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Katelyn’s Personal Transformation

I believe that beauty is both and internal and an external affair.  I also believe that we can enhance our external beauty by giving our body proper nutrition and exercise so that it can function at its greatest efficiency and our inner beauty can radiate.  I have written before about how toxins can take your radiance away and how they can also increase the amount of fat you carry around with you.

With that in mind I want to share a little bit about what happened to me when I decided to feed my body what it needed to be at its best.  I added exercise, upgraded my eating to and even better level than it was at and added nutritional supplements to fill in the gaps in what I wasn’t getting from my food.

Here are my beginning and ending:

The first photo was taken a couple of years ago.     The second photo was taken January 26, 2012

Getting from the way I looked in the first photo to how I look now was a process that had fits and starts.  I was committed to becoming the best I could be because I want to live a long, healthy life with a strong, healthy body.


STAGE ONE

It started in 2010 when I began a three month experiment to see what would happen if I used the It Works Ultimate Body Applicator and the Defining Gel and Thermofit on a regular basis.  I lost 30.5 inches from my body but only lost 5 pounds.  Here is how I looked at the beginning and the end of the three months:

This is me in Feb 201o.

I wrote in my blog journal that I looked like a female version of the Michelin Man.  The Ultimate Body Applicator is made so you can put it anywhere on your body. You can cut it in 4 and use it on your chin, you can cut it in half and do your arms, calves and thighs. I have heard of women wrapping their breasts and going down 2 cup sizes so I tried in during my experiment and lost 2.5 inches. That is sure a lot easier, less painful and less expensive than having breast reduction!  I also wrapped my butt and lost 2.5 inches. This thing works any place you put it!

After three months I looked like this:

This was without exercising and just using the three products I mentioned.  I was disappointed that I didn’t lose more weight but I felt better about how I looked and how I felt.

STAGE 2: QUITTING MY 26 YEAR CAREER AND TRANSFORMING MY BODY

In May of 2011 I quit my 26 year career as a psychologist to focus on helping people get healthy. This time I knew I needed to transform from the inside out and release energy from holding space for challenged clinics for 26 years.  If I was going to help others I needed to model what I was talking about and knew that I needed more work on my own body as well as my mind/emotions. I became very introspective for many months as I explored where I wanted to take my journey now that I was free to do what I wanted.  I felt the weight melting away as I left a career that had weighed me down for a long time.

I started wrapping again and continued to take the thermofit and through the summer I worked with a personal trainer for a couple of months.  Exercise has always been a challenge for me because it wasn’t something that was taught to me as a child so it never became part of my daily routine.  Just adding exercise a couple of days a week helped and by the end of November I had lost about 13 pounds.

THE ULTIMATE CHALLENGE

In early November I was asked to be part of The It Works Ultimate Challenge to test a new protein superfood that they were bringing onto the market.  I was one of about 300 who did the challenge.  The challenge ran from mid November to the 2nd week in January which meant that it went through Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.  We drank a morning shake/smoothie made with Profit protein every morning, exercised and ate in a new way.  We had a package of supplements and a meal replacement bar for a snack that we included in our daily routine.  I didn’t do as well as I would have liked with exercise but I did increase it from what I was doing before.  It was a challenge to go through the holidays and I think if it would have been any other time my results would have been even better!  In two months on the challenge I lost 7.5 pounds ( so my total was 20 pounds smaller than in the first photo) and 21.5 inches.

We gave our bodies a total transformation with the cutting edge nutrition provided in the Ultimate Makeover.  Using the Ultimate Body Applicator to transform the outside and the Ultimate Profit to transform the inside I don’t  see the same person in the mirror and I feel 10 or more years younger.

The results from the challenge for others were also amazing.  The average weight loss was 28 pounds and there were 3 people whose losses where in the high 30 pound range. This challenge was not just about losing weight.  It was about a lifestyle change.  The impact that the proper nutrition and supplements had on our bodies was transformational.  I saw my body change is ways I wasn’t expected as my muscles became more defined, my face began to look younger and my energy and stamina improved.  I would recommend this challenge to anyone who wants to transform their body, get healthier and be more radiant.

