The Color Run: Entry Giveaway

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Yesterday I was browsing on Facebook and I came across a posting from The Color Run. It read “we just finished our x14 mantras for 2014. What do you think? Comment with your fav to win FREE entries to the race! More on the TCR super blog.” Check out their blog HERE!
 
 So I took a look at the picture and read their list of 14 mantras



And chose "Write down your goals," and commented with that as my answer on Facebook.

 I wanted to explain why I felt "Write down your goals" stood out to me and felt the most important. As you guys know I have been doing something called "Goals and Challenges" each month since October. At first I just thought it was another post, something else to talk about and to keep my readers interested, however I found it helpful. 

Writing down your goals holds you accountable on what you have and want to accomplish. Something as simple as writing down what you want to do can put your life in prospective and essentially keep you on track. 

The beginning of this year I decided I wanted to create a vision board. Now most people’s vision boards have a bunch of pictures that remind them of what they would like to achieve. My vision board has pictures and words, statements or sentences if you will. I wrote down everything I need and want to accomplish by the end of 2014. Every morning when I wake up, I read them and I tell myself "what can I do today, to get me one step closer to what I need to accomplish to be a better person tomorrow.” I did that because it just makes everything real, it’s more serious for me if I see things in words and not pictures. Pictures give me an impression of looking at a children's coloring book and my visions are far from a coloring book. However I am not saying that visions boards with solely pictures are useless, I am just stating that they don’t work for me.

There’s my reasoning for why I think "write down your goals" is important. Hopefully I do win this entry, because I absolutely love The Color Run races and it's something I know I’ll be doing every year. 

What do you find most important out of the 14 mantras? Comment and let me know what you think!

-KS

Back in the gym, training and annoyed!

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My oh my, how good did it feel to get back in the gym? It’s been weeks since I actually seen the gym, I’ve done a couple of DVD’s at home, but seriously it’s nothing like the gym. It was hard, I was sweating like water was poured on my head, but it was SO MUCH FUN! 

As you guys know, because I can’t shut up about it, I am training for my first Half Marathon, the Brooklyn Half, so the gym and this training is a MUST. 

Oh, I must mention this, one day I decided to work out with a man, just because I’m trying to open up and meet new people and make new friends right? So ever since that day anytime I go into the gym he’s always there and he says hi and gives me a smile and tries to figure out a way to get close to me, or workout next to me, but I can tell he doesn’t want to seem creepy. 

I walked into the gym, decided to change up my entire strength/weight routine and do a lot of what I saw from the Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 DVD and stayed away from most of the machines I used, but still used some. Don’t ask me what the workouts are called, but I know I did about 15 of them and then repeated it. After that I did about an hour of running, so here’s what my numbers looked like. 


Strength/weights on the left, running on the right. 

As I was working out on the gym floor, the man came over and says Hi, I say hi and I continue my business. Since I’ve seen him so often I know his routine, so I try to avoid him, because I don’t want me make conversation and I know he can tell that. And please don’t tell me “Oh he’s being friendly,” NO, I can tell when someone is being friendly and when someone wants to be on top of you and staring at you in the gym 24/7. Any who, since I know his routine, he does a lot of strength workouts, for about two hours and then gets on the treadmill, today him and I got at the gym around the same time. I did strength/weight training for about an hour and then went to run, he followed right behind me and hopped on the treadmill and got on the treadmill right next to mine, YES THERE WAS 1,000,000 others available (anyone who knows me knows I hate when someone takes the treadmill next to me unless you have to,) I would have gotten off and moved to another one, but I was so into an encore version of the Knicks vs. Celtics game I didn’t move. 

Am I over reacting? I probably am, but I just have personal space issues and I would rather someone come to me and say “hey lets go out,” rather than follow me around. 

But, never the less today was great, I can’t let this much time pass before the gym sees me again because I was feeling so out of shape. 

-KS

Brooklyn Half Birthday Gift!

