Friday, December 9, 2011

I'm back!

Me at LIndsey Taylor's mater class in the parking lot of Fashion Place Mall.

Okay okay I'm sorry it's been so long! The semester started and things went nuts!! Sadly I gained a few lbs. back. Dangit! It is so hard to maintain. I wasn't exercising like I should have and was too stressed to even care about eating right. Well the good news is I have my gym membership back and I'm ready to back full force! During the summer I got down to 166 and right now I'm sitting at about 173. So I need to work my tusher off! Literally! My goal weight is anywhere between 140-150. I think I can do it. RIght?

Monday, June 20, 2011

I love teaching dance!

Teaching Dance these past 6 or so months has been incredible! It's also helped me to lose weight and I love my dancers. I love seeing them learn and improve while having fun! We are getting ready to go perform in DISNEYLAND! Yay!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Things I Love About Life Right Now

1. I have lost 21 Pounds
2. I am now certified to teach Zumba
3. I am surrounded by some really awesome friends and family
4. I have made a ton of new friends over the past few months
5. I am developing my talents in photography and videography
6. Starting my own business with my husband
7. Love my puppy!
8. Love my Ferrets!
9. Getting more active at church
10. FINALLY gaining back my self confidence!

So the past month has been crazy! I turned 26!!! Holy Cow! And we went on vacay and it was hard to get back on track. But regardless, I still have lost a couple pounds this month. I can honestly say that for the first time in a few years I am actually happy with my life. I hope all of this keeps up!

I have a lot of people asking about Zumba. I will be starting a Zumba class very soon! Please stay tuned! I would love it for you to come and dance with me!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

My Progress So Far

The Beginning of February


Wow! Here I am 19 pounds lighter... Still have a bit to go but I am amazed still! Doterra had a biggest loser contest so I entered so these are my before and afters for that. And I'm still chugging along!

2.5 Inches off waist
4 inches off hips
3 inches off thighs
1 inch off biceps


Sunday, April 24, 2011

Hoppy Easter!

Just wanted to take a minute to say Happy Easter and share a pic of me at the Zumba Master Class Yesterday. Had no idea this was taken but I look dead serious about whatever I'm doing. Had a blast!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Verging on 20

Hey Ya'll!

I know I know it's been over a month... but hear me out! First it was bronchitis, then strep. But the good news is I still lost weight despite not working out as much. I had a hard time telling myself that it was okay to rest. But now I'm having a hard time getting back into my groove.

So I'm really excited that on May 6th I will get to go be certified to teach my VERY OWN ZUMBA CLASS! Woo Hoo! I can't tell you how happy I am that I found an exercise that I LOVE and works for me. I'm really excited to teach and hope you guys will join the party too.

So here ya go... current weight is 171.5. That means 2.5 more lbs til I can say "I've lost 20 pounds!" My goal weight would ideally be 140-145. I weighed about 148 when I started dating my hubby Jonathan and I felt great at that weight.

This month was a lot of fun because I got to do ALUMNI for Dance Co. Every year at Murray High's Dance co concert the alumni of dance co. can come back and do a dance, and this year was hip hop to Usher's "More"! It was lots of fun to do, and I always love getting to know new girls and getting to hang out with old friends. I can't say I rock at hip hop, but I don't suck either.

Today I went to my very first Zumba Master Class with Wally and Camillo. It was really fun, I've never been in a room with so many people doing Zumba. In fact I almost wanted to strangle the guy that cut right in front of me in the middle of the class. But other than that it was a blast! 1.5 hours of Zumba, it actually turned out to be more like 2 hours.

I'm really enjoying fitting back into some old jeans. I know I have a long way to go, but I'm already feeling better and more confident. I've lost so much confidence the past few years and felt depressed, which is probably the reason I gained so much weight! I'm just glad I'm taking control before it got REALLY bad. I'm really grateful to my great Zumba instructors Shab and Victoria for making their classes so much fun, to Jonathan for putting up with the lack of junk in the house, and to my good friends and family for their positive words of encouragement.

Well thanks for reading guys... Until next month (lol jk I will try to write more often).


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

No way!

*Steps on scale* 178.5 *steps off scale*
*shakes head no*
*steps on scale* 178.5 *steps off scale*
Hmm... :-)

5 minutes later...

*thinks to self* "No way!"

*steps on scale* 178.5

This is what happened last Thursday night when I decided to weigh myself. I am officially out of the 180's and have lost about 10ish pounds now! I still can't really believe it. According to the scale (which I'm still having a hard time believing) this morning I weighed in at 176.5. That's 11.5 pounds! Holy cow! That's more that a baby weighs!

People are asking what my secret is. It is seriously the Zumba, watching the calories, and using my oils from doTerra. That is the secret folks! If you want to know more about the oils feel free to ask!

I'm still having sweet cravings, and I let myself eat the sweets, just a little. Not overboard. So Hard! I've never worked so hard before in my life to lose weight! And I'm finally gaining self control!

I had a horrible day yesterday! My math teacher has gotten real sick and isn't going to be able to return for the rest of the semester. We've had a sub that I'm not learning anything from! Well I guess he's giving us a quiz when none of us know what we are doing and he wont listen when we say we don't get it! I was crying so hard because I know i'm going to fail this test. Well I was so stressed I wanted to go work out real hard. *feels forhead* Wow! I normally would want cheese fries and ice cream. Just shows where my energy is going.

