation Fit through the Holidays!  We will keep with our exercise, keep with our shakeology, and keep with focusing on what is important this time of year – family, friends, and celebration.  We will help each other navigate the schedule pitfalls and pick each other up when things get hard.  I have a few prizes for those of you who join (shakeology blender cups, new black fitbook, and I’m thinking up a few more things :)) to keep everyone motivated.  We will also all enter the Beachbody Challenge at theBecause we all love prizes, right?

I’m pretty passionate about this because community is really big to me.  It’s how I’ve lost weight and it’s how I stay on track to keep it off.  It’s how you can learn new things about not just weight and wellness, but almost every aspect of yourself.  I hope you will join me and we can make this thing as big as we can 🙂

The easiest way to get started is to get a challenge pack for the program of your choice.  It’s a bit of a cost savings for the program + shakeology on top of free shipping, which is why I recommend it.  See all of the challenge pack options on my site (beachbodycoach.com/kimberlybrooks) If you are interested in just a program or just shakeology, that works too 🙂  If cost is an issue for you, shoot me an email (healthyengineer @ outlook.com) and I can let you know how to get some discounts.  If you want to find out more about coaching, also shoot me an email and I can tell you about our amazing team – Team Tenacity.

Let’s do this ya’ll 🙂

Happy Dance Friday

Oh yes, I am totally doing a happy dance this Friday.  I’m super excited today.  I totally am down a whole jeans size.  I pulled out two pair this morning before work (jeans day).  I haven’t worn jeans in a while anywhere…I’m not a big jeans person and I only have 4 pair right now.  One size 24, two 22s and one 20.  Obviously I’m only wearing one of these at a time obviously so like I said – I don’t really wear jeans a lot.  Anyway, I have been in my 22s for maybe a little over a month?  Maybe.  And today, since I weighed in on Monday at my lowest weight in a VERY long time and since most of the pants I have been putting on lately have been too big, I decided to see if the 20s would go on.  

And they DID!  And they buttoned and zipped and looked pretty dang good on me if I say so myself 🙂

I will tell you – when I bought these -I shouldn’t have.  They were a bridge too far for the size I was and I have only worn these jeans MAYBE 2x.  Both times I regretted squeezing into it about 15 minutes after I got too far away from my house to change into something else.  Then I just stopped and went back to the 22s…and eventually the 24s.  So to have these on all day at work today and no regrets, no uncomfortable button digging into my stomach feeling, and be able to move comfortably is a big deal.  It’s one of those moments where you stop and say I AM DOING THIS FOR REAL! 
In other news.  I tried the chocolate vegan shakeology today.  It has a really good chocolate taste, which I honestly wasn’t expecting.  But I don’t think I will have it for breakfast like ever again, it was just a little too much chocolate for 7:30 am for me.  I’m not the biggest chocolate fan though…and to be honest, it was a much more real chocolate flavor than I expected.  I thought it would be more fake tasting and muted…but it is not.  I do think that this would be great to make super thick (like add a frozen banana and some almond milk, but less than smoothie level liquid) and have it for dessert like faux chocolate ice cream.  I also think it would be excellent whenever I do a 3 day shakeology cleanse because it could be a good lunch.  

Changes and Turbo Pump Week 2 Schedule

This week has been stressful.  Actually the last half of last week and then so far this week.  Lots going on at work, preparing for visits from family next week, planning a get together for next weekend, and working on my ongoing Project Get Fit that I have been working on.  Oh and of course staying up way too late watching the Tigers (one game from the World Series – pinch me!!).  In the middle of all this, my washing machine broke and I spent a lonely few hours in a laundromat the other night (like seriously…there was nobody there but me and the girl that works there the whole time, it was weird.).

When I say stressful – I don’t say that word lightly.

Usually, this is when I fall apart.  It’s what happened last year and almost every other time my weight loss efforts went to crap.  But this year, it’s like the opposite is happening.  I’m doing BETTER with weight loss than ever.  I was kind of shocked…until I really thought about it.

The first thing that always goes for me is the food.  I slowly slip into one bad habit after another until I just am eating so terrible it’s not even funny.  Then I stop exercising as much because I don’t have the energy to keep up because I’m fueling my body on junk.  Net effect – the weight comes on.  Slowly at first.  But since my automatic response is to fix it with exercise, I never get the momentum.

