Friday, July 30, 2010

Awesome by August Reminder

Just a reminder...Awesome by August weigh ins are due to me by tonight (Friday the 30th) by midnight. We've had a few people drop off each week and I've only received a few weigh ins so far...get them in!! :)

Thursday, July 29, 2010

This is the point of change



I've been lurking around the blogs this morning (lurking because every time I go to leave a comment I get an error message, something with my browser me thinks) and I came across something that set off bells, whistles, and alarm sirens in me:
"It occurs to me that this is the point in the program where I usually start my inexplicable, out-of-control ascent back to obesity. This is generally the point where all the good work I’ve put in goes out the window.

Not this time.

Not this time.

Not this time."


Um, yes. This is the point in my weight loss where I generally regress and gain like 50 pounds. This is the point I usually give up. This is the point I usually get frustrated with not seeing quick results and belly up to the blizzards and peanut butter cup ice cream; the point I drown my sorrows in iced caramel macchiatos and lots and lots of buttered toast with strawberry jam on top. This is the point I usually stop working out and just hang it all. 


This is the point I usually give up on me.


Well, in the now infamous words of the wonderful Jack Sh*t:


Not this time.


Not this time.


Not this time.


This is the point of change. This, right here is where I dig my heels in and shout at the top of my lungs NOT THIS TIME!


This time I keep going. 
This time I believe in me. 
This time I remember how crappy the sugarfests leave me feeling and skip them altogether. 
This time I hang on tight to my good choices even if the scale shouts at me they're not working. 
This time I love me enough to take care of me. 
This time I continue to do the hard work no matter what. 


This time I don't give up on me!


We used to have a poster when I was little of a little mouse hanging tightly to a rope. It said, "when you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on!"


That is what I do today, I tie that knot and hang on for dear life...my life.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

I Live Now!



I am living my life. I am living it out loud. I am living it right now.


That is my battle cry.


I have spent so many years waiting, hiding, looking to the future. The thought pattern was: well, when I reach X weight I'll...or can't wait until I fit a size X jeans, then I'll...or if only I wasn't so fat I'd...


I have spent years hiding myself and my body. Years planning what I'd do when. Years feeling bad about myself in the meantime. NO, NO, NO.


I am living my life. I am living it out loud. I am living it right now.


No more waiting. No more hiding. No more shame. I only get one life and I do NOT want to look back on it and feel it's been wasted. I do not want to look back on all the missed opportunities, all the wonderful things I could have done with my kids, all the places I never went...and REGRET.


So, I go to the beach or the pool with some flab, extra skin, and stretch marks hanging out...so what?! What's the worst thing that could happen. I could get a weird look or someone could say something mean? People could judge me? Possibly. But even if that were the case I have to put that in perspective. What kind of childish people do things like that? People that don't really matter that's who. And what am I giving up over the slim possibility that these things might occur? I'm giving up living my life! More so, what are my kids having to give up over this fear? My kids don't know how to swim. They are missing out on a love of water and some serious summer fun! 


That's just one example of something I avoid over shame of my body. There have been many throughout the years and there are many still. 


No more. It stops here.


I am living my life. I am living it out loud. I am living it right now.


I won't get another shot. My kids won't get another childhood. I will not let shame have them!


This weekend I will don a swimsuit and go to the pool. Seems like a simple statement. A passing mention of my weekend plans. But this statement strikes terror into my heart, makes me quake with fear inside. It brings up ever bit of insecurity I've ever felt. But I will face the fear, I will ignore the insecurity and I will do it anyway. I must.


I live now!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Monday Miles: Holy-Sore-Freakin-Muscles-Batman!



Yesterday I ran 7 miles. 


I not only ran 7 miles, but I ran them fast (for me) on a hilly route. I ran a one mile stretch back and forth, it was basically uphill a mile, then turn around and downhill for a mile. It was an awesome run. I pushed and felt spent at the end. Some of my downhill miles were 9 minutesish, 9:30. Compared to last year's long runs my times rock.


