Ya baby! This is my Sister in Law Kassi! Is she rockin or what? Well...you didn't think I was qualified to not only kill my fat, but help you kill yours did you? :) I am sooo not qualified, but she is!!!
Kassi currently runs for Nike and is a personal trainer in Michigan. She is the MOST in shape person I know. She is healthy inside and out and is my role model, my idol, and she is going to get me a rockin body too! Kassi lived with us over the summer and visited us for 2 weeks over the Holiday's. I can't help but feel inspired to get in shape when she is around and I know that with her help I can do it! She is my on-line personal trainer and she can be yours too!She is working up a little something for those who are interested and will soon be offering an e-mail personal training package that is sure to get your bootie in gear and get you a healthier, happier body. (Check back soon for more details on that.) She and Hartman have also agreed to help me make my Monday Posts full of great info to help you stay motivated, get healthy, and Kill the Fat.
My story: I am a stay at home mother of 4 sweet kids. They range from ages 12 to 3 and they keep me busy. I did pretty good with the first 3 weight wise, but #4 kicked my butt! I gained 56 pounds and developed a skin condition on my face known as hyperpigmentation or a pregnancy mask. It made me mad, sad, and really, really frustrated. Over the last 3 years I have worked out off and on and tried every single cream under the sun to try and fix my skin, but not much progress has been made until recently. In July my family ventured to California to support our main man Hartman and his dream to become a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine. Since then we have become a very health conscious family. I'll admit, It was hard for me at first. After all, I have been eating processed foods, drinking pop, and eating junk since I was a kid. Most of us have. Why? Because that's the American way! Well it's not good. Over the last several years we have had a rise in childhood diseases, cancers, heart disease, allergies, asthma, diabetes, blood pressure, and obesity to name a few and frankly, it's killing us. But even after hearing that for last 8 years from my Brother Shain(the organic farmer) and other family members, I resisted. What did it for me? It was this:
FRUIT!!! Believe it or not, we will eat all of this and the fruit that is in the fridge within about a week. As soon as we got here Hartman started devouring fruit. California fruit is delicious and he could not get enough. He started drinking more water and started grilling me on what kinds of foods I was buying. I was so frustrated at first because he was always checking the ingredients on the boxes and making disgusted faces when he came across something he didn't like. He and Kassi would go to Whole Foods together and never come back. I was sick of hearing about High Fructose Corn Syrup, Cotton Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Oils, and Modified foods. I didn't care that those things were in my food and I just wanted to eat what I want!
Slowly but surely, Hartman started getting thinner. I couldn't understand it because he wasn't any more active than he had been when we were in Utah. He was just eating tons of fruit and refusing to eat my processed foods! 6 months later he as dropped 13 pounds and somehow has turned back the clock because he even looks younger. Over the last few months I have conformed to his healthy ways and I must admit, things are getting better for me too! I have lost 6 pounds simply by cutting pop out of my diet and cutting out the processed foods. Not much working out has been involved in this process, but that is going to change. I have another 20 pounds to go If I want to look like Kassi and I really, really do want to look like her. So join me every Monday for a post about eating healthy and working out and together we can Kill The Fat!
A few starter tips.(These are things I have been doing for the last little bit that have helped and all of these things were recommended by Kassi):
1. NO MORE POP. No diet, zero's, nada. It's not good and it makes you bloated and retain water. YUCK!
2. Drink more water. ( I am trying so hard!) Why is it so hard? I don't know, but Kassi makes Icey drinks every day to help her get some of her water intake up. Smoothies are good, and working out definitely helps because you get so thirsty!
3. Eat Breakfast within 30 minutes of waking up.
4. Do a natural and safe colon cleanse or detox. Why? Because you probably have a hot dog inside of you that has been there since the day you ate it when you were 4 years old! Get it out!!!
5. Get 8 hours of sleep. Those of you who know me, know I don't do this one. I'm going to try and be better.
6. Burn 500 a calories a day more than you eat. What does this mean? Eat smaller portions and work out every day for at least 30 minutes.45-60 minutes is even better.
I'll have more tips for you starting next Monday and some of the really important ones will get their own post. I will also be posting YUMMY energizing smoothie recipes, healthy dinner's, and up to date details on my workout programs and diet!
Just remember, I don't have those sweet abs that you always see on TV when someone is trying to get you to buy a work out product or weight loss pill. I have hardly lost any weight at all in the last 2 years. I am doing this with you every day, every step of the way.
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