This year, it’s different.  I have a fairly defined way of eating and I am really awesome at sticking with that.  Except for today when I left my lunch at home 🙁  Other than that, I am really good at eating well now.  I don’t want the junk.  This weekend I had what amounted to a kid’s size cone of ice cream and I barely finished that…which if you know me and my ice cream addiction is like a miracle.  I just don’t want junk and when I do have it, I am happy to have just a few bites worth.  So my energy never takes a nosedive and I can stay on track.  I think the reset has made me a more grateful person.  Grateful for the fact I still can make these changes and grateful that I am making them.  Grateful for the possibilities that will come and grateful for the fact that I am a healthy as I can be RIGHT NOW.  I can’t be mad about tomorrow or yesterday…but I can make sure that my right now is as awesome as it can be.

On a totally different note – I wanted to post my week 2 Turbo Pump schedule.  As I mentioned the other day, I lost almost 4 lbs this week, crazy!!  I know the above has 80% responsibility for my success.  If you want to lose weight, you have to eat to lose weight.  But I know the 20% is HUGE from exercise.  I am sticking to my daily commitment to workout like white on rice and letting that be my stress relief.  Without further ado – week 2!

Monday – Fire 45
Tuesday – Pump and Burn/HIIT 20/Stretch 10
Wednesday – Rest
Thursday – Sculpt 30/HIIT 15
Friday – Fire 55 EZ
Saturday – Pump and Burn/Stretch 40
Sunday – Fire 45/Hard Core Abs

This was an intense week.  This week even more so.  I did HIIT 25 for the first time this week – oh boy.  I thought it looked “easier” but I was proven wrong 5 minutes in.  Chalene knows her stuff.  I definitely am doing more during my workouts.  More jumping instead of the modifier moves.  More weight on my Pump bar.  More everything.  Pushing yourself during these workouts is key to seeing results.  Every workout try to jump one more time, punch a little harder, or pump a little more weight.  That is how we get the body we want at the end of 60 or 90 days.

I’m still waiting for my jump mat (should be here tomorrow!!) and it will be fun to use it for a workout soon 🙂  To pick up Turbo Fire, Les Mills Pump or the Ultimate Reset, just go here!  You can also use that link to join my team so we can plan workouts and keep each other motivated 🙂

Celebration Turbo Party

Another Monday, another weigh in. Drumroll please….

YES!!  It’s official – I have lost 50 lbs 🙂  I’m so happy I could burst.  I’ve been working at this all year…but the last few months especially I have been really working.  Lots of exercise.  Lots of eating right and cooking.  Lots of WORK.  I have stumbled with lots of trial and error into a game plan that seems to be a winning combination and I’m just repeating the same things day in and day out that are working for me.   So my reward?  A celebration Turbo Fire party!  Fire 45 EZ (only EZ because there are no fire drills…not because it’s easy…)
It’s a good feeling to hit this goal (I started to believe a few weeks ago it was possible by the end of the month…) WAY earlier than expected.  I have a lot of work to do and while I know weight loss isn’t a race – I still want to get through it all as soon as you can 🙂  
I was talking to the hubby last night and he mentioned how my Christmas present was being changed because I was losing weight and predicting a size was impossible.  I was both happy (yay, woot, I’m DOING this!!) and sad (presents for me?  was it a good one?  can you buy it anyway right now?) lol.  It was a good feeling to know not only am I losing, but someone that isn’t me has confidence that I can keep losing.  
Well that’s all for now.  I post pics regularly now on my instagram (healthyengineer) so check that out if you want to follow more of my antics.  

No Longer a Dreamer

I read a quote somewhere this weekend.  I think on twitter, but it could have been instagram or a blog.  I wish I remembered where I read it, but anyway, the quote was “a goal is a dream with a deadline.” The way I took that was that I really need to make more concrete goals and put some dates into that goal.  Then move hell and high water to meet those goals.  The make new ones, lather rinse repeat.

I got to where I am today with the generic goal of I want to lose weight.  The only real specific I have had was that I wanted to lose 50 total lbs by Christmas.  And my focus has been hit or miss.  Not that total laser focus that you need to achieve something this hard.  So I’m at the point now though that I need to set some new goals.  I am only 3 lbs away from 50 lbs lost so I think I can just do a complete re-start on this.

Goal #1: Complete October challenge without any missed days
Goal #2: Complete the full INSANITY program (starting Nov 1, you in?)
Goal #3: Stick the diet I’ve developed since the Ultimate Reset (clean eating, very limited processed foods (if any), shakeology daily (vegan chocolate is coming this month – I’ve heard this stuff is amazing)).