My muscles are SCREAMING at me today. 


I haven't been this sore from running in longer than I remember. But at the same time it feels good. Stay with me here, lol. It feels like I ran hard, like I pushed and wiped the floor with that long run. 


If there's such a thing as good sore or good tired, that's what I am today. It's a complete different feeling from feeling fatigued and sluggish from being so overweight and filling my body with crap food, sugar, and caffeine just trying to get through the day. That was miserable tired. Today I feel like I worked hard and I'm sort of relishing in the fatigue and soreness.


Next week's 8 miles are a welcome challenge. With each long run I am reminded that I CAN do this. I am reminded that I love this. I am reminded why I run.


Do you ever feel like muscle soreness is a good thing? Echoes of a job well done? 


Please, please share with me your remedies for muscle soreness!


Awesome by August Challengers weigh in can be found here: http://www.thejourneytv.com/?p=216

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Summer Grilling

I love to grill in the summer. I mean how can you separate summer and grilling, they're like peanut butter and jelly! 

On nights when it's just too hot to think about cooking (we don't have AC) I love grilling instead. But summer isn't the only time we grill, we have been known to grill with snow flying!

I love looking for new flavorful yet healthy grilling recipes.  This evening I tried two new recipes I received from I Can't Believe It's Not Butter:
on the grill
yummy and done
and
They were yumazing. (click on the links to go to the recipes)

You can find more grilling recipes and tons of other great recipes at: http://www.icantbelieveitsnotbutter.com/Recipes/


Tomorrow, Monday, July 26th, 7-9pm CST I will be participating in an I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Twitter Party:

The Taste & Tweet will be a fun evening of eating, Tweeting and sharing grilling and entertaining tips with fellow participants as well as grilling and entertaining co-hosts: @GrillCompanion (www.grillingcompanion.com) who will be sharing their grilling expertise and answering questions on all of your barbeque and grilling questions to help you grill like a pro, and entertaining expert, @HWTM_Jenn (www.hostesswiththemostess.com), who will be sharing her insider tips on how to throw the perfect outdoor party and back yard barbeque this summer.  We’re also excited to have Chef Normajean Longfield from the Unilever Test Kitchen who will be Tweeting with @ICBINotButter to give you tips on all of the great ways to spray I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!

Our hashtag for the event will be #ICBINotButterBBQ, so please be sure to include it in your tweets to follow along with the conversation.  Your first tweet including the hashtag will automatically be entered in our sweepstakes to win one of two grand prizes each valued at $125! The prize features:

·         Weber Smokey Joe grill
·         I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! grill basket
·         Crate and Barrel four-piece tool set!

You can view our full sweepstakes rules by visiting, http://www.tasteyoulove.com/Taste-and-Tweet-Sweepstakes-Rules.html

Should be fun! Join me?

Disclaimer: I received a promotional grill package from I Can't Believe It's Not Butter.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Awesome by August weekly weigh in reminder

If you're participating in the Awesome by August challenge don't forget to get your weigh in pics to me by tonight (Friday the 23rd) midnight. 


How'd you do this week?

Thursday, July 22, 2010

INSANITY: First Impressions

Yesterday my sis/beachbody coach and I did one of the plyometric workouts from the Insanity set.


I. Am. In. LOVE.


Here's why:


  1. The workout was about 40 minutes long and I burned 431 calories doing it. That is comparable to running for me. I have not been able to find a workout that burns a comparable amount of calories to running. 
  2. It was a challenge...with a capital C. I can do jillian's Banish Fat Boost Metabolism all the way through and thought that was a good cardio workout...well I had to punk out at the end of a couple of moves on this one because I just couldn't go anymore. I see that as a good thing. Something to challenge me, make me reach. I was pouring sweat! This workout makes me step it up. Love that.
  3. I enjoyed it. Yes, it was tough and I was huffing and puffing and sweating buckets. But it was also fun to me. I especially enjoyed the jump moves. My fav was one where you go down like you're picking up a basketball and come up and jump like you're shooting it. Tiring yes, but fun.