Anyway I'm real excited that I'm seeing these results! Just makes me wanna try even harder!


** Corection on my last post. 4 thin mint girl scout cookies are 160. Still quite a lot!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Darn those Girls Scouts!

And their amazing cookies! Did you know 3 thin mints = 160 calories? I didn't! I can never just eat one of those darn things! But I've been holding strong and only having 3 a day for a dessert at the end of my day. It's great!

Spring Break is now over and now it's back to school and back on track with the diet. I teach clogging on Wednesday nights and tonight for a warm up I did a 15 minute Zumba warm up and the girls loved it! Way to build the endurance. I officially decided that I want to get certified in the near future to teach. I don't think I quite have the endurance to do it yet but maybe in 15 more pounds?

I had an awesome experience today! My mom got me jeans way back last October that were a little snug, especially when I got them for Christmas. Today I tried them on to see if I could fit back in those baby's and I did! Woo hoo!

Before I go I have a little tip: Stay active all day, not just your workout. You sleep so much better when you are beat at the end of the day (plus you burn even more calories!). Did you know 1 pound of fat is 3500 calories?


Saturday, March 5, 2011

Spring Break Blue's

For the past week we've been on Spring Break, and since I'm not so busy I've cheated a bit. But I've been still trying to maintain my exercise and limiting the junk. Going to the movies I'd have to say is the hardest. You just want all the munchies there! I really haven't lost anything significant this week but since I've written last I've lost a total of 7 pounds now. Hopefully next week I will completely be out of the 180's! If I do, I'm going to go get a pedicure with a facial. Now that's motivation!

Just wanted to share how I make my fries!

Preheat oven to 400
Wash a baking potato and peel
Cut the potato into french fry strips (I cut them as small as I can so it seems like I'm getting more fries)
Put the fries into a large bowl of water with a few tablespoons of canola oil in it
Mix well with your hands
Pull the fries out of the bowl and scatter them on a baking tray ( I don't, but you could sprinkle salt here if desired, not that healthy though)
I usually bake them for a total of 25 minutes and I try to flip them half way through so they get crispy
If they aren't at the end I broil them for a minute til they are

I dunk em in Ketchup! A 10 oz potato prepared this way with the ketchup is about 260 calories. Not too bad if you go look at how many calories are in your everyday french fries at McDonald's. The way I cut them makes it seem like you are eating a Large french fry from there because I cut them so small. Very satisfying and great with a small steak and some greens!

Friday, February 18, 2011

My yummy 35 calorie Sweet Treat!

Blue Bunny Light Fudge Bars

I first discovered these at Fresh Market. They are so so good especially if you like chocolate. It satisfies your sweet tooth without 100's of calories tacked on. I usually have 2 a day whenever I'm craving something sweet!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

This is only the beginning!

Hey all!

My name is Kimberly and I have made the commitment to get in shape and make a better life for myself. My life has been nothing but easy the past few years. I've experienced a lot of loss and heartache which in turn caused me to put on almost 40 pounds. The things that made me most happy in life started to shut me down as well and make me feel like a failure and worthless. I'm dedicating my weight loss to those who didn't believe in me, those who gave up on me, and those who made me feel bad and insecure.

I have been on my journey now for about 3 weeks. It's interesting how it all happened. I was sitting in a favorite restaurant of my husband and I's called Leatherby's (delicious, not so nutritious, and lots of ice cream and cheese fries). It was right after I finished my dinner and right before I ordered ice cream when I heard my dad's voice in my head 'Don't get ice cream, take care of yourself'. My dad passed away almost a year and a half ago from heart attack. I knew I really needed to do it this time. No excuses, no giving up, no more putting it off. This is my time, right now!

The first couple of weeks were very discouraging. I was counting my calories, exercising every day, and trying to stay as active as possible. But the pounds just weren't coming off! I told myself not to give up. Well guess what? It has finally started to pay off. When I first started I weighed in at 185, then I shot up to 188 (what's up with that?). Frustrated I decided to keep going, I was going to show that scale who's boss! And now I'm down to 184! Woot! I seriously consider that 4 pounds lost in my book!

My weapon of choice is Zumba! I fell in love before I even did it, I saw it on TV and said to myself "I can do that!". The classes are so fun and make you SWEAT! Best part is you feel like you are at a party, not at the gym! I also do water aerobics on the days there is no Zumba class at my gym. That is fun too and a good work out. If I'm s.o.l. and there is no classes, it's the elliptical machine.

The hardest adjustment I've had to make is sacrificing the food I love. But I've really discovered I can eat pretty much whatever I want! Just have to portion it out just right and guess what? There are healthy ways to make some of my favs (aka french fries). The cravings still annoy me at times, but it's really not so bad anymore.

Something else that's been helping my is my oils from doTERRA. It has been helping me cleanse my body and keep it feeling good after a workout that makes me sore. I also use the iPhone app MyNetDiary to log my excercise and diet. It has really helped me keep on track A TON!

My goal for this blog is to document my journey, inspire others, and share some helpful foods, tips, and other things that have helped me. I'm excited to make some good progress!