March Madness

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Hi everybody! I know I haven’t been around much lately, and for that, I apologize. At the beginning of the year, my work got pretty busy and a few other things in my personal life have kept me from blogging. I haven’t been as dedicated to eating healthy and exercising as I have been, and I’m pretty sure I’ve gained a few pounds. I am disappointed in myself, but I thought I’d be honest since this is real life. I will fail and fall many times before I actually reach my goal. I did food prep today, and I have my exercise planned out for the week– which is good!

So, even though I fell off the horse a little, I’m going to jump right back on. Enjoy the photos of the past few months!

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Totally Humbled

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My awesome trainer, Cecilia. If you’re in the Atlanta area and looking for a trainer, she’s really great. She can be contacted at http://www.teamtrainhard.com or info@teamtrainhard.com or  805-876-4731. 

Tonight I worked out with my super cool trainer, Cecilia, at Piedmont Park. We started off with a run, and she said I have an admirer. She said I motivated this admirer, and they paid for 4 sessions for me. I was so blown away! This is probably one of the coolest things anyone has ever done for me. On top of donating a good amount of money, my story compelled them enough to actually want to help me progress. That’s just amazing to me! I was totally humbled by their generosity.

Their generosity amazes me because sticking with all of this means more to me than just losing weight and looking better. It means more than getting healthy (which is super important!). It means more because I am taking my life back. I’m finally sticking up for myself and putting myself first. I am breaking life long habits, and I’m fighting off a very bad depression. I really feel like I need to win this battle to prove to myself I can stick to something, and I am worth everything I am working towards. I also want to show others who feel the same way, lost and alone, that they can do it, too. It’s amazing how when I finally said, “Okay, I can do this. I can live on my own and do well and be successful” that my community is reaching out and embracing me. My dad always told me no one will love me until I love myself (and I can’t truly love anyone else until I love myself). He was right. I’m finally starting to learn the meaning behind those words.

To my mystery admirer, I truly thank you from the bottom of my heart. You’ve truly touched my heart, and I hope you reach your goals, too.

– Kimberly

 

 

Roar

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I let you push me past the breaking point
I stood for nothing, so I fell for everything

You held me down, but I got up
Already brushing off the dust
You hear my voice, you hear that sound
Like thunder gonna shake the ground
You held me down, but I got up
Get ready cause I’ve had enough
I see it all, I see it now

I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire
Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me ROAR
Louder, louder than a lion
Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me ROAR
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
You’re gonna hear me roar

Have you ever let someone toxic into your life? Have you ever gotten so wrapped up in their bullshit that you totally lost yourself? I spent a good portion of my 20s falling a toxic guy around (literally around the country). I don’t know if he was intentionally toxic or if he’s truly sick, but I let our relationship destroy my life. I feel like I am starting to put the pieces back together. Or rather, I’m growing stronger and putting pieces together that were never really in place. I’m learning to heal. I’m learning to deal with my past without food. I am learning I am good enough and capable enough to have a good life. Katy Perry’s song “Roar” is my theme song right now. I feel great, and I don’t ever want to go back. You’re gonna hear me roar.

This week I met with my trainer in Piedmont Park. I felt a lot more confident, and it was much more fun. We sprinted as fast I could, jogged, and walked several times. Then we hang up the hill backwards in a squat position (omg painful!). After that, we ran up some stairs and jogged around the track. I also met Jessica at LA Fitness for a yoga class. This was our first yoga class, and it was fun but totally not what we were expecting. This was an athletic yoga class. She’s actually pretty sore from it, and I didn’t the stretching I was hoping for from the class. I would try yoga again, but I think the instructor just had a very niche way of practicing yoga. Next week… Zumba!

I also made it to the official Atlanta Half Marathon training. We ran in town, and it was pretty hilly. I was very surprised by how supportive and friendly everyone was from the time I got there until I left. I’m super shy, but it was easy to meet people and talk to everyone. I also felt comfortable running with everyone. Even though we’re just running, it did feel more like a team or at least a common camaraderie. It did get tough to finish, but I pushed through. Jessica and I had a celebratory breakfast after, and then I came home to ice my legs. I’m excited for next week!

Loving it!

P.S. If I can do it, so can you! ❤

Doing It Wrong

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These photos inspired me today! I have my Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter all following healthy posts. I look through my feeds before getting up in the morning, and the inspiration helps me throughout the day. Instant inspiration!

But I totally think I am running wrong. Running outside is still incredibly difficult for me, and I think it’s because I am running without proper form. I am sure it will take me awhile to build up my endurance and muscles, but I feel like I am in more pain now than before I started. I am meeting my temporary trainer (he’s leaving soon) Mike and his trainer friend at Piedmont Park tomorrow. I hope it doesn’t rain, because I am super excited to get 2:1 training on how to become a better runner. I’ll keep you posted!!

Also, Jessica and I are going to our first yoga class this Thursday. I’ve gone to a hot yoga class in Houston, but I’ve never been to a regular class. I bought a yoga mat today. I’m super stoked! I’m also stoked about the new cardio DVD I bought tonight. If anyone can teach this chick to dance, it’d be Madonna!

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Last but not least (because who doesn’t like to shop?!), I got some great deals on athletic clothes. I love thrift store hunting on the weekends, and I found a brand new zip up sweater for $3. I also found some yoga pants at Target on sale for $5. I also bought five more of my tank tops, because I have a feeling they’ll disappear once winter kicks in. I wear them under another shirt right now, but I am hoping I’ll feel comfortable enough to just wear them soon. I do just wear the tank top out running with Jessica. It was 5 AM and dark, though. I don’t think that counts.

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Have a wonderful and healthy labor day!