I was actually blessed with miracle healing from the ProFIT that you can read about in this Beauty Comes Disquised as something else.    In it you will discover what can happen when you give your body the food and nutrition it requires.

You can learn more about the the products I mentioned and the Ultimate Makeover at Dimensions of Beauty.

On a Secret Mission to Get Fit over the Holidays!

It sounds like a crazy idea to get fit during the holidays, doesn’t it?

In the latest studies the weight gain is less than was previous thought but it lasted all year and added up over time.

“Researchers at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), lead by Jack A. Yanovski, M.D., Ph.D conducted a study about weight gain over the holidays.

The researchers found that study volunteers believed that they had gained much more weight than they actually had over the holidays, overestimating their weight gain by slightly more than 3 pounds. Fewer than 10 percent of subjects gained more than 5 pounds over the holiday season. However, Dr. Yanovski added, overweight and obese volunteers were more likely to gain five pounds than were those who were not overweight, which suggests that the holiday season may present special risks for those who are already overweight.

“Although an average holiday weight gain of less than a pound may seem unimportant, that weight was not lost over the remainder of the year,” Dr. Yanovski said. When 165 of the study volunteers were weighed a year after the study began, they had not lost the extra weight gained during the holidays, and ended the year a pound and a half heavier (1.4 lb) than they were the year before.

“This is a ‘good news/bad news’ story,” said Dr. Yanovski. “The good news is that people don’t gain as much weight as we thought during the holidays. The bad news is that weight gained over the winter holidays isn’t lost during the rest of the year.”

This year I am approaching Holiday eating differently.  I am doing a complete lifestyle change.  Thanks to products from the company I represent, It Works Global, I am losing weight and inches already and the season has just begun.  Over the past 6 months since I quit my job I have lost 15 pounds and now, since the 15th of Nov I have lost 4 more for a total of 19 pounds and about 8 inches.

It is exciting to see what happens when I incorporated products that help the body do what it is meant to do, use food and burn off what it doesn’t need.  My goal is to be down another 10 or 11 pounds by the first of the year.

So rather than making resolutions to lose weight on January 1, I will be revealing my before and after photos!  I can’t wait to show you and tell you how I did it!

Follow this link for a sneak peak at something that is helping other people manage holiday weight gain. Link

My Fitness Journey and the Weighted Hula Hoop

“We are the leaders in the hottest new fitness trend- a high cardio workout program that is so much fun, that it is taking the world by storm. What was made popular by Wham-O in the 50’s (remember the Hula Hoop?) has transitioned into a non-impact, fat-burning workout that strengthens your core, and calms your mind.”  From Hoopnotica website

Hula hoops are not just a child’s toy. I loved hula hoops when I was young and Wham-O was my first hula hoop, so it is not surprising that I would go back to it as an adult. I bought one of the new weighted hula hoops.  They come with a caution not to use for more than a minute the first few times and gradually work up to 10 minutes max because at first it can cause bruising and soreness around your waist.  That was okay with me because it was a slow process to get up to 10 minutes.  It was rather humorous the first time I tried to use it.  I think I got a couple of rotations in before it fell to the ground.

At first there is a lot of “thinking” going on in your head as you tried to “figure out” how to keep it spinning longer.  The hoop helps you get in touch with your body in a new way and out of your head by centering your mind and putting your focus on your body. If you lose focus and get distracted by something else the hoop will fall.  Your focus and attention is on the hoop swishing around your body and making contact with it. This happens automatically once you get the hang of it.  This is why Hoopnotica feels it is a mind body exercise.

I keep my hoop right where I can see it and usually try to use it a couple of times a day.   I have to say after a few weeks I am getting quite good at it.  I can even catch it with my hips if it falls and bring it back to my waist.  That is as fancy as it gets right now.  Who knows what I might be able to do with practice!

The Mayo Clinic posted this article on their website:  ” Do weighted hula hoops provide a good workout, or are they just a gimmick?”
I was happy to find that Edward R. Laskowski, M.D. who wrote the article thought it was a good addition to a workout.  He said;

“Weighted hula hoops can be a good addition to your exercise program, especially if you’re able to hula hoop for at least 10 minutes at a time. In fact, any type of hula hooping, with a weighted hula hoop or a regular hula hoop, can help you meet your exercise goals. “

In another article “Hula hooping burns calories” on WebMD they actually did a study and they found working out with a hula hoop burns about as many calories per minute as step aerobics, boot camp or very brisk walking.

