Slim Down/Tone Up HIP Challenge for the Dance Team Jeans

Written by: Kayte Corrigan

I’m not in the best shape I’ve ever been in, but I can make it through Heidi’s Bag of Tricks, so it’s not the worst. Before I was a trainer at HIP, I was a reality TV producer. Before producing I was a camera operator, and before that I was a dancer, choreographer and fitness instructor.

Now that I’ve come back to my roots and teaching at HIP, I want to look as good as I feel. The long hours of TV Production afforded little time for a balanced lifestyle. My health has been on the industry rollercoaster the past 6 years and I’m ready to claim it back.

I am well aware of where the extra pounds came from. Stress lbs for sure. On a TV set, I worked 12, sometimes 16 hour days, eating catered food every 6 hours supplemented with whatever snack was assessable. There never seemed to be a shortage of Doritos, Diet Coke and chocolate, yet a banana could seldom be found. When I did eat, I went into survival mode because I didn’t want to stoop to chip and soda level later. At the end of the day the thought of the gym was a joke and I nearly fell asleep enjoying my only stress combatant, a glass of red.

I’ve come out of it with a ton of experience, a spare tire and a few blemishes that seem to never quite go away. I’m much happier with the career switch, but if I could only fit into my college dance team jeans. Even though they are probably out of style they signify a time when my body was in top shape.

My 29th birthday is December 17th, from now until then I am embarking on a Slim Down/Tone Up HIP Challenge. I’m doing exactly what Amber and Christine recommend on the website: 3 HIP classes, 2 Bag of Tricks, and 1 class of choice per week. I’m going to try my best to eat clean, undergo a detox in the process and stick to the plan so I can enter the last year of my 20s with health! Of course, I’m going to blog about it here. Triumphs and defeats, I promise. Dance Team Jeans by December!

-Kayte Walsh