HIP Slim Down/Tone Up Challenge: Results!

Written by: Kayte Corrigan

Today is the day! Thanks to two and a half months of hard workouts, the HIP trainers and the HIP 7-Day Detox, I officially fit back into my dance team jeans. Happy Birthday to me!

I’m not just counting the buttons on my fly, I’ve got pounds and inches to add up too. I’ve lost 10lbs, 1 inch off my bust, 2 inches at my waist and 2 more around my hips. My limbs are slimmer too, with a half-inch gone on each thigh and a whopping 1½ inches on each arm! That’s 9 inches that disappeared. Someone take me somewhere tropical, I’m bikini ready!

This isn’t over because my day is up, it’s a lifestyle makeover I’m dedicated to maintaining. I had neglected my health by letting stress not only pack on the pounds but I also put my body on a problem path of migraines and fatigue. My change in mindset is a gift that goes beyond the weight loss. It’s the best birthday present I could give to myself.

I’m feeling so good, another year older doesn’t mean anything. I can’t wait to jump into 29 and rebound back up to 30 next year!

The before picture on the left was taken 9/22/12, shooting a short video. The after photo on the right was taken 12/16/12, wearing said dance team jeans of 2003 with each button buttoned! Hope to see you at HIP working for results too!

Kayte Walsh

Trainer, HIP Studio

Before

After

Back to Reality: Post Detox, Written by: Kayte Corrigan

Before this cleanse I experienced several signs that I should detox. I struggled with acne. There was weight I couldn’t lose. I was getting stronger, but I just wasn’t seeing results. Frequent fatigue was something I’ve been troubled with for over a year. When producing, after finishing a show I’d need a week or 2 in bed. I wouldn’t feel 100% until a month later. I constantly felt scattered and ill prepared no matter how hard I tried get on top of things. I was overwhelmed and stressed.

While invasive to your life for one week, following the strict guidelines the HIP 7-Day Detox is very much worth it. At least it was for me. My 2nd colonic with Georgette showed my results, even she was impressed. I was clean and green with good bacteria levels and healthy movement. She admitted to doubting my potential due to the state of my first colonic. I loved seeing my efforts validated in addition to many other results.

·      I lost weight. I lost about 8lbs. Some of this is probably water weight, but it’s a jumpstart. I have less than 5 weeks until my Dance Team Jeans.  

·      I’m more toned. Unseasonably warm weather had me in a tank top when someone pointed out the definition in my arms and back. Toxins stored in fat cells result in cellulite, which cloud hard earned muscles from being visible.

·      My tastes and appetite have shifted. When we eat poorly, although eating enough to be full, its still malnourishment. Because I’ve spent a week getting the right nourishment for my body, my appetite has decreased significantly. I tried a cracker and it tasted like cardboard. I don’t desire processed foods at all and I’m effectively using the fuel I consume from food.  

·      I’m sharper and more mindful. In fact, my apartment has never been cleaner. Georgette explained that clouded judgment and feeling scatterbrained is the result of too much candida. With the purge of that, it’s no wonder I’m feeling smarter.

·      I have purposeful energy that does not dip. I don’t need to reach for caffeine or think about a nap. My body truly uses the energy from the good food I put in.

·      My skin is clearer. My aesthetician was astonished, the texture, tone and color has improved as well as a decrease in blemishes.

Things I’ve changed: way more greens, less refined sugars, more whole foods, less processed foods, way more water with a lemon, quinoa all the time. Georgette recommended I introduce meat back into my diet on beds of leafy greens and in soups.

I would highly recommend this detox. I’m so happy I did it! It has changed the way I look at food and nourishment. This will certainly keep me on track to reach my goal in December. I detoxed at the perfect time too. If I had tried to cleanse as I was ramping up my workouts I would have overwhelmed my body. I was healthy and strong enough to put my body through this cleanse to see optimal results.