So, there you have it. I heart Insanity. Dangit. Now I wanna buy it. 


Disclaimer: I receive no compensation for my posts on beachbody products, or referrals to my coach. But, if you're going to buy a BeachBody product might as well be from my sis ;)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Things I've Learned From My Fitbook

I think (read hope) I have figured out the stall in my weight loss. I have been tracking consistently with my fitbook for about four weeks now and it has really opened my eyes.

First, I've been eating too much. Too much of good healthy foods, but too much. Especially nut butters, hugely overdoing it there.

Second, I was so focused on strength training I wasn't getting in enough cardio.

Third, about once a week or so I am having a no good, incredibly awful, terrible, outta control eating day. Not sure what's up with that.

I think I have straightened out the first two. I am trying to be much more mindful about my portions, just because it's good healthy food doesn't mean I can eat 'til I'm stuffed! Also I need to pay more attention to my hunger cues. I have been so dysfunctionally disconnected from those for too long.

My half training has upped my cardio naturally and I'm adding a short cardio session to strength training days. I'm shooting for about an hour of working out each day I workout.

The last one has me a bit baffled. I don't know why I'm allowing this. Often it's been at a picnic, BBQ, or my parents' house. And it has been a choice. Every time I've chosen that behavior of overdoing it. Now that I know these are tough places for me I need to be much more mindful of the choices I make when I'm there. I think I've sort of had the, EH, attitude. But it's screwing up my hard work!

So, that's what my fitbook has taught me. Do you track? What does it show you/help you with?

Disclaimer: I'm not affiliated with fitbook in any way.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Insanity


So...I'm excited and a little afraid.


My sister/beach body coach is coming down for a couple of days and bringing Insanity. 


For those of you not familiar with it, it is a crazy intense, all out, sweat pouring cardio program. 


I am excited because I've always wanted to try it and I could really use a boost right now. (Awesome by August look out!)


I'm a little afraid because I've watched the infomercial! It looks intense. 


But, hey, I'm in good shape? Yes? Guess we'll see. 


Plus, I'm afraid I'll want it after trying it, LOL. I already really want Turbo Fire. I love changing up my workouts and trying new fun ones. 


I'll let you know how it goes and what I think of it. 


You can check out descriptions of the workouts by going to my sister's site and clicking on 'shop team beach body'.


Have you tried Insanity or Turbo Fire? Details, I need details. 

Monday, July 19, 2010

Monday Miles--Cross Training

Awesome by August challengers: weigh in post is over at Brooke: Not on a Diet today.


Training for my marathon I did a little cross training, but didn't really understand why I should, or what benefits it held. This time around in my half marathon race training I am a huge fan of cross training. I am witnessing the impact it can have on my running much more than ever before. 


I have read a lot about strength training and running. There seems to be many for it and some against it, especially when talking lifting heavy and not just light weights at high repetitions. I however am definitely for it.


The strength training I have done the past few months coupled with the weight loss I've achieved and the speed work I've been doing has had great impact on my speed. During my marathon training my long runs were soooo slow. My average pace was 13-14 minutes per mile. Now on my long runs my pace is 10 1/2 to 11 1/2 minute miles. On shorter runs (about 2 miles or so) I can hold a 10 minute mile pace. My fastest mile time right now is about 9 and a half minutes. All things I wasn't sure I'd ever be able to do just a year and a half ago!


I also have high hopes that the strength training and weight loss will help me to avoid injury this time. Strengthening my body overall can help with injury prevention. While losing weight will just give my body and joints less stress with every step. 


Cross training such as biking and lower impact workouts allow me to build my cardiovascular and burn more calories while giving my legs a break from the impact. I still hope to lose weight while training which means torching calories. To avoid over-training I have to get creative with my calorie burn on some days. I personally feel my best when I only run 3 days a week, 4 tops. So I fill in the other days with cross training.