“The study participants’ average heart rate was a brisk 151 beats per minute, about 84% of their age-predicted maximum heart rates. Their average oxygen consumption was about 20 milliliters per kilogram per minute, resulting in about 7 calories burned for each minute of hooping, or about 210 calories burned in a half-hour class.”

It is important to get a hoop that is right for you. The hoop should reach somewhere between your waist and chest when it’s resting vertically on the ground. The weight of the hoop is up to you. The smaller and lighter the hoop, the more energy it takes to keep the hoop going. But the bigger and heavier the hoop, the easier it is to keep going, which means you may be able to do it for a longer period of time. You can experiment with different hoops to see which kind and size you prefer.

I did a lot of research before buying mine and found the best selection and price for weighted hoops at Sports Hula Hoops.  There are places around town, like Sports Authority where you can buy them but they don’t have the weight and size options.  Sports Hula Hoops has charts so you can determine the right size and weight to buy.

I also like the hoops at Hoopnotica too, though I don’t think theirs is weighted.  They have a folding hoop for travel and a hoop that lights up for those late night hooping sessions. 

I love their philosophy, they see it as a mind body workout:

“At Hoopnotica, we believe that there is a transition occurring in the world of physical fitness; that holistic wellness is supreme to “working out”, and that our bodies are a reflection of our mind’s ability to be centered and powerful in everything we do. Hoopnotica is a tool we have found for tapping into that energy, while not straying too far from typical physical fitness programs. Simply put: We want you to sweat; laugh; and challenge your limits with every “swish” of the hoop.”

So, grab your hoops and lets start “swishing”!

I hoping to be able to do what they are doing in the video someday!

The First Month of My Fitness Journey

Believe it or not this is my first time on a treadmill!!

I started working out with my personal trainer, Andrea Austin, on August 16th so it has been a month.  She is so impressed with my progress so far and so am I!

Yesterday I walked on the treadmill for the first  time.  Not the first time this month but the first time in my life.  I have gone  through periods in my life where I was working out but I never used the treadmill.  Like I have said before fitness hasn’t been a consistent part of my life.  Though I was a treadmill virgin, I acclimated very quickly and could have done it a lot longer than I did yesterday. I love how the sun is shining through the window over my shoulder.

Yesterday was also the first time I worked with the Pilates Reformer.  That was fun and I also did very well on that and could have done a few of the moves longer, but we are working on small steps for lasting results.

We also added weight machines to my workout so I spent time on that.  My total workout was about 30 minutes and was a total body workout.  A couple of routines were a bit harder because of old injuries in my neck and shoulder but I believe those things are going to resolve as a result of the work I am doing.

I did much better with food this week because we let go of the structure.   Structure around food just sends me into a tailspin.  I can be conscientious about my eating without having a strict routine.  I was able to maintain my weight loss, which wasn’t true last week.

Last week I believe the negative self talk when I over did, added pounds to my body.  I believe that thoughts become things and when I was telling myself I would gain weight because I wasn’t following the plan, I DID! If we tell ourselves we are fat our mind has to find a way for our body to make that so.  Our mind doesn’t know what is true it just believes what we say.

I did an experiment many years ago where I picked the weight I wanted to be and told my self that I weighed that amount.  At the time it was 135 pounds.  Whenever a thought came into my head about my weight I replaced it with “I weigh 135 pounds”.  Within a few months I lost 15 pounds doing nothing more than saying that phrase.

One of the things I have been impressed with about my new fitness program is my stamina.  I don’t feel tired or sore  after working out, even though I am doing things that have not been a part of my routine.  I believe that a product that I am taking is making a big difference.  It is called The New You , which was created to stimulate the pituitary gland so it secretes its own natural human growth hormone.  One of the impacts of this is that it enhances exercise endurance and helps build lean muscle mass.  I have been taking this product for over 2 years and I noticed a difference in my stamina before I started this fitness program.  I know it is helping me now in transforming my body.

