Happy Halloween! We’re a costume-less family this year (Mason is one of those quirky toddlers who hates dressing up) so I threw an orange onesie on Josh, put my eyeliner on a little heavier, and called it a day.

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A sleeping baby + a cup of coffee + the Today Show’s Halloween special = perfect Friday morning.

Well, perfect except for one thing: we woke up to white stuff on the ground today. Snow on Halloween is COMPLETELY unacceptable.

It doesn’t help that I encountered this sign yesterday:

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This apparel store must have just gotten its winter stock in. But that sign is just mean. #toosoon

At least Josh and his WAY-too-big snowsuit are ready.

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Picture his feet ending around the knee point, haha. I figured with the length of our winters around here, he’ll probably have time to grow 2 full sizes by the end of it.

In other news, I team-taught BodyFlow again last night and it went about a thousand times better. I was able to not freak out quite so much about the mic, which allowed me to actually start on time (I learned that I could set everyone up into the first position while putting the mic on—huge difference), and just getting off on the right foot made all the difference. I didn’t miss a cue or stutter, and I even remembered the names of basic body parts! (No more “place your arm…elbow…hand…what is this thing??”)

But I think there’s one thing that probably contributed the most to the improvement:

My new non-skating-rink mat!

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After last class, I swore that I’d never step foot into a studio with my old yoga mat again. It was a pretty cheap mat to begin with, but then I used it outside all summer, and the elements were hard on it. Any grip it used to have was long gone, and while I could sort of get away with using it as a class participant, I couldn’t handle the distracting slippage while on stage trying to teach.

The Lululemon mat is not the cheapest thing in the world, but after just one use, I’m already SO glad I went for it. I won’t bore you with a full breakdown of its features and qualities…let’s just say: WOW.

Back to BodyFlow: honestly the only thing I’m still struggling with is direction. Since there’s a lot of working one side of the body and then the other, or turning one way and then the other, it’s hard to remember which side to start on and which side we did last. Ugh! It’s one of those things that seems so simple until you’re up in front of a group of people.

I’m also still getting comfortable with the direction swapping thing—since I’m facing the participants, my right is their left, and I have to say “go left” while I’m going right. I’ve heard a bunch of different tricks for dealing with this—from wearing a bracelet on a certain hand, to remembering that the hand with your wedding Ring is the Right—but I think it just takes plain old practice and time.

Welp, I’m off to listen to another session from the Weight Loss for Women Online Conference (I think I’ll check out How Gluten Affects Weight Loss – watch it by the end of today, before it expires, if you’re interested!) and hang out with my littlest dude before we have to pick up his big bro from preschool.

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I know I’m spoiling him, letting him sleep on me all the time, but I just. Can’t. Help it.

Have a great weekend!

Special extremely selfish request: If you have kids in cute costumes today, you can make my day by posting a picture on Instagram and then following me, so I can follow you back and like the crap out of it. Since my kid won’t participate, you’re all I’ve got! I’ll be on a costume pic liking spree alllllll day.

xo

Kim

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Remember when I talked about the documentary Fed Up and its 10-day no sugar challenge?

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And I was like, “I don’t even know if I could do that, hahaha! SUGARRRRRRR…”

Well, that’s been bothering me. I mean, I COULD do it…right??? (Really asking here.)

I have to know.

So I’m going for it.

10 days. No sugar (except fruit). No chocolate (ouch…my fingers hurt from typing that), no honey/maple syrup, no sweet sauces or dressings, no fake sugars (even Stevia), and basically no packaged foods or grains.

Up until now, it’s never been something I even wanted to try. I was firmly in the “everything in moderation” camp and didn’t see how a little chocolate was hurting anyone. But lately, I’ve been noticing that if there’s nothing sweet in the house for a few days, I go a little bonkers. Like digging deep in the cupboards in a there-has-to-be-SOMEthing-here frenzy, and ultimately settling for Mason’s ultra-bland (but slightly sweet!) gluten-free cereal, which I wouldn’t otherwise have any interest in.

So mostly, I want to knock out my sugar cravings. I want to see treats as treats, rather than something I need every day or at the end of every meal. And I’m curious to see how this will affect my relationships with carbs (aka the fact that I want them all. the. time.).

Plus, I really wanna lose 3 pounds. (Just kidding—more like 15, actually, haha. I just thought this conversation called for a Mean Girls reference.)

I think it’s a great time of year for something like this, too. It’ll help me recover from the Halloween Sugarstravaganza (although hopefully we won’t have much—I found a place to donate leftover candy and get it sent overseas to the troops, so I think we’ll do that) AND put me in a good position to go into the holidays with a hair more self control than usual. (I’m lookin at you, Grandma’s incredible baked goods.)

The 10 days I’m targeting are Nov. 10-19. This will give me a little time to de-sugar-fy the kitchen and do some solid meal/snack planning and shopping. And I’ll still be done in plenty of time for Thanksgiving.

Question: anyone want to join me? I’d love an accountability partner or two!

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While we’re going down blog memory lane, remember when I talked about Madelyn Moon and her amazing new-ish podcast, Mind Body Musings?

Well, Madelyn recently reached out to me to tell me about her plant-based protein powder, B-Strong, which is made by a little startup company called Skoop.

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B-Strong is a squeaky clean, non-GMO product that promotes a three-stage process for manufacturing strong, lean muscles and overall health. It contains 160 calories, 16 grams of protein, and 6 grams of fiber.