I have worked in at least 2 or 3 days of cross training each week. I'm still listening to my body and willing to adapt that at any point to avoid over training, but I'm definitely seeing benefits from it so far.


How about you, do you cross train? Do you think it's important?



Sunday, July 18, 2010

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

B-DAYDOGGIE.jpg B-DAY DOGGIE image by MARCIA-MELLOW

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU,

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU,

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!

Thanks for all you are and all you do, I hope your day is superfantabulous!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Awesome by August Reminders

Just a couple quick reminders for those participating in the Awesome by August challenge:

  • Weigh ins must be in to me by midnight tonight (Friday) to remain in the running for prizes
  • Mondays official weigh in post will be over at Brooke: Not On A Diet!
  • You can check out our awesome prize sponsors through the links in my sidebar
Good luck everyone!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Registered for my HALF MARATHON!

Was going to save this for part of my Monday Miles post, but couldn't stand it.

I JUST REGISTERED FOR MY HALF MARATHON!!
And, I may be a teeny bit superfantastically excited about it. 


Funny how my mindset is so different from when I ran my full. That race seemed daunting, this one seems exciting. That race I wasn't sure I could do it, this one I know I can. That race was filled with inner fat chick battles, this one won't be!


Training is going so well I think I'll definitely beat my goal of coming in under two and half hours. Yay for speed work.


I'm super happy with my Pumas on my long runs. They are working out famously! I was curious how they'd hold up for longer runs and couldn't be happier.


Now I just need to find a good hotel deal in Fort Collins for race weekend!


Awesome by August challengers remember your weigh in pics need to be to me by tomorrow midnight. Early is OK, but if you're late you can still play along but won't be eligible for the prizes. So don't be late! :)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Supporters vs Non-Supporters

Yesterday my 16 year old son came home after spending the better part of the weekend with one of my family members. This family member was quite negative and said some unkind things to my son, including that he was 'worthless like his mother'. Or something like that, I paraphrase. 


Now, obviously, this is someone I will be limiting my son's time with from now on. I had a long talk with my son about the whole thing, but my lesson from it was this: 
In the past I would have been angry or crushed; I would have obsessed about why my family treats me how they do, or has the opinions of me they do, blah blah blah. Now I see it for what it is, this person projecting their unhappiness with the state of their own life onto my son and myself. Wrong, yes. Sad, yes. Having anything to do with me, nope.


When we change our lives everyone isn't going to be happy


There will be those that see our success as a spotlight on the situations in their lives. There will be those that want to put us right back where we were because they are comfortable with that. There will be those who are simply jealous, negative, hurtful. There will even be those in our lives who would sabotage our efforts. Sad, but reality.


We have to continue doing what we know is good for us. We have to continue taking care of us. We have to continue to be great! Anything less is cheating ourselves and the rest of the world.


Sometimes this may mean letting negative or hurtful words slide off us like water off a duck's back. Or it could mean limiting our time with certain people, or severing relationships all together.


Sad as this seems, we cannot let other people take us down. No matter how much we want to help someone, or how much we want someone to love/like us, or whatever the situation, there is a line we have to draw in keeping ourselves right. We have to know the road we're on and not stray (this is true in weight loss and in life). I truly believe in the long run our example will speak volumes even to those we struggle with now.


But thankfully, just as we will have our non-supporters, we will also have our supporters! Those who will be our cheerleaders and be happy for us in our successes. Those who will be proud of our accomplishments and not threatened by them. Those who will offer encouragement or words of wisdom along the way.


These are the people we want to spend more time with. We need to surround ourselves with positive, encouraging, supportive people to whatever extent we are capable. If you don't have people like that in your 'real' life, seek them out online. Whatever it takes, it will be worth it!


My goal in this life is to be a Supporter--You?

