oh no she didn’t

January 7th 2010

here i’ve been preaching the virtues of nutrition, eating only when you’re hungry, new year’s resolutions and starting new healthy habits: blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.  don’t you just want to punch me in my perky mouth!!? well here we are, not even a week into the newest decade, and boy do i have a meltdown to share with you.

i knew at 2am when i couldn’t sleep that things were already going in a sour direction. my alarm was set for 4am, i couldn’t decide whether to just get up or try for more much needed sleep, so i played a 90 minute game of should i stay or should i go. deciding to stay, i then spent the next 30 minutes pissed off that i couldn’t get that terrible clash song out of my head. with my dinky sleep and bad british punk rock on my brain i armed myself with the first of MANY pots of coffee. immediately i started playing another game where i count down how many hours before i get to go to sleep again. i am cranky and starting to grow fangs and a tail.

i suck it up and come through. my students and clients cheer me up, and keep me going the whole morning and afternoon long. five classes, 4 more coffees down and i finally get my first break. i’m cooked. toast. done. does anyone have a thesaurus,  so i can add another word for fried? and i still have 4 more hours to go.

i steal over to barnes & noble to buy 2 cookbooks (but really who am i kidding), and hopefully something quick to eat before my next clients. i purchase my books (bought solely because they’ll look pretty on my kitchen counter), and i head into the b & n starbucks. no, not the food court where i can get a salad, soup or sandwich. hell, no!  why would i do that when they only serve stuffed, greasy pretzels and cheesecake factory pastries at the special starbucks? why would i fuel my tired, starving, dehydrated body with protein, complex carbs, and fiber which would make me feel so much better for the next four hours? when instead i can mouth cram a giant pizza stuffed pretzel (that i’m pretty sure was from 2008), a peppermint crunch bar (that i KNOW was in the case way before christmas), and a sugar cookie the size of my prius???

why? because more than anything i was tired. the thought of having to exercise and motivate was stressing me out. 10 sugar cookies weren’t going to take away that fatigue, nor were they going to miraculously clear the rest of my schedule. at the time i didn’t care.  i just wanted to feel better. quickly. i did for about 4 minutes. then i felt like this:

look at me. face down in the ground. toppled over with sugar and trans fats. i thought i was tired before……good grief i had to take the escalator out.  i wobbled like a drunken sailor…..drunken sailor-slash-panda bear. now.

the thing is i know when it comes down to teaching and training i’m always good to go. i’ve never fallen asleep in a class or during a session. i get so motivated by everyone else the adrenaline just flows, and i’m ready to dance party for hours.

for me i have to be careful of telling myself stories that aren’t true. in this case, i was stressed out that i was going to be too tired to perform for the rest of my day. that anxiety of an unactualized event caused me to sabotage myself (eating wise), and thus feel EVEN worse in the end.

so now i just sit here looking through these blinds feeling sick and bloated. i will not try to “make up” for my starbucks party. i’ll eat what i’m hungry for next time i feel hungry. if it’s a peppermint crunch bar i’m craving then damn straight that’s what i’ll eat. the worst thing i could do right now is start denying my body even more of what it needs or wants. and in all honesty that bar tasted like a toothpaste flavored roll of toilet paper.

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Bars on the Run

January 5th 2010

i’m always on the go. i can’t remember the last time i sat down for lunch or breakfast. also big, heavy meals often make me sluggish and sleepy. the exact opposite of what my students and clients want from me when they come to class. i rely heavily on snack bars. there are hundreds out there to choose from. many are loaded with sugar. in fact, some of the “snack bars” out there are so sweet and laden with splurge worthy ingredients i actually will have them as dessert or save them for a food spree. here are a few of my favorite  healthy go-to bars that get me through the day.

all of these bars, mrs mays ultimate crunch bar, raw crunch bar, and pure bar are low in sugar, high in fiber,  high protein, non-dairy, vegan, gluten-free and most importantly, they’re all delicious. raw crunch bar and pure bar are also organic and you guessed it, raw, meaning they are uncooked and unprocessed to protect the quality of crucial antioxidants, vitamins, enzymes and minerals.

do you have any favorite bars that i need to try?

happy monday

January 4th 2010

happy monday friends. here we are in twenty-ten. what’s on your mind? are you going to start hitting it hard back at the gym this week? or are you swamped with work missed from days off spent eating and drinking with friends and family?

are you feeling optimistic and pumped? or are you already feeling defeated and discouraged? the worst thing you can do is panic and do nothing. start small, stay steady. you’d be surprised how significant and empowering modest, consistent changes can be.

ask yourself the following types of questions: do you really need a large latte every time? a frappucino is pretty much dessert anyway, if it’s missing whipped cream will it suddenly taste like a celery stick? do you really enjoy the roll that comes with the salad you order for lunch? does cheese make THAT much difference on your sandwich? or what about those side fries? hmmm, french fries seem to accessorize just about everything these days. yes, they’re delicious!! BUT, are you really hungry for THEM? hungry (as in you’re lightheaded and having a hard time concentrating) and only the fries on the side will make the madness stop? seriously if that’s the case just order the damn fries on their own, and eat only them for lunch/dinner. if you’re still hungry have some fruit, a small salad, a low-calorie snack bar, or a yogurt. but think really hard about how you feel after eating fries and a burger/sandwich; i can conjure many a post potato binge memory of slumping down in my chair, deep fried with fatigue, wishing for an elastic waistband, conversation ceased by carb coma, ruing the decision of fries on the side.

these little decisions add up to big changes over the year.

love, katie

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The Celebrity Workout – Fitness Magazine

January 2nd 2010

i know you can’t always come play with us in class, but i found some moves very similar to what we do in coreplay on the internet this weekend here courtesy of fitness magazine. click the bottom link and move your body for a 8 segments of fun body blasting fun. do the thigh dancing series twice to get yourself nice and ready for when you come party with us live!!!

love, katie



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