Unlike most protein powders, B-Strong also contains:

  • Prebiotics that promote a happy belly

  • Amino acids, including essentials, non-essentials and BCAAs

  • Antioxidants

  • ZERO gluten, dairy, or soy

And in comes in some pretty cute packaging, which I’m sort of a sucker for.

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Protein = not just for humongousness. I love it. And might be stealing that word.

Anyway, Madelyn was kind enough to send me some B-Strong to try out for myself, and this sweet little package arrived on my doorstep.

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I was so excited to see the shaker in there—because PINK…

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And also because it came with this awesome little mixing ball I’d never seen before. GENIUS!

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It seriously works so well. Every protein shaker needs one immediately.

OH and possibly the coolest part about Skoop: a portion of all proceeds is donated to a national nonprofit that provides fresh produce and nutritional education to children in schools. It’s designed to be a one-for-one: one scoop of protein for me, one serving of produce for a student. I love that so many companies are getting on the humanitarian train these days—wins all around!

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So back to the powder. I’m usually more of a chocolate girl, so when I saw that my sample was vanilla, I was kinda like meeeh….but it turns out that everything in the world does NOT have to taste like chocolate! (haha) This powder had an impressively smooth finish to it (cue the wine tasting lingo) and only a little of the “yep, that’s protein powder in there” flavor. (I think it’s hard to make something so potent and powerful taste like air.)

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If you have a minute, you should definitely watch Skoop’s intro video, if only for the cute graphics and references to things like “ninja nutrients”:

Along with the B-Strong sample, Madelyn also sent me 5 packets of Skoop’s “A-game” powder, which is specifically designed for breakfast and offers the equivalent of 10 servings of vegetables, along with probiotics, adaptogens, antioxidants, omega 3’s, and other superfoods.

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They came in two flavors, sweet greens and chocofresh—I, of course, loved the chocolate, but wasn’t that into the green flavor (although I can think of plenty of people who would probably love it—just not my thing personally). And a serving is somehow only 50 calories!

If you’re on the hunt for a new protein powder, I highly highly recommend giving this one a shot! Here are two good ways to start:

–Go to Skoop and use code FITTIN10 to get 10% off your purchase.

–Win this giveaway!!

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Don’t forget to comment below if you’re interested in joining me in the 10-day sugar challenge! (No cost or specific requirements, but I’d love for us to support each other over email!)

Have a good one!

xo

Kim

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Inspiration board #5

October 27, 2014

Morning guys! Wow, what a perfect fall weekend. Just what we needed. There was some Saturday morning tailgating (involving Bloody Mary’s—SO. Good.) In the afternoon, I got to do some shopping. I finally spent some time in the new Nordstrom Rack, and I was actually kind of disappointed! I felt like an old lady, turning […]

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Easy stress eating cure + LiveWell360

October 24, 2014

So I’ve been obsessively watching this Weight Loss for Women Online Conference the last two days—did you hear about this? It features lots of big name speakers from the blogging/paleo communities, like Mark Sisson, Diane Sanfilippo, Sarah Fragoso, Stefani Ruper, and Katie the Wellness Mama (yes, I’m pretty sure her last name is “the Wellness […]

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Reebok finds and a 3-day strength program

October 21, 2014

Hey guys! Thanks for the encouragement yesterday on my BodyFlow cert! I already have my first team teaching gig set up for this Sunday—and yes, I’m terrified. Please don’t mess up, please don’t mess up, please don’t mess up… On a positive note, if I do mess up, I’m guessing no one but the other […]

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Les Mills BodyFlow training

October 20, 2014

Hey guys! I’m taking a day off from my Monday inspo boards (hope you don’t mind!) because I have more exciting things to talk about…specifically: I made it through Les Mill BodyFlow training!! And I even passed—3/3, woohoo! Check out this shot of our awesome group: Notice anything weird? …Yeah. We’re all wearing wings. Glittery […]

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Friday Faves: blog summit, sticky socks, and my first PSL

October 17, 2014

Helloooo Friday! Typically, I’d be thrilled about another weekend, but this is going to be a long one for me with BodyFlow training. I’m still excited, but, you know…I’m definitely not looking at a sit-on-the-couch-and-browse-Pinterest-with-a-giant-cup-of-coffee weekend. I got an email from my instructor with last-minute instructions, including some thoughts on our track presentations. In her […]

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Les Mills BodyFlow training prep

October 16, 2014

Wow, I can’t believe my Les Mills BodyFlow training is only two days away already! Yiiiiikes. As part of training, I have to present two tracks to the class, which means I have to memorize them in advance. I was assigned the hip opener and abs tracks. (Great, make the woman who just had a […]

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Halloween and food allergies

October 14, 2014

As a food allergy mom, Halloween stresses me out. We haven’t had to fully address it yet, since Mason is only 2, hates wearing costumes, and doesn’t like candy (or, really, hasn’t been exposed to it). But eventually, I know it’s going to be something we’ll have to deal with. And I’m nervous. Not so […]

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Inspiration board #4

October 13, 2014

Hey friends! This post is getting up way later than I was hoping today…we’ve had a hectic morning over here! Mason inexplicably broke out in hives all over his chest and tummy, so I had to pick him up from preschool, and I’m still not sure what’s going on. He hasn’t been exposed to anything […]

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