Have you ever started a new routine after a long time?  What was the experience like for you?

My Fitness Journey+Rigidity Rears it’s Head, Oh My!

I am at the end of week three of my Fitness transformation.  Each week has come with some challenges, because my saboteur has been right by my side every step of the way.  I find this interesting because this hasn’t happened for a long time and it is helping me deepen my writing.  I have been on a path of personal and spiritual growth for 25 years so it is not like I have deep-seated issues and yet I am still visited by the voice of the Saboteur from time to time,

This particular aspect of the Saboteur is rigid, obsessive and concrete.  Most of the chatter coming from that little bugger was about food.  I found out today that I had misinterpreted my food plan, thinking I needed to cut out all carbohydrates beyond what was in my morning protein drink.  But here is the real kicker.  I went to both the Renaissance Festival and The Minnesota State Fair this past weekend.  It was a holiday for god’s sake, Saboteur, give me a break!  I did pretty well with eating at the Renaissance Festival and walked almost non-stop for the 6+ hours we were there.  The State Fair was a different story.  Even though my daughter kept asking why I wasn’t eating, I ate more than I wanted to.  And to my Saboteur the 5 hours of non-stop walking didn’t balance out what I ate.

No, to that task master I had screwed up the whole week because I ate things that were not in the plan.  My “Fat” voice kicked in and it took me a few days to get back on track with my thinking.  I reality with all of the walking I did, it really didn’t matter what I eat at the Fair.  It was probably burned off!

On a positive note, my body continues to change.  I am smaller, I am stronger and more flexible.  I am beginning to see a glimmer of liking my workouts.  Today during my workout there was only one exercise that I found a little challenging.

If you find this happening to you, just remember, much of our memory is stored in the cells and cellular memory is the hardest to access.  When this voice starts to come up and challenge you it is just cellular memory ready to be released.  I am actually happy that it is happening so it can be acknowledged and released once and for all.

Fitness and Eating and the Beauty Connection

A lot of my life I have had a love/hate relationship with food.  I love that it tastes so good and hate that the things I like to eat have too many calories.  I can also be compulsive about eating.  If I bring snacks in the house and open them I can’t stop eating until it is gone.  Having just one piece isn’t enough. Being at a buffet, like the one in the picture is the worse thing for me.  I want to taste a little of everything, mindless eating sets in and when all is said and done I have eaten too much.   On the other side of the coin when ever I have gone on a “diet” or tried to adopt an new eating plan I get compulsive about following it exactly and have a hard time stopping when I reach my weight loss goal because I am afraid I will gain it all back.

There is another thing that happens for a lot of women around weight that also happens with me. When I have been at my thinnest and looking my best, my personal space becomes smaller, especially with men.  It’s as though men lose their boundaries with attractive women and they get right up next to them to talk.  They are more forward and flirty.  Not that is a bad thing but when every guy that comes near you does it, it feels intrusive.  I don’t know about you but I don’t want every Tom, Dick and Harry flirting with me.

There is an unconscious knowing in women that this will happen, so we use our weight as a form of protection.  If we are bigger and less attractive men won’t get up in our faces. In fact they will give us tons of space or not even notice us.  Using weight as a form of protection is particularly true with women who have been abused, especially sexually.  If a woman has low self esteem and hasn’t embrace her own beauty she will do everything to hide it.  She feels unattractive anyway because of her past and the social programing around beauty doesn’t make her feel any better.

When I was young I was the only girl in a family with 3 brothers.  They told me constantly that I was ” dumb, fat and ugly” and it was even scratch all over the wallpaper in the hallway that went to my bedroom. It was like a subliminal message to my mind every time I walked past it to get to my room.  My parents just left it there so I thought they must believe it too. I wasn’t fat.  I was probably 5 foot 2 inches at the time and weighed about 110 pounds, but I believed I was fat.  I wasn’t dumb nor was I ugly but I believed that too.  To this day I still have a skewed perspective on how I look.

When it comes to eating I still have some unconscious voices whispering in my ear.  I am very aware of the old programing and how it impacts me but sometimes I slip into old habits.