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I'm IN, I'm running. The Brooklyn Half! I can't believe this, I honestly can't. I didn't think I was going to be able to do it and then one of my best friends decided to give this to me as a birthday gift! This is going to be my FIRST half marathon, so you can understand why I am so excited.

I am so grateful, so thankful for her. I actually couldn't believe it, because there is very few times in my life and I mean very few, where people (aside from my mother,) have taken the time out to give something to me and I just couldn't believe it. I mean I've been crying this entire afternoon because I was just so grateful.A half marathon is something that I wanted to do this year, wanted to complete, one of my NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS and it's coming true, all thanks to a friend. 

Anyway, I just wanted to say that. She and I will both be running this race and I cannot wait until May 17th. It's time to start training and just being my all around best for this, because I am, again so grateful.
So a huge thank you goes out to her (I don't know if she wants me to name her or not, but if she does I'll change this and I'll put her name it in,) because without her, I don't think this would have been possible.

-KS

One Year Weigh-In!

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Since today is the anniversary of my journey, I told you guys that my goal was to be 170lbs by today. I am proud to say that I did not make that goal. Sounds weird right? Well here's why.



175lbs. ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-FIVE POUNDS! I have lost 35lbs since the start of my journey, since I've decided to "SlimIntoONEderland" 35lbs is a lot of weight. It's the size of a baby! Not a new born, but a baby! That's serious to me. 
I said I had no problem moving the 170lbs as a end of the month goal and that's what I am doing. I have no problem wanting to make this goal by the end of the month. Is it going to happen? I don't know, but I am not giving up on it. 
As I look back on old pictures and old clothes, I start to realize more and more that it's not about the number, it's about how you feel. However, I know I will feel great at a certain number. I wouldn't be upset or any less disappointed if I achieved the body I wanted and not exactly the weight I wanted.


This, this right here, Is what I live to see. The picture on the left is probably sometime in 2012. I realized I don't like full body shot from 2013 before I started my journey. (I don't know why the picture is blurry.) The picture on the right is me currently on my birthday that was four days ago. My oh my, 35lbs makes a difference, I didn't think it would, but it surely does. After seeing this side by side, I can't give up.

I'm just so proud of myself, couldn't ask for anything more.

KS

What A Year its Been!

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January 21, 2013. 
The day I started my journey, the day I decided that I no longer wanted to be the "big girl," the day I told myself it was time for a change, the day I told myself "it's time for something more." All of those things and more is what I told myself when I started my journey just one year ago. 
 
I was tired of being overweight and I wanted to lose weight for so long, but I never had the determination or the will power to keep up with it. I would always start but never finish, bought countless DVDs but only did them for a month, got a gym membership but only went when my friend was going, so it was just a never ending cycle of being overweight.

My journey started when I just turned 23. At the time the job I had was "fitness" based, the boss wanted the students and the staff to be more "fitness" based. While he hired a personal trainer for the students, the staff took advantage of her as well.And I can say she was also a big apart of this journey.

So I started, I worked out with her, took advice from her and even learned new ways how to cook the food I love to eat so I can eat them in a healthier fashion. I learned that exercise wasn't 100% key to losing weight and becoming healthier. It truly starts with eating habits. Working out just aids the process. 

I loved the results I was getting, I was finally starting to feel happy about myself. I noticed that my thought process became clearer, I even felt smarter, ha! But seriously I felt as if I could finally take on any task I wanted to and actually be successful.
 
But it wasn't easy, I lost weight and  gained weight. I struggled with eating too much and then not eating enough. For awhile my weight was at a standstill and I didn't lose anything for months. I ate too much sweets, drank too much sweets and even binged every now and again. However, I always found my way back, I always knew that I couldn't go back to who I was. That wasn't an option.

In the year 2013, one thing I fell in love with was running. At first it was just something to do to lose weight and to burn calories, but as I did it more often it just felt so good, it reminded me of how much I wanted to run track, but never did. To me running is something that you have to put your mind into, to run long distances, obtaining personal best times, while losing weight was an amazing feeling. I completed my first 5K which was The Color Run and from there I ran four more 5K's after that. 
 
