December Difficulties

Written by: Kayte Corrigan When aiming to fit into dance team jeans, one must fit fitness in. Lately, I’ve been having trouble. Some days I’m so busy, I look at my calendar and just hope I’m still standing by twilight. Then the time of year hits me, cold season looms as the cooler air irritates my throat and my morning tea becomes that much more important. I feel the holiday atmosphere beckoning me to play hooky and make bad decisions. I’m carrying the diet devil and angel on each shoulder. And although I hate to admit it, the score is pretty even.

December is a hard month for a fitness goal, that’s for sure. I’m visualizing my results as my 29th birthday looms, a dangling carrot on the 17th. Well, not a carrot… I’d prefer a double chocolate triple layer cake or 24 inch heart-shaped box of truffles from the finest chocolatier. Obviously, my head is in the gutter.

I’ve already seen great results, but my goal is just out of reach. I only have two weeks left and that last little stubborn flub doesn’t want to leave its preferred spot around my middle. Sticking to a healthy diet and HIP exercise regimen gets harder as we get deeper into December, but I can’t give up now. To stay determined I’m reflecting back on original motives: I want to turn 29 healthy, happy and comfortable in my pants. I know the body I’m meant for is healthy, not the one I lived in during September riddled with fatigue. This inner peace will be worth every cocktail I turn down and every cookie I decline. How are you staying on track this month?

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Indulging in the season yet staying the course,

Kayte Walsh

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HIP Challenge: So... It's Working

Written by: Kayte Corrigan

Operation: Dance Team Jeans has been going on for about a month now and I’m starting to feel trim and strong. Getting my biceps back and I’m actually enjoying holding planks instead of dreading them. In my mind I think, “bring it on!” I’m starting to impress myself with my progress and noticing I feel the burn a lot later than I used to. I’m experimenting with heavier weight and springs. I’m not going to drop dead after Bag of Tricks and I have more stamina through out the day. I used to need a 3-hour nap after I taught a 6am, but now I can make it to the evening! Now that I’m back in action, I even might test my strength in a dance class one of these days. I’m not So You Think You Can Dance material, but I could attempt a pirouette and still be standing.

While I haven’t seen a dramatic loss of weight, I’ve had a couple commenters making note of the pep in my step and the shape I’m taking. It takes time, and I’m putting in mine. I haven’t drastically changed my eating habits and that’s certainly part of it. Although, I don’t chow horribly I still eat out of a 3rd grader’s lunchbox: cheese and crackers, hummus and carrots, apple slices, turkey sandwich and a cookie, maybe a juice box, maybe. My biggest issue with food is timing and portions. I’ll wait until I’m in starvation mode then eat until it hurts.

While this first month was about getting the workouts set, the second is about food. I’m starting off November with the HIP Detox. Next week: Daily updates. I’m looking forward to a clear head and to reset my body from TV Producer to HIPster.

Your Guina Pig,

Kayte

Mondays: Reset for Success

Written by: Kayte Corrigan I’ve completed my first week of the HIP Challenge and I learned a lot. I’ve learned that a good outfit makes all the difference, not all pants were created equal. I’ve learned that foam rolling in front of the TV in the evening is amazing after Bag of Tricks. But most importantly I’ve learned that if you only give yourself one day off per week, don’t make that day Monday. Things come up, life happens, you could get a flat tire, have to tend to family needs or even just be too burnt out. It’s okay. But get there on Mondays. It sets the tone for your week and gets you back on track if you made questionable decisions over the weekend. Monday is often the day we hit the reset button, so reset for success. Lesson learned for this HIPster. This week starts of the right way so I can end it on a high note.

-Your Guinea Pig, Kayte Walsh

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