For more information about the HIP 7-Day Detox contact Jayne Justice (Nutrition & Heath Coach) at www.jaynejustice.com

For more information on Colon Hydrotherapy and Digestive Health contact Georgette Grabenhorst, CT at www.coloniquecleansing.com 

Thank you to both of them for creating a support system that yields results! It’s great to have professionals like these two ladies in your corner. 

I feel fabulous!

Kayte Walsh

Trainer

HIP Studio

HIP Detox: Day 7, Last Day!, Written by: Kayte Corrigan

I was up early for my last salt flush/faux broth. I wasn’t going to let my day be burdened waiting for nature to call. Full of energy and in a great mood, I headed out for kickboxing. I still a little weak when it came to strength exercises, but nothing was stopping me from doing my best. I needed a couple bathroom breaks, especially after the jump rope warm up. Overall, it was a great sweat, great workout.

The rest of the day was spent in productive mode while I wrapped up loose ends for Monday deadlines and ran errands. I was extremely focused, full of go and beginning to feel like my old self. Not my old self from before the detox, but my old self from before stress and fatigue had taken over my life. I guess, in a sense, I feel younger, yet wiser. So I’ll be turning 26 in December instead of 29.

While I was running errands, my guy chopped up produce for our last Veggie Power Bowl, and enjoyed while watching 60 Minutes, a Sunday staple of ours. Occasionally we’d treat ourselves to ice cream for the program, but the bowl of green was just as satisfying. And I’m not puffing that statement. I didn’t have one craving for something sweet all day.

With the elixir all gone and sipping my last cup of tea, I took an inventory of how I felt. Lighter, thinner, satisfied, calm, sharp, and clear headed.

Food: Orange, blueberry smoothie with protein and spinach, raw pumpkin and sunflower seeds, Veggie Power Bowl with quinoa red onions, zucchini, broccoli, spinach + elixir, water with lemon, detox tea.

Symptoms: acne (clearing up!), sleep interruption

Disclaimer: This experience is typical of the HIP Detox, yet everyone is different. This account is only a representation of the effects of the cleanse. Please consult with a nutritionist or doctor before attempting any sort of cleanse or drastic change in diet.

HIP Detox: Day 6, Written by: Kayte Corrigan

I slept in a little later than usual, I was needing some extra zzzzz’s. I’m done with saltwater flush experimenting now that I’ve found my pretend broth. I was extremely sore from Bag of Tricks yesterday. I attribute that to my lack of protein. While I am getting some, it’s not enough to sustain the strength training in that class. I was gassed.

Although I was sleepy and sore, my body energy was pretty high. I wanted to make today a productive one, so I got right on writing for my deadline and started some laundry. Between housework, and getting up to pee every hour I decided it was a good day to take off of HIP. I foam rolled my sore areas while watching football.

Eating those leafy greens is getting easier. I’m starting to figure out where I can get them in unexpected places. Before this, I would have never put a handful of kale in a smoothie. Now I double the nutrition and size of my smoothie with a cup of greens. I can’t wait to test this next week to see if it gives me a little boost of energy.

So far, I’ve noticed weight loss, appetite change, an increased sense of smell, my skin is starting to clear up and I think my mind is a bit sharper. However, that could just be because I’ve been in a fog for the past few days. But at last the fog is lifting!

Food: Orange, blueberry smoothie with protein and spinach, raw pumpkin and sunflower seeds, broccoli with lemon tahini, Veggie Power Bowl with quinoa red onions,  peppers, spinach + elixir, water with lemon, detox tea.

Symptoms: Fatigue, dull headache, body aches, acne, sleep interruption.

Disclaimer: This experience is typical of the HIP Detox, yet everyone is different. This account is only a representation of the effects of the cleanse. Please consult with a nutritionist or doctor before attempting any sort of cleanse or drastic change in diet. 