I also coined my motto to be "Get Comfortable with being Uncomfortable." Yes, I know people have heard it 1,000 times before I started to ever use it, but this stuck with me. It reminds me that when your comfortable with the workouts you do, or the life you live, you can't progress to become someone better if you're always doing the same thing. Uncomfortable, in my eyes is what makes you successful to go on and become a better person.

Now that I am looking at my journey, I realize it's NEVER over, there is always something I can do to improve myself, always something else to work on, always a new challenge to take on, always a reason to never give up and keep persevering.

To 2014 and more. I can't wait to see what this year has in store for me.
 
-KS

Happy Birthday to Me!

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Today is my BIRTHDAY! So I just wanted to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! 

I know in the previous post I mentioned cheat meals vs. cheat days and I am in more favor of cheat meals. However, today is a total cheat DAY and I'm not really caring for what I eat or should I say DEVOUR today! 

I mean, I just want to show you guys what I had for breakfast this morning. I was really craving pancakes, so I decided to make purple pancakes (because purple is my favorite color,) with Oreo crumbs, spread with nutella and confectioners sugar topped with a scoop of ice cream, Oreo crumbs and more confectioners sugar. 



Oh this was so good. I loved every second of it. I couldn't even finish it because it was just too much. So now I feel like I can't really move and I certainly know why it's important to eat healthy. Man, I can't believe the difference of how I feel when I eat healthy and don't. 

Anyway, I'll worry about that stuff tomorrow. Right now I am going to enjoy the rest of the birthday. So I'll give you guys the update soon!

-KS

Cheat Day vs. Cheat Meal

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I never knew there was really a difference between both until started unknowingly practicing both. So let me explain. 

Naturally we know that a cheat day is a day of indulgence. You've ate clean/healthy for X amount of days and now you are rewarding yourself with a day to eat however you please. No problem. That's acceptable and granted. 

So you have your cheat meal. Naturally the phrase means to cheat/eat unhealthy (or out of the normal) just for a specific meal instead for the entire day. But what's the point in mentioning this? Check this. 

Cheating on one meal instead of binging the entire day has helped me cut back on overeating and focusing on the actual meal I want to over indulge on. For me, mostly this "cheat meal" is dinner. I would go throughout the day eating clean/healthy and then dinner would be the time to pig out. I'm not a person who likes to eat heavy in the morning so breakfast isn't that meal and lunch time you could eat the same meals at diner so I don't mind waiting a couple of hours to eat that great meal. 

I don't know if anyone has or is currently doing this or if this method just seems completely unreasonable but I just wanted to share what works for me, because I know this is not a new discovery. Let me know your thoughts. 

-KS

January Goals and Challenges!

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Hey guys! 

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday, I surely did. But now that it's over its time to get back to business and make the this current year better than the last. So before I go into January's goal, let's review December. I made my goal of being 176lbs. Yes I'm still considering it a goal accomplished because I saw 176lbs on the scale. The .5 isn't something that I feel that's going to hinder me on my success. For the most part I did very well on not eating a bunch of sweets, on occasion I ate a half cup of ice cream or had a couple of cookies, but it wasn't anything overboard. I watched a Bob Harper DVD that I bought recently and learned some back workouts from that, so anytime I went to the gym I incorporated those into my strength/weight training workouts. Oh and that plank challenge? I honestly forgot about it and didn't even remember to start. 

Here's to January. I don't have much, actually I only have one this time, because January is the month I started my journey. I mean, I am going to try and pick up the plank challenge again and I'm sticking to not eating so much sweets, seeing as how that has helped me. 

So what's the one goal? 

1) Goal: 170lbs by January 21st - why? January 21st is the day I started this journey. I want my phase one goal to be completed by the end of this journey year. That would mean me being 40lbs down in a year. Have people lost more than that? Of course, but everyone's journey is different and I'm excited to just blast though this goal. Now if I don't make it by the 21st then it would just become an end of the most the goal, which is also fine with me. I promise February is going to be exciting, that January. But trust me when I say I have some great things ahead later on this month. 

-KS