Monday, July 12, 2010

Monday Miles--Long Runs

Note: If you're part of the Awesome by August challenge you can find our first official weigh in post over at Steve's place. We're still working out all the kinks, so if you emailed me and you're not in that post, please let me know ASAP. Remember you have to have this weeks weigh in pic to me by Friday midnight. We let it slide a little getting started, but will have to stick to the midnight deadline from now on. Good luck everyone!
Prize Sponsors: there's still time to sponsor a prize! email me at: katdoesdiets@gmail.com

I really enjoy my long runs. Speedwork can be fun, and shorter runs are OK, but I have really missed my long runs. Crazy as that sounds it's absolutely true. 


This weekend my long run was 6 miles. I haven't ran 6 miles in over a year. After getting in the groove it was an awesome run. Definitely the fastest 6 miles I've ever ran. 


I've been playing around with what to consume on longer runs. Last time I trained I did the jelly belly sport beans and water. But having gone off sugar I really don't want to use sugary stuff unless I really feel I need it. So, for Sunday's run I tried coconut water and felt great. I think I'll keep using it and see how things go. 


I'm trying new trails and having much more fun this time around with training. I found one that follows an old railroad track. Ran that Sunday. Wasn't crowded at all, was really wonderful, scenic, peaceful.


As I up my long runs each week, I've already run each of these distances and know I can...I think it's a completely different mindset from when each new distance was longer than I'd ever ran. Somehow knowing I have ran the distance before takes a huge load off my mind. I just find somewhere to run and run it.


However, this time around I'm finding the first 3 miles or so of my longer runs (long being a relative term, lol) are sort of rough; I struggle to get in the groove. They feel hard. Then, after that initial struggle, everything seems to click and the rest of the run is awesome. Yet when I'm out for a shorter run I don't really experience this.


Does anyone else experience anything like this? I'm guessing it's a mental thing? 
What do you eat/drink on your long runs?


Friday, July 9, 2010

Prizes for Awesome by August

Thanks everyone who's already entered our challenge! If you haven't yet, go here: for details on entering the Awesome by August weight loss challenge. Due to schedules some people emailed me yesterday, and some can't do it until Sunday, so we're allowing that to include as many as possible.


I thought I'd just give a quick list of the prizes we've drummed up so far. I'm still talking to a few companies and haven't decided what I'm throwing in. Hopefully I'll have a full list and how they'll be awarded (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc) by the time Steve posts the official first weigh in on Monday.


In no particular order, the fun swag we have so far:

Like I said, that's not a complete list, more fun stuff to come! I will update this post as I find out for sure about the other prizes.

I know we have a few international entrants who are joining for the fun/encouragement. I SO wish we had prizes for you. I was wondering, I could give the highest international percentage free ad space on my blog for a month? Would this be fun for you guys? It's only helpful if you have a blog of course, and I'm aware an ad on my blog isn't a huge deal, LOL, but I'm just trying to think of something for our international friends! Let me know what you think about that.

So far I've received 23 emails! Can't wait to see how many our challenge group will be!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Awesome by August



I am amazed at just how many of us are struggling with our healthy living/weight loss efforts right now. Around the blogs and Twitter I am constantly running into friends that are just...struggling.

So a few twitter friends and I cooked up a little challenge to spur us on!

Introducing the Awesome by August weight loss challenge. (I know we're already awesome, but it was a catchy title) #awesomebyaugust on twitter.

Basically it's a 4 week weight loss challenge. Whoever loses the highest percentage of weight in the next 4 weeks wins. The focus of course is on healthy weight loss, no crazy antics here. I think we're all over that anyway, yes?

If you want to join simply take a picture of your feet on your scale (showing the reading) tomorrow morning with a piece of paper with the date written on it showing in the pic also. Email it to me by tomorrow, Friday the 9th, midnight (mountain time) katdoesdiets@gmail.com with the subject line: "Entering Challenge". Let me know if I can post your pic or if you want me to keep your weight private.

