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

Hello? Your Body’s Calling

Written by: Kayte Corrigan

Only five days left! It’s hard to believe I needed the challenge in the first place. Exercising 6 days a week is no sweat now. We’ll I’m sweating a lot, but making it a priority has become easy. I’ve even had to remind myself to take the rest day. I get excited to pick my classes. Lately I’ve been really trying to listen to my body and the more I work out and eat right, the better I am figuring out what it’s trying to tell me. Like it has a thick accent and the more I’m around it the more clearly it comes through.

Some days it tells me it needs some hard cardio and a drenched sweat. Other days I need strength and stability training. There are days when a good groove session is all I need. At least once a week my body needs yoga, and I think my mind needs yoga too!

On occasion, my body will tell me to rest. Last week, I came home one day cranky, tired, heavy and hungry. My throat was scratchy and my head hurt. Determined not to get sick, I ate a green salad with turkey for protein and a couple cuties as well as pumped up on vitamins. Later, I crashed on the couch for several hours before heading up to bed. The crash and need for nourishment was my body’s way of telling me to slow down. The next day was off to a slow start, but I felt much better and gained more energy as the day went on. It’s amazing what rest and eating right can do!

Looking forward to revealing my results next week! Maybe it will inspire you to do your own Tone Up / Slim Down HIP Challenge in the new year?

Kayte Walsh

Trainer HIP Studio

One Leg At A Time

Written by: Kayte Corrigan

Staying on track during the holiday season is always difficult. I’m the only one to holding me accountable and I don’t want to play hooky on myself. I’ve seen great results thus far, and that makes it easy to attend class 6 days a week. I’ve been feeling so good I even started taking a professional dance class at a studio near my house. I’m using my class of choice per week to get back into a long time love. I’m not 19 anymore, but it was amazing to prove that I still go it! It makes me wonder how else I can astound myself.

Coming off my detox I’ve been pretty much gluten free, except for my choice pardon of Grandma Lily’s pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving. The real test is upon me as the invites to holiday parties start piling up. I’m staying positive, my goal is a great motivator so I don’t overindulge.

Only 3 weeks left until the dance team jeans challenge and I am happy to report that I’m already close to reaching my goal. I tried the declared pants on yesterday to realize I only have a little muffin top left to lose and I’ll be flashing back to 2003. Ten years later and still wearing the same jeans, that’s something I’ll be impressed by.

Don’t let the holidays get the best of you, I’ll see you in class!

-Kayte Walsh

Trainer HIP Studio

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