The second week of my fitness program with Andrea she had me write down everything that I was eating everyday.  Right away my inner conflict around food kicked in and those old voices, like “I better not eat this” “what will Andrea think about this if I eat it”, ” what is going to happen if I eat this”, “maybe I shouldn’t eat anything”.   I eat a lot healthier than many American’s but I was still concerned it wouldn’t be okay.

When I met with Andrea she made some changes and made a suggestion for how I should eat.  My compulsion was off to the races!  I wouldn’t let myself deviate from the plan at all, even if I was still hungry.  I am not a structured eater and usually eat when I get hungry so the structure was hard.  I lost 5 pounds which was awesome but this wasn’t a way of eating that I wanted to stick to for the rest of my life.  I am back to a more balanced way of eating that is a combination of both.

You have heard the saying ” you are what you eat”, haven’t you?  I wonder how many people have thought ” If I eat this I will end up like a fat pig or a fat cow” after eating pork or beef?  I think that is a stupid cliche in a way.  It is time to say goodbye to old programming. It is time to give our bodies what they need to run efficiently and keep us strong and healthy.   If we ran that program I bet we would be eating in a whole new way.

The point here is that we need to embrace and love all of us, the wonderful and the not so wonderful and tell ourselves we are beautiful just as we are right now.  Thoughts become things.  They can make us over eat, they can make us feel bad about ourselves and they can make us believe things that aren’t even true. We need to give our self new thoughts to think and drop the chatter that is negative and if we believe we are beautiful right now, because we are and our true beauty will emerge even more.

Fitness! Oh My Gosh am I really working with a Personal Trainer?

First I have to admit that fitness and working out is not in my blood.  It was never part of my life growing up.  I did play softball a few summers but I wasn’t very good so I never got hooked into sports.  I tried out for cheerleading when I was in High School but that didn’t happen either, so most of my life if I did anything physical it was just dabbling and it didn’t last very long.   The idea of working with a trainer would have been a long shot in the past and seeing me in boxing gloves, never!  I actually really enjoy boxing.  Maybe there is a new career emerging!

The way I see getting physically fit connected to natural beauty is deeper than the obvious looking better.  When our body is fit it effects everything from self-esteem to a stronger immune system to easy of movement all of which add to the level of beauty that is shining out of you from the inside.

My personal trainer, Andrea Austin connect with me on LinkedIn, a website where business people connect.  She offered me a free consult and I was in a place where I was interested in exploring it so we set up a consultation.  Andrea has what she calls a boutique studio.  It is in her home on the East side of St. Paul.  You walk in the front door and her living room is transformed into a gym.  Rumor has it so is her lower level, but I haven’t been down there yet.

A bit of background that has led me to decide to work with a personal trainer is in order first.  I have been a distributor with a company called It Works! for three years.  Our product line consists of anti-aging products, nutritional supplements and a product called the Ultimate Body Applicator, which detoxifies and slims the body in as little as 45 minutes.  I have been using a number of our products consistently for the last two years and have seen dramatic changes in my body, including weight and inch loss, increase in stamina and energy and a more youthful look.  All of these changes have led me to the place where I want to get more strength and flexibility.   I prefer to use nutriceuticals instead of pharmaceuticals and want to avoid the diseases that are common in my family such as diabetes and heart disease. My three siblings and my mother have diabetes.  So getting in shape was a logical step and so was Andrea.

Our initial consultation included a workout and I was surprised at how well I did.  I like Andrea’s non-judgmental, encouraging approach. She also believes in small steps.  This is really important to me because I am not a workout jock and I am starting later in life.

It has been two weeks since  we started working together and I have seen dramatic changes in my body already.  I know the combination of being consistent with my workout at home and the It Works! products I take to support me is a winning combination.  I have lost 5 pounds and 6 inches in that short of time and Andrea commented yesterday that she could already see my waistline emerging.  If you go to my link at the top of the blog called “Quintessential Health and Wellness” you will find my comments on the products I am using and how they are supporting my fitness program.  I will be blogging about my fitness journey and posting photos in the weeks and months ahead as I transform my body.