KISS Me is retiring

Hello to my few followers.

After a few years of on and off blogging at this location, I’ve decided to retire this blog and start a new one with a focus on my new life in North Carolina. Some of the same themes will make appearances over at the new place, so if you’d like to follow me there I’d love to have you!

See you over at New Girl in the New South!

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Clothes Woes + My Workout Routine

I am so anxious to get into a smaller size pants I could scream. I have been telling myself that I’m a size 12, even though I’ve actually been a 14 for at least a year now. It’s amazing how I’ve managed to blame every pair of pants I own for their “weird sizing” instead of taking a look at the root issue.

I noticed last weekend that one of my pairs of jeans has gotten quite loose and I was thrilled. This morning, I raced over to Target (love their jeans!) to try on the size 12. I pulled them up with ease. The thighs looked great. Butt looked fantastic! And then I zipped them and…epic muffin top. Siiigh. I guess it’s just a belt for me for now. I have always had a very straight shape, so my waist is pretty thick compared to width of my hips. I’m hoping that there’s a little bit of an hour glass somewhere in there and that I’ll find it soon!

I know I’ve said it about 8 million times, but I seriously love my Body Sculpt class. It’s essentially a circuit training class and the only equipment we use is hand weights, mats and exercise balls. What I like most about it is that it’s given me an arsenal of really basic but effective strength training moves that I can do on my own. I thought I would share my typical work out with you guys. I hope you’ll find it useful and maybe it will give you some ideas!

Cardio: 30 mins on the treadmill

  • 20 minutes running
  • 5 minute warm up + cool down

Strength: 15(ish) minutes
I like to use 6lb weights hand weights for this, but the low weight ones tend to walk off from the studio I like to use in my gym. The body builders in the “real” weight room are still a little intimidating. Depending on what’s available, I’ve used anything from 5-8lbs for these.

  • 10 lunges w/bicep curls (2 reps)
  • 10 squats w/shoulder press (2 reps)
  • 10 tricep presses (2 reps)
  • 15 crunches (3 reps + 5 to make it an even 50)
  • 10 leg lifts (3 reps)
  • Side planks – hold as long as you can on each side
  • 15 wall pushups (2 reps) I do these in the shower ūüôā

What does your typical routine look like? Is there anything here that I’m missing?

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I Think I See It!

Just a quick post tonight. I am definitely coming down with some kind of sickness. Sore throat, swollen glands, and I ate $1 ramen noodles for dinner. Lord only knows the last time I did that. On top of that, I am sore everywhere between my neck and my knees. Thank you body sculpt! (Seriously!)

Anyway, I’ve lost 7lbs since the first of the year, which doesn’t really feel like a whole lot. I’ve lost a few inches around my waist and hips, and started to notice a difference in the mirror when I was getting dressed. My clothes are all fitting a little better, and some of my jeans are even feeling a little too big.

I didn’t see any difference in my face though, until I looked at some pictures from my trip. A coworker told me I was looking “quite trim” so I thought I’d do a side-by-side. I think I see it!

Aug 2012 vs Feb 2013

Aug 2012 vs Feb 2013

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Back on Track + Exciting News!

It’s amazing how just a few days outside of your normal routine can really throw a girl off!

I’m still not quite back in my normal groove after getting back from my trip. This weekend I had a going away party, a birthday party AND I was on my period, so needless to say, I haven’t exactly been keeping tabs on my food as faithfully as I should be.

My scale has been bouncing all over the map, but it seems to have finally normalized and I’m down a pound! Just one more and I will be back into the 150s – the most evil weight “decade” of them all! I don’t know what¬†it is, but I have never ever in my life gotten below 155. I seem to always get there and then lose stamina. I’m on to your ways, 150s, and I’m going to kick your butt!

WeightLoss

One sort of strange thing I’ve noticed since I’ve been back from my trip is that I’ve had little to no appetite. I’m wondering if it’s just my body re-calibrating or if it’s the stress of job hunting.