Once I receive all the entries the official beginning weigh in post will be over at www.265andfalling.com Monday the 12th. Then from there it will go to http://brookenotonadiet.wordpress.com/ . I will always link to the weigh in post in my Monday post as I'm sure will Steve and Brooke so you don't get lost trying to find the challenge status (and yes, we'll be participating in the challenge too!).

Rules:
  • Open to anyone in the USA (International folks can participate in the fun, but aren't elligible for the prizes due to shipping costs. Sorry!)
  • 4 weeks long, starting Friday July 9th, ending August 6th
  • Must email me your weigh in pic every Friday by midnight my time (mountain time). katdoesdiets@gmail.com then official weigh ins will be posted the following Mondays
  • Must use the same scale every week (try for the same time of day too)
  • Picture must show a piece of paper with date written on it
  • If you miss a weigh in week you can still participate in the fun of the challenge, but aren’t eligible for prizes
  • Focus is on healthy weight loss, not crazy antics. Healthy eating and working out is encouraged. Pills, severe calorie cutting, etc isn’t allowed.
  • If you don't want your weight posted say that clearly in each email weigh in, I will simply post your percentage and not your pic or weight, but you have to be willing to email me your weigh in pic for tracking.
  • Highest percentage of weight lost from start weight of challenge will determine winners
  • Everything here is of course on the honor system, there's no way to police it all, but I know everyone will be honest, cuz you're all so awesome!
I am still rounding up prizes, thinking 1st, 2nd, 3rd places will be awarded plus some fun ones like top mom. I will be linking to prize sponsors in my sidebar. I hope to have them all prizes together to list on Steve's Monday post. But there's some pretty good swag so far, like a Jillian Michael's DVD and Body Glide for Her. If you would be willing to contribute a prize please email me: katdoesdiets@gmail.com and I'll add it to the list. All prize sponsors will ship directly to winners, except a few companies shipping to me and I'll ship those out.

Who's in? Let's do this! 


Feel free to email me with questions!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Struggling with Weight Loss

struggling ducklings
image via http://www.healthybirds.umd.edu/BasicMangement/RaisingYoungBirds.cfm
I am struggling.


Yep.


Struggling.


I'm not losing weight.


I feel like that little duck in the picture, struggling so hard, I can see what's over the ledge, but just can't quite get my footing.


My positive attitude will not falter, but I feel I can still be honest and real about my struggles without being negative...so, here's whatsup:


I haven't lost any weight in several months. 


It's not a plateau. 


It's not just the scale being fickle either. 


No excuses here. My clothes fit the same, my body fat is the same, I have stayed the same.


It's my eating. 


I am eating good things, but obviously too much of them. I have stopped counting calories and am just trying to watch my portions and eat good whole 'clean' foods. I am still tracking my food intake via my fitbook and really want to transition away from obsessing over every calorie I eat. Obsession is my struggle. I think ditching the calorie counting is a good goal and I'm willing to go through the trial and error it's going to take to get there. This is life, this is forever, not a quick fix diet. However as of right now I obviously haven't found the right balance to lose weight.


I also have had several large slip-ups at Memorial Day, my kiddos 16th, and the 4th. Once a month overboard eating can take me a while to reverse. Then there's another event.


My workouts however are better than ever thanks to my half marathon training. Yay for that!


I have made it so far, yet I still have roughly 30 pounds to lose. This is not the time to get complacent. The main thing that bothers me about not losing is that I know every pound lost will help my running. The lighter I am the easier my runs will be. The less weight I have to cart around the faster I can be. As a heavier runner I can be more prone to injury because I just put more stress on my body with these extra pounds. Funny how motivations change. 