HIP Detox: Day 5, Written by: Kayte Corrigan

I’ve finally found a saltwater flush strategy that works for me! I heated up the water so it was almost hot, but not boiling. Then I added the salt to the warm water and put it in a bowl. I sipped it, pretending it was a broth. Much improved. I made sure to move around a bit so it would take effect faster. Bingo!

I’ve significantly decreased my food intake from the first day. After the saltwater flush, I started with the elixir. My stomach was still rumbling so I took my smoothie to go and headed out to teach class. Afterword, I tried a Bag of Tricks. Surprisingly I was able to bring my energy on the trampoline, but struggled with the strength exercises in between. Don’t get me wrong, I was able to keep up. I wasn’t like a cartoon lifting a dumbbell then going straight through the floor, but I was not my usual. And I found it hard to push myself. I tried my best to work where I was feeling for the day.

Later on in the evening, I went to a black box comedy show my boyfriend was hosting in Hollywood. I felt up for going to a show, it was good to get ready and put on an outfit. We packed a ton of snacks for the rush hour trek across town. It’s a show he hosts once a month and they always have refreshments. It was hard to say no to the wine, but once it was out of sight it was out of mind. I enjoyed myself during the show, although I didn’t feel much like socializing after.

Food: Orange, blueberry smoothie with protein and kale, raw pumpkin and sunflower seeds, Veggie Power Bowl with quinoa red onions, zucchini, spinach + elixir, water with lemon, detox tea.

Symptoms: Fatigue, dull headache, body aches, acne, sleep interruption.

Disclaimer: This experience is typical of the HIP Detox, yet everyone is different. This account is only a representation of the effects of the cleanse. Please consult with a nutritionist or doctor before attempting any sort of cleanse or drastic change in diet. 

HIP Detox: Day 3, Written by: Kayte Corrigan

Today I get a colonic, so no salt flush (sweet relief). I taught my 6am Barre, no food. I stopped drinking water an hour before. I did my best in a HIP class but the reformer wasn’t my buddy. I felt extremely heavy, but I did what I could because moving around has felt good for me.

My colonic was fantastic! Well… as good as a colonic can be.  Georgette is incredibly knowledgeable with a soothing bedside manner. She said I did good for my first time and I really needed it. It was eye opening to discuss my diet with a colon aficionado. I learned I should lay off white wine and include more leafing greens in my diet. When it was over, I felt as if someone deflated a balloon inside of me. So. Much. Lighter. I see Georgette the day after my detox, so I can see the improvements from the inside out. Literally.

After my colonic, I dragged myself to an infrared sauna session. The two combined made my day, marked improvement from early morning. 40 minutes in the sauna: first 20 felt like a warm room, the next 20 was a great sweat.

The rest of the day I kept my mind focused on working toward a deadline for a writing assignment, a great distraction. Today was the first day of the “elixir.” I enjoy referring to it with a maniacal tone, like a witch preparing to cast a spell, a detox spell. It’s not as foul as something you’d find in a dark woman’s brew, but it will get you, my pretty. Its sweetness comes from raw cane and its bite comes from cayenne. Serve cold with a straw, suck down. Repeat every 2 hours with water.   

From the moment I woke up I had difficulty making simple decisions and that lasted all until the evening when my fatigue settled in deeper. My tea at the end of the night was welcomed finish line to a difficult day.

Food: Orange, strawberry smoothie with protein and kale, hard boiled egg, celery with lemon tahini, Veggie Power Bowl with quinoa red onions, peppers, kale, spinach + elixir, water with lemon, detox tea.

Symptoms: Mood swings, fatigue, clouded judgment, dull headache, excess ear wax, nose gunk, body aches, elevated body temperature, body odor, decreased menstruation, acne, sleep interruption.

Disclaimer: This experience is typical of the HIP Detox, yet everyone is different. This account is only a representation of the effects of the cleanse. Please consult with a nutritionist or doctor before attempting any sort of cleanse or drastic change in diet.