That’s right! Job hunting. I’ve been debating on whether or not to include this in my blog, but i trust you all. And I just couldn’t keep it to myself any longer! When I was down to visit, my man was in the process of accepting an AWESOME offer from a great company he just couldn’t turn down. After much discussion, we decided it is time to end the distance and for me to move down to Charlotte with him.

I have a few months until my current lease is up, during which I will be job hunting and we’ll both be saving up a little extra moolah for our new place. As a side note, I totally forgot how all-consuming job hunting is!

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What I Ate Wednesday

The title of this post should really be “What Didn’t I Eat Wednesday”.

Remember in my last post when I said I might get to see my Man this weekend? Well, I did! It was a bit of a whirlwind to say the least. Purchased tickets on Monday, left on Thursday, spent 2 awesome days exploring Charlotte, NC and 2 even awesome-er days in a beach-front condo. Now I’m back home and back to “regularly scheduled programming” so to speak.

While I didn’t do as well as I normally do (hello cheetos, brownies, beer and wine) and I didn’t track my calories while I was away, I feel like the damage actually could have been much worse. We made it to the gym two mornings I was there and did a ton of walking on top of it. When I stepped on the scale when I got home from the airport (I couldn’t help it!) I was up 6lbs from the day I left. It’s pretty typical that I see a 4-5lb increase from first thing in the morning to the end of the day anyway, so I’m thinking I didn’t do so bad. I’m curious to see what the scale will say at my usual Sunday morning weigh-in this week.

One of the first things I did when I got home was hit the grocery store. Wanted to make sure I had good food on hand at least for today so I wouldn’t be tempted to continue eating crap. Here’s what I brought home:

Hummus
Cucumber
Bell Pepper
Celery
Bananas
Pirate Booty
Brown Rice
1 can of soup (for lunch today)

The rest of the week, I’ll probably been picking from my freezer stash.

Pics from my trip to come!

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Super Scale Sunday

I’m going to start calling my scale “Old Faithful”. At least until it does something to piss me off. Lost another pound this week! That’s 4 weeks in a row of consecutive weight loss, AND I’ve hit 5lbs lost. Woot!

I’m really proud of how well I’ve been doing this year! I think 6 weeks is my longest run “on the wagon” in recent years, and I hope to far surpass that this time around. However, there may be a small hurdle coming up.

In my first post back I said that I wanted to be able to run with my boyfriend without embarrassing myself the next time I see him. In my head that means being able to run 30 minutes without dying. I thought I would have another 2 or 3 weeks to get there, but now it looks like I might get to see him THIS WEEKEND! Nothing is set in stone yet, so I’m trying not to get too excited.

More than my running, I’m especially worried about staying on track and not gaining weight while I’m with him. Depending on what shakes out, I probably won’t have 24 hour access to food I cook and the internet to log it.

How do you prepare for time away from your normal routine?

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Just Run.

This has been sort of a strange week for me. Things are slow right now at work, so my days feel like they are c-r-a-w-l-i-n-g by. The weather has been grey and gloomy and to add to my misery, I haven’t been sleeping well at night either. Tired Kristin + Bored Kristin = Cranky Kristin.

In the past, my weight loss efforts would typically fall with my mood, but somehow I’ve managed to have a really good week in that department, despite my less-than-favorable mood.

For those of you who are familiar with the Couch to 5k program, I successfully completed the dreaded Week 5 Day 3 Work out aka running for 20 mintues. No breaks. Ok, ok, fine…so I did take a minute or two break somewhere in the

middle, but I made up for it by running 2 minutes extra at the end! And you know what? It wasn’t that hard. My pace was slower than I wanted (a little over a 13 minute mile) but I made it through with relative ease.

I have to say, it was really empowering! I feel like my relationship with C25K might be coming to a close. Now that I know I can run 20 minutes I think I’d rather build on that and gradually add a few minutes at a time than go back to doing intervals again. My goal is to reach 30 minutes of nonstop jogging. Once I can do that with ease, I can start working on my speed.

Last night while on the treadmill, I listened to a 15 minute podcast, and then finished out my run with some of my running music. I totally ignored the tv in front of me, and as usually had a magazine over the timer. How do you pass the time if you run on the treadmill?