So, I will:

  1. Keep trying to figure out the right portions for me. Not obsessing about food and calories is my ultimate goal and watching portions instead of counting calories is the next step for me. 
  2. Get better at handling special events...they're sorta gonna happen for the rest of my life!
  3. Bring back weekly weigh in posts.
  4. I've cooked up a little weight loss challenge with some twitter friends, details coming tomorrow!
  5. Most importantly not quit, not lose site of my goals...I GOT THIS!!!
I am doing a lot of things right and know I just need to keep tweaking things here and there as my body gets smaller. What worked at 200 pounds isn't exactly what I need at 175. It's all about figuring out what works for me. And it's worth the effort.

Do you find weight loss harder as you get smaller?

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Q & A With Alexandra and Kymberly from funandfit.org

If you haven't yet visited funandfit.org you definitely should. Alexandra and Kymberly serve up fitness advice with a healthy side of humor over at their place. I love their quirkiness on Twitter and thought my blog could use some humor so I asked them to do a little Q & A with me.

Alexandra and Kymberly,

Q1 Tell me something about yourself that you think the world simply must know.

A: Must know? Um, I am hot and have super powers. I can make my own mind disappear, then replace it with carbonation just to hear the fizzy popping sounds. I’m a pretty good baker and have an organic garden that I am exceptional at almost killing. My husband sneaks out and rescues it on a regular basis.

K: I really have no twin. She is a figment of someone’s imagination. Oh, and if anyone is that imaginative, can you please imagine me as super fit and beyond buff? One other thing the world must know is that I speak 5 languages, so don’t mess with me. Well, do mess with me as it will be fun. Languages: German, French, Spanish, English, Alexandrese (this last language is really a dialect and quite difficult to understand and appreciate).

Q2 What made you want to have a career in fitness?

A: Free travel. I had an offer to come teach in Berlin so I quickly learned a few 1980s aerobic moves, and took my leotards and legwarmers to spend a summer teaching in Europe. What kept me after that was the discovery that I could make money doing something really fun. And I truly do enjoy being with people. Way more than they enjoy being with me, but there you have it.

K: I used to look really good in aerobics gear and I knew how to make the most of the double leg warmer/ bandana look.  Having only 42 pfennigs left to my name while living in West Berlin was pretty motivating, since the job I was perfect for was at the first fitness studio on the European continent. Plus the Berlin Fussball team I joined did not pay.  I wore soccer cleats well too, back in the day.


Q3 OK, really, who's idea was funandfit.org?

A: Kymberly’s. I was already fun. I was already fit. One day she came home with an “and” that was on sale and announced we were going to do a humorous fitness advice column together. I am still trying to figure out what she meant by “together.”

K: Mine, all mine as will be all the future big bucks and proceeds from this endeavor. Does that sound too humble or should I reword it?

Q4 What do you hope people come away from your blog with?

A: Printouts of our avatar. Who can resist those glasses? While they’re there, though, I do hope they discover that we offer realistic, effective, safe, researched advice.

K: The desire to get busy, be active, laugh a little, have a fun life. I’d really like it if they were moved to pick up the phone and book us to speak at a convention or sales meeting or block party or book club meeting.

Q5 Who's the funnier twin?

A: Due to familial loyalty (and the legal injunction Kymberly took out on me), I cannot let you know that it is I.

K: Alexandra. Oh, wait did you mean funnier looking or funnier sense of humor?

Q6  Crunch time. Your single best piece of fitness advice for my readers. (Jeopardy music playing)

A: Quit playing that crappy Jeopardy song. My other advice is to have realistic goals and just take things 1 step at a time. So many people think they have to do everything right away, and they end up in pain and discouraged. Don’t try to change everything at once; change one thing at a time. If you can’t live without Ben & Jerry’s “Americone Dream,” keep it. Change something else. That way you’ll be successful. And my grand finale...fitness is a lifestyle, not a diet. Why do something that has the word “die” in it?

K: Listen to my sister. She knows what she’s talking about.

Thanks Alexandra and Kymberly! 
They always make me giggle. Laughter is the best medicine, yes?
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