Those are my two goals and their deadlines.  I thought about setting a new goal for weight loss.  X lbs by X date.  But I decided that for now, I’m not going to do that.  I’m losing weight/inches at a really rapid rate right now with Turbo Fire and I know when it gets to INSANITY it will be the same thing. I’m still going to weigh in on Mondays and celebrate all the losses.  But I think right now my goal setting focus is going to be on the behaviors that I need for success more than the outcomes.  I think in general we as a whole sometimes focus too much on what the scale says (the outcome) and not enough on the diet and exercise (the inputs) that it takes to get there.  We sometimes don’t make the required sacrifices in the input department but still expect awesome outputs.  And the thing is that sometimes works…so we don’t have reason to change the focus.  That is until we start to see continuous poor outputs and can’t figure out why the same inputs have become broken code.  With any machine or program or recipe, if it came out wrong or gave you a messed up product at the end, you would immediate go and see what’s wrong with the process that resulted in that bad result and fix whatever it is.  We wouldn’t waste time repeating the same broken process over and over.  But we do that with weight loss often.  We don’t fix the process.  Right now – I’m in the mode to fix the process, because if I do that, then the machine will work and the outputs will come.

Days Like This

Today was stressful.  Actually no, it wasn’t stressful – it was annoying.  I had a great plan – wake up a little early to get my workout in (Les Mills Pump – Pump and Burn // Turbo Fire – Stretch 40), get my chores done (laundry, clean the kitchen, grocery shop, watch the Michigan game, make dinner, watch the Tigers game.  Boom – full but awesome day.

Started off with

Turbo Pump Update

I’m now about halfway through the Turbo Pump month.  I’m constantly looking at the plan and updating it as I go through the different workouts and realizing what will and will not work together.  Last night I did Sculpt 30 for the first time ever and probably last time this month.  Not that i don’t love it, because I did.  But I want to use that day for a weight work and the bands are hard, but not what I’m looking for right this month.

Aside from the adjustments, I’m so in love with Turbo Fire again.  It’s such a good program because the music is great and the workouts are hard. All my friends know that I really am a fan of the hard workouts, if I’m not drenched in sweat then I am not happy.  And Turbo Fire does that for me.  I’m noticing some real progress with inches so far this month.  Pants that I was wearing a few weeks ago are now needing belts.  My stomach is shrinking.  And my arms, which always have been a least favorite area of mine, are finally starting to shrink and my shirts have more room in the upper arms. I’m getting really excited about weight loss…and shopping 🙂  I cannot WAIT to start shopping for pants in the regular women’s section – that’s happening by Jan 1 people.  
Also wanted to share some diet details, as I have settled into a good rhythm post reset.  
Everyday for breakfast is shakeology now.  I was alternating it with oatmeal but I started to notice that on the days I had oats instead of shakeology I had lots of cravings for sweets.  So I have stuck to the shakeology.  I prep it in the morning as the last thing I do before leaving for work.  Then I drink it on the way to work.  This is my new habit.  My old habit was stopping at Panera or Starbucks or the diner near my job for a breakfast plate of something.   Anyway, that’s breakfast and I think I’ll be sticking to that most days.  I do the vegan tropical strawberry right now, but I will be trying the vegan chocolate for my next shipment.  I blend the strawberry with some banana, some berries, sometimes some other fruit if I have it.  Always some PB2 and almond milk.
Lunch and dinner are variations on the same theme.  One meal a day is always a bean based meal.  I love beans and it keeps me full, which is why I like to do this at lunch.  I like a bigger lunch because of the way my work schedule is.  I also usually have a salad at lunch, again helping the size of my lunch and helping me stay full.  This combo hasn’t lead me to mid afternoon cravings yet.  The other meal is a veggie based meal.  Stir fried veggies or something similar.  Large portions of veggies and usually a grain on the side.  
On top of those meals, I drink lots of water.  I still aim for half my bodyweight in ounces.  Yeah, I go to the bathroom like a million times a day, but I can tell the difference in my hunger levels and my skin with this.  
If you are struggling with diet and all of this looks like a HUGE leap for you, you have a few options.  You can either decide to make one or two changes now (like adding shakeology in place of one meal or making the decision to not eat fast food or deciding to cut out certain processed foods or journaling your meals) and slowly convert your diet to a more whole foods diet that way OR you can do something like the Ultimate Reset to give you a jump start (really, let’s be honest, a kick in the behind) on all these changes.  Which one you need to do is up to you and how you work.  For me, the Reset turned out to be the best thing, but I know for others it will not be.  The diet question is one you have to sit on and really think about and decide what you are going to be then do it.  It doesn’t matter what you do, it just matters that you do something 🙂

Last thing – I started an Instagram account!  I will be posting meals and other happenings around the healthy engineer hub.

Kim