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NSV + What I Ate Wednesday

I had another NSV yesterday! 2 for 1! Yesterday in my Body Sculpt class, our instructor split us in to two groups, and he totally put me in the “no modifications” group. I was picked as one of the “fit” kids! That never happens to me!

I’ve really come to love this class. The first week, I thought I was going to die and really was not sold on the instructor, but he’s grown on me and I find myself really looking forward to it. I’m going to miss it when it’s over! I’m still sore every week, but it’s the kind of sore that makes me feel strong. Are you strength training yet?!

Anyway, on to What I Ate Wednesday!

 1) Creamy Dijon Chicken

It’s happened, guys. I’ve got my first flop. This was only “meh”. I baked this in the oven over baby yukon gold potatoes instead of making it on the stove. The chicken was pretty good, but the sauce is pretty bland. I won’t be making this recipe again.¬†Pro-tip: when you bake chicken in the oven, put it under the broiler for the last 10 minutes. Gives it a grilled taste!

 

 2) Tomato and White Bean Soup

This was loosely based off of this recipe, but it’s different enough that I’ll spell it out for you here. It’s super quick and easy! This soup is one that gets better the next day. The starch from the pasta and the beans thicken it as it cools, giving it an almost creamy consistency It’s. So. Good! This is actually the second time I’ve made this yummy soup this month.

Ingredients:
2 cups small shape pasta (uncooked)
1 cup white wine
1 Tbsp sherry vinegar
1 can diced tomato (with basil if you can find it)
2 cloves of garlic, minced
3 cups chicken broth
1 Tbsp tomato paste
2 pinches red pepper flakes
1 can white beans, drained but not rinsed
2 large handfulls of torn baby spinach
Dried or fresh basil to taste

Makes 3-4 servings.

Directions:

While the pasta cooks, in a medium stock pot, combine wine, vinegar, tomatoes and bring to a boil. Turn down to medium heat and let simmer for 10 minutes.

When the pasta is cooked (I like to reduce the cooking time by one minute or so since it will continue to simmer in the soup) add it and the remaining ingredients to the pot. Simmer for an additional 5-10 minutes.

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NSV + Quick Tip Tuesday

I’m wearing my favorite skirt today! The one that prompted this post and that I was super bummed I couldn’t fit into anymore.

This morning, I was about to slip into a dress when I thought “what the heck, it’s been months since I put this skirt on” and to my surprise it zipped with ease! I would not recommend trying on clothes on a morning when you’re already running late, by the way. I think I put on every belt I own this morning, and finally decided just to go without.

I’ve probably mentioned before that while weight loss is awesome, I see the biggest loss of inches when I’m doing consistent strength training. I am totally intimidated by the weight machines at my gym, but I’ve found that I’ve been able to see results just from what I can do on my own.

Quick Tip of the Week

Try to incorporate some kind of strength training into your routine every day.

It doesn’t have to take you a long time, and you don’t need any equipment! Here is an example of a “Commercial Break” workout that you can easily complete while catching up on your favorite tv shows!

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Move it Monday!

So…I kind of failed in the “move it” department this weekend. I’m not sure if it’s the awesome weather we’ve been having or just my New Year motivation fading, but I’ve been feeling a little…blah.

Capture

I didn’t do strength training on Thursday thinking that I could do it after my run on Friday instead. But then I ended up spending Friday evening with a friend instead. Don’t get me wrong – I’m glad I did! I hadn’t seen her since before the holidays, and we had a great time eating pizza, drinking wine, playing cards and catching up.

I’m not exactly sure what happened this weekend. I should have gone to the gym Saturday or Sunday and I just didn’t. I also neglected Saturday’s strength training. Tsk tsk. Needless to say, I did not make my 1000 calorie burn this week, and I certainly didn’t make it up to 1200 calories.

Oh well. This is a new week, and a new chance to start all over. I’m just going to have to buck up and get my butt to the gym!

¬†How do you motivate yourself to get moving when you just